Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Question 568: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, further to Parliamentary Question No. 5 of 9 February 2012, the locations of the four Teagasc sites; and the costs associated with the running of each of the four sites, including the rental costs. [9434/12]
Question 569: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, further to Parliamentary Question No. 5 of 9 February 2012, if he will provide a full cost benefit analysis to support his claim that the closure of the Teagasc facility in Kinsealy, Dublin, will result in a payback within seven years. [9435/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 568 to 570, inclusive, together.
The questions relate to the closure of the Teagasc Research Centre in Kinsealy. I responded to similar questions from Deputy Daly during the Dail debate last week. As I stated then, the future of the Kinsealy Centre is an operational matter for the Teagasc Authority to determine. I understand that the Authority has concluded that the Centre is no longer a strategic site for the organization and that programmes and staff can be accommodated in Ashtown and other Teagasc sites. It should be noted that Ministerial responsibility is confined to matters of policy in accordance with the Act establishing Teagasc, the Agriculture, (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988. While this is primarily a management issue for Teagasc, I am requesting further detail from them with regards to the rationale behind their decision.