Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: Committee Stage

Photo of Martin BrowneMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein)
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It is not me who is calling it cosmetic or landscaping; it is members of the sector. I have no reason to doubt what the Minister is saying, but I am not the one who is planting and the Minister is not trying to entice me. The people he is trying to entice have fears and concerns over not having been listened to before and the effort to introduce the measure in the way it is now being introduced. The Minister said the measure was being thought about for a long time. For how long has it been talked about? Why were there no conversations with the very people the Department was trying to entice before introducing the measure in the manner it has been introduced? It is not me saying it is cosmetic or landscaping. It is the very people the Department wants to come on board in a small way who need convincing, not Martin Browne.