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McConalogue, Charlie

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Poultry Industry

I thank Deputy Niamh Smyth for raising this issue, which is particularly important in her constituency of Cavan-Monaghan, which is the heartland of the poultry sector nationally. At the outset, I ...More Button

Poultry Industry (Continued)

I assure the Deputy that there is a very bright and secure future for the sector. It is a really important part of the overall agrifood sector. It is one I want to support and work with. There a...More Button

I had a very thorough discussion with the poultry sector when we met in December. It has taken a very constructive approach to assessment by engaging Professor Hennessy in the first instance and...More Button

Health Promotion

Was asked: the funding available for Food Dudes and Incredible Edibles; the funding that has been available for these schemes in each year since they started; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the EU School Fruit and Vegetables scheme, the main objective of which is to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables amongst school children, is implemented in ...More Button

School Milk Scheme

Was asked: the number of schools and students participating in the school milk scheme in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the value of products provided here under the EU school milk scheme in each of the past five years in respect of the five heat-treated milk products under category 1 and category 2 of the scheme; t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 380 and 381 together.

  As the Deputy may be aware, the EU School Milk Scheme, the main objective of which is to promote and encourage milk consu...More Button

Felling Licences

Was asked: the wait time for felling licence applications; the number of applications outstanding; his plans to address the backlog; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of timber felling licences granted in the first three months of 2020 and 2021, respectively; the volume of timber involved, in cubic metres, in each case; the number of applications stil...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 382 and 392 together.More Button

I am aware of the issues facing the forestry sector and the timber industry and considerable efforts have been made to address them. Additional resources have been recruited and training, informa...More Button

The introduction of Project Woodland, recently launched by Minister-of-State Pippa Hackett, with responsibility for forestry, is our strategy for resolving the licensing issues. This new structur...More Button

Working Group 1 under Project Woodland is specifically tasked with reducing the backlog and then plotting a trajectory to achieve this target. The recommendation in Ms Jo O'Hara's Implementation ...More Button

A target to issue 4,500 licences in 2021 has been set which is a 74% increase on 2020.More Button

As regards current output, since the beginning of the year, my Department has issued 518 tree felling licences, for 1.624 million cubic metres of timber. This is an increase of almost 20% in the nu...More Button

It is worth noting that there are always licences in the system at various stages of processing. These are the initial stages of an application being made, while the registered forester finalises...More Button

I remain hopeful and confident that the changes presented under the Project Woodland structure to processes within my Department will bear fruit, particularly to give confidence to all applicants...More Button

Wildlife Control

Was asked: when the deer management forum is next due to meet; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2015, my Department, together with the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, published Deer Management in Ireland – A Framework for Action, which recommends a series of actions on deer ...More Button

Both my Department and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, which is the parent Department of the NPWS, are in the process of examining the future direction of the Forum and ...More Button

Regulatory Impact Assessments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 2035 of 24 March 2021, the analysis his Department has carried out into the possibility of retrospectively amending SI 786 of 2007 to enable responsible person...More Button

Under Article 105(4) of Regulation 2019/6, which is directly applicable in EU Member States from January 2022, professionals other than veterinarians are permitted to prescribe certain veterinary m...More Button

However, given the range of views on Article 105(4), my Department committed to seeking further legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office which was submitted in late 2020 and is receiving a...More Button

The concerns specifically focus on the legislation as it impacts on the supply of anti-parasitic veterinary medicines, which here-to-fore were exempt from the need for a prescription and which ro...More Button

It is the intention of my Department to make a statement on the matter to all stakeholders when the advice is received. More Button

Harbours and Piers

Was asked: the steps that have been taken to progress the deepwater quay project at Ros a Mhíl Harbour since the publication on 4 September 2020 of the final quay wall peer review; and if he will make a state...More Button

The Fishery Harbour Centres Act 1968 established the concept of fishery harbours in the State and invested their management in the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. The Department of Agricult...More Button

Agriculture Schemes

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) can have their situation considered as a force majeure case in this instance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Farmers who joined BEAM agreed to reduce the production of bovine livestock manure nitrogen on their holding by 5% for the period 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021 as compared with the reference peri...More Button

I am mindful that some BEAM participants may be locked up by TB during the course of the 12-month reduction period. In that context, my Department is currently writing to all BEAM participants wh...More Button

The person named has a 5% reduction requirement of 257kg of bovine Nitrates. The period of TB restriction commenced on 11th March 2021 so, for the 20 days of restriction to date, the 5% reduction...More Button

The figures available online on Agfood.ie will reflect these changes and the revised figures will be available in the monthly update letters sent to all participants.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a project (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP) under the current Rural Development Programme involves the establishment of Operational Groups to develop ideas, or take existing ideas/resear...More Button

The Department approved applications for funding, following a competitive open call for proposals under the EIP Initiative. In their application for funding under the open call, each project gro...More Button

Existing EIP groups have been working hard on the actions in their proposals and have built a deep understanding of the impacts these works are having on biodiversity and habitat quality. The res...More Button

We are currently making plans for new and expanded EIPs in the next CAP and we are engaging with stakeholders on the design of these through the CAP consultation process.More Button

Beef Data and Genomics Programme

Was asked: if a family (details supplied) will receive payment under the beef data and genomics programme, BDGP; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In applying to join the Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP), the person named committed to participating in the programme for the full six years of the programme. The BDGP application was received ...More Button

One of the requirements of the Programme is that a valid Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application is submitted to the Department on a yearly basis and on which all land parcels are declared. If the...More Button

In 2020, a BPS application was received under the partnership number provided. There are two herdnumbers under this partnership, including the one under which the BDGP application was received. H...More Button

A letter will issue to the person named in the coming days detailing this decision and their right to appeal the decision if they wish.More Button

Forestry Sector

Was asked: when his Department will provide this Deputy with a timeframe for forestry licence applications that have been in the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the issues facing the forestry sector and considerable efforts have been made to address them. Additional resources have been recruited and training, information and guidance has been...More Button

Was asked: the number of forestry licences issued by his Department for the first quarter of 2021; if the commitment to issue 4,500 licences in 2021 will be honoured; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

As of Friday 26th March, the Department has issued 814 forestry licences in 2021. This is 18% of the target of 4,500 that will issue this year. The number of forestry licences issue...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the details of the decision in 2010 to impose the 20% rule on forestry and farmers, including accompanying reports and correspondence from the EU at that time; and if he will mak...More Button

A decision was made to restrict the planting of unenclosed land in December 2010.

  Enclosed land is, in general, more fertile and less exposed than unenclosed land and trees pla...More Button

Was asked: the action he plans to take to reform the forestry licensing system and to address the manner in which it discriminates against farmers unable to complete their own NIS; and if he will make a state...More Button

I am aware of the issues facing the forestry sector and considerable efforts have been made to address them. Additional resources have been recruited and training, information and guidance has bee...More Button

The introduction of Project Woodland, recently launched by Minister of State Pippa Hackett, with responsibility for forestry, is our strategy for resolving the licensing issues. This new structur...More Button

Working Group 1 under Project Woodland is specifically tasked with reducing the backlog and then plotting a trajectory to achieve this target. The recommendation in Ms Jo O'Hara's Implementation...More Button

The NIS is used across all development applications in the national and other planning processes and arises as part of compliance, where relevant, with the Appropriate Assessment process under th...More Button

Was asked: if the role of project manager of project woodland is a full-time position; the number of hours allocated to this role per week; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Project Woodland, under the leadership of Minister-of-State Hackett, who has responsibility for forestry, is an initiative to tackle issues in forestry in Ireland and to promote and encourage wood...More Button

It involves four different Working Groups reporting to Minister Hackett through a Project Manager and a Project Board. The project Board is being chaired by the Secretary General.More Button

The Working Groups are working concurrently, focussing on different areas. The first one will concentrate on the backlog, the second on a vision for forestry, the third on devising a fit for purp...More Button

Each Working Group is made up of stakeholders drawn from the Minister’s existing Forestry Policy Group and is chaired by an independent, experienced outsider. All Groups have met already and the ...More Button

The Project Manager is the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for forestry and agri-environment schemes within my Department. As such his role is intrinsically linked with the delivery of a...More Button

I am committed, along with Minister Hackett, to the success of Project Woodland and all appropriate resources across my Department will be in place to ensure that it can be delivered for the bene...More Button

Fish Producer Organisations

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the establishment of a new independent organisation (details supplied); if this organisation will be included in future rounds of consultation that he holds with ...More Button

I am aware of the organisation referred to by the Deputy.More Button

There is already a significant number of fisher's organisations representing the interests of the fishing fleet, namely, the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) and the five Producer Organisa...More Button

Therefore, I would urge industry to work within the recognised bodies of the Producer Organisations and the NIFF at the Task Force and other relevant representative consultative groups to ensure ...More Button

  Question No. 392 answered with Question No. 382.More Button

Apiculture Industry

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by an association (details supplied) with regard to the potential importation of bees from continental Europe either for release in Ireland or ...More Button

I fully acknowledge the important contribution bees make to agriculture and biodiversity as both pollinators and honey producers. In this regard, my Department provides a range of supports and init...More Button

In relation to the importation of honeybees into Ireland, this is allowed under regulations governing intra-Community trade with other EU Member States. The specific health requirements for tradi...More Button

The importation of bees into the UK via Northern Ireland is a UK internal matter.More Button

Departmental Staff

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the higher executive officers, administrative officers, assistant principal officers, principal officers and assistant secretaries in his Department, by gender, in...More Button

The gender breakdown of staff in my Department at the requested grades is shown in the following table.

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Forestry Management

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 2021 of 24 March 2021, if the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, advised his Department to increase the buffer radius from 3 km to 15 km; if his attent...More Button

Was asked: the reason all forestry projects are required by his Department to adhere to a 15 km buffer zone when the clear guidance from the National Parks and Wildlife Service states the distance can be much...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 395 and 396 together.

  The Habitats Directive and the transposing legislation SI 477 of 2011 require, inter alia, that an appropriate ass...More Button

Departmental Data

Was asked: if a schedule will be provided of the data sets, databases and file types his Department has shared with the Department of Health since 2000.More Button

Given the 20-year span of the question, it is not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy in the required time. The information is currently being compiled and I will forward it...More Button

General Data Protection Regulation

Was asked: the number of complaints his Department has received from members of the public under the heading of general data protection regulation, GDPR, and data information requests from 2018 to date in 202...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the attached tables.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: the extent to which he remains satisfied that carbon emission reduction targets are being met without damage to agrifood production; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In December 2020, I published the AgClimatise roadmap. This roadmap sets out a series of ambitious actions for the next decade and beyond which will be transformative for Irish agriculture. The roa...More Button

One of the major objectives of AgClimatise is an overall reduction in chemical nitrogen fertiliser use to 325,000 tonnes by 2030, a key objective of the EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy. The roadmap plac...More Button

By implementing the Ag Climatise roadmap over the course of the next decade, I am very confident that we can transition the sector to a more long term sustainable platform, with co-benefits for w...More Button

Ultimately, I want to ensure that, as a priority, we protect farm family incomes while also protecting the environment.More Button

Organic Farming

Was asked: the number of hectares under organic production by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Based on 2020 BPS details, the total area of organic and organic in-conversion land in each county is as follows.

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Was asked: the percentage of farmland and number of hectares he is targeting for organic production by 2030; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The organic sector in Ireland is a relatively small component of the overall agri-food sector with less than 2% of the land area under organic production. However, it is experiencing considerable g...More Button

I am committed to continuing the implementation of the National Organic Strategy 2019-2025 which sets out ambitious growth targets for the sector by aligning it closely with the market opportunit...More Button

The current Programme for Government target is to align the utilisable agricultural area under organic production in Ireland with the EU average of 7.5%. More Button

The increase in land under organic production in recent years has been driven by the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS). I was pleased, therefore, to reopen the OFS this year with a budget of €4 millio...More Button

Organic Farming Scheme

Was asked: the number of participants in the organic farming scheme by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The table below gives the number of participants in my Department's Organic Farming Scheme in 2020.

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Was asked: the average amount received by participant in the organic farming scheme by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Based on payments that issued in 2020 under the Organic Farming Scheme, the average amount received by farmers in each county is as follows;

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Agriculture Scheme Applications

Was asked: the number of applications received for compensation as a result of avian influenza from 2020 to date in tabular form; the number of successful applications; the number of successful applicants tha...More Button

There were a number of outbreaks of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in early 2020. Although there is no legal ground for a mandatory compensation scheme in respect of this particular subtype, my De...More Button

Beekeeping Industry

Was asked: the regulations governing the importation of non-native bees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the threat posed to native bees as a result of the importation of non-native bees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 406 and 407 together.More Button

I fully acknowledge the important contribution bees make to agriculture and biodiversity as both pollinators and honey producers. In this regard, my Department provides a range of supports and in...More Button

In relation to the importation of honeybees into Ireland, this is allowed under regulations governing intra community trade with other EU Member States. The specific health requirements for tradi...More Button

Afforestation Programme

Was asked: the incentives that are planned to re-engage farmers with forestry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I fully acknowledge that farmers are central to reaching our ambitious afforestation targets and have been the backbone of the afforestation programme in Ireland since its inception. It is clear th...More Button


 

 

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