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Kirk, Seamus

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Home Help Service Provision

I raise this issue in the context of the various cutbacks and adjustments that have been made to home support in the caring sector. For elderly people, the disabled, the immobile and the disadvant...More Button

There has been a whole sequence of adjustments and cutbacks to the home help scheme, particularly the number of hours available to particular families. While I will not cite the individual cases...More Button

Home Help Service Provision (Continued)

I thank the Minister of State for her reply. I am somewhat disappointed, however, that the underlying message seems to be that the position is as it is and the prospect of enhanced provision for t...More Button

I have no reason to question or doubt the provision contained in the Estimate for this scheme. Moreover, I accept the financial constraints with which the Minister of State is dealing. However,...More Button

The challenge here is the inadequacy of the 2012 provision.More Button

Dairy Sector

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the advantage to milk producers of the milk quality assurance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dairy Sector (Continued)

I thank the Minister for his comprehensive reply. In his preamble to the points he made about the proposed scheme, he said the background to this is Food Harvest 2020 and the projected increase in...More Button

Is the model of the proposed scheme a template taken from somewhere else? Has it been modelled on a template in some other jurisdiction across the Community? For instance, will the authorities ...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Perhaps the Minister will indicate the overall budgetary position for CAP funding. There appears to be some doubt about what that figure will be. Will we be dealing with a reduced provision in 20...More Button

In terms of the eventual template or formula to be put in place for Ireland, a serious difficulty is arising in terms of the age profile of people involved in the agriculture industry in Ireland. ...More Button

Sugar Industry (Continued)

Deputy Barry is totally out of order.More Button

If there is potential to rebuild and regenerate the sugar industry in Ireland then clearly steps should be taken to do so. As the Minister has said, at least one feasibility study has been carried...More Button

Have those feasibility studies been made available to the Minister?More Button

Have the studies been assessed by those who are dealing with the possibility of regenerating the sugar industry and if so, what does the assessment indicate? Is there a potential for the industry,...More Button

Coillte Teoranta Lands

Are we to deduce from what the Minister has said that no decision has been taken yet as to what will happen with Coillte?More Button

Coillte Teoranta Lands (Continued)

I assume that the decision on selling it has not been taken and that the process of assessment is continuing. I ask the Minister to clarify that issue.More Button

The sale of immature timber will have profound implications for the saw milling sector, which employs a significant number despite the recession. I understand the downturn in the economy has had a...More Button

Agriculture Industry Age Profile

They have accumulated experience.More Button

Does the Minister agree that we need to develop a public policy position which would also involve Revenue and other Departments? The prospects for young farmers having access to land other than by...More Button

Grassland Sheep Scheme Application Numbers

Despite the Minister's protestations, the reality is that the budgetary provision for the scheme is going downhill. Once he starts to reduce the funds available-----More Button

The fund is being reduced from €18 million to €14 million.More Button

I take it there has been an assessment of expenditure under the scheme by the Department. What has been the result of that assessment? Has the expenditure been justified? Obviously, the Minister...More Button

Grassland Sheep Scheme Application Numbers (Continued)

Can the Minister tell us the number of suckler cows in the national herd? What is the position at the moment? What was it in each of the last three years? What is the trend?More Button

I would like to make a brief point about the scheduling of Question Time, particularly on Thursdays.More Button

I will be brief. The questions we have been discussing this evening relate to what is probably the most important industry in the country. I do not have a problem with being here after 8 p.m. If...More Button

Common Fisheries Policy Negotiations

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the progress made to date on the renegotiation of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Suckler Welfare Scheme Extension

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the changes made to the suckler cow welfare scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button