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Ó Cuív, Éamon

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Rural Development Programme Funding

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the total projected spend under the Rural Development Programme 2007-13; the approximate spend that would occur under Pillar 2 of the rural development programme in the event of the Government only...More Button

I hope the Minister will answer to the point the questions I have asked today about the spend on Pillar 2 for 2007-13, and the minimum possible spend for 2014-2020, allowing for the full drawdown o...More Button

I would like to thank the Minister for confirming that under the deal he negotiated, we could see Pillar 2 drop from €4.8 billion the last time to €3.1 billion this time, which is a drop of around ...More Button

The Minister himself said €4.8 billion.More Button

The Minister said that the programme is worth €4.8 billion.More Button

However, there is two years left to spend under this programme. The allocation for 2007-13 is €4.8 billion, and I presume that the Minister will have spent the €4.8 billion by the time we get to t...More Button

For the next programme there could again be two years added on at the end, and the spend could be as low as €3.1 billion. Will the Minister accept that it was very poor negotiation on his behalf, ...More Button

It is clear that this issue was not a priority with the Minister in the negotiations because he was boasting all the time that he managed to get all his priorities in the CAP package. Therefore, t...More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding (Continued)

Yes.More Button

Fish Farming

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if the European Union has re-opened pilot investigation 764/09/ENVI; the reasons for same; the possible consequences for Ireland arising from this investigation; if any questions have been raised w...More Button

Concerns have arisen that investigation 764/09/ENVI was reopened because information was withheld or incorrect information was provided by the Department to the European Union. I ask the Minister ...More Button

Will the Minister confirm that the case has been reopened and requests for information about the case have been received from the European Union? In view of the reopening of the investigation, wil...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, who is seated beside the Minister, will be able to explain to him that forestry planting applications for grants have been held up by the Department pending...More Button

Live Exports

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he has taken to ensure that live exports of cattle continue in view of the demise of TLT; the steps taken by him in the past two months to open the British market to Irish live exports of...More Button

As the Minister will be aware, there is considerable concern about the lack of competition in the cattle and sheep sectors, the effect that the absence of a sufficient quantity of live exports is h...More Button

In case those who are listening to Question Time think my question solely concerned TLT, the question asked what steps the Minister had taken in the past two months to open the British market to li...More Button

They take them through Larne.More Button

Live Exports (Continued)

I am glad the Minister raised the issue of country of origin because I understand it is now being discussed at EU level. Will the Minister be ensuring that all cattle raised and slaughtered on thi...More Button

That stems from the Good Friday Agreement.More Button

It is based on the concept of dual identity.More Button

Departmental Publications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the amount of staff time and the estimated cost, including staff time, associated with the production of ministerial newsletters since he became Minister; the grounds on which he believes this expe...More Button

They say that time is money. No doubt it takes time to prepare the newsletters issued by the Department. This is taxpayers' money. I ask the Minister not to tell me it is impossible to quantify ...More Button

Departmental Publications (Continued)

We all agree with the idea of informing the public. However, are these newsletters political propaganda or informing the public? I have a very simple, specific question. Two newsletters were put...More Button

How many pictures in total were in the two newsletters?More Button

I will give the Minister the information. There were 11 pictures in the two newsletters, seven of which featured the Minister and four of which featured the Minister of State. That means 11 out o...More Button

Has the Minister or his Department consulted the Standards in Public Office Commission about the appropriateness of this newsletter in its present form? At what level is the draft signed off in ...More Button

Will the Minister answer the question?More Button

I asked the Minister two very specific questions.More Button

I asked the Minister if he asked SIPO.More Button

My second question was the level in the Department the version the Minister signs off is at.More Button

The Minister knows the procedure as well as I do.More Button

By the way, I will pick up on the Minister's suggestion about SIPO.More Button

  Written Answers follow Adjournment.More Button

Bord na gCon Remit

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he has taken to address issues of concern regarding corporate governance in the Irish Greyhound Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when he will make an announcement in relation to Pillar 1 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020; when he will convey details of the selected options under Pillar 1 of the CAP to the EU; if...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason the second part of the single farm payment was not paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; if the person has been informed of the reason for this non-payment; if they ha...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of farmers who received penalties under the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 single farm payments scheme respectively; the number of these penalties that relate to the over-declaration of eligi...More Button

Departmental Schemes

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the payments made under each of the following schemes for 2012 and 2013, broken down on a county basis, rural environment protection scheme, agri-environment options scheme, disadvantaged area sche...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of persons due payment in 2013 under the agri-environment options scheme and the REP schemes; the number paid to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will extend the latest date for accepting applications under the TAMS scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Commonage Framework Plans

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he intends to issue an official response to the document on commonages prepared by the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine; his view on the proposals made by the committee; and i...More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when he will announce the rate of Exchequer co-funding for Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy programme 2014-2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Agriculture Schemes Data

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of farmers who applied for the disadvantaged areas scheme and single farm payment scheme, broken down by county in 2013; the number that were paid their disadvantaged area payment to dat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the amount of money that would be available to transfer to lower paid farmers under Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 if the single farm payment was capped at €800-ha for the first 10ha and €400...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the level of ceiling on the single farm payment that would be required to save the €108 million to be transferred to farmers with low payments under Pillar 1 of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-...More Button

Equine Industry Issues

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the actions he will take to deal with the issue of oversupply of horses in the country and with the large number of abandoned horses both in urban and rural areas; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Horse Slaughtering Data

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of registered horses in the country at present; the number slaughtered at registered premises during the past five years; the estimated number of unregistered horses in the country; and ...More Button