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Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


Written Answers. - Fur Industry.

Was asked: the manner in which farmed fox and farmed mink are killed here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foxes are slaughtered by lethal injection or electrocution. Mink are slaughtered by the use of carbon monoxide gas. Both procedures are allowed under Schedule 6 of the EC (Protection of Animals at ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be immediately awarded area aid and disadvantaged area aid payments, as same have not been made to date; the reason there has been such a del...More Button

The animal-based headage schemes were replaced in 2001 by the area-based compensatory allowance scheme. This scheme, which was approved by the European Commission, provides that applicants must mee...More Button

My Department has now written to the person named with a view to establishing the type of farming activity being pursued. A decision on entitlement to 2002 area-based compensatory allowance will be...More Button

One animal, which was slaughtered on 9 July 2002 was found to be eligible under the 2002 slaughter premium scheme. Advance payment of €64 issued on 16 October in respect of this animal. Two fu...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that the REP scheme payment to a person (details supplied) is immediately released; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The facilities that the person named was required to provide in accordance with his agri-environmental plan require further inspection in connection with a planning issue raised by the local author...More Button

Was asked: the grant aid which may be available to persons who wish to erect equestrian arenas which would have an educational content; the nature and type of grants available for such a project; and if he wi...More Button

My Department makes grant aid available to farmers for investment in housing-handling facilities for horses under the scheme of investment aid in alternative enterprises. Horse lunging and exercise...More Button

Was asked: when area aid will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The 2002 area aid application for the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 55.82 hectares.More Button

The animal-based headage schemes were replaced in 2001 by the area-based compensatory allowance scheme. This scheme, which was approved by the European Commission, provides that applicants must mee...More Button

The person named submitted one special beef premium application for one animal under the 2002 scheme. An 80% advance payment totalling €120 issued on 16 October 2002, the first date for such p...More Button

The person named has one animal eligible under the 2002 slaughter premium scheme and national envelope top up. Advance payment issued on 16 October 2002 in respect of this animal for both of these ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: if he will identify by location, acreage and other details, the State properties in his Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale at present.More Button

My Department has not identified any State properties which are being considered for sale or are available for sale currently.More Button

There is an amount of land on hands in various locations around the country previously owned by the former Land Commission. This land, which comprises some 46 hectares of agricultural land and some...More Button

Written Answers. - Commonage Division.

Was asked: the Minister who dealt with the de-stocking requirement issue; and when it was finally decided.More Button

In August 1998 my Department secured the approval of the European Commission for Supplementary Measure A of REPS, known as Measure A in the current scheme. Under this measure, farmers with commonag...More Button

Was asked: when negotiations started in relation to de-stocking.More Button

Negotiations between my Department and the European Commission on Supplementary Measure A of REPS, known as Measure A in the current scheme, began in 1997 and my Department secured the Commission's...More Button

Written Answers. - Area Aid Applications.

Was asked: the quota persons appealing their de-stocking requirements should put down on their area aid applications for 2003; if it is the new recommended quota; and if these persons leave down the old quota...More Button

Was asked: if farmers get paid on the quota they held in 2002, following de-stocking requirements.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 175 together.More Button

Farmers appealing their destocking requirements and who are applying under the 2003 ewe premium scheme should declare on their applications the number of eligible ewes which they intend to retain o...More Button

Farmers who applied for premium under the 2002 ewe premium scheme were paid on the number of eligible ewes or on their 2002 quota, whichever was the lesser. Farmers applying for premium under the 2...More Button

Any farmer who wishes to have his ewe quota clarified may contact the Quota Unit of my Department at Michael Davitt House, Castlebar on Lo-Call 1-890 200 507.More Button

Was asked: if there is a mistake on the de- stocking calculation for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

My Department noticed an error in the destocking calculation on a small number of letters which issued recently and this error has since been corrected. The person named, who was one of the farmers...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: when a REP scheme appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

The appeal from the person named is listed for the next meeting of my Department's REPS Appeals Committee, which will be held within the next two weeks. He will be notified directly of the committe...More Button

Written Answers. - Sheep Flocks Depopulation.

Was asked: the number of flocks of sheep which have been depopulated with scrapie to date; the number of cases in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A total of 106 flocks have been depopulated under my Department's scrapie eradication programme. The breakdown by county is as follows:More Button

A further four flocks are at present awaiting valuation.More Button

A combination of factors, including in particular its increasing profile as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in the same family of diseases as BSE, has led to a more pro-active approach to...More Button

Against this background, and on the basis of continued scientific uncertainty about the effectiveness of alternative strategies for dealing with the disease, under current arrangements flocks in wh...More Button

Currently there are no EU rules in relation to the eradication of scrapie, and different approaches are taken by member states where scrapie is identified in a flock. However, recently the EU Commi...More Button

The emergence of horizontal rules across the EU on the control and eradication of scrapie will be taken into account in any review of the Irish policy. Indeed, I have indicated from the beginning o...More Button

Written Answers. - Official Language Equality.

Was asked: the additional costs which have arisen from the obligations on his Department in relation to the adoption by the Government in July 2002 of official language equality as one of the three new princi...More Button

The new principle of official languages equality adopted by Government in July 2000 was incorporated in my Department's Customer Service Action Plan 2001-2004 which was published in December 2001. ...More Button

The Department is in the process of gathering data on the availability of its documents and services through both of the official languages and the level of competency in Irish amongst its staff me...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Deaths.

Was asked: the number of fallen animals as a whole from counties Mayo and Sligo taken to counties Meath, Cavan, Galway and Roscommon in 2000 and 2001.More Button

The fallen animal collection scheme commenced on 1 July 2001 and the figures sought are available from that date only.More Button

Fallen animals originating in Mayo during the July December 2001 period were sent to knackeries in the following counties:More Button

The figures for animals originating in Sligo are as follows:More Button

The total on farm deaths recorded on the cattle movement monitoring system, CMMS, in 2000 was 96,917 of which 4,674 were recorded for County Mayo and 1,938 were recorded for County Sligo.More Button

The total on farm deaths recorded on CMMS in 2001 was 131,385 of which 5,504 were recorded for County Mayo and 2,344 were recorded for County Sligo.More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Health Report.

Was asked: his views on the review of the final report of the investigation of animal health problems at Askeaton, County Limerick, prepared by a person (details supplied) which was commissioned by the Irish ...More Button

The investigation into animal health problems in Askeaton was co-ordinated by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The EPA, in conjunction with the other agencies involved, including my Depart...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry received under distribution of milk quota under the Agenda 2000 proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Work on the allocation of the balance of the Agenda 2000 milk quota to certain categories of small and medium scale milk producers has now been completed and all applicants are being notified of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if the issue of the regulations regarding the enlargement land for the early retirement farm scheme has been resolved with the EU Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has made a formal proposal to the European Commission on this matter and a response is expected shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Groceries Order.

Was asked: the talks he has had with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in relation to the groceries order; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that there are no plans to review the groceries order and accordingly I have not had talks with the Tánaiste on the matter.More Button