364. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to use the State’s printing services such as the currency production division of the Central Bank for its printing of secured works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47790/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Departmental Operations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I currently have no plans to use the State’s printing services such as the currency production division of the Central Bank for printing secured documents. The printing requirements of the Department, and how they are met, will continue to be kept under review.
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937. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the names of the special advisers employed in his Department; the names of special advisers to junior ministers in his Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current role or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the minister to which they were appointed to; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the government order; the date of the Government order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if any persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46460/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As of Friday 3 November, the names of my special advisers within the Department are: Ms. Aine Kilroy and Mr. Jonathon Hoare.  There is currently no special adviser assigned to Minister Doyle.  Both Ms. Kilroy and Mr. Hoare were in there respective roles prior to the Cabinet reshuffle of June 2017.  
The current salary scale for Ministerial Advisers is: Special Advisor (Principal Officer) €79,401.00 - €91,624.00 
The date of ap...

173. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in processing an application for the AEOS 2 plan by a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44301/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named joined AEOS2 with  a start date of 1 September 2011. The contract was due to run up to 31 December 2016.
An inspection was carried out on 11 May 2012. An issue arose in relation to water courses on the farm. The inspectors decision was to disallow the Alternative Water Source for Bovine action as no water courses, as defined in the AEOS specification, were found on the farm.
This finding was appealed to the Re...

151. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if consideration will be given to revising the reference number allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal in relation to the sheep welfare scheme. (Question 43357/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Sheep Welfare Scheme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I launched the  Sheep Welfare Scheme in 2016 to contribute to the continued development of animal and health welfare in the sheep sector.  The scheme requires farmers to undertake two actions for a menu of possible actions in order to enhance the standards of animal welfare in the Irish sheep flock.  
Under the scheme the number of breeding ewes returned on Sheep Census for the years 2014 and 2015 is used to establish a refere...

152. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal was refused payment under the young farmers capital investment scheme for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43364/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Young Farmers Scheme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named made an application under the Young farmer Capital Investment Scheme on 16 March 2016. A payment claim was submitted on 23 August 2017. Following checks of the submitted supporting documents, a penalty was applied. This was because the investment item was not owned in full by the person named at the time of submission of the payment claim. As the value of this item exceeds 50% of the total claim, the entire...

459. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive a decision in respect of a GLAS payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42489/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015.
An inspection was carried out on the holding resulting in a penalty for non compliance with the maintenance requirements for the “low input permanent pasture” and “planting new hedgerow” actions.  The person requested a review of the findings of the inspection to the responsible Regional Inspector in the Department who upheld the in...

475. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to ensure that the flood relief scheme for farmers in County Donegal, administered by his Department, compensates persons (details supplied) whose losses are financially devastating and have been assessed by Teagasc. (Question 42924/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Deputy will be aware I visited the Inishowen Peninsula with my Government colleague Minster of State Joe McHugh following the exceptional rainfall of 22 August last to see at first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers faced as a result.  I committed during my visit to supporting these farmers. 
In the immediate aftermath of the flood I prioritised the availability of support by means of the ...

161. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to amend the flood relief scheme for farmers in County Donegal administered by his Department. (Question 41993/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 161 and 162 together.
As you may know, I visited the Inishowen Peninsula with my colleague Minster Joe McHugh following the exceptional rainfall of August 22nd last to see at first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers faced as a result.  I committed during my visit to supporting these farmers, and my Department in conjunction with other State Agencies moved swiftl...

162. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to amend the flood relief scheme for farmers in County Donegal in response to the concerns of farmer representative organisations; and if he will ensure that all categories of farmers are fully compensated for their losses. (Question 41994/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 161 and 162 together.
As you may know, I visited the Inishowen Peninsula with my colleague Minster Joe McHugh following the exceptional rainfall of August 22nd last to see at first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers faced as a result.  I committed during my visit to supporting these farmers, and my Department in conjunction with other State Agencies moved swiftl...

169. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will complete the works on the breakwater at Greencastle Harbour, County Donegal to ensure safe access to the harbour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42034/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Harbours and Piers Maintenance)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 172 together.
Greencastle Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its development and ongoing maintenance rests with that Local Authority in the first instance and its parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government thereafter. 
My Department does however provide limited funding to assist coastal Local Authorities in carry...

170. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department has made a submission to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure that Greencastle harbour, County Donegal can be further developed under the capital plan 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42035/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Harbours and Piers Development)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 170 and 173 together.
Greencastle Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its maintenance and development rests with that Local Authority in the first instance and its parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government thereafter.
My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located a...

171. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if funding will be provided for the development of Leenan pier, Inishowen, County Donegal; if Donegal County Council will be advised to make an application in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42036/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Harbours and Piers Development)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 174 together.
Leenan Pier, Inishowen is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its maintenance, repair and development rests with Donegal County Council in the first instance and its parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government thereafter. 
My Department does provide limited funding to assist  coastal Local Authorities in carryin...

430. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will consider allowing for retrospective payments to be made to persons under the flood damage relief measure in respect of applications submitted by farmers that incurred financial losses and damage to property as a result of a major episode of flooding throughout the Finn Valley region of County Donegal in late 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40422/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As you may know, I visited the Inishowen Peninsula with my colleague Minster Joe McHugh following the exceptional rainfall of August 22 last to see at first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers faced as a result.  I committed during my visit to supporting these farmers, and my Department in conjunction with other State Agencies moved swiftly to offer practical solutions to those affected.  
In th...

442. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision is likely to be made in respect of an application (details supplied) for an aquaculture licence in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40666/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Aquaculture Licence Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The aquaculture licence application referred to by the Deputy is currently under consideration by my Department under the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable EU legislation.
The legislation provides for a period of public and statutory consultation. In the case of this application the public consultation period is now over. My Department is continuing to examine this applicat...

1308. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37219/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The details of charges paid for debit and credit card payment services and banking fees, as requested by the Deputy, are set out in the following tables:
Card payment service fees
 Year Bank of Ireland Allied Irish Banks 2012 965.92 0.00 2013 756.16 1,395.93 2014 0.00 8,790.48 2015 0.00 12,219.51 2016 0.00 12,748.32 Total 1,722.08 35,154.24 

Banking fees
 Year Bank of Ireland Allied Irish ...

225. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive their outstanding GLAS payment for 2016. (Question 31944/17 asked on 06 Jul 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has been paid in full in respect of the 2015 scheme year.
The 85% payment for 2016 has been processed and payment has issued to the person named.
Payment of the balancing 15% in respect of 2016 will commence shortly to all participants who pass the required pre-payment checks and who have submitted a nutrient management plan.
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1595. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive farm payments for 2016; the reason for the delay in issuing the payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26609/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Agriculture Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application under the 2016 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme was received from the person named on 22 April 2016.
Under the ANC Scheme, eligible applicants are required to have met a minimum stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per hectare for a retention period of seven consecutive months and to maintain an annual average of 0.15 livestock units  per hectare calculated over the twelve months of the scheme year....

1624. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of recent studies, surveys and assessments conducted by his department at a location (details supplied) in County Donegal; the reason and purpose for such activities that have been carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27290/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Departmental Surveys)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has not conducted any recent specific studies, surveys or assessments in relation to the area referred to by the Deputy. It would be normal for staff of my Department’s Marine Engineering Division and/or one of my Department’s marine agencies to visit such areas as part of normal duties. 
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186. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the expenses incurred by his Department relating to all types of insurance in each of the past five years; the cost of each insurance policy held by his Department over the same time period per annum; if he will provide the same data for all bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26279/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Insurance Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Government Departments do not have conventional insurance cover. Instead, Departments, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) operate under State indemnity, a self-insurance model whereby the State bears the financial risk associated with the costs of claims.
The State Claims Agency (SCA), manages personal injury, property damage and negligence claims brought against DAFM and deals with any claims ...

187. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the independent review into the aquaculture licensing process and associated legal framework has been completed; if the group has published its recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26352/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Aquaculture Licences)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Independent Review Group was tasked with making recommendations to improve the existing licensing system and to undertake steps to review the legislative framework.  On 31 May 2017 I received the Review Group’s report which examines the process of licensing for aquaculture and its associated legal framework in keeping with actions identified in Food Wise 2025 and Ireland’s National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquacultur...

513. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the funding provided by his Department for works and improvements to be carried out at a harbour (details supplied) in County Donegal in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the details of the most recent correspondence received by the local authority regarding proposals to develop the foreshore at the site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23179/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An Leadhb Gharbh Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its maintenance, repair and development rests with Donegal County Council in the first instance and its parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government thereafter. 
My Department does however provide limited funding to assist coastal Local Authorities in carrying out small scale projects for the development...

283. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an outstanding farm payment will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20946/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named commenced their AEOS 2 contract on 1 September 2011. Payment issued in respect of the 2011-2015 Scheme years.
Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System must take place. As 2016 is the final scheme-year of payment for the person-named, re-checks on payments made for ...

1175. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 662 on 31 January 2017, if the authorities in China have now formally completed a review of the action plan submitted by officials here as part of efforts being made to persuade the authorities in China to lift these restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19521/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Export Controls)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): On 18 April, following a constructive and engaging meeting my Chinese counterpart, Minister Zhi Shuping and I made a number of significant advances in the development of Irish exports of beef, seafood and thoroughbred horses to China.
One of the important points on which we reached agreement was on the proposed certificate to accompany consignments of crab exports and this agreement should facilitate the resumption of the crab...

653. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if approval will be given in respect of an application for an aquaculture licence (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17546/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Aquaculture Licence Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The aquaculture licence application referred to by the Deputy is currently under consideration by my Department under the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable EU legislation.
The legislation provides for a period of public and statutory consultation. In the case of this application the public consultation period is now over. My Department is continuing to examine this applic...

299. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in a 2016 GLAS payment issuing to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16941/17 asked on 05 Apr 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.
During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases. Parcels approved into the GLAS scheme for the Farmland Habitat action have been merged since the GLAS application was submitted which has resulted in unforeseen technical issues on the Department’s databases. Depart...