16. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the significance of the opening of the Chinese market to Irish beef, particularly in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18266/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Food Exports to China)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The recent opening of the Chinese beef market to Irish beef is hugely significant for the Irish beef industry, all along the chain from farmers through to processors and exporters. It marks the culmination of a number of years work involving my Department, the Irish Embassy in Beijing and with the close co-operation of the Chinese Ambassador in Dublin and his Embassy staff, Bord Bia, and the industry itself. 
My Department h...

28. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures being taken to seek new markets for Irish agriculture in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18265/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The pursuit and development of new markets for Irish agri-food exports is of course an ongoing and central component of the strategic development of the agri-food sector, as evidenced by its placement right at the centre of Food Wise 2025, the industry’s strategy for development over the coming decade. Indeed, this is all the more relevant after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, which presents significant new challenges for t...

1295. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason the record for a person (details supplied) cannot be recognised in each of the years 2006 to 2016 and to date in 2017 under the Dundalk cockle Natura permits policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36838/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Fishing Industry)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The qualifying criteria for eligibility for a fisheries Natura permit to fish for cockles in Dundalk Bay is set down in the Dundalk Cockle Natura Permits Policy 2016-2020. This policy is available at the website www.fishingnet.ie, the Government’s commercial sea-fishing network portal.
Under the heading “Cockle dredge fishery”, point 2 of the policy states: “Permits will normally be issued in the first instance to ‘priority g...

229. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures he has taken to address the concerns of the agrifood sector arising from the decision of the United Kingdom European Union referendum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21751/16 asked on 14 Jul 2016 - UK Referendum on EU Membership)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The decision of the UK to leave the EU is one that creates considerable challenges for the agrifood sector. The UK is by far our largest trading partner.  Last year we exported almost €5.1 billion worth of agricultural products. This included more than €1.1 billion in beef products and almost €970 million in dairy products. Ireland is also the UK’s largest destination for its food exports - worth €3.8 billion last year. T...

242. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the efforts he is making to open market access for Irish beef inside and outside the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21919/16 asked on 14 Jul 2016 - Beef Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): There is a strong demand for beef globally and my role as Minister is to facilitate market access and to enable Irish exporters to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. In 2015 Ireland exported an estimated €2.2 billion, or approximately 500,000 tonnes of beef, to almost 80 countries around the globe. Food Wise 2025 acknowledged that there is a rising global population together with the growing middle classes in a ...