Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Farm Safety: Discussion

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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Any citizen in the country can get the vehicle registration tax, VRT, on a car if he or she is in the unfortunate position of being in an accident. There are other reasons too. Is there anything being considered on the agricultural side, whether it is special adaptation of a tractor, for example? Would it be possible to give VAT or some part of the funding back to help farmers if they basically need to get back farming. I welcome what the Minister of State said about the quad earlier.

Bar the grace of God I could be one of the people I will speak of next. Many times when a cow calves people take a risk that they should not. Will anything be formulated by the Minister of State or his Department for a competition of ideas for equipment to use in circumstances? I have a vision in my head of a pen where a cow would calve with a gate at either hand and it could split open on the bottom so a farmer could get to put iodine on a calf or whatever. Is the Department considering anything to incentivise people to formulate ideas in a competition? If it saved one life, it would be great.