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Written Answers — Department of Health: Air Quality (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 305. To ask the Minister for Health if he has commissioned a study or research into the number of persons negatively impacted by NOx emissions from diesel vehicles since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53614/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Air Quality (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 306. To ask the Minister for Health the cost to the public health system as a result of health-related cases linked to NOx emissions from diesel vehicles since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53615/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Air Quality (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 307. To ask the Minister for Health the impact of diesel NOx emissions on the public health system in terms of chronic breathing problems and related illnesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53616/19]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Business of Joint Committee (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: I remind members to ensure their mobile telephones are switched off. I propose to go into private session to deal with some housekeeping matters before returning to public session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: No. 7 is scrutiny of EU legislative proposals under Schedule B. It is COM (2019) 619, a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual management plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, amending Regulations (EC) No. 1936/2001, (EU) 2017/2107, and (EU) 2019/833 and repealing Regulation (EU) 2016/1627. It is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Irish Greyhound Industry: Irish Coursing Club (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: As there are no further questions, we will complete this section of the meeting. I thank Mr. Histon very much for coming before the committee today and for his co-operation during the year. We had a number of meetings during the year on a very difficult subject and he was available at short notice on a number of occasions. That was very much appreciated. We will suspend the meeting until...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: In session two we will discuss the Teagasc annual report for 2018. I welcome Professor Gerry Boyle, director, Dr. Frank O'Mara, director of research and Dr. Tom Kelly, director of knowledge transfer, advisory and education, from the agency. I thank them for coming before the committee to discuss Teagasc's annual report for 2018 and its plans for the future. Before we begin, I draw the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: I thank Professor Boyle. We will now take questions from members, starting with Deputies Cahill, McConalogue and Stanley, in that order.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: Yes, I have a follow-up question. Is there much engagement with beef farmers regarding potential alternative enterprises that may be available to supplement their income?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: Is Teagasc having conversations with its client beef farmers, or, more to the point, are they having conversations with it?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: It is well known that beef farming is challenging and has been for a number of years. Does there need to be leadership within farm organisations and Teagasc to drive forward an agenda of alternatives that will be more profitable than what is currently in place?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: That is not a criticism, by the way; it is just a point.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: What is the status of the implementation plan for the climate change roadmap?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: I thank the Deputy and I have one final question from myself before I hand over to our witnesses for answers. Of the 43,000 clients that Teagasc has, has it a breakdown of those clients into the different sectors, be it dairy, beef, tillage, or whatever else? Is it possible to furnish that information?

Written Answers — Department of Finance: VAT Rebates (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 116. To ask the Minister for Finance the rate of VAT rebate at the point of sale paid to regular farmers, feedlot farmers and factory owned feedlots; his views on whether there is an imbalance in the rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52697/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Beef Industry (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 497. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications submitted to the BEAM scheme; the breakdown between suckler and beef finishers; the amount required to meet the demand; the amount unspent; and if he will consider reopening the scheme. [52692/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Beef Industry (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 498. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way in which the criteria for the BEAM scheme was devised; and his views on whether the criteria were too stringent in view of the fact some funds remain unspent. [52693/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Data Protection (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 499. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the data protection measures in place to ensure information stored in animal identification and movement systems cannot be accessed by persons or systems other than relevant Departmental officials. [52694/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: TB Eradication Scheme (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 500. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of registered feedlots nationwide; the breakdown between farmer owned and factory owned feedlots; the number of livestock registered to feedlots; and the breakdown of the figure between farmer and factory owned. [52695/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Beef Industry (17 Dec 2019)

Pat Deering: 537. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his view on whether there is an unfairness in the flat rate of VAT refund (details supplied) between feedlot beef producers and small and medium-sized beef producers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53185/19]

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