384. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the actions that have been taken to date to progress proposals to establish a consultation process to review the options for more restricted access for large fishing vessels fishing by means of trawls inside the six nautical mile zone; if submissions from all interested stakeholders are being accepted in respect of same; if so, the timeframe for submissions to be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19878/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Fishing Industry)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The public consultation process on trawling activity within the 6 nautical mile zone began on Monday 30th April 2018 and will run to Monday 11th June 2018. The consultation paper and accompanying reports by the Marine Institute and Bord Iascaigh Mhara are available on the Department’s website, along with information on how to participate in the consultation process. 
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431. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the concern in the communities of Burt, Bridgend, Burnfoot and Inch Island in the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, at the widespread removal of landscape features such as trees and hedges across an estate (details supplied); and if these works are in compliance with all relevant domestic legislation and European directives. (Question 17412/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Environmental Regulations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations 2011 was received by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in September 2017 regarding land located within Lough Swilly Special Protection Area (Site Code: 004075), involving an area of just over 6 hectares. The application was then referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service as is normally the case involving SAC/SPA. The ...

1058. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of legislative measures both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each legislative measure in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15340/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has neither enacted nor published any legislation originating in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in the relevant period. 
My Department recognises the values promoted by the Law Reform Commission in the area of modernising and consolidating legislation and keeps its own legislation under constant review.     
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679. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost to his Department of negative interest rates on deposits held; the details of same for agencies under his aegis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11729/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): A commercial bank commenced charging negative interest on the bank accounts of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with effect from 1st August 2017.
From that date until the end of February 2018 a total cost of €979.07 has been incurred.
Banking costs incurred by agencies under the control of my Department are an operational matter for the agencies themselves.
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734. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the value of Bord Iascaigh Mhara grants received by a group of companies (details supplied) in each of the years 2000 to 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12569/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Bord Iascaigh Mhara Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The question asked by the Deputy concerns matters that are the responsibility of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to BIM for direct response.
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735. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of legal or other actions taken by Bord Iascaigh Mhara to recoup grants awarded to companies in each of the past 15 years; the nature of the infringement, the name of the company, the result of the actions and the value of the grants in question in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12570/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Bord Iascaigh Mhara)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The question asked by the Deputy concerns matters that are the responsibility of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to BIM for direct response.
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550. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. (Question 9511/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The allocations set out for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in the National Development Plan for the 2018-2022 period are as follows: 
  - €m 2018 248* 2019 255 2020 258 2021 265 2022 275 
* this does not include capital allocation to be carried over from 2017. 
The funding will be allocated in the annual estimates process for capital programmes and schemes already in operation, a...

459. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department received a formal request from Donegal County Council to investigate the contents of potentially toxic materials dumped off the coast between 2015 and 2017 and to date in 2018; if there has been formal communication between the local authority and his Department in relation to the 2010 OSPAR Commission report into past dumping at sea of chemical weapons and munitions in the OSPAR maritime area which gave details of chemical munition dump sites off the County Donegal coast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8777/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Dumping at Sea)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I would inform the Deputy that responsibility for the OSPAR Convention and dumping at sea generally comes under the remit of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
I can also confirm that my Department has received no formal communications from Donegal County Council on this matter.
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455. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the growing problem facing sheep farmers at slaughter facilities whereby following an examination of lambs prior to entry processors are turning livestock away and refusing entry for slaughter due to a more stringent implementation of clean livestock policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6731/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Livestock Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Food legislation requires that primary producers rearing animals or producing primary products of animal origin are to take adequate measures to ensure the cleanliness of animals going to slaughter. My Department has, accordingly, developed a clean livestock policy which has been agreed with farmer, haulier and Food Business Operator stakeholders. The policy document was finalised in February 2017. This policy is a public h...

464. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an outstanding 2017 GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6791/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - 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 and has received all payments in respect of scheme year 2016 and the 2017 advance payment. There are no payments outstanding in this case.
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500. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4427/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department is not engaged in any public private partnerships.
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165. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) will receive outstanding GLAS payments for 2016 and 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3743/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016 and has received the 85% advance payment in respect of the 2016 scheme year.
The Department is aware of an issue with this case regarding the payment of the 2016 GLAS balance and the 2017 advance. A solution has been identified and is being implemented. GLAS 2017 advance payments are continuing to issue on a weekly basis. 
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170. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the loans made available to persons through the agriculture cashflow support loan scheme to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3785/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): One of my priorities is to support the provision of lower-cost, more flexible finance for farmers. The “Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme” was developed by my Department in co-operation with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) to address the impact of the change in the sterling exchange rate arising from Brexit and lower commodity prices in some agriculture sectors during 2016. It made €150 million of f...

452. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amendments proposed or being considered to the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006; the efforts being made to ensure that fishermen are afforded procedural fairness at all times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3190/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The main purpose of the possible legislative amendments currently being considered is to provide for a points system for masters of fishing vessels for serious infringements of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, as required by Council Regulation 1224/2009. The draft amending legislation under consideration would also affirm that fishing quotas are a publicly-owned resource, that sea fisheries can be managed in complianc...

1142. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Pearse Doherty den an Aire Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara an bhfuarthas comhfhreagras a seoladh chuig an Bhord Achomhairc um Cheadúnais Dobharshaothraithe agus ina gcuirtear in iúl don Bhord an imní agus an díomá atá ar choiste faoi cheadúnas a ceadaíodh i gContae Dún na nGall (sonraí tugtha); cathain a eiseofar freagra scríofa; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 54572/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Ceadúnas Imill Trá agus Dobharshaothraithe)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I gcomhréir leis an ngnáthchleachtas, chuir an Bord Achomhairc um Cheadúnais Dobharshaothraithe (BACD) in iúl don Roinn go bhfuair sé achomhairc i gcoinne an chinnidh ceadúnas dobharshaothraithe a cheadú chun oisrí a shaothrú ag láithreán ar Thrá na Brád, Co. Dhún na nGall, dá dtagraítear ag an Teachta Dála.
Comhlacht neamhspleách reachtúil is ea an BACD ar cuireadh ar bun é chun cinntí a dhéanamh maidir le hachomhairc i gcoin...

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...