392. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to abolish fur farms here within the lifetime of this Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9504/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Fur Farming)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My predecessor established a Review Group in November 2011 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 taking into account existing legislative provisions for the licensing of mink farming 
(ii) To comment on the economic benefits of the sector
(iii) To consider the effectiveness of existing welfare controls, and
(iv) To make appropria...

233. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to ban wild animal circuses here on the basis of cruelty to animals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35657/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The conditions under which circus animals are kept and managed come under the scope of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, which contains rules relating to the welfare of all animals and requires a person having an animal under his or her control to safeguard and not endanger the health and welfare of the animal. My Department continues to engage with stakeholders, including circus groups, animal welfare organisations, in ...

1592. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since, including the date it became vacant for State boards or governing bodies under his control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a shortlist provided to him by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under his control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26076/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The position in relation to the filling of vacancies on the boards of State Bodies under the aegis of my Department is that, other than those filled on the basis of nominations from specified organisations as stipulated in legislation, vacancies are advertised on www.stateboards.ie and processed in accordance with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) guidelines.
The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in the followin...

537. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the date on which the independent report commissioned by Indecon on the current situation in the greyhound industry is set to be concluded and released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26016/14 asked on 17 Jun 2014 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): A review of certain matters relating to Bord na gCon has been commissioned by my colleague the Minister of State, Mr Tom Hayes, TD. The aim of this review is to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to facilitate the growth and development of the greyhound racing industry into the future. The review encompasses the policy, governance and regulatory framework and the financial situation of Bord na gCon. The report...

203. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in respect of the investigation into the contamination of Irish beef products with horsemeat, the current status of the investigation; if its findings will be published; the potential consequences for parties found to be responsible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26170/13 asked on 29 May 2013 - Beef Industry Irregularities)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): I published a detailed report on the ‘Equine DNA and Mislabelling of Processed Beef Investigation’ on 14 March. This report includes details of the companies that came to my Department’s attention during this investigation and the actions taken by the Department. Operations in a total of four plants were suspended (in some cases on a voluntary basis) for varying periods arising from the investigation. Information in relatio...

1379. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if he will indicate his position on genetically modified organisms; if it is permitted to genetically modify crops here; his views on the recent ban imposed by Poland on a matter (details supplied); if he will consider a similar ban if required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37829/12 asked on 18 Sep 2012 - Genetically Modified Organisms)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): EU Legislation sets down risk assessment and approval procedures for release and cultivation of GM crops and also GM ingredients used in both food and feed. Only those GMO’s deemed safe by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for use as food and feed and also safe to the environment are authorised for use in the European Union.
Within Ireland the issue of genetic modification is dealt with by three Government Departments, as ...