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Creed, Michael

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Animal Welfare (Continued)

I thank the Deputies for their questions. The welfare of all animals is a priority for my Department and we continue to engage with stakeholders to ensure the welfare of cattle born on dairy farms...More Button

My Department has engaged with exporters to ensure the welfare of calves being transported to the Continent and has advised them of updated standards and requirements. Live exports are a critica...More Button

The transport of calves requires the use of lairage facilities at Cherbourg and the development of additional lairage capacity there is a commercial matter for the export sector. However, offici...More Button

I met with exporters in September to discuss and review existing export procedures, and officials from my Department have had continued regular engagement with them. I visited the Netherlands re...More Button

The best investment we can make to ensure the continuation of live exports is to underpin this endeavour with high welfare standards. I have emphasised that in all my engagement with various stake...More Button

On cross-breeds, there is a danger of talking ourselves into a difficulty. We developed the dairy beef breed index specifically to give greater certainty to farmers on what they are getting when...More Button

This issue requires a multifaceted response. We have engaged with all the various stakeholders and I am confident that, as in previous years, if everybody pulls their weight, we will be able to ...More Button

Beef Industry

Was asked: if a group (details supplied) will be included in the beef markets task force talks, which commenced in December 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I established the Beef Taskforce to monitor the implementation of the beef sector agreement of 15 September.

  The Taskforce is comprised of the Independent chair, Michael Dowlin...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the review of a decision of an appeal by a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.   

  A review of the Appeals Officer's decision is required to determine if the Appeals Off...More Button

Brexit Supports

Was asked: if section 9.2 of the terms and conditions of the beef exceptional aid measure can be changed to ensure that the immediate previous owner of an animal presented for slaughter within 30 days of it b...More Button

The objective of the BEAM measure is to provide temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Regulat...More Button

Section 9.2 of the terms and conditions of the beef exceptional aid measure state that 'Where an (eligible) animal (under 9.1.1) has been presented for slaughter by an agent or by a dealer within...More Button

This is expressly designed to try to ensure that the farmer who raised or finished the animal is the one that get the payment. As the scheme has launched and is operational, it is not possible a...More Button

Fisheries Protection

Was asked: the licensed depuration facilities available to aquaculture producers around the Irish coast; and if Bord Iascaigh Mhara is considering proposals or funding programmes to increase the number of suc...More Button

The approval of establishments for the depuration of live bi-valve molluscs is a matter for the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). The SFPA is an independent statutory body and I am preclu...More Button

I understand that on receipt of an application from an individual or a commercial entity, a standardised approval process is undertaken by the Authority to ensure compliance with applicable food ...More Button

www.sfpa.ie/What-We-Do/Seafood-Safety/Registration-Approval-of-Businesses/List-of-Approved-Establishments/Approved-Establishments.More Button

Supports to the Irish seafood sector are provided under my Department's €240 million European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme. More Button

Financial supports for depuration facilities involving a licensed aquaculture site are available under the EMFF Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme, implemented by BIM. The Scheme aims to promote the...More Button

www.bim.ie/schemes/sustainable,aquaculture,scheme/.More Button

Financial supports for depuration facilities involving a seafood processing premises are available under the EMFF Seafood Capital Investment Scheme, which aims to promote competitiveness and valu...More Button

www.bim.ie/schemes/seafood,processing,capital,investment,scheme/.More Button

GLAS Payments

Was asked: the status of a GLAS payment for 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 and has received payments in respect of scheme years 2016 - 2018, including GLAS + payments.More Button

All GLAS claims must pass validation checks, including checks against the associated Basic Payment Scheme application, before a payment can be made. In this case, the application has not cleared ...More Button

The person named has been notified that the commonage claims have been withdrawn from the GLAS contract. Processing of the 2019 payment will be made for the remaining GLAS actions.More Button

Departmental Advertising Expenditure

Was asked: the expenses incurred by his Department to date in 2019 for the implementation of ongoing communications strategy initiatives that highlight schemes and programmes operated under the auspices of hi...More Button

My Department provides public information about the Department's wide range of schemes and programmes.

  The table below lists my Department's communications initiatives for 201...More Button

Was asked: the expenses incurred by his Department to date in 2019 for the commissioning, development, production, promotion and online sharing of a video that highlighted schemes and programmes operated by h...More Button

My Department provides public information about the Department's wide range of schemes and programmes. Video is one of the formats used to communicate this information and is primarily produced in-...More Button