236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps his Department takes to monitor breaches in the codes of practice regarding the selling and supply of goods through published advertisements, online or printed, regarding the sale of dogs and-or puppies that have been bred illegally or are being sold to take part in illegal hunting activities. (Question 20593/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) Minimum Standards, for online classified advertising websites, was launched in 2015. IPAAG is an advisory group of Irish animal welfare organisations, representatives from the veterinary profession and online websites. I fully endorse these Minimum Standards and would strongly encourage websites that advertise animals for sale to comply with them.
The Dog Breeding Establishments...

336. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1121 of 17 April 2018, if the figures provided by Bord na gCon (details supplied) are for unregistered greyhounds re-homed by the Irish Greyhound Board in each of the years 2010 to 2017. (Question 18967/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 body corporate and a separate entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 
The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the question...

35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the implications for live cattle exports in view of the announcement of the opening of the beef market with China. (Question 18261/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Live Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Last week I announced that my Department has secured the opening of the Chinese beef market for Irish beef. This is very good news for our agri-food sector and indeed for the country. The ongoing search for new third-country markets is a priority for my Department, particularly in the context of the challenges posed for our livestock products by the upcoming UK exit from the EU.
But while China will be an important future mark...

39. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1069 of 17 April 2018, when the consultation document regarding inshore waters will be published and available publicly. (Question 18260/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Inshore Fisheries)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The issue of limiting access to different categories of vessels in inshore waters and within 6 nautical miles has been raised by a number of stakeholders. My department is currently in the final stages of preparing a formal paper to include possible measures. I hope to be in a position to present this paper for a full public consultation in the coming days. Let me provide some background on this matter.
This Government has com...

171. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1069 of 17 April 2018, when the consultation document which is under preparation regarding inshore waters is likely to be published and made publicly available. (Question 18116/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Inshore Fisheries)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I hope to make this consultation paper available within the coming days.
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187. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of horses injured and killed at racecourses and point-to-point events here in each of the past ten years. (Question 18236/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Horse Racing Industry)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Horse Racing Ireland is a commercial State Body responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry.
The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Horse Racing Ireland.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the question to Horse Racing Ireland for direct reply to the Deputy.
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188. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of the dogs rehomed directly by an organisation (details supplied) that are unnamed or unregistered. (Question 18240/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 body corporate and a separate entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 
The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the question...

184. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the salmon hatchery operated by a company (details supplied) in County Donegal has been awarded organic status. (Question 16838/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Organic Farming)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The certification, control and inspection of all organic operators in Ireland, including those engaged in the production of organic farmed salmon, has been delegated in accordance with EU Regulations to a number of approved Organic Control Bodies. 
The relevant Organic Control Body has confirmed that the site named is certified as an organic freshwater rearing site i.e. a hatchery.
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185. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the food producers that have been included in the Origin Green Programme while being investigated by his Department or other State agencies for breaches of statutory requirements. (Question 16839/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Origin Green Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Origin Green is the national sustainability programme for the Irish food and drink industry. It is a Bord Bia initiative and operated by that State Body. 
Participating companies within the programme sign up on a voluntary basis. As part of the membership requirements, companies must develop a multi-annual sustainability plan with time-bound targets. This plan is then independently assessed and verified by a third party auditi...

186. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether it is appropriate for his Department to have responsibility for the organic food programme in view of the continued designation of a company (details supplied) as an organic producer of farmed salmon despite multiple investigations by his Department into breaches of licence conditions by that operator and the payment of fees to the assessors by the operators. (Question 16840/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Organic Farming)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The organic status of operators in the food sector here in Ireland is certified by rigorous on-going assessment undertaken on behalf of my Department by designated Organic Control Bodies. My Department remains the Competent Authority under EU regulations but has delegated the certification function to those independent control bodies, in accordance with the relevant EU regulations and in common with the practice in many other...

187. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the sites of a company (details supplied) that are being investigated by his Department for breaches of licence conditions; and when he expects these investigations to be completed. (Question 16841/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Aquaculture Licences)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department is currently examining possible breaches of licence conditions in respect of three aquaculture licences held by the Company referred to by the Deputy.
These licences are in respect of the following sites: 
 1. Deenish (Co. Kerry)
 2. Lough Swilly (Co. Donegal)
 3. Roancarrig (Co. Cork)
Every effort is being made by my Department to bring these examinations to a conclusion as soon as possible. As these examination...

188. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to initiate an inquiry into salmon farming here in view of the public concern regarding environmental damage to the coastal environment caused by the industry and the recent report of the Scottish Parliament stating that salmon production in that country is unsustainable and is not being sufficiently regulated. (Question 16842/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Fish Farming)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): All applications for aquaculture licences are considered by my Department in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable National and EU legislation.
The licensing process provides for a period of Statutory and Public Consultation. Licensing decisions are taken following the fullest consideration of all scientific, environmental, legal, engineering and public pol...

1040. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps his Department will take in view of renewed calls to ban hare coursing and hare hunting following a warning from wildlife experts that the Irish hare is in trouble, with dwindling numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15999/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Coursing is regulated under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), subject to the general control of Bord na gCon.
The ICC is committed to maintaining high standards in the sport of coursing, and it actively promotes the protection and conservation of the Irish hare. The ICC has assured my Department that it has extensive systems and practices in place to underpin the welfare of hares and gr...

1067. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 269 of 21 March 2018 (details supplied), if he will address the fact that a greyhound which he reportedly co-owned was used in both hare coursing and greyhound racing. (Question 15420/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Bord na gCon)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord na gCon is a commercial State Body, established in 1958 under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. 
The Irish Coursing Club is subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon.
Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
I wish to confirm that I do not own ...

1069. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the consultation document which is under preparation regarding inshore waters is likely to be published and put on public display; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15456/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Inshore Fisheries)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1069 and 1070 together.
This Government has committed to the development of the inshore sector in the current Programme for a Partnership Government. The programme identifies a number of methods for supporting the sector, such as ensuring smaller inshore boats are given new opportunities for commercial fishing. Support is being provided under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational...

1070. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he plans to take to protect the inshore boats which operate within the six nautical mile coast line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15457/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Inshore Fisheries)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1069 and 1070 together.
This Government has committed to the development of the inshore sector in the current Programme for a Partnership Government. The programme identifies a number of methods for supporting the sector, such as ensuring smaller inshore boats are given new opportunities for commercial fishing. Support is being provided under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational...

1120. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of individual registered and unregistered greyhound pups born each year to litters registered with organisations (details supplied) in each of the years 2010 to 2017. (Question 16253/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the qu...

1121. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number unregistered greyhounds rehomed directly by the Irish Greyhound Board in each of the years 2010 to 2017. (Question 16254/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the qu...

269. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for initiatives to encourage coursing clubs to transition from live coursing to drag coursing (details supplied). (Question 13029/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) has informed me that the coursing-bred greyhound is separate and distinct from track-bred greyhounds and will generally not chase a lure.
On the important issue of animal welfare, under the provisions of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 the regulation of coursing is chiefly a matter for the Irish Coursing Club. This is subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon, which is the sta...

728. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of owners in each of the stallions standing at the Irish National Stud to date by percentage of ownership by a National Stud director or party related to directors both past and present; and the details of ownership by the company secretary and related parties. (Question 12525/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - National Stud Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish National Stud Company Limited is a commercial State Body. The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Irish National Stud.
In line with Dáil procedures this request can be made directly to the  Irish National Stud using the dedicated email address: pq@irishnationalstud.ie.
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729. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the purchase and or acquisition of each of the stallions standing at the Irish National Stud to date. (Question 12526/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - National Stud Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish National Stud Company Limited is a commercial State Body. The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Irish National Stud.
In line with Dáil procedures this request can be made directly to the  Irish National Stud using the dedicated email address: pq@irishnationalstud.ie.
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731. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the fact that it is the policy of the Irish National Stud to encourage members of the board of the Irish National Stud and those connected with them to trade with the company and with stallion syndicates managed by the company despite the provisions of the company’s articles of association in regard to disqualification of directors in cases in which a director profits or benefits from an activity, scheme or undertaking of the company; and if this policy has departmental sanction. (Question 12543/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - National Stud)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish National Stud Company Limited is a commercial State Body.
The Irish National Stud Company Limited has informed me that it is a service provider to its clients, including syndicates and directors. All services are provided at commercial rates. In addition they have informed me that there is no participation by a syndicate in the profits earned by the Irish National Stud Company Limited. 
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758. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department maintains statistics on the wastage rate in the greyhound racing industry regarding the number of dogs every year deemed surplus to the industry’s requirements and either rehomed, euthanised or illegally killed; and if so, if he will provide these statistics for each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date in 2018. (Question 12844/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
In line with Dáil procedures this request can be made di...

189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the conditions at a pound (details supplied) which is the subject of a social media video displaying appalling living conditions for animals; if he is satisfied that the standard of welfare at this facility meets the welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs seized, accepted or detained under the Control of Dogs Acts and under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10343/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the Control of Dogs Acts, local authorities have responsibility for the management of dog pounds. Enforcement of welfare standards for animals, including dogs come under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. My Department maintains a close working relationship with local authorities on dog welfare matters and has consulted with the relevant local authorities who avail of the services of the enterprise referenced, all o...

156. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take in relation to a club (details supplied) and Bord na gCon that allowed the participation of a person in the national hare coursing final. (Question 9034/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Irish Coursing Club)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the provisions of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, the regulation of coursing is chiefly a matter for the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon. 
It would be inappropriate for me to comment on an individual case
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