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Creed, Michael

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

I thank my colleagues for raising this matter. I, along with the Government and the Deputies who have spoken on this, recognise the difficulties in the beef sector and agriculture generally. That...More Button

The beef market task force is one of the tangible outcomes of the negotiations that were held. Like all Members, I would like that task force to meet. In the interim, as we try to bridge difficul...More Button

It is not true to say that no progress has been made. We have had publication of the beef market price index, we have had tenders issued by agreement with all the parties bilaterally to commission...More Button

There are specific issues regarding convening the task force, and Members are quite well aware of them. It has been alluded to that injunctions still remain, and they remain granted to a company t...More Button

If the Deputy wishes to indicate that his shrug of the shoulders was indicating a negative in respect of death threats, I accept what he says. However, I, the Government, the Minister for Justice ...More Button

GLAS Payments

Was asked: the reason for the delay in a GLAS payment being issued to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was approved into the GLAS 1 scheme with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and received payments for scheme years 2015 - 2017 and the 2018 Advance payment.

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Was asked: when a GLAS payment for 2018 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is fully up to date with his GLAS payments.More Button

Forestry Grants

Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) to plant trees, which was submitted in April 2019, will be assessed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme was received for the person named in April this year.  The assessment of the site takes in seven different SACs, two of which must be c...More Button

I acknowledge that changes made to internal Appropriate Assessment Procedures (AAP) has resulted in delays to many files.  These are beyond my Department’s control as officials are obliged to imp...More Button

Most appeals have been in connection with our Appropriate Assessment (AA) procedure.  The Habitat Directive (Article 6.3) requires that where a plan or project is likely to have a significant eff...More Button

Currently, we are amending the AA procedure in order to introduce a robust and workable system which will address the issues now faced.  Introducing this system involves the recruitment of additi...More Button

I am fully aware of the concerns of applicants, such as the person named, and other stakeholders in the sector, in relation to the AA process.  My officials are in regular communication with stak...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Payments

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 submitted a 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application on 9 May 2019 in which he declared a share on the Dunloe Upper Commonage in County Kerry.  More Button

An over claim has occurred on this commonage and my Department is currently reviewing this over claim.  This over claim is impacting on payment under the BPS, ANC and GLAS schemes.  An official f...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Eligibility

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

The person named has been an applicant under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) from 2015 to 2019.More Button

Applicants under the BPS were allocated payment entitlements in 2015.  These are paid annually on the basis that a BPS application is submitted and the applicant declares an eligible hectare of a...More Button

The Terms and Conditions booklet for the BPS is circulated annually to all farmers.  In this booklet, the requirements in relation to usage of BPS entitlements are outlined.  Under these requirem...More Button

A farmer’s usage position is available for them to view at any time on the online system where it clearly states the number of available entitlements and the number which have been used in each y...More Button

For scheme year 2018, the person named held 23 entitlements and submitted a BPS application on 6 April 2018 declaring 12.39 hectares of eligible land.  In scheme year 2019, the person named submi...More Button

It is noted that under the 2018 BPS application, the person named deleted a parcel of land from his application amounting to 10.48 hectares of land and did not declare this land on his 2019 BPS a...More Button

The Deputy has mentioned that the entitlements were unused in error as the person named was recently suffering from ill health.  Officials from my Department will contact the person named in this...More Button

Farm Inspections

Was asked: if a farm inspection on land in an area (details supplied) will be carried out rather than a desk study; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the current Rural Development Regulation (and subsequent amendments under the Omnibus Regulation), Member States were required to change the approach to the designation of land under the Area...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: when the newly developed public park on the site of a plant (details supplied) at Haulbowline, County Cork, will open to the general public; when the land in question will be formally transferred t...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the former waste disposal site known as the East Tip on Haulbowline Island.  I am sincerely impressed at the transformation that has taken place there since...More Button

As of October, charge of the site has been returned to Cork County Council which acts as my Agent for operational matters at Haulbowline.  The Council has requested permission to operate the site...More Button

The ultimate opening date of the facility will be a matter for Cork County Council in due course.More Button

Environmental Policy

Was asked: when he plans to launch a code of good practice which will set out measures to reduce ammonia emissions over the coming years.More Button

Following a consultative process earlier this year, the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for Reducing Ammonia Emissions from Agriculture was launched on Wednesday 20th November 2019 and can be fo...More Button

The Code acts as a guidance document that outlines best practice actions to help reduce ammonia emissions from our farms.  Ammonia emissions arise principally from fertiliser and manure applicati...More Button

My Department is already supporting delivery of actions within this guidance document through the provision of support for investments in technology such as Low Emission slurry application techno...More Button

As agriculture is responsible for approximately 99% of ammonia emissions, it is vital that the agri-food sector continues to build on the good work achieved to date. The Code will support them in...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Applications

Was asked: if there will be a second round of applications under the BEAM scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) has provided temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Re...More Button

Organic Farming Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was not accepted onto the organic farming scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Organic Farming Scheme is one of the most successful schemes under our current Rural Development Programme.  A budget of €56m was allocated to fund the Scheme opened during the period 2014 to 2...More Button

The Scheme has more than achieved its targets in terms of new land converted and the maintenance of organic land. The area of land under organic production has expanded dramatically as a direct r...More Button

As a further vote of confidence in the organics sector by this Government, my colleague Minister Doyle established an Organics Strategy Group last year comprising relevant stakeholders and state ...More Button

The terms and conditions of the Scheme state that an applicant must reach a minimum ranking of 25 marks to be deemed eligible for consideration for inclusion in the Scheme.  They further state th...More Button

No changes were made to the minimum ranking of 25 marks - it is the same as in previous OFS under the current RDP. Once applicants reached the minimum ranking of 25 and met the other eligibility ...More Button

The person named, although eligible for consideration, did not score high enough to be selected in this tranche.  Their score was below the minimum score that was ultimately accepted into the Sch...More Button

It is important to note that this is a targeted re-opening and that I fully expect that there will be a new Organics scheme under the next CAP. I would encourage all stakeholders to make their vi...More Button

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme

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

The person named submitted an application under the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme of TAMS II.  The application was approved and a payment claim was subsequently submitted. By v...More Button

The penalty applied in this case is currently being reviewed. The outcome of this review will be notified, in writing, directly to the person named as soon as it has been completed.More Button

Greyhound Industry

Was asked: his plans to end grants to the greyhound industry in view of an opinion poll (details supplied); if he will review the allocation to the industry in view of same; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.  Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Under Section 12 of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001 (No.20 of 2001), the horse and greyhound racing industries receive financial support from the State through the Horse and Greyhound Ra...More Button

According to the 2017 Power Report, the greyhound industry provides and supports considerable employment both directly and indirectly across the Irish economy.  It is estimated that, in 2016, the...More Button

It is worth noting that the Greyhound Sector has undergone a series of reforms in recent times.  The Greyhound Racing Act 2019 which was signed by the President on 28 May 2019 strengthens the leg...More Button

Any suspension of funds would have immediate consequences for employment in the sector and could have unintended consequences for the welfare of dogs used for racing and coursing. Future financia...More Button

Bord na gCon

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Greyhound Board is attempting to hide incidents involving dogs falling and suffering injuries by withholding race footage from its website...More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.  Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Bord na gCon have informed the Department that, although it broadcasts all races at Bord na gCon licensed stadia, there is no regulatory or legislative requirement on Bord na gCon to make all rac...More Button

Bord na gCon collates figures relating to the injuries of greyhounds at all 16 licensed stadia, as well as statistics relating to greyhounds put to sleep. Any greyhound injured or put to sleep at...More Button

Bord na gCon have reiterated that greyhound injuries at stadia are rare. Bord na gCon control stewards carry out a track inspection prior to all race meetings and trial sessions. The track vet at...More Button

In August 2019, Bord na gCon launched a greyhound injury support scheme to provide financial assistance to owners to aid injured greyhounds to continue with a healthy life. The introduction of th...More Button

A number of improvements to various stadia, including track improvements, the installation of new hare rails and the purchase of new equipment, have been made in recent times. Bord na gCon emphas...More Button

Animal Welfare

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an Irish greyhound that is believed to have suffered whippings has been rescued from Spain; if he will recommend an end to exports to Spain; and if ...More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.  Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Bord na gCon have informed me that they unreservedly condemn cruelty to any greyhound. They are aware of this case, and have confirmed that the greyhound’s Irish owner had complied with the Welfa...More Button

The movement of all breeds of dogs, including greyhounds, between EU member states is currently set at a European level rather than as a national measure in isolation. Bord na gCon continues to a...More Button

Bord na gCon have stated they will continue to do everything possible within their remit to prevent exports of greyhounds to countries that do not have acceptable animal welfare regimes.More Button

Beef Industry

Was asked: the measures he plans to assist beef producers attain at least the average EU price for their livestock; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Irish Government has provided significant financial support to the beef sector over the past number of years through national funding and the rural development programme.

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Alternative Farm Enterprises

Was asked: the steps he can take to explore the possibility of farmers being able to grow hemp as a crop; the impediments that exist; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the analysis carried out to examine potential markets for hemp grown here as a crop; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 375 and 376 together.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, current legislation does not allow for the growing of hemp unless a specific licence has been granted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) which operates...More Button

Earlier this year, my Department concluded a broad consultation which included relevant bodies/agencies in an examination of growing hemp commercially. The consultation included the Departments o...More Button

A clear view arising from respondents in the consultation involved in regulation is that the domestic hemp industry should continue to be controlled and regulated by the Department of Health and ...More Button

An oversupply of industrial hemp in the European market has resulted in current low value for the majority of products from hemp. A number of large scale hemp processing facilities in Europe have...More Button

Officials of my Department have met with industry representatives on a number of occasions and it is clear from all of those consultations that further in-depth research and financial analysis is...More Button