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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I am not saying there is, but I am more ambitious for the beef sector. In the dairy sector there is resilience when it comes to price fluctuations, which is not a feature of the beef sector. I am not saying anything new in that regard. Co-operatives such as NCF in my area started from humble beginnings. It was of its time and has progressed into what it is today. The organisations...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: We represent both consumers and rural people because rural people are consumers.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: They are not the people living in reality.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: The Deputy has all of the ideas for rural Ireland. They will shut us down.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: The Deputy is making sweeping statements.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: We had it here and it said that it was not getting evidence of specific cases to investigate.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: That is not what I am talking about.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I gather from the proposal made by the IFA's president that there can be further investigation into lack of competition in that field.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I thought Mr. Kinsella might address this. I asked about employing the co-operative model to try to improve the situation.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Somebody else might answer it.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Many of the issues have been discussed already at the Joint Committee on Climate Action, and Mr. Lumley quoted from the report. I want to refer to the issue of veganism. I accept that veganism as a lifestyle choice is valid and that people can get a balanced die from veganism. In fact, veganism was on the go before global warming, climate change and climate action became buzzwords....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I am talking about the potential impact on the vulnerable minds of children who, in many cases, already have issues with foods.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: An Taisce should not be giving advice on how they should eat.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: It is the same thing.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector: Discussion (9 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: The middle class-----

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the Minister to the Chamber and will try to be succinct. I have no doubt that the Minister is aware about the excellent presentation that we received from Iarnr√≥d √Čireann on its plans to help us to decarbonise transport, which is timely in the context of the report published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action last week. Of course there are different...

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I will be mindful of that.

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Finally and most importantly, will the Minister conduct an audit in conjunction with TII to determine the number of major and minor projects on the national network of primary routes which have been delayed or refused by virtue of environmental designation under the habitats and birds directives and how much additional cost has been imposed on those projects as a result? I give the Minister...

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: What about the road-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I fully support the call by my colleague, Senator Paddy Burke, for a debate on the strategy for our railway services. It is timely that we would have that debate now. As Senator Lombard pointed out, last week we launched our climate action report after seven months of hearing witnesses and deliberations. It will chart our way forward to decarbonise our economy. A key issue in that is...

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