335. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46741/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department provides funding for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Food Aid Convention (FAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through annual subscriptions and additional contributions as part of our commitments under Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Annual contributions are also paid to a number of external international organisations, and membership/registration fees are paid to profes...

336. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46742/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Due to the volume of the information requested by the Deputy, it was not possible to provide it in the required time. I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as it is available. 
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337. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, and social media. (Question 46743/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The vast bulk of the Department’s advertising consists of press notices in the specialised farming press, provincial and national newspapers. This expenditure includes the publication of Statutory Notices that are required to comply with various national and EU legislative requirements. Other media such as television, radio, specialised agricultural magazines and social media are rarely used. Decisions on the placement of noti...

1022. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he will introduce legislation to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic pets here; the supports that are given to State veterinary services, An Garda Síochána and local authorities to deal with incidents of stray or abandoned exotic animals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16664/13 asked on 16 Apr 2013 - Animal Welfare Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The keeping of exotic animals as ‘pets’ is not prohibited in either EU or Irish law but their release into the wild is subject to restrictions under environmental legislation. Additionally, the importation of live wild animals or birds is subject to licence under the Wildlife Act, 1976 which comes under the remit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (a body under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gael...