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Coveney, Simon

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made on a disadvantaged area scheme in respect of a person (details provided) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an appeal for derogation in respect of a person (details provided) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 235 together.

  An application under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 April 2012. There are ...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeal committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is one of a number, their derogation application having been unsuccessful, who were offered the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. To date, this o...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. This applicant is one of a number, whose cases are impacted by a requirement of a minimum stocking density of 0.3 li...More Button

The person subsequently availed of the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. The Committee has adjudicated on this appeal and the person concerned has been notified...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As processing of the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account.More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on a an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. This applicant is one of a number, whose cases are impacted by a requirement of a minimum stocking density of 0.3 li...More Button

The person subsequently availed of the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. The Committee have adjudicated on this appeal and the person concerned has been notifie...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Grassland Sheep Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the reason a payment under the sheep grassland scheme was recouped by his Department in July 2012 having been paid to a person (details enclosed) in County Galway in February 2012; and if he will m...More Button

The person named originally declared thirty two breeding ewes on their 2010 sheep census declaration and was paid accordingly. Subsequently, an additional census form was received on reducing the...More Button

Fish Quotas

Was asked: the date on which total allowable catch and quota arrangements were introduced by the European Union in relation to boar fish; the percentage of the total allowable catch and the quota allocation f...More Button

Boarfish has in recent years become the target of commercial fishing by the Irish fishing fleet. The December 2010 Council of Fisheries Ministers introduced the first Boarfish quota for the 2011 fi...More Button

Horse and Greyhound Fund

Was asked: the amount of grant aid, loan guarantees and tax exemptions provided to the horse and greyhound industry in 2011 and 2012.More Button

State support for the horse and greyhound racing industries is provided through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund (the Fund), which was established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001, ...More Button

Was asked: the primary purpose of the horse and greyhound fund; and if it should be used to provide funding for the prize money for races.More Button

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund (the Fund) was established under section 12(1) of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 (the Act) for the purpose of giving support to the horse and greyhound ...More Button

Horse and Greyhound Industry

Was asked: the number of jobs based on the horse and greyhound industry and the statistical basis for assessing the number employed in the sector; and if he will provide a breakdown of this figure.More Button

The total employment in the Irish thoroughbred horse industry, both direct and indirect, was estimated to be 17,351 in 2010. This figure is contained in a report, commissioned by Irish Thoroughbre...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a decision is due on an agri environment options scheme payment for 2012 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2011 and full payment totalling €338.07 issued in respect of 2011. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must b...More Button

Payments in respect of the 2012 Scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investment through checks on receipts. These checks are...More Button

Flood Risk Assessments

Was asked: if he will request Teagasc to investigate new drainage issues that have arisen in the east Galway area in the Suck catchment basin, as fields that were never flooded before have been flooded on a c...More Button

The assessment and management of flood risks is in the first instance the responsibility of the Office of Public Works. More Button

As the deputy is acutely aware 2012 has been a very difficult year for farmers having to cope with the bad weather. Parts of the country received over 200% of the average summer rainfall. In Galw...More Button

Farmers affected by the flooding in the Suck catchment in East Galway should contact the Office of Public Works locally for advice on the best course of action available. Where the issue relates ...More Button

Food Industry Development

Was asked: the strategy employed to increase the availability of Irish food and products in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the terms of our EU membership, goods and services move freely within the Single Market which benefits a food exporting country such as Ireland which recorded a 25% increase in food and drink...More Button

Member States may not use public funds to promote sales of products based on origin. Quality assurance schemes may, however, show origin in a secondary capacity. That is the case for the Bord Bia...More Button

I am pleased to see supermarkets increasingly publicise the value of the Irish food and drink products that they purchase and details of new contracts concluded with small suppliers. Such publici...More Button

Bord Bia works with producers directly and through major marketing events such as Marketplace Ireland 2012 to advise food and drink businesses on routes to market including supermarkets and on ho...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Was asked: if he will urgently issue payment under the 2012 disadvantaged areas scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued to the person named on 19 December 2012, directly to the nominated bank account.More Button

Was asked: when payment under the disadvantaged area scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. This applicant is one of a number, whose cases are impacted by a requirement of a minimum stocking density of 0.3 li...More Button

The person named subsequently availed of the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. The Committee has adjudicated on this appeal and the person concerned has been no...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not been paid their disadvantaged area payment for 2012 in view of the fact that they were not written to by his Department in relation to their 2011 stoc...More Button

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012. More Button

In processing this application, my Department took into account the stocking restrictions applicable to the Twelve Bens Complex. However, to date, information available to my Department indicate...More Button

Tax Code

Was asked: his views on stamp duty (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the deputy that there was no decision to abolish the relief on stamp duty on land transfers for young farmers. This important relief was due to end this year but is once aga...More Button

Credit Availability

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the lack of credit availability for farmers; if he anticipates the cash flow problem to worsen for persons due to increased winter feeding costs; if he has liaise...More Button

I am aware that, like many other sectors, farmers can find it difficult to get credit due to the strict assessments introduced as a result of the global financial crisis. I am of course also consc...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Reopening

Was asked: if future opening windows for agri schemes will be open longer to enable planners to deal with the large volumes of work that they must undertake; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I announced the re-opening of the Agri-environmental Options Scheme to new applicants on 25 September with a closing date for the receipt of applications of 30 November. I extended the original clo...More Button

Commonage Division

Was asked: the position regarding new commonage regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Commonage Framework Plans, first published in 2002, have been reviewed to take account of the current vegetative condition of commonages nationally. This review has been carried out by the Nat...More Button

My Department is trying to reconcile the reality of commonages with the EU requirements of GAEC. I will work with the farmers, farm organisations and others to design a practical solution.More Button

Was asked: when vesting of the Pollnacloughe Commonage near Moycullen, County Galway, will be complete; the details of any outstanding issues that need to be resolved before this vesting takes place; and if h...More Button

A Vesting Order has been prepared and is awaiting the completion of one outstanding Dealing Number in the Property Registration Authority which will make one of the allottees a Nominee for the purp...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: the reason for the delay in issuing disadvantaged area and single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2012 Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Schemes was received from the person named on 14th   May 2012.

  In order to comply wit...More Button

Was asked: if he will have the files in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork reviewed again, regarding the penalty imposed this year on their single farm payment, taking into consideration th...More Button

My Department will re-examine this case in light of the additional information now provided and will be in contact with the person named in this regard. More Button

Rainwater Harvesting Scheme

Was asked: if he will outline the details of the new water harvesting scheme including the level of grant and eligibility criteria; when the scheme will open up; the period of the funding programme; and if he...More Button

The Rainwater Harvesting Scheme which is one of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) operated by my Department reopened for applications on 20 December 2011. It is intended that th...More Button

Copies of the terms and conditions of the Scheme, together with the accompanying application form, are available on my Department’s website and these set out the eligibility conditions applicable...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Applications

Was asked: the position regarding payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is an applicant under the 2012 Single Payment and Disadvantaged Areas Schemes.

  In order to comply with EU requirements, the application was one of a number wh...More Button

Beef Industry Issues

Was asked: the discussions he has had to date with EU Trade Commissioner de Gucht in relation to the EU-Canadian trade negotiations in view of the absolute need to protect the European beef market in view of ...More Button

I contacted Commissioner De Gucht last month to draw his attention to the very serious concerns I have regarding the EU/Canadian trade negotiations, and, in particular, the issue of market access f...More Button

Ireland’s main concerns are two-fold. First we object to the fact that Canada refuses to accept OIE standards in this instance and will not allow access for EU beef while at the same time it expe...More Button

On the issue of principle, Ireland has consistently asked that the Canadian side respect International standards, as many other countries do, in relation to market access for beef. We have indica...More Button

As regards the size and composition of any quota, I have suggested that any quota must respect the sensitivity of the EU market in relation to high value cuts and not the totality of the EU beef ...More Button

These are not the only concerns I have in regard to these negotiations. I am also anxious that we secure reasonable market access for EU dairy products to the Canadian market. Moreover, the cur...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the changes in the disadvantaged area scheme for 2013 for applicants in designated mountain areas; the amount to be saved by these cuts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I was extremely pleased that, even within tight budgetary discipline, I was able to increase the funding for Disadvantaged Areas Scheme by €5 million in 2013, to bring the total funds available up ...More Button

In order the carry out the adjustment, I decided to reduce the area maximum area payable from 34 to 30 hectares in respect of farmers situated in More Severely and Less Severely Disadvantaged Are...More Button

Was asked: the reason that the press release issued by him (details supplied) did not outline the cut to non-sheep farmers in disadvantaged mountain areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I was extremely pleased that, even within tight budgetary discipline, I was able to increase the funding for Disadvantaged Areas Scheme by €5 million in 2013, to bring the total funds available up ...More Button

In order to carry out the adjustment, I outlined in my Press release of the 6th December that I had decided to reduce the area maximum area payable from 34 to 30 hectares in respect of farmers ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: the number of farmers in mountain areas who applied for the disadvantaged area scheme in 2012; the numbers of these who have mountain sheep holdings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As it has not been possible to compile the information in the available timescale, my Department will forward it directly to the Deputy.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the money provided in the estimate for 2012; the amount spent to date in 2012 broken down between capital and current expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

Estimate 2012

Gross €1,338.8m.

Of which:-

- Current €1,143.9m.

- Capital €194.9m.

Paymen...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Was asked: the number of persons who have applied for a derogation under the stocking density rules of the disadvantaged area scheme 2012; the number who have been granted a derogation; the number refused and...More Button

My Department received 9,635 applications from farmers seeking a derogation from the requirement under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme that the minimum stocking density on the holding should be 0.3 ...More Button

Harbours and Piers Funding

Was asked: the amount of money allocated in the 2013 estimates for the development of Fishery Harbours managed by his Department; the amount of this required to meet existing commitments in 2013; and if he wi...More Button

My Department is responsible for the administration of the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Development Programme which provides funding for works at the Department’s harbours on ...More Button

Forestry Sector

Was asked: if there are any restrictions on Coillte in relation to the sale of land in view of the proposed sale by Coillte of 11,000ha of land near Ballybofey, County Donegal; if he was consulted about this ...More Button

I understand that the area involved in the proposed sale, to which the Deputy refers, is actually 448.8 hectares which equates to some 1,109 acres, not ‘11,000ha’ as appears in text of question.More Button

The current policy in regard to the sale of land by Coillte is as provided in the Forestry Act 1988 and the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, with which Coillte, as a state bod...More Button

Day-to-day operational matters, such as the sale and acquisition of land which take place regularly, are the responsibility of the company. As the transaction to which the Deputy refers is an ope...More Button