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Creed, Michael

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Brexit: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for this opportunity to address the House on what I think we all agree is the biggest challenge facing the agrifood sector in many years. The scale of the Brexit ...More Button

It is not just about the numbers, however, but also about the extensive and highly-integrated nature of the trading relationship between the UK and Ireland, and the need to protect this relations...More Button

In the short-term, our most immediate concerns have centred on the significant drop in the value of sterling against the euro. I have attempted to address these challenges primarily through the ...More Button

The more medium to long-term impacts of Brexit include the potential disruption that will arise from new trading arrangements and possible tariffs, changes to regulations and standards, Border co...More Button

In addition to regular contacts at fora such as the Council of Ministers, I have also embarked on an extensive process of engagement with counterparts in Northern Ireland and the UK, and with oth...More Button

One of the biggest challenges ahead for us will be to reduce our dependence on the UK market. We have been putting considerable effort in recent years into opening new markets and building on ex...More Button

Notwithstanding all of the work done to date, and noting the important step taken recently in the form of the UK's article 50 notification, we are still at an early stage in the Brexit process. Th...More Button

One of the particular challenges, which was alluded to by previous speakers, relates to the trading relationship between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Nowhere else is the all-island nature ...More Button

There is clearly a highly-integrated all-island agrifood economy. I have had very significant engagement with various parties in Northern Ireland in that context. Indeed, in the sectoral dialog...More Button

It is particularly disappointing that there is currently no Executive in Northern Ireland with which to engage. I had very useful engagement on up to a dozen occasions with Michelle McIlveen, th...More Button

My colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Flanagan, is in Belfast and I know there are efforts under way to establish an Executive. I sincerely hope that all parties recog...More Button

In concluding my remarks I urge all of those participants, representatives of the political parties and those of no political persuasion, to redouble their efforts as we approach Good Friday. It...More Button

I have had engagement with the food and drinks industry in the UK and with farming organisations in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and we share common ground in respect of Brexit. Altho...More Button

GLAS Eligibility

Was asked: the reason whereby in a GLAS 3 application by a person (details supplied) and as administered by his Department, protection of watercourses was not an option when adjoining landowners using the riv...More Button

The GLAS 3 Specification clearly sets out compatible GLAS actions that can be selected on the same land parcels when applying to join GLAS. This specification states that where the Wild Bird Cover...More Button

Forestry Grants

Was asked: when payment under the forestry premium will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This refers to an application for a Grant and Premium payment under the Afforestation Scheme. This plantation appeared to be subject to a turbary burden. The applicant submitted an Indemnity whic...More Button

Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied); the assistance that can be provided to this person; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The “Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme” was developed by my Department in co-operation with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), making €150 million available to farmers at i...More Button

The loans are for amounts up to €150,000 for up to six years, with interest only facilities of up to three years. The Scheme was administered by SBCI through the participating banks; AIB, Bank o...More Button

I am meeting with the Chief Executives of the banks shortly to discuss the Scheme and other issues relating to access to finance in the agri-food sector.More Button

Was asked: when low-cost loans for tillage farmers will be available following the announcement in October 2016.More Button

One of my priorities has been to address the impact of the change in the sterling exchange rate and lower commodity prices in some sectors, which have caused cash flow difficulties for farmers. Th...More Button

The loans are available to all livestock farmers, tillage farmers, horticulture producers and others involved in primary agricultural production. My Department is contributing €25million in tota...More Button

The banks will report on progress to the SBCI on a regular basis. Although no official returns have been made to my Department as yet, the banks have confirmed that they have applications up to ...More Button

I am pleased at the very positive reaction by farmers to the Scheme, which has proved that significant demand exists for low-cost flexible finance. I hope that the commercial banks will respond ...More Button

Information and Communications Technology

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

The TAMS II IT system has been updated to allow for the correction of obvious errors and payment claims which are identified as having these errors will be processed for payment.More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: the measures he is taking to protect Irish timber exports to the UK during and after the EU-UK Brexit negotiations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Irish timber industry faces particularly difficult challenges arising from the UK decision to leave the EU. Over 70% of all timber products manufactured here in Ireland are exported to the UK....More Button

However, the wood processing sector in Ireland has some important advantages that will stand to it as it prepares to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The main players in the industry are rela...More Button

As well as expanding their export markets and cutting costs, saw mills can prepare for BREXIT through continued investment in the supply chain and manufacturing technologies, and through moving u...More Button

My Department is undertaking a review of both our forest policy document entitled “Forest, Products and People” and the Forestry Programme 2014 -2020 so that forest policy and implementing measur...More Button

Was asked: if fisheries will be a priority for the Government in view of the hearing of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine; the actions taken to date in terms of highlighting t...More Button

I listened to the hearing in the Oireachtas Committee with great interest and of course I engage regularly with the contributors to that debate. They, and I, understand the potential very serious ...More Button

As both I and An Taoiseach have stated before, fisheries is, and will remain, a high priority for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations.  We intend to ensure that fisheries remains high on the Brexi...More Button

I have established a dedicated Brexit unit in my Department and a special focus has been placed on fisheries.  I held a Seafood Sectoral Civic Dialogue and arranged a meeting between the Industry...More Button

I have recently held a further series of meetings with key fisheries Ministers and we are working closely at all levels with a like minded group of fishing Member States (Belgium, Denmark, France...More Button

In terms of the European Commission, I have had a number of discussions with Commissioner Vella on this topic and there is ongoing contact between my officials and relevant Commission officials.More Button

In conclusion, I would like to assure the Deputy that I will be unequivocal in ensuring that Irish fisheries remain a priority during negotiations, and opposing any dilution of our existing EU qu...More Button

Young Farmers Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an issue concerning persons who have started the green certificate course (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the 2015 National Reserve an exception was made which allowed students to qualify under the scheme before completion of their agricultural course. However, this exception did not receive the...More Button

Where an applicant has fully completed all aspects of their course by 15 May but has not yet been verified as successful or received final certification, a Confirmation of Education Form should b...More Button

Decisions in relation to the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, including educational qualifications, are made in consultation with the Direct Payments Advisory Committee which includes m...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a copy of the correspondence from the European Union refusing to allow the State to give national reserve to a person who enrolled in a course in 2015; and if he will make a stat...More Button

In accordance with EU Regulations governing the operation of the National Reserve and Young farmers Scheme, Members States may define additional eligibility criteria as regards appropriate skills, ...More Button

To ensure that the benefits of the ‘young farmer’ and ‘new entrant’ categories are targeted at those who have a genuine interest in farming as a career, Ireland included agricultural education at...More Button

Ireland was required to notify the EU Commission of the additional educational eligibility criteria being applied to the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, and the increased flexibility i...More Button

In order to ensure that no young farmer would be disadvantaged by this ruling and in order to comply with the notification from the EU Commission thus avoiding the risk of a financial correction ...More Button

A copy of the correspondence referred to will be made available directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if a person who started green certificate education in September 2016 will qualify for the young farmer national reserve scheme in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Terms and Conditions of the 2017 National Reserve state that an applicant must have successfully completed a recognised course of education in agriculture giving rise to an award at FETAC Level...More Button

Decisions in relation to the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, including educational qualifications, are made in consultation with the Direct Payments Advisory Committee which includes m...More Button

Was asked: if an exception was made which allowed persons to qualify under the 2015 national reserve scheme before completion of their agricultural course even though this did not receive the approval of the ...More Button

In accordance with EU Regulations governing the operation of the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, Member States may define additional eligibility criteria as regards appropriate skills, e...More Button

To ensure that the benefits of the ‘young farmer’ and ‘new entrant’ categories are targeted at those who have a genuine interest in farming as a career, Ireland included agricultural education at...More Button

Ireland was required to notify the EU Commission of the additional educational eligibility criteria being applied to the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme, and the increased flexibility i...More Button

In order to ensure that no young farmer would be disadvantaged by this ruling and in order to comply with the notification from the EU Commission thus avoiding the risk of a financial correction ...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the reason he has not provided funding to persons classed as forgotten farmers; if he will provide a copy of correspondence from the European Union not allowing Ireland the special category; and if...More Button

The Regulations governing the operation of the National Reserve include an optional provision whereby Member States may use the National Reserve to allocate new entitlements or give a top-up on the...More Button

Officials from my Department have consulted with the EU Commission with regard to funding of ‘specific disadvantage’ categories such as ‘Forgotten Farmer’ under the National Reserve in 2017 and f...More Button

The only funding option for the Forgotten Farmer category is natural replenishment of the Reserve such as unused entitlements or the proceeds of claw back, but only after the two priority categor...More Button

A copy of the correspondence referred to will be made available directly to the Deputy.More Button

TAMS Eligibility

Was asked: the reason contractors that supply services to farmers are not included in TAMS for building sheds or for grants for slurry equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The governing EU Regulation 1305/2013 for the TAMS Schemes specifies that support for investments in physical assets will be granted to farmers or groups of farmers and the Rural Development Progra...More Button

There is no scope under the current Rural Development Programme to extend the TAMS II  Schemes to agricultural contractors.More Button

Programme for Government

Was asked: the reason there is no facility in TAMS for a mats grant to provide two bays per year for three years as agreed in the programme for Government to help animal welfare and create employment; and if ...More Button

The commitment in the Programme for Government states that

  "Subject to EU amendment approval, we will expand the TAMS scheme to include measures on mats for slatted sheds ...More Button

Aquaculture Licence Applications

Was asked: if approval will be given in respect of an application for an aquaculture licence (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The aquaculture licence application referred to by the Deputy is currently under consideration by my Department under the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act an...More Button

The legislation provides for a period of public and statutory consultation. In the case of this application the public consultation period is now over. My Department is continuing to examine th...More Button

As the licence application is under active consideration as part of a statutory process it would not be appropriate to comment further on the matter at this time.More Button

Animal Identification Schemes

Was asked: the number of herdowners who ordered cattle tags between 1 October 2016 and 31 March 2017; the percentage who have not paid the ICBF levy; the number of tags covered; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

My Department introduced a new approval process in place for the provision of official bovine identification tags. Three tag vendors are currently approved under the new arrangements.

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Departmental Funding

Was asked: his plans to provide funding to the ICBF in view of the funding shortfall from the ICBF levy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The ICBF was established in 1998 following a number of years of industry consultation among all stakeholders in the cattle breeding industry.

  ICBF is the only body approved und...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive an AEOS 2 payment.More Button

The person named commenced their AEOS 2 contract on 1 September 2011. Payment issued in respect of the 2011-2015 Scheme years.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 ta...More Button

GLAS Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a GLAS payment.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received full payment in respect of the 2015 scheme year.

  During the 2016 ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a GLAS payment.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received full payment in respect of the 2015 scheme year.More Button

During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases. Department officials are actively working to resolve this issue with a view...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a GLAS payment.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received full payment in respect of the 2015 scheme year.More Button

During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases in relation to commonages. Department officials have examined this issue and...More Button

Was asked: when a GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied).More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and the balancing payment in respect of the 2015 scheme year has now issued and processing of payment i...More Button

Was asked: if he will issue a GLAS 2 payment to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.

  During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerise...More Button

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

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015.More Button

Low Input Permanent Pasture is one of the actions claimed by the person named and requires further investigation as there is no record on the data bases held by my Department of an owned grazing ...More Button

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

The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.

  The 2016 GLAS prepayment checks indicate that the person named is also a particip...More Button

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

The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.

  During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerise...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a GLAS payment.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received full payment in respect of the 2015 scheme year.More Button

During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases.  Department officials are actively working to resolve this issue with a view...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a GLAS payment; and if the GLAS contract transfer request has been processed in this case.More Button

The person named is not the person who applied for and was approved into GLAS.  An application was made to my Department to transfer the GLAS 2 contract to the person named and this transfer reques...More Button

Was asked: when a GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied).More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received full entitlements in respect of the 2015 scheme year.More Button

During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases.  Department officials are actively working to resolve this issue with a view...More Button

Fur Farming

Was asked: his views on the treatment of minks in mink farms; if he will consider revoking licences for this activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2011, a Review Group was established to examine all aspects of fur farming in Ireland. The Terms of Reference of the Review Group were:

  (i) To review fur farming in Ireland...More Button

Organic Farming Scheme Payments

Was asked: the position regarding organic farm payments; the reason there is a delay in payment; the expected timeframe for recipients to receive those payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At present, 80% of Organic Farming Scheme participants have received their 85% advance payment in respect of 2016. Balancing payments have also started to issue in respect of the old Organic Farmi...More Button

The outstanding Organic Farming Scheme payments relate to cases where issues have been identified and follow up is required. These issues are being investigated and dealt with on a case by case ...More Button

Was asked: the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named received an advance payment in respect of his 2016 Organic Farming Scheme application in December 2016. 

  This was only a first instalment, based on what was ca...More Button

Departmental Staff Retirements

Was asked: if employees in his Department who reach the age of 65 must retire or if they can work to 66 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is responsible for central policy making, and retirements in my Department are carried out in line with these policies. The retirement age depends o...More Button

Aquaculture Licence Appeals

Was asked: the status of an independent review on the granting of a licence (details supplied); when he expects a decision to be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB) has statutory functions assigned to it in accordance with the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1997. The function of the Board is to provide an independent ...More Button

Section 56 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 provides that the Bord should endeavour to determine an appeal within a period of four months beginning on the date of the receipt of the appeal. ...More Button

Departmental Bodies

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

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority was set up by the Oireachtas under the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 as the independent authority for, inter alia, the implementation of se...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if 70% of the land needs to be retained for entitlements when using solar panels; if solar farming will be taxed or if it will come under renewal such as in circumstances that apply with regard to ...More Button

Support under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is payable upon activation of an eligible hectare per payment entitlement. In general terms an eligible hectare is one that is used for an agricultural...More Button

While cases involving solar panels will be examined on an individual basis, it is currently envisaged that the area covered by the solar panels will be deemed ineligible for the purposes of claim...More Button

With regard to entitlements it is important to note that a farmer must use all entitlements every 2 years. Therefore if the land is deemed ineligible for BPS the farmer would lose the entitlemen...More Button

It is also worth noting that all agricultural land used to claim BPS must be owned/leased, used and managed by the applicant. If the applicant is not the owner of the land, they must have a lease...More Button

With regard to taxation it is primarily an issue for my colleague the Minister for Finance. An inter-departmental committee, including representation from my Department, is currently considering...More Button

Was asked: the current ceiling in place for annual basic scheme payments under pillar 1 in CAP 2014-2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Please see the following information requested in respect of current ceilings in place for annual Basic Payment Scheme payments under Pillar 1 in CAP 2014-2019 under the Single/Basic Payment Scheme...More Button

Was asked: the current ceiling in place for the greening portion of payments under basic scheme payments of pillar 1 in CAP 2014-2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Single Payment Scheme (SPS) was replaced by the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening with effect from 2015. All farmers eligible for payment under the BPS Scheme are subject to Greening. H...More Button

Registration of Title

Was asked: the status of obtaining the required consent from his Department for the transfer of property to persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has been in correspondence with the solicitors for the persons referred to by the Deputy regarding this transfer. The case has been prioritised by my Department, however there are a ...More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 267 of 1 December 2016, if the ex-ante evaluation was completed in December 2016; if not, when; the quarter in which it will be completed in 2017; if the evalu...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 246 of 16 June 2016, the number of the seven ex-ante assessment steps provided that have been completed to date from the financial instruments in question (det...More Button

Was asked: the number of member states that have implemented a financial instrument for the current rural development programme period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 to 674, inclusive, together.

  The contract for an Ex-ante Assessment for the use of Financial Instruments (FIs) within Ireland’s European Ag...More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: the total amount of assigned revenues in the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund on an annual basis over the period 2011 to 2016, inclusive, in tabular form (details supplied); the annual breakdow...More Button

The following table sets out the amounts of assigned revenue reported in my Department’s Annual Accounts for EAGF Financial Years 2011-2016. It is not possible to estimate amounts which might aris...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funds given by the European Union to support farmers and agricultural sectors in members states affected by the Russian embargo over the 2011 to 2016 period, in tabular form; the coun...More Button

In August 2014, Russia introduced a ban on the import of some food products from the EU and certain other countries in response to sanctions imposed on them by these countries.

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Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

Was asked: his plans to make the currently voluntary contributions which farmers can opt to pay to the ICBF when ordering tags compulsory; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to make the suppliers of cattle tags to farmers pay a compulsory contribution or fee to the ICBF on tags sold; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 677 and 678 together.

  The ICBF was established in 1998 following a number of years of industry consultation among all stakeholders in the cattl...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: the number of vacant buildings in his Department’s ownership or control; the locations of same; and the time they have been unoccupied in each case.More Button

The only properties which are in the ownership of my Department, which are currently vacant, are in the Fishery Harbour Centre (FHC) property portfolio and are listed in the following table. Howev...More Button

GLAS Applications

Was asked: the status of a GLAS application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015.

  During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerise...More Button

Poultry Industry

Was asked: his plans to put in place a fund to support persons who are effected by the drop in eggs sales in view of recent reports of avian influenza; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to put in place a public health information campaign to inform the public that eggs for sale in the Irish market are fit for human consumption to combat the drop in sales of eggs in view ...More Button

Was asked: the reason free range poultry farmers have been advised to take birds indoors in efforts to combat the spread of avian influenza; his plans to rectify this issue; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the reason a decision has not been made by his Department to lift the precautionary measures being taken by poultry farmers to combat the spread of avian influenza on the instruction of his Departm...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 682 to 685, inclusive, together.

  On 23 December 2016 this Department announced the introduction of regulations under the Animal Health and Welf...More Button

TAMS Administration

Was asked: the reason payments under the TAMS scheme have been delayed due to computer issues (details supplied); the timeframe for these issues to be resolved; when persons can expect to have payments sancti...More Button

The TAMS II IT system has been updated to allow for the correction of obvious errors and payment claims which are identified as having these errors are being processed for payment.More Button

Agriculture Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be notified of the decision on their appeal in view of the fact that the oral hearing in this case was held some time ago.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office has confirmed that an oral hearing was held late November 2016. When all of the facts of the case have been fully considered a comprehensive decision letter will iss...More Button

Fodder Crisis

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 588 of 4 April 2017, his views on whether this reply is a suitable response (details supplied); if he will provide the details requested as to the supports whi...More Button

My Department has been monitoring the availability of fodder since the beginning of winter. Exceptionally dry weather last October allowed silage to be made in many areas which helped ease the dif...More Button

As an additional support to cash flow on farms, I am pleased to record that to date €1.183 billion has been paid out under the 2016/17 Basic Payment Scheme to 123,929 farmers and these payments a...More Button

The ‘Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme’ was introduced to enable farmers to plan and budget more effectively by providing an attractive cash flow support loan product as an alternative to...More Button

 My Department will continue to monitor the situation.More Button

Livestock Issues

Was asked: the number of livestock cattle dealer numbers his Department has issued to each county in each of the years 2009 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if the criteria have changed over the same years; the n...More Button

Information on the number of livestock cattle dealer numbers issued by my Department in each county in each of the years 2009 to 2016 and to date in 2017 and the number of applications which are pe...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: the status of a payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) was received from the person named on 14 May 2014 declaring a total of 6.26 hectares comprised of 3.71 forestry, which had been afforested ...More Button

Under the Terms and Conditions of the Single Payment Scheme, applicants who afforested part of their holding from 2009 onwards and wish to benefit from the Single Payment Scheme, must have retain...More Button

Land Ownership

Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The subject matter of the correspondence, namely the ownership of a certain plot of land, has been examined by my Department who have ascertained that the land in question was vested in Coillte. S...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: the status of a single farm payment for a person (details supplied).More Button

An application under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 31 December 2015 thus incurring 100% late penalty as it was outside the timeframe allowed under the Terms an...More Button

Fish Quotas

Was asked: the status of the consultation process relating to the proposed sharing arrangement between the RSW pelagic fleet and the polyvalent fleet in view of the significant scientific mistake made by the ...More Button

I received a request from the Irish South and West Fish Producer Organisation to allocate the increase over 2016 of Ireland’s mackerel quota for 2017 entirely to the Polyvalent Segment on a 1 year ...More Button

This matter has generated a lot of discussion in the industry and I have received many representations on the matter. Having carefully considered the matter, I decided that, without prejudice, t...More Button

It is important to note that I have not made any decision at this time to change the allocations between the segments in respect of this part of the quota. All relevant issues will be carefully ...More Button

The public consultation process concluded on 28 February 2017 and 353 submissions were received. All submissions are currently being evaluated. More Button

To support transparency in this process, it is intended that all views received on the Consultation Document and/or any clarification provided will be publicly made available on my Department’s w...More Button

Aquaculture Licences

Was asked: the status of the aquaculture licensing review; if he will provide an overview of the submissions made; the next stages in the process; the estimated completion date for the entire process; and if ...More Button

I appointed the independent three-person Aquaculture Licensing Review Group in December 2016.  The Group is tasked with identifying and recommending changes to improve the aquaculture licence proce...More Button

The Group conducted a public consultation earlier this year, running from early January until 10 February.  Information on the number of submissions received (385), as well as a list of these sub...More Button

I understand that it is the intention of the Group to publish the submissions received during the consultation concurrently with the final report.  Any publication of submissions will be carried ...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Administration

Was asked: if participants under the national reserve who receive a top-up of entitlements on land for which they hold no entitlements can keep these increased entitlements after the scheme ends; the timefram...More Button

The National Reserve provides for a permanent allocation of entitlements to successful applicants on land for which they hold no entitlements and/or a top up to the value of existing entitlements h...More Button

The allocation of new entitlements is on the basis of one entitlement for one hectare of eligible land declared on the Basic Payment Scheme application for which the applicant holds no entitlemen...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount spent across his Department over the past five years on maintaining vacant or unused State owned properties, including security arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The property portfolio in the six state owned Fishery Harbour Centres (FHCs) at Killybegs, Ros An Mhíl, Dingle, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth is managed and operated by my Department, incl...More Button

Separately, a building at Darrara, Clonakilty, which is owned by the Office of Public Works, was vacated by my Department in February, 2014.  Energy and security costs paid by my Department in 20...More Button

Workplace Relations Commission

Was asked: the adjudications and the findings of the Workplace Relations Commission in respect of public bodies in each of the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017 that have not been accepted by his Departm...More Button

There have been no adjudications of the Workplace Relations Commission for the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017, that have not been accepted by my Department.

  In so far a...More Button