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McConalogue, Charlie

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Beef Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the criteria set down in the EU Commission implementing regulation providing temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector; when beef farmers will be able to apply...More Button

I ask the Minister his views on the criteria set down in the EU Commission implementing regulation providing temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector. When will beef farm...More Button

As the Minister rightly points out, the last 18 months have been very difficult for farmers and the beef sector, particularly in light of Brexit. Incomes were down by as much as 25% last year as a...More Button

We on this side of the House had looked for aid under Article 219 of the Common Market organisation regulation, which specifically deals with income reduction. Why did the Minister not manage to...More Button

Will the Minister clarify whether the €50 million co-funding to be provided by the domestic Exchequer is available and will be in place? Will he indicate today when the money will be delivered t...More Button

Beef Industry (Continued)

Under Article 219 of the Common Market Organisation Regulations, (EU) Regulation No 1308/2013, it is possible for the Commission to provide funding directly to address income reduction as a result ...More Button

I asked the Minister specifically about the €50 million. Is that funding set aside within the Department's budget to ensure it can be delivered to farmers this year? When will the funding actua...More Button

I asked about the €50 million.More Button

But is the money there?More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the actions he is taking at EU level to ensure the proposed budget cuts for the 2021-2027 CAP programme are reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I ask the Minister to outline all the actions he is taking at EU level to ensure that the proposed cuts to the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, for the period from 2021 to 2027 are reversed; and if...More Button

I understand that the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, in particular, have been resisting any increase to the CAP budget. I ask the Minister about his approach in his engagement with those countri...More Button

Furthermore, on being able to build a coalition, which will need to include those countries because unanimity is required to get to a situation where there is no cut to the final CAP budget, what...More Button

On the overall European Union budget, if there is an increased allocation from member states to that, there is no guarantee that will go towards the CAP budget. I ask the Minister to outline his...More Button

We cannot overestimate the importance of the CAP budget, given that it makes up 75% of average farm incomes here. For some sectors, such as the beef and sheep sectors, it makes up over 100% of net...More Button

EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements

I welcome the opportunity to debate this deal. As per the Order of Business yesterday, it is essential that further time be set aside next week to thrash out this dangerous deal for the Irish agri...More Button

EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (Continued)

When we look at this deal, and the impact it will have on the beef sector in particular, there is no doubt it will not benefit the Irish agricultural sector. It represents a tremendous political f...More Button

We are different from many other European countries in that the domestic agricultural sector, and the beef sector in particular, plays a significant part in our economy. It plays a disproportion...More Button

I know the Minister indicated this morning that this deal would have to go through legal processes and would then have to go before the Trade Council for qualified majority voting. There is no d...More Button

I know the Minister will tell us that he has made representations in recent times about the threat this deal poses. From the questions we asked here in the past, however, there is no doubt that ...More Button

The farmers here today and those all over the country who have been expressing their concerns in the last few days will tell the Minister very clearly that this is a hit that they simply cannot t...More Button

The other key issue which makes no sense is the impact of this deal on climate change. This deal has been the subject of negotiations for 20 years and it predates many of the climate change targ...More Button

The beef offering within this deal is something that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Creed, and the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Humphreys, h...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

My question is to the Minister for Education and Skills on the programme for Government commitment to bring schools up to the appropriate standard. I refer in particular to Moville community colle...More Button

Agriculture Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans and timetable to implement the recommendations of the Teagasc report Analysis of Abatement Potential of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Irish Agriculture 2021-2030; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the €60,000 basic payment scheme, BPS, ceiling for direct payments under the next CAP in order to safeguard small and medium sized farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

GLAS Data

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the funding allocation amount for 2019 and actual expenditure to date for GLAS and the knowledge transfer group scheme in each year since it was established under the 2014-2020 RDP.More Button

Brexit Staff

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of the 116 staff and officials planned to be recruited for SPS and fisheries controls as agreed on 18 September 2018 that are operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Undocumented Irish in the USA

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the progress to date in addressing the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button