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Coveney, Simon

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - Hazardous Waste Sites

Was asked: if he will confirm that the estimated cost of the remediation of the former Irish Steel and Irish Ispat site at Haulbowline, County Cork, is €40 million; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the criteria that were laid down by his Department in terms of the tender for the remediation of the former Irish Steel and Irish Ispat site at Haulbowline, County Cork, in particular in terms of t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 489 and 490 together.More Button

I have been authorised by the Government Decisions to take responsibility for submitting an application to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regularise the licensing status of the East T...More Button

Cork County Council has developed a project plan involving seven phases to submit the licence application. It envisages that the preparation of a waste licence application and all associated works ...More Button

Written Answers - Ombudsman Reports

Was asked: the steps he has taken since he came to office to implement the Ombudsman report into a family (details supplied) and their exclusion from the lost at sea scheme; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, this matter centres on the refusal of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to carry out the recommendation of the Ombudsman in 2009 to award compensation ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when a payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the agri Options Scheme with effect from the 1st November 2010 and full payment totalling €476.63 issued in respect of 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a single farm payment application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 16th May 2011.More Button

This application was selected for a Cross Compliance Inspection. During the course of the inspection irregularities were recorded in relation to the Identification and Registration of Cattle concer...More Button

As similar irregularities had been recorded at a previous Cross Compliance inspection in 2010 the breaches at this inspection were deemed to be repeated and a 15% penalty was recorded against the d...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork has received payment in respect of their single payment scheme and disadvantaged area scheme; if so, the date that this payment was issued; and if he w...More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 27th April 2011.More Button

This application was selected for a ground eligibility inspection. During the course of this inspection discrepancies were found that resulted in a claimed area of 49.29ha being reduced to a found ...More Button

The person named was informed of this decision by formal notice on the 5th of December 2011 and of his right to seek a review. He was also informed of his right to appeal the outcome of any such re...More Button

Payment under the Single Payment Scheme was made on the 1st of December 2011 and payment under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme was made on the 7th of December 2011.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding single farm payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2011, processing of which was finalised with payment issuing on 15 December 2011. Therefore, there i...More Button

Was asked: when REP scheme payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry in view of the time delay associated with this file and the hardship that this is causing for the person involved; ...More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2009 and received payments for the first two years of his contract.More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Developments Programme and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before a...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st November 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be ...More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the agri-environment options scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Despite the financial pressures facing my Department I have made provision in 2012 for €243 million under agri-environment schemes. I am also considering the possibility of re-opening AEOS on ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a single farm payment for 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Applications under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and 2011 Single Payment Scheme were received from the person named on 14 May 2010 and 10 May 2011, respectively. All outstanding issues relating to...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an agri-environment options scheme payment for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st November 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to ...More Button

Was asked: the reason agri-environment options scheme applications have been delayed in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Mayo; if he will expedite these claims; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

The first person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010 and full payment totalling €806.77 issued in respect of 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to ...More Button

The second person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010.More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to ...More Button

Was asked: when a payment of agri-environment options scheme due to a person (details supplied) will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 September 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be ...More Button

An appeal was received from the person named in December, 2011. Following this review a letter issued to the applicant on 13 March upholding the original decision to reject the application. This ...More Button

Written Answers - Beef Exports

Was asked: the progress being made in relation to the reopening of the US market to Irish beef; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I recently welcomed the publication by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) of their draft BSE Rule, which essentially proposes to align US BSE rules with those of the World Organisation for Ani...More Button

The publication of the draft BSE rule on 16 March marks the start of a public consultation period that is scheduled to end on 15 May, but may be extended depending on the volume of submissions rece...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the staffing levels in his Department's Raphoe, County Donegal, local office broken down by grade; his plans to further reduce staff numbers; if a staff-work ratio review has been carried out; if h...More Button

The staffing level in my Department’s Raphoe office, broken down by grade and expressed as full time equivalents, is as follows: More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, since 2009 my Department has been engaged in a local office reorganisation process, the purpose of which has been to ensure the continuity of a top quality service to i...More Button

The Raphoe Office is one of 16 enhanced regional offices delivering schemes and services across the country. These offices provide an integrated service across the veterinary, AES, Single Payment ...More Button

A management review of local offices in 2009 reported that with improved business processes, the Raphoe office could satisfactorily provide these services with less than the current complement of a...More Button

Up until now, there were no options available to my Department to redeploy surplus staff in or around Raphoe and, as a temporary measure, other work unrelated to the normal work of a Regional Offic...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of staff in his Department who serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if any...More Button

No civil servant from my Department is a director of any company relating to their work. However, two civil servants are board members on two of the Non-commercial State Bodies that fall under my ...More Button

I understand from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that the Office of the Attorney General has advised that people working for the State are entitled to be indemnified for such work....More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Investigations

Was asked: if he has confirmed in writing to a company (details supplied) in County Kilkenny the reasons the special investigation unit is carrying out an investigation at the company; if the company has been...More Button

I am constrained from commenting in any detail about this matter because an investigation by my Department is ongoing and also because the company concerned has initiated its own legal proceedings ...More Button

I can say that any investigations carried out by my Department are subject to the investigating powers set out in the relevant legislation. In addition, the Special Investigation Unit is subject t...More Button

In terms of communication with the company concerned, I understand that they would, in accordance with normal practice, have been advised directly of the reasons for the investigation in the course...More Button

In the meantime I have appointed a senior official of my Department to make contact with the company and I am informed that a meeting took place yesterday which I hope may lead to resolving the iss...More Button

Written Answers - Sugar Processing

Was asked: the discussions, if any, he has had with his European counterparts regarding the future of the European Sugar Reform Fund; the amount currently available in the Fund; if there is any impediment to ...More Button

In 2006, a temporary restructuring scheme was introduced by the EU Commission with the aim of reducing EU sugar production in order to comply with WTO and other international obligations. The schem...More Button

The total compensation package negotiated in November 2005, in the context of the reform of the EU sugar regime, as modified in 2007, was worth €353m to Ireland, made up of €220m to beet ...More Button

Post reform, sugar production is now concentrated in 18 Member States. The present regime runs from 1 September 2006 to the 30 September 2015. There is no mechanism under the present EU Regulations...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I strongly support the EU Commission’s recent proposals (which form part of their latest package of CAP Reform measures) to fully abolish the current EU sugar qu...More Button

In 2011 I met with two separate groups here who have conducted feasibility studies, into the possibility of establishing a new sugar/bioethanol facility in Ireland. At both meetings, I stated that ...More Button

Written Answers - State Bodies

Was asked: his views on whether he deems it acceptable that Teagasc in Kinsealy, County Dublin, undertook a number of works such as the part construction of an internal access road to serve proposed forestry,...More Button

This is an operational matter for Teagasc. The question of planning permission is a matter for the relevant local authority.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if he will expedite the processing of targeted agricultural modernisation scheme applications for the dairy equipment scheme so that diary farmers can proceed with works on the installing of milkin...More Button

The first tranche under the Dairy Equipment Scheme which was reopened for applications last December closed on 31 January 2012. More Button

This tranche was heavily oversubscribed. The applications are currently being processed with a view to issuing approvals and this work will be completed as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if he will forward the full copy of the application and all supporting documentation in relation to an application to his Department to the applicant (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he ...More Button

The person concerned has submitted an application for grant-aid under the Dairy Equipment Scheme and was issued with an approval to commence the relevant investment works on 14 October 2011.More Button

A copy of the grant application and supporting documentation will be forwarded to the applicant as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite the processing of targeted agricultural modernisation scheme applications for the mobile handling and sheep fencing scheme as farmers are anxious to proceed with works; and if h...More Button

The first tranche under the Sheep Fencing/Handling Scheme which was reopened for applications last December closed on 29 February 2012. 268 applications for grant-aid were received during the cou...More Button

Was asked: if he has received an application from a person (details supplied) in County Limerick for the young farmers installation scheme in 2008.More Button

The Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme was closed for new applications on 14 October 2008 as part of the decisions taken in the context of the 2009 Budget. As the application concerned was ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare

Was asked: if he will ensure that codes be introduced here covering the transportation of animals by cable car, that is, the transportation of animals on an aerial ropeway; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Responsibility for the Dursey cable car is a matter for Cork County Council. My Department has no plans to introduce codes governing the transportation of animals by cable car.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: the level of State funding being made available in 2012 to Horse Racing Ireland, the Irish National Stud Company Limited and Bord na gCon. More Button

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and Bord na gCon (BNG) receive State funding from the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund (the Fund) which was established under Section 12 of the Horse and Greyhound Racing ...More Button

The State funding provided to HRI and BNG is crucial to underpin the development of the horse racing and greyhound industries which sustain an estimated 27,000 jobs and generate approximately &euro...More Button

The Irish National Stud Company Ltd. receives no funding from my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Horse Racing Ireland

Was asked: the number of racecourses under the ownership of Horse Racing Ireland; if each racecourse is making a profit and in the case of the ongoing losses at any race course if he will outline the extent o...More Button

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 and as such the operation of its racecourses is an operational matter for HRI. More Button

HRI owns and operates racecourses at Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Navan and Tipperary. It also owns the Cork racecourse lands and is a party in the joint venture company which operates the racecourse...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Expenses

Was asked: the amount of expenses claimed on a monthly basis since March 2011 by all Ministers attached to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In terms of my own travel and subsistence expenses a total of €15,366.95 has been incurred thus far for the period in question. I have not as yet submitted expense claims in respect of 2012. T...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms

Was asked: if he will instruct Teagasc to cease its plans to trial genetically modified potatoes.More Button

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...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding a REP scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if same can be expedited as quickly as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010 and full payment totalling €368.96 issued in respect of 2010. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not yet received a REP scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2008 and received payments for the first three years of their contract. More Button

In addition, 75% of the year 4 payment issued on 16 March 2012 for the amount of €6,113.34 and the remaining 25% year 4 balancing payment of €2,037.78 will issue shortly.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in a person (details supplied) in County Cork receiving a REP scheme 4 payment for 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in August 2009 and received payments for the first year of their contract.More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before an...More Button

Written Answers - Fish Farming

Was asked: if a report into salmon farming here was carried out by, or on behalf of his Department in 1994 (details supplied); if the document has been published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The precise nature of the report referred to by the Deputy is not clear. My Department is aware of a report entitled ‘Protecting Wild Atlantic Salmon from Impacts of Salmon Aquaculture: A Country-...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application concerning the allocation of milk quota in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The named person submitted an application for additional milk quota to the first stage of the 2012/2013 Milk Quota Trading Scheme. This scheme was completed on March 22 last, and the results of al...More Button

I have been informed that the relevant Co-operative will be in contact with the named person in the coming days.More Button

Written Answers - Dairy Industry

Was asked: the progress being made, if any, regarding his announcement of a new statutory dairy marketing levy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish dairy industry is poised to increase production dramatically following the abolition of milk quotas in 2015. More Button

Against the background of a Food Harvest 2020 target of a 50% increase in milk production in the period to 2020, I have been engaged in consultations with the dairy sector to determine how Irish da...More Button

I have had an extremely positive engagement with the sector to date, and I will make an announcement as soon the consultations already referred to have concluded.More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if he will confirm the amount of national lottery funds allocated to his Department; if the funds are spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; if the national lottery fund is More Button

My Department does not receive any funding from the National Lottery.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if he will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards regarding the percentage of participation of women and men ...More Button

There are currently 12 State Bodies that fall under the aegis of my Department. Of these, I have made appointments to those Boards listed in the following table since I became Minister for Agricul...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

Was asked: the number of laptops in use in his Department; the number of tablets in use in his Department; the number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The number of laptop and tablet computers in use in my Department is as follows—More Button

It is estimated that between thirty (30) to fifty (50) laptop computers may be updated during 2012.More Button