142. 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 2139/18 asked on 17 Jan 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 October 2015. Payments in respect of 2015 and the 2016 advance payment have been made.
An inspection of the GLAS actions was carried out which found an issue with one of the actions chosen. This issue has now been resolved. This case has now passed validations and the 2016 balance payment will issue shortly.  
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143. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if licences will be renewed for persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2150/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Aquaculture Licence Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The applications referred to by the Deputy are on behalf of Sneem Fishermen’s Cooperative Society Ltd (which includes the individuals referred to by the Deputy).
The relevant sites are located within Kenmare Bay which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive (Natura 2000 site).
All applications in ‘Natura’ areas are required to be appropriately assessed for the purpose of environmental co...

144. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of hectares of private forestry in each county that his Department is funding (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2191/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Forestry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department compiles a number of different afforestation statistics annually which are made available on my Department’s website including statistics on the area of land planted in each county that is or has been in receipt of the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme, or previous schemes.  
While the statistics for a number of years are available on the website, a synopsis (in hectares) of the years 2007 to 2016 is outline...

145. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of hectares of forestry owned by Coillte in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2192/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Forestry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Coillte is the State forestry company, which was established in 1989, pursuant to the Forestry Act 1988, at which time the bulk of the State’s forest properties were vested in the company.
Coillte has provided the following table which shows lands owned or managed by Coillte, whether forested or not, by county:
 County Total Area(Hectares) Carlow 3,781 Cavan 8,702 Clare ...

146. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the value of afforestation premium that was paid nationally in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2193/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Forestry Grants)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme is the main forestry scheme offered by my Department as one of a number of supports and land use options available to land owners. The Scheme guarantees premiums for 15 years and represents an attractive source of income for land owners.
In 2016 my Department processed applications for over 14,950 forestry premiums. The premiums paid totalled €72.94 million. These premiums make a s...

147. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of hectares of forestry in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2194/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Forestry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department compiles a number of different afforestation statistics which are available on my Department’s website including the National Forest Inventory Results Data which are an invaluable source of statistical information on Ireland’s forest estate.
The area of forestry in each county is indicated in the table, which is taken from the National Forest Inventory. 
 County Hectares’000 Carlow 8.4 Cavan 16.83 Cl...

148. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if cows with four and five star rating that were born during or before 2013 and are moved from one herd to another for winter feeding and then back to their original herd after the winter months will be eligible for the beef data and genomics scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2206/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Beef Data and Genomics Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Beef Data and Genomics Programme provides for six years of payments to farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability.  
In situations where animals are moved from the herd temporarily for winter feeding purposes these animals will remain eligible provided that the movement is recorded on AIM as a feedlot moveme...

149. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will notify all persons in the beef data and genomics scheme of the cows that are and are not eligible for the scheme when sending the BDGP Eurostar report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2230/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Beef Data and Genomics Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation will shortly issue up to date Genomic Evaluations to all Participants in the BGDP. Scheme participants will be able to identify eligible and ineligible replacement animals from this report.
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150. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his key priorities in relation to the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2282/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The 2018-2027 National Development Plan is currently in the process of being finalised. The plan, which will be published alongside the new National Planning Framework “Ireland 2040”, will set out the Government’s intentions in relation to public capital investment beyond 2021.
My priority is for the investment in the agri-food sector, through a well-funded Rural Development Programme, Seafood Development Programme and Forest...

151. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if bullying or sexual harassment claims have been lodged in his Department in each year since 2011; if so, the number of complaints in each category on an annual basis, in tabular form; if these complaints have been investigated; the outcome of each investigation; and the policies in place within his Department to combat bullying and sexual harassment. (Question 2308/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Bullying in the Workplace)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Civil Service is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the organisation and my Department implements the Civil Service wide anti-bullying, harassment and sexual harassment policy ‘Dignity at Work’. I am satisfied that the policy is being implemented effectively throughout my Department. This policy came into effect on 20/2/2015, and replaced the previous policy called ‘A Positive Working Environment’ for all...

152. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of applications under the beef data and genomics programme II that have been disqualified from the scheme to date due to not having completed a carbon navigator; if this was as a result of an error by the applicant or the carbon navigator advisor in each case; if his Department will show leniency in cases in which the applicant is not at fault but stands to lose substantial income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2329/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Beef Data and Genomics Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Beef Data and Genomics Programme 2017 - 2022 provides for six years of payments to farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability. As part of the scheme applicants must complete a carbon navigator with an approved advisor thereafter and provide data for an annual update to their carbon navigator. Where this Carb...

521. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to ensure that a person (detail supplied) has their BPS payment issued without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53508/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Basic Payment Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The persons named submitted applications under the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme and Young Farmers Scheme to my Department. These applications have been finalised and payment is due to issue shortly.
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522. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an application by a person (details supplied); if the persons are entitled to 40% or 60% grant aid in this case; when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53552/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - TAMS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Herd Number associated with the application referred to is in the sole name of the more senior applicant. A TAMS II application under the Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme Measure was submitted by the person named on 28 September 2017.  
Grant aid is available under this measure at the rate of 40% up to the applicable maximum investment ceiling of €80,000 per holding. 
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523. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53560/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following table:
 Title of Act Act /Part of Act Awaiting Commencement Reason for delay in commencement Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 Section 13 Section has not commenced as the timeline originally envisaged is not appropriate having regard to the complexities associated with aquaculture licensing. The issue remains under ongoing review in the context of...

525. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a GLAS 1 payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry following the successful review of their application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53600/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An action on the application of the person named was deemed to be ineligible originally. This issue has now been resolved. The application will be run through the selection process in the coming days. Once the application clears this stage it will move to payment processing.
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526. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a GLAS 1 payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry following the successful review of their application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53601/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Following the review mentioned an action on the application of the person named is due to be reinstated. This case has been listed for reinstatement and this process will be completed shortly.  The application will then be run through the selection process. Once the application clears this stage it will move to payment processing.
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527. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an over-claim being applied to a TAMS grant will be reviewed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry in view of the lack of options on the online application portal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53604/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - TAMS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The applicant in question applied for investments under the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Measure under TAMS II.
The claim is currently being processed in my Department and the penalty position, if any, has yet to be determined.
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528. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of full-time and part-time staff working in the dedicated international markets focus section; and the yearly cost of including staffing costs. (Question 53628/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): One of my key priorities is to further increase the market opportunity for Irish food and drinks internationally.  This principle of market development is already a key component of Food Wise 2025, but is particularly important now in the context of Brexit.
The work of staff across the Department impacts on market access and development. This includes veterinary services, laboratory staff, inspectorate staff, Brexit/Internati...

529. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of full-time and part-time staff assigned to the dedicated Brexit unit within his Department by staff grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53629/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Staff)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Following the UK referendum in June 2016, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine established a dedicated Brexit Co-ordination Unit within its EU & International Trade Division. This Unit now forms part of a new Brexit and International Trade Division. It comprises nine staff working full-time on the co-ordination of Brexit issues, including a full-time Head of Division, who in turn reports to an Assistant Secreta...

530. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of times, including dates and locations, that the Brexit consultative committee has met since the UK Brexit referendum in June 2016, in tabular form. (Question 53630/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): One of the steps I undertook in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU was to establish a Consultative Committee of Stakeholders in order to ensure a full exchange of information on the potential implications of a UK exit from the EU for the agri-food sector in Ireland. The working arrangements of the Committee are to meet as required rather than according to a pre-determined schedule. The Consultative ...

531. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of companies that have completed the Brexit barometer to date since it was launched by companies larger than SME size, SMEs, medium-sized companies and micro-sized companies, in tabular form. (Question 53631/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord Bia published its industry findings last June on the basis of information provided from 139 companies that completed the Brexit Barometer. The results can be found using the following link:
www.bordbia.ie/industry/events/SpeakerPresentations/2017/BrexitBarometerFindingsAction/BordBia-Brexit-Barometer-Industry-Findings.pdf.
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532. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of staff recruited on an annual basis in Bord Bia since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, between new staff hires and replacement staff, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53632/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Bord Bia Staff)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord Bia’s remit for the marketing and promotion of agri-food and drink has been challenged by the decision of the UK electorate to withdraw from the European Union. The response to this challenge has been an organisation-wide response rather than a response by one or a number of specific individuals.
Recruitment of staff is an operational matter for the State Body concerned and the Deputy is referred to the agreed Oireachtas...

533. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of staff recruited on an annual basis since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, between new staff hires and replacement staff, in State agencies and bodies under his aegis (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53633/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Staff)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department will be providing support to the State Agencies under its aegis in the context of the challenges arising due to Brexit.
All information relating to the hiring of additional staff are operational matters for the State Bodies concerned and I have asked my officials to forward the Deputy’s question to the State Bodies in question for direct reply.
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534. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the Irish Embassies worldwide which have agricultural attachés stationed; and the number of such attachés stationed in each such specific embassy by city and country. (Question 53634/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Diplomatic Representation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): There are agricultural attachés based in eight Irish embassies worldwide. There is one attaché stationed in each of the following locations:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Beijing, China
Geneva, Switzerland
London, UK
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Washington, United States
There are four attachés based in Brussels, Belgium.
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535. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the 2016 programme for Government commitment to propose a lowering of the cap on basic payments; and the timeframe for implementation of this action. (Question 53635/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Basic Payment Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The 2016 Programme for Government undertook to propose a lowering of the cap on basic payments from €150,000 to €100,000.
Since the 16th October 2015, the maximum amount payable to any one applicant under the Basic Payment Scheme (excluding the Greening Payment), is capped at €150,000 per annum and applies from the first year of the scheme in 2015.  Ireland actively supported the concept of this maximum level during the CAP ne...