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Coveney, Simon

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Food Harvest 2020 Strategy

Was asked: if an interdepartmental group has been established between different Government Departments regarding meeting the targets set down in Food Harvest 2020; the Departments that are involved in this gr...More Button

Implementation of Food Harvest 2020 is driven and monitored by the High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC) which comprises senior executives from Bord Bia, Teagasc, BIM, Enterprise Ireland, the ...More Button

Bovine Disease Controls

Was asked: the position regarding compensation available for calves from dairy herds with BVD; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication programme, the statutory basis for which is set out in S.I. 532 of 2012, requires that calves indicating an initial positive or inconclusive test for th...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: the total number of disadvantaged areas scheme applications from farmers in County Tipperary; the total number of these that have been paid to date; the reason for the delay in the remainder of the...More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Farm Inspections

Was asked: if he will examine the legality and fairness of a farm inspection in County Tipperary in 2012 (details supplied) in view of the fact that the person was never notified of the inspection and was not...More Button

In the context of delivering the Direct Payment Schemes my Department is required to carry out on-the-spot inspections on a number of farms covering such issues as eligibility under the Scheme, com...More Button

Rules regarding the advance notification of inspections are clearly laid down in the governing EU regulations and must be adhered to by officials in my Department. In general, all inspections sho...More Button

These notification procedures are in accordance with those outlined in my Department’s Farmers’ Charter and Action Plan. More Button

The person named was selected for a ground eligibility and cross compliance inspection in 2012 and having examined the 2012 application it was determined that the inspection should be un-announce...More Button

The eligibility inspection involved the inspection of lands declared in counties Clare, Limerick, Roscommon and Tipperary. This inspection identified discrepancies between the area declared and a...More Button

The cross compliance inspection identified breaches relating to requirements applying to Special Areas of Conservation and sheep identification and registration requirements, resulting in a 5% pe...More Button

The person named sought a review of both inspection decisions. As part of this review process the person named was afforded the opportunity to provide any new evidence and supporting documentatio...More Button

Following representations to the Department’s Quality Customer Service Unit, senior inspectorate officials met with the person named on 4th March 2013 to discuss the procedures and outcome of the...More Button

The person named has appealed the inspection decisions to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office. As part of the appeal process an oral hearing took place on 18 September 2013 where the perso...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal of a decision on an application for a forest road grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The person named was notified of the refusal of his application under the Roads Scheme on 10 June 2013. My Department does not have any record of receipt of an appeal from him since that decision ...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been on an application for a forest road grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The contract number (CN63551) does not refer to the person named and my Department has no record of an application from that person under the Forest Roads Scheme at the address given. If the Deput...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an application for a forest road grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The application by the person named under the Forest Roads Scheme is with the Forestry Inspectorate for consideration and recommendation in relation to the project. This should be complete within ...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an application for a forest road grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The application by the person named under the Forest Roads Scheme is with the Forestry Inspectorate for consideration and recommendation in relation to the project. This should be complete within ...More Button

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Was asked: the reason Bord Iascaigh Mhara is hiring new staff in Clonakilty at salaries of between €65,000 and €75,000, despite the fact that staff in Dún Laoghaire are already doing the work that is advertis...More Button

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) is an independent statutory body and the matter referred to by the Deputy is an operational decision and is therefore a matter for BIM itself. I have forwarded the Deputy’...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) will receive a disadvantaged areas payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is one of a number of applicants under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, whose cases were impacted by the requirement to have achieved a minimum stocking density of 0.3 livestoc...More Button

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

The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application on 14 May 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehens...More Button

Was asked: when the remaining payments under the disadvantaged areas scheme will be paid in counties Galway and Roscommon, as well as in the other counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged areas scheme payment; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged areas scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when a disadvantaged areas scheme payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when payment under the disadvantaged areas scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when payment under the disadvantaged areas scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

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

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Sligo may expect their aid payment to be processed; the reason the payment has been delayed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Also the 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October and I expect that payment will issue to the person named on that date.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a disadvantaged areas scheme payment; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the outstanding disadvantaged areas scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

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

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Also the 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October and I expect that payment will issue to the person named on that date.More Button

Was asked: the reasons payments under the disadvantaged areas scheme are slow to process; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million, have issued to 67,538 applicants.

  I can con...More Button

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

As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person na...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry has not received their payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person na...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received their area aid payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person na...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged areas scheme payment; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants, with paymen...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will have their disadvantaged areas payment processed; if will he explain the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person na...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will have their disadvantaged areas payment processed; if he will explain the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

An application under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 6 March 2013. Payment has not yet issued to the person named as the holding has not satisfied the Sche...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their disadvantaged areas payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 6 May 2013. Full payment totalling €3,400.86 issued directly to the nominated bank account of the per...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their disadvantaged areas payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2013. Full payment totalling €1,844.93 issued directly to the nominated bank account of the per...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications

Was asked: when a person's (details supplied), in County Mayo, agri-environment options scheme 2 capital investment receipts will be returned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The receipts in respect of this AEOS 2 Scheme applicant were returned on 9 October, 2013.More Button

Harbours and Piers Development

Was asked: if he will confirm that funding has been made available for a development plan (details supplied); if he will confirm the amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Abbeyside Waterfront in Dungarvan is in the ownership of the Waterford County Council and responsibility for its repair and maintenance rests with that Council in the first instance. I am happy to...More Button

Commonage Framework Plans

Was asked: if he will implement the proposals contained within the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Review of Commonage Lands and Framework Management Plans report; and if he will make a st...More Button

The report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the issues surrounding commonage lands, the views of the various stakeholders ...More Button

With regard to the specific recommendations of the Committee contained in their Report, I can confirm that these will be included among the range of issues to be addressed in the process that wil...More Button

Commonage lands form an important part of the farming enterprises of many farmers, particularly along the West Coast. They also form an important part of the local environment from the point of v...More Button

Following the successful completion of the negotiations on CAP reform under the Irish Presidency on 26 June 2013, I launched a consultation process with all relevant stakeholders to ascertain the...More Button

Taking all of these matters into account, it is my stated aim is to ensure that a practical solution is reached, which will ensure that the current farmers actively farming these lands are protec...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: if the single farm payment has ceased in respect of those companies or businesses which were found to have contributed to the horsemeat scandal. More Button

Penalties under the Single Farm Payment, leading to reduced payments, can result from failure to adhere to both the EU and National scheme requirements, including rules relating to cross compliance...More Button

Was asked: if a review of the single farm payment file of a person (details supplied) in County Galway has been completed; if an overpayment issue has been resolved as a result; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

My Department is currently examining land parcels declared under the Single Payment Scheme and other area-based Direct Payment Schemes. As part of this review a number of ineligible features were i...More Button

The person named was notified of this decision and of his right of appeal. Following an appeal from the person named my Department has now carried out a full review of land parcels with exclusion...More Button

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

A 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October. EU Regulations governing the administration of the scheme require that full and comprehensive administrative ...More Button

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

The person named is one of a number of applicants under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, whose cases were impacted by the requirement to have achieved a minimum stocking density of 0.3 livestoc...More Button

Land Parcel Identification System

Was asked: the number of farmers that had penalties imposed on them following a land eligibility inspection in County Tipperary in 2012.More Button

Officials in my Department are collating the data requested by the Deputy and will forward it directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Was asked: in view of the number of farmers that are finding their payments being cut following their lands being digitised, the number of farmers that have been notified that the area of ground they have bee...More Button

My Department is bound, under EU Regulations, to maintain the accuracy the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), which underpins the processing of applications under these Schemes as well as RE...More Button

In addition to any changes submitted by farmers, in order to insure the integrity of the LPIS, my Department continuously reviews the eligibility of lands claimed by farmers for the Single Paymen...More Button

As part of the clearance process a bi-lateral meeting was held on 25th July between the EU Commission Clearance auditors and my Department. At that meeting it was agreed that in order to avoid a ...More Button

If farmers are not satisfied with the determination made in their case, my intention is to introduce a robust and comprehensive appeal process. In the first instance, applicants will be entitled ...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Was asked: if a penalty imposed on a person (details supplied) in County Galway will result in a reduction in agri-environment options scheme payments in future years; if his attention has been drawn to the f...More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010. Full payment has issued in respect of the 2010 and 2011 Scheme Years and 75...More Button

Forestry Management

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the management of forestry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In a long-term activity such as forestry, which can create substantial and lasting change, good planning is essential to ensure that forest operations are undertaken with minimum impact on both the...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that the Irish Farmers Association opposes the introduction of fees for licences and other unspecified services as it may act as a disincentive to farmers to convert land to for...More Button

I am aware of the submission made by the Irish Farmers Association on the content of the Forestry Bill, 2013, which is currently at Second Stage in Dáil Éireann.More Button

The issue raised by the IFA related to Section 24 of the Forestry Bill 2013 which gives the Minister the power to introduce fees for the services of the Department. I must point out that it is a...More Button

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Was asked: in view of the fact that the Irish Farmers Association strongly opposes the function conferred on him to compulsorily purchase land suitable for afforestation or for any other forestry-related acti...More Button

Section 6(e) of the Forestry Bill 2013 does not confer on the Minister the power to compulsorily purchase land. It is merely a restatement of a current provision under Section 9 of the Forestry Ac...More Button

Forestry Sector

Was asked: if section 13(a) will be removed from the Forestry Bill 2013, and the collection of information for statistical purposes be undertaken voluntarily; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Granting the Minister the power to obtain information from forest owners is an important provision which will allow the Minister to produce various statistics about the national forest estate. This...More Button

With a view to minimising any potential burden on forest holders, it is my intention that my Department will, in the first instance, and as far as is practically possible, seek to utilise informa...More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Forestry Bill 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have noted the points made by the IFA in this matter. The confidentiality requirement is very important in a situation where the Minister is delegating some of his functions to a Committee. It ...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that the fines associated with felling a tree without a licence or in contravention of a condition of the licence are excessive for the type of misconduct, if the fines will be ...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the provisions of the Forestry Bill 2013. As the Deputy will appreciate it is important that any penalty for illegal activity such as illegal felling be su...More Button

The Deputy will also be aware that in relation to minor offences relating to unlicensed felling the Bill provides for Fixed Penalty Notices. These will operate in a similar fashion to speeding f...More Button

Direct Payment Scheme Eligibility

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

The person named is a deceased herd owner. A letter issued from my department to the legal personal representatives of the person named advising that payments will issue to the estate of the person...More Button

The holding of the person named was the subject of a Nitrates inspection by my Department, acting on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, on 21 January 201...More Button

The representatives of the person named have appealed this decision and this request for a review is currently being examined. The representatives of the person named will be notified of the outc...More Button

Licence Applications

Was asked: the number of licences that have been issued for recreational fishing of bluefin tuna under EU directive EC 302/2009.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the process for applying for recreational fishing of bluefin tuna under EU directive EC 302/2009 is adequate and in accordance with the directive.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 331 and 332 together. More Button

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is an inter-governmental Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-li...More Button

COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 302/2009 of 6 April 2009 concerning a multiannual recovery plan for blue fin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, amending Regulation (EC) No 43/2009 and repe...More Button

The regulation provides that member states must regulate recreational fishing for Blue fin Tuna and sets out the conditions under which this activity can take place, including the prohibition on ...More Button

Member states must deduct recreational blue fin tuna landings from the national quota for the species. However as Ireland does not have an allocation of quota for Blue fin Tuna, no recreational ...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the disadvantaged areas scheme and single farm payment appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 25 September and, to date, payments worth €143.3 million have issued nationally, to some 67,538 applicants. Payments wi...More Button

While processing the application of the person named a number over claims were identified. The person named has been notified of the over-claims and has accepted the Department’s findings. Paymen...More Button

Also the 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October and I expect that payment will issue to the person named on that date.More Button

Single Payment Scheme Applications

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

An application under the Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from person named on 10 April 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that fu...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a remote sensing and cross compliance inspection. These inspections have been completed and the results are now being finalised. In the event ...More Button

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

The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas’ Scheme application on 13 May 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of the schemes require that full and comprehensi...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility inspection. This inspection identified discrepancies between the area declared and the area found, resulting in an over-d...More Button

The person named was notified of this decision on 23 September 2013. The person named was also informed of the right to see a review of this decision, In the event that the person named in dissat...More Button

The payments under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas’ Scheme, which will issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account of person named, have been calculated taking ac...More Button

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

The person named has submitted two applications to buy single payment entitlements in the 2013 scheme year. One of these applications has been accepted and letters have issued to the relevant parti...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) may expect to receive their headage payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 15 May 2013. Payment has not issued as the holding has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking densit...More Button

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

An application under the Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from person named on 22 April 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that fu...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a remote sensing inspection. This inspection has been completed and the results are now being finalised. In the event that any queries arise o...More Button

Was asked: if a disadvantaged areas scheme 2013 payment will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the circumstances in this case and the undue hardship being caused...More Button

An application under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 11 May 2013. Full payment totalling €3,016.90 issued directly to the nominated bank account of the pe...More Button

Was asked: the reason area aid has been cut in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An official of my Department has recently again been in direct contact with the person named regarding the outstanding matter, which it is expected will be resolved shortly. Following that the appl...More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite completion of the digitising process in respect of a disadvantaged areas payment for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if he will expedite payment of disadvantaged are...More Button

An application under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 19 April 2013. While processing the application an over-claim was identified i...More Button

Organic Farming Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway may expect a decision on their appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The above-named joined the Organic Farming Scheme in March 2008 with a contract start date of 1 April 2008 and an end date of 31 December 2013. Participants in the Scheme must hold an organic lice...More Button

My Department were informed by the Organic Control Body, responsible for the issuing of organic licences that the above-named had lapsed as an organic operator with effect from 31 December 2012. ...More Button

The person named sought a review of this decision. The decision was reviewed by a senior official in my Department who upheld the original decision. The person named has recently been notified ...More Button

Genetically Modified Organisms

Was asked: regarding Teagasc’s trial of genetically modified crops, which many are against, if he will offer any rationale that will address the following concerns: that GM crops will damage our national econ...More Button

Genetic modification is a science-based technology which, in the case of plants, alters the gene structure in a way that does not occur naturally through fertilisation or natural recombination. Thi...More Button

Responsibility for the approval for the undertaking of field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the State rests with my colleague the Minister for Environment and Local Government, Mr. ...More Button

In July 2012, the EPA granted consent to Teagasc to carry out a field trial with GM blight resistant potatoes in Carlow over a four year period from 2012 to 2016 inclusive. The field trial was gr...More Button

The herbicide used in the Teagasc trial is a generic glyphosate, which is readily available in garden centres and hardware shops and is used in conventional tillage crops all over the country. More Button

Herbicides containing the active ingredient glyphosate have been available on the European market since the mid 1970’s. Glyphosate has been scientifically reviewed previously by the EU and a numb...More Button

Glyphosate is currently being reviewed again to determine its continued use in the EU in light of the most up-to-date evidence and analysis techniques. This review will encompass and involve all ...More Button

The Teagasc trial is part of an EU Framework Programme 7 funded research project consisting of 22 partners in 15 EU Member States and there is no commercial aspect to this project. More Button

Single Payment Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if the single farm payment has been withdrawn from those companies or businesses which were found to have contributed to the horsemeat scandal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Penalties under the Single Farm Payment, leading to reduced payments, can result from failure to adhere to both the EU and National scheme requirements, including rules relating to cross compliance...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Penalties

Was asked: the numbers of farmers on whom penalties were imposed following a land eligibility inspection in County Tipperary in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Officials in my Department are collating the data requested by the Deputy and will forward it directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Milk Quota Applications

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

Allocations of milk quota from the National Reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the Milk Quota Appeals Tribunal. The Tribunal examines and makes recommendations on application...More Button

The person named submitted an application to the Tribunal seeking an allocation of additional quota on the grounds of hardship. This application was examined by the Tribunal members at its meetin...More Button

The person named was notified of this decision by letter.More Button

Agriculture Schemes Payments

Was asked: the reason correspondence in respect of a person (details supplied) has not been dealt with at this stage; the reason they have not received their single farm payment and disadvantaged areas scheme...More Button

An application under 2013 Single Payment / Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2013. Processing of the application has recently been finalised and payment of DAS ...More Button

Also the 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October and I expect that payment will issue to the person named on that date.More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a decision on an agri-environment options scheme 3 appeal will issue to persons (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the Agri-Environment Options Scheme from the person named was received in my Department on 29 November 2012. Acceptance into the scheme, as laid down in the Terms & Condit...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the review of further medical evidence sent in support of an application for derogation of the stocking rate on a 2012 disadvantage areas scheme application in respec...More Button

An application was received from the person named under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. During processing it was found that the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements had not been satisf...More Button

The person named was notified of this on 1 March 2013 and given the opportunity to appeal the decision. The person named has appealed this decision and my department is currently awaiting the sub...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 500 of 8 October 2013, if this years payments will be made as a matter of urgency as the criteria is in order for this year; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The person named is one of a number of 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme applicants, whose cases were impacted by the requirement to have achieved a minimum stocking density of 0.3 livestock units pe...More Button

The person named subsequently availed of their right to pursue the matter with the Office of the Ombudsman and the case is currently under consideration by that Office. More Button

Scéim na hÍocaíochta Aonair

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De bharr gur trí oidhreacht a ndéanfaí an t-aistriú a iarradh, b'éigean an gnáth doiciméadacht tiomnach a iarraidh chun tacú leis an aistriú. Chomh maith leis sin, ní fhéadfaí an uimhir thréada a...More Button

De bharr gur aistríodh an uimhir thréada chuig an duine ainmnithe i ndiaidh an iarratais ar an Scéim Íocaíochta Aonair 2011 a bheith curtha isteach, is gá freisin iarraidh ar Sheiceadóirí Uachta ...More Button

New Entrants to Dairying Scheme

Was asked: if he will provide an appraisal of the five year new entrants scheme programme; the number of places that have been allocated to date; the number of places that have been taken up to date; if the s...More Button

The decision taken to set aside one quarter of the 1% quota increase in order to encourage new entrants in to dairying has, I believe, met its original objective of encouraging enthusiastic and det...More Button

To date 289 of those applicants have commenced dairying and it is expected that the remaining 121 applicants to whom milk quota was allocated will have either commenced operations, or will have t...More Button

This New Entrants to Dairying Scheme, has succeeded in bringing enthusiastic and well motivated farmers into to the dairy sector from a diverse range of farming enterprises, and is acting as a si...More Button

Fish Quotas

Was asked: the position regarding the negotiations between the EU and Iceland on the ongoing dispute in relation to mackerel quotas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Negotiations between the Coastal States (EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faeroes) on sharing arrangements for the North East Atlantic Mackerel stock are due to commence next week in London (23-25 Octob...More Button

I have consistently argued that any possible deal must be balanced and fair and that Iceland and the Faeroes must not be rewarded for their irresponsible behaviour. Mackerel is Ireland’s most imp...More Button

For this reason I have placed this issue on the agenda of the Council of Fisheries Ministers meeting due to be held this coming Thursday, in advance of the Coastal States negotiations next week. ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the reason area aid has been cut in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The reduction mentioned arose following the identification of an over-claim in the eligible area of three of the land parcels declared by the person named. Correspondence has been exchanged with th...More Button

Felling Licences Applications

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 418 of 8 October 2013, if he will direct that the trees causing the reception blockage be removed as quickly as possible (details supplied); and if he will mak...More Button

The felling of trees and the issuing of licences for tree felling are governed by the Forestry Act, 1946. Under this Act, my Department has no power to direct that trees be felled. Section 37, subs...More Button

Beef Quality Assurance Scheme

Was asked: the rules in relation to the movement of cattle under the beef quality assurance scheme; if the restriction of movement of cattle under this scheme is disqualifying many farmers from the scheme; an...More Button

The Bord Bia Beef and Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme (BLQAS) supports the Irish food industry by re-assuring consumers on food safety, traceability and origin. It is an integrated, voluntary scheme ...More Button

Marine Tourism

Was asked: the number of projects that Mayo County Council applied for funding under the marine leisure and marine tourism capital infrastructure development programme; the details of each project; the total ...More Button

The applications received from Mayo County Council for funding under the 2013 Marine Leisure & Marine Tourism Capital Infrastructure Development Programme were as follows:

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