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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Coillte: Chairperson Designate (12 Mar 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: But there are no immediate plans.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Mar 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I wish to express my absolute dismay and disappointment at the decision of the energy regulator with regard to the Mayo power plant at the Asahi site in Killala, County Mayo. It seems that its decision sounds the death-knell for the short-term delivery of a 45 MW high-efficiency, combined heat and power, biomass-fuelled power plant at this location. This is devastating for the area. The...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Mar 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the report recently published by the Western Development Commission, WDC. It analyses employment data in industry in the west region. As always, information from the commission, such as in this document, gives an independent perspective on how we are faring in job creation. We are all anxious to pursue that. The report contains much positive and revealing information. The west...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Mar 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: And obtaining solutions.

Seanad: Update on Implementation of National Forestry Programme: Statements (27 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the Minister of State to the House to discuss this very important topic. As previous speakers said, the forestry programme is throwing up a number of issues in rural Ireland. Before I get into discussing that, I would like to pay tribute to a former Deputy from my own county, Mr. Joe Blowick, who served as a Minister for Lands. Prior to his election, there was no forestry...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I apologise if I am repeating anything that has been said. I was away on account of a vote. Last week, Mr. Ray Doyle from ICOS and one of the exporters were here. They were clearly pointing to a problem with increasing our live exports. It is a capacity problem over in Cherbourg. It is obvious that in respect of the number of calves being born, and thus the number of animals to be moved...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: There is an increase in protein demand. Is beef and dairy protein the preferred choice for a more affluent market rather than plant-based foods?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Is that the trend to which we are responding?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: What is the Department doing to provide additional lairage capacity in Cherbourg?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Yes, they have escalated and we are in the middle of the calving season. We were told last week that an immediate solution was not on the horizon but we are at a critical point. An update would be helpful.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: If we cannot export, there is a big glut of animals and farmers are financially hard pressed, an animal welfare issue could arise on our own soil.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Future of the Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: When we compare the demographic profile of farmers to that of 20 years ago, we find that more young people go to third level nowadays. They have many more options than they had 15 or 20 years ago. I believe that will have a big bearing on young people who, having gone to college, want a job that provides a reasonable income because most such jobs are in the big urban centres or cities....

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Foreign Direct Investment (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I thank the Minister for attending in order to deal with this matter. We were very happy to have her in the west last week for the launch of the west regional enterprise plan to 2020. That was a great occasion because it allowed us to reflect on all the great work that has been achieved as part of the Action Plan for Jobs. More than 28,000 jobs have been created since 2015 and our...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Foreign Direct Investment (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I applaud and welcome all the progress that has been made. Objective 6 in the regional enterprise plan for the west is to find quality, available enterprise space and an advanced technology building would bring more visitors to the county. The FDI companies on the ground, and Meissner when it made its announcement, have stated that the increase in the number of visits in 2018 is down to the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Foreign Direct Investment (19 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Is the Minister looking at another one?

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: We all know well that beef is a vital part of the export sector of this country. Of the 1.7 million cattle presented for slaughter to factories, we only consume 10% and 90% is for export. The problem is that beef farmers are getting very poor prices at factories for their cattle, and the price is actually below the cost of production. This puts the beef industry and suckler farmers in a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Live Exports: Discussion (12 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Mr. Doyle said there was a glut of 68 weeks and that there was a real problem in this regard. He said it was more in our interest to expand capacity than it was in the interest of a private business person in France. Is there not already a capacity issue there? We do not have the capacity to ramp up live exports but we would need to do a lot more than now to address the problems with the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I wish to voice my concern about the lack of supports for women in crisis pregnancies, in particular women on low income who need to attend hospital appointments in Dublin and have to travel from Mayo or other places along the western seaboard to attend the national maternity hospital. Some are in financial difficulties and cannot afford to do so. Based on a case that was brought to my...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Energy Regulation (5 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the Minister to the Chamber to discuss this very important issue. I am very concerned about the way the energy regulator is doing its business. It is not providing transparency in its decisions or reaching those decisions in a timely manner. A project which clearly illustrates the problems with the energy regulator is the proposed Mayo renewable energy project, a 45 MW high...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Energy Regulation (5 Feb 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: The fact is that if it were not for a financial difficulty encountered in 2016, the plant would be up and running. It had received all the necessary consents. The regulations which the Minister has to hand have not changed since 2012 and formed the basis upon which the regulator originally issued consents. There has been no material change in the application. Perhaps somebody made an...

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