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McConalogue, Charlie

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Agriculture Scheme Eligibility

I thank the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Tom Hayes, for taking this matter.More Button

Agriculture Scheme Eligibility (Continued)

As the Minister of State knows, there was a protest outside his Department today by farmers from many counties, especially those along the west coast and the south west, about GLAS and, in particul...More Button

Nationally, there are 14,929 farms with commonage, which is approximately 11% of all farms. Of that 14,929, 3,500 farmers participated in REPS, which was a 24% take-up by farmers with commonage....More Button

Many of these farm households have lower incomes compared to average incomes. For example, the average beef farm income last year was €15,000 while the average sheep farm income was €11,000, whi...More Button

Will the Minister of State address those points in his reply? Will he clarify when farmers will be able to get their first payment under GLAS? Is it correct that it will not be until the end of...More Button

It is unfortunate that the Minister of State has not really dealt with the particular questions I asked.More Button

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Unfortunately, the reply does not address a couple of the key concerns I put to the Minister, which farmers raised this morning. They felt they had to come to Dublin to protest. I outlined that t...More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans under the Common Agricultural Policy reform proposals to assist and support young farmers who have been farming for more than five years to build a viable farming enterprise; and if he wi...More Button