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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sheepmeat Sector (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: I thank the Minister for the information there. Deputies Martin Kenny and Scanlon would be supportive on this. In the area that we represent where there is much hill-farming and sheep-farming, and which is also in a disadvantaged area, farmers tell me that they look forward to there being more benefits in addition to what the Minister outlined and, indeed, that these farmers would be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sheepmeat Sector (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: I would place the emphasis on the disadvantaged areas. I represent a disadvantaged area, as do some of the Deputies here this morning, many of whom would be of the same opinion. Certainly, I welcome the addition funding €23 million in the budget that the Minister mentioned but it is vitally important that we support these farmers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Missions Data (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: This question relates to the process of securing new markets for Irish agrifood products in 2018 and the details of forthcoming trade missions.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Missions Data (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: The trade missions outlined by the Minister have been successful but I am concerned about emerging markets. He mentioned India, China and other areas. I am also concerned about Brexit and how we replace the British market. Will the Minister comment on that?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sheepmeat Sector (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 10. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way in which the financial support sheep farmers have received is measured. [41461/18]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sheepmeat Sector (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: This question relates to the way in which the financial support sheep farmers have received is measured.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy Reform (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: I thank the Minister. Some people have expressed concern about the level of the budget and the direct payments. We have spoken in the past couple of days about the amount of funding to tackle climate change, and that is uppermost in people's minds here. Will the Minister elaborate on these matters?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy Reform (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: The biggest concern is the budget, particularly the funding this country puts into it and what we get out of it. Climate has also been mentioned and it is a major concern for everybody in this country. Will the Minister elaborate on those matters?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy Reform (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: On behalf of my colleague, Deputy Neville, who cannot be here this morning, I want to ask the Minister about the position on discussions on the next CAP reform and his priorities for it. I ask the Minister to outline this.

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fishing Industry (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 31. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the efforts being made to safeguard the fishing sector in the context of Brexit. [41462/18]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Marine Resources (11 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 206. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the efforts being made with regard to combating an international problem in relation to marine litter and the effects it is having on marine wildlife; the funding allocations awarded to tackling this problem here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41574/18]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Grid (10 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 189. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will make contact with ESB networks in order to identify a person within the company that Deputies can contact to highlight local issues with regard to upgrade works that need to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41290/18]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Farm Household Incomes (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 47. To ask the Minister for Finance if an extension of income averaging can be made available to all sectors with regard to income volatility experienced by many farmers from year to year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40826/18]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State Properties (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 71. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 93 of 3 July 2018, if there has been progress made on this issue to date; if the information requested has been received by his Department from Sligo County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40896/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Lansdowne Road Agreement Implementation (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 205. To ask the Minister for Health the measures he plans to implement in order to assist a section 39 funded voluntary hospice (details supplied) in County Sligo in order to enable it to implement both the Lansdowne Road and public sector pay agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40594/18]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Management (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 389. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether the concerns of the farming community in County Leitrim should be addressed and as a result new forestry licence applications in the county should be denied in view of the fact that it has reached the national per county target for forestry of 18.9%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40827/18]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agrifood Sector (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 390. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether suckler cow farmers from counties Sligo and Leitrim will benefit from an increased price for their animals if the growing international trend of food being classified as carbon-neutral food arrives here in view of the high level of forestry and carbon reduction plants in the counties; and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Grants (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 391. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce a scheme that encourages landowners to plant trees into hedgerows in order to increase the levels of forestry that does not require prime agricultural land; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40833/18]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fodder Crisis (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 393. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider introducing a voucher-based meal subsidy as a part of a future fodder support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40861/18]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Vacant Properties Data (9 Oct 2018)

Tony McLoughlin: 528. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of vacant council houses in counties Mayo and Sligo on 20 September 2018; the number in towns and villages, respectively in the county; the details of rural council houses vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40768/18]

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