1162. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on concerns or reservations regarding transparency or possible conflicts of interest in the Marine Institute’s foreshore planning application (details supplied). (Question 35899/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Marine Institute)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Please note this is an operational matter for the Marine Institute.
It is a matter for the Marine Institute to ensure that appropriate structures are in place within the organisation to prevent conflicts of interest.
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1163. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to delay further progress of the Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 in view of Britain’s recent decision to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34939/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As the Deputy is aware on 27 October 2016, the Supreme Court issued a judgment in a case taken by a number of mussel seed fishermen.  In the judgment, the Supreme Court found that fishing by Northern Ireland boats within the 0 to 6 nautical mile zone of the territorial waters of the State under the Voisinage arrangements is not permitted by law.  The Voisinage arrangements allow fishing boats from Northern Ireland access to fi...

1164. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive a GLAS payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34940/17 asked on 26 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 the 1 October 2015 and has received full entitlements in respect of the 2015 scheme year.
During the 2016 prepayment checking process issues were identified with Forestry in the parcels claimed for under the Low-input Permanent Pasture and Protection of Watercourses from Bovines actions.  
Department officials are actively working to resolve these i...

1165. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will grant pedigree status to a breed of cattle (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34942/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Animal Breeding Regulations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Droimeann Cattle Breeding Society Ltd. was approved on 4 November 2016 to maintain the herdbook for the Droimeann breed in Ireland under European Communities (Bovine Breeding) Regulations 2009 (SI 19 of 2009). This approval facilitates the issue of pedigree certificates for the breed.
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1166. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34972/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The GLAS 1 application in this case failed the initial computerised cross check but subsequently following a manual review the person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of the 1 October 2015. The 2015 payment was sent for payment on 18 July 2017.  Processing of the 2016 payment is on-going with a view to issuing payment as soon as possible.
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1167. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if grants are available to help repair and aid the maintenance of coastal slipways; if not, his plans for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34975/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Harbours and Piers Maintenance)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The repair and maintenance of coastal slipways falls under the remit of each individual Local Authority in the first instance and their parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government thereafter. 
My Department administers an annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme which includes the provision of limited funding to assist coastal Local Authorities in carryi...

1168. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1599 of 20 June 2017, if payment has issued to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal regarding the organic farming scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35054/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Organic Farming Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into the Organic Farming Scheme with a contract start of 1 January 2016. The outstanding Organic Farming Scheme payments relate to cases where issues have been identified and follow up with the applicant is required.  These issues are being dealt with on a case by case basis. I am pleased to confirm that the Organic Farming Scheme payment has now been processed for the above-named.
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1169. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review the eligibility criteria for TAMS applicants from the tillage area, that is, that he waive the requirement of tractor mounted sprayers be electronically functional and GPS friendly. (Question 35061/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - TAMS Eligibility)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): There are no plans to revise the eligibility criteria for TAMS applicants  that a sprayer has electronic or GPS control.
Electronic or GCPS control is an important part  of an eligible sprayer and is required to ensure accurate and efficient application.
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1170. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review a refusal of a farm payment to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35078/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Areas of Natural Constraint 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 in my Department from the person named on 13 May 2016. 
Under the 2016 ANC Scheme, eligible applicants are required to meet a minimum stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for a retention period of seven consecutive months and to maintain an annual average of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare calculated over the twe...

1171. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the information technology functionality will be available to process the GLAS 1 and 2 applications that were refused in error by his department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35079/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - GLAS Administration)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): All GLAS applications must pass all of the regulatory checks and validations associated with this EU co-funded scheme before they are approved into the scheme or a payment application can be finalised. To date over 98% of applicants have had their 2016 payment application processed on the online GLAS system of which over 96% have been paid and the remainder cannot be paid until they submit further information to the Departmen...

1172. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35135/17 asked on 26 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 the 1 October 2015 and has received full entitlements in respect of the 2015 scheme year.
During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue was identified as the Planting New Hedgerows action was selected on a land parcel declared under the Basic Payment Scheme with an incompatible land use.  The applicant was informed of the position and his adv...

1173. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35137/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Agriculture Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Approval to commence the works has issued to the applicant in this case. 
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1174. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) for refusal of a GLAS tier 1 payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35139/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - GLAS Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named submitted a GLAS 1 application and following the initial checks the Bird Box action was rejected resulting in the application not being approved as the minimum score of 16.3 was not achieved on the remaining actions.
The Department has reviewed this decision and has deemed the action eligible which means that the Bird Box action will be reinstated. Department officials are actively working to reinstate the app...

1175. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35142/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - GLAS Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of the 1 October 2015 and has received full entitlements in respect of the 2015 scheme year.
The 2016 prepayment checking process identified that the parcel use declared for the basic payment scheme was incompatible with the Traditional Orchards action selected on the parcel. The person named has been contacted by Department and advised examine furthe...

1176. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a GLAS payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35143/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has been paid in full for the 2015 scheme year.
During the 2016 prepayment checking process an issue presented on the computerised crosscheck of Department databases concerning the Wild Bird Cover action and the declaration made on the 2016 BPS application in respect to this land parcel. Department officials have reviewed the issue...

1177. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 589 of 11 July 2017, if a 2017 basic payment scheme application was made regarding a land parcel (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35156/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Basic Payment Scheme Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Folio in question is divided, for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) purposes, into three land parcels according to the Department’s Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS).
There have been no claimants on this land parcel for 2017 to date for Basic Payment Scheme purposes.
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1178. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of times the steering committee has met since being appointed to manage the review of his Department’s inspection regime as part of the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35159/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Legislative Reviews)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As I stated last month, I intend to establish a Steering Committee to review the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001, this is in line with the commitment given in the Programme for Partnership Government. This review is not a review of the Department’s inspection regime.
As this Steering Committee is yet to be established, no meetings have taken place to date.
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1179. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1710 of 20 June 2017, when payment will issue. (Question 35191/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Organic Farming Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The outstanding Organic Farming Scheme payments relate to cases where issues have been identified and follow up with the applicant is required. These issues are being dealt with on a case by case basis. The person named is one of the aforementioned cases. I can confirm that payment has now issued in this case.
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1180. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35220/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the Employment Regulation Order (ERO), companies are obliged to pay statutory minimum rates of remuneration for workers employed in security and contract cleaning areas. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is the independent, statutory body, whose core services include the inspection and enforcement of employment rights obligations.
My Department is not aware of any breaches of Employment Regulation Orders.
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1181. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the review of replacement tonnage for fishing boats will be completed and the results published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35301/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fishing Vessel Licences)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As the Deputy may be aware, under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003, the functions of sea-fishing boat licensing were transferred from the Minister to the Licensing Authority for Sea-fishing Boats, which operates on an independent basis subject to criteria set out in that Act and Ministerial Policy Directives.
As Minister I have responsibility for policy in relation to sea-fishing boat licensing under Section 3(3) of the Fish...

1182. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when persons (details supplied) can expect a decision on their TAMS application. (Question 35304/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - TAMS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The persons named applied for grant aid under Tranche 7 of the Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme of TAMS II on 20 June 2017. Tranche 7 closed for applications on 30 June 2017.
All applications received in a given tranche must be checked to ensure that all administrative issues are in order. This is currently under way for all applications in Tranche 7. Once this process is complete a ranking and selection is carried o...

1183. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35309/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - TAMS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The applicant in question applied for grant aid for investment items including animal housing under the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme of TAMS II.
Payment was approved in this case on 19 of July.
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1184. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will ensure that the outcome of the nitrates directive review allows for greater flexibilities, a more workable regulation and reduced penalties, in particular, the introduction of a yellow card system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35317/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is the responsible authority for the Nitrates regulations which implement the Nitrates Directive in Ireland. The Directive aims to protect water from pollution from agriculture and requires that measures within Member States’ Nitrates Action Programmes are reviewed every four years. The starting point of each review is an assessment by the European Commissio...

1185. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a penalty has been implemented on a person’s BPS payment (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35400/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Basic Payment Scheme Penalties)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The penalty applied under the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme relates to breaches of Cross Compliance requirements. Under the Terms and Conditions of the Basic Payment Scheme, an applicant, as well as meeting the scheme criteria, must comply with EU regulatory requirements relating to Cross Compliance.
The Department’s records indicate that the amount of nitrogen from livestock manure applied to land on the holding of the person na...

1186. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 355 of 12 July 2017, if he will re-examine the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35420/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Fisheries Protection)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The mussel seed fishery is managed on an all-island basis, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA NI) and the cross-border Loughs Agency. To fish for mussel seed, Irish-registered sea-fishing boats require an authorisation under section 13 of the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006. Authorisations are only provided to those boats which are dire...