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Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 514.  Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  if he will instruct Teagasc to cease its plans to trial genetically modified potatoes. [16516/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Teagasc operates as a separate non-commercial semi state body under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with their own management structure and governing Authority. The Act establishing Teagasc confers on it principal functions in relation to the provision of education, advisory and research services to the agriculture sector. It is a matter for Teagasc to prioritise activities in the delivery of these services and to allocate its resources in accordance [918]with these priorities. Ministerial responsibility is confined to matters of policy in accordance with the Act and I have no function with regard to the day-to-day operations of Teagasc.


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