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Agriculture: Motion [Private Members] (18 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: It is my information.

Agriculture: Motion [Private Members] (18 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The 5% reduction is similar to the actions and requirements taken in the market supply chain reduction a couple of years ago, when the dairy support scheme was provided. I am aware that this motion is a couple of weeks old. I understand that the take-up has been around 80%. It was slow but I encourage all those who are eligible to apply. Assistance is being provided at the ploughing...

Agriculture: Motion [Private Members] (18 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Before I start, I put on the record the Minister's regret that he cannot be here due to a family bereavement. I think everybody is aware of it.

Agriculture: Motion [Private Members] (18 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I move amendment No. 2:To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann:” and substitute the following: “notes: — that the beef sector has experienced a sustained period of depressed prices and farmers are experiencing very challenging conditions, and prices are now 9 per cent below the same period last year, and have been consistently depressed since autumn...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (18 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: This issue was debated at length last night. There have been two rounds of negotiated talks and last weekend an agreement was reached between seven organisations and the meat industry. It needs to be allowed a chance to work. As I said here last night, we need everybody to take a step back from the brink, to take a leap of faith, and to try to develop a level of trust that would allow the...

Beef Sector: Statements (17 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The organic scheme was re-opened in consultation with the organic strategy implementation group. It was identified that there was scope for expansion in the dairy and arable sectors. The organic scheme for beef was well subscribed but there was a deficit in organic grains for supplementary feed to finish animals. The feed was too expensive which meant that some beef and only 32% of lamb...

Beef Sector: Statements (17 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Yes, but it is a different model.

Beef Sector: Statements (17 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I do not plan to respond to everything the Deputy says, no more than I did on the previous occasion. I will have my say and will not be interrupted by him.

Beef Sector: Statements (17 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I probably understand more about it than the Deputy in any event. We are establishing a task force that will oversee the implementation process and develop transparency. We will have an index developed, a review of the grid, what exactly the customer wants and that everybody will understand it. Most importantly, when we get to the point where we understand the overall pricing structure...

Beef Sector: Statements (17 Sep 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this very topical and important issue. As a beef and suckler farmer, I recognise and appreciate the value the beef sector plays in rural Ireland, the role it plays in many communities and its value to our agrifood exports and reputation as clean, green and sustainable food producers. It was inevitable that we would reach this point. Over the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Suicide Prevention (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank the Deputy. Suicide is a challenging issue, especially where we use the phrase "black spots". The numbers have been stubbornly high. Bringing them down and building resilience are challenging tasks. The HSE is funding partner agencies in south Dublin including Candle Community Trust, Aware, BeLonG To, Mental Health Ireland, Pieta House, Samaritans Ireland and Suicide or Survive. ...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I have nothing to say.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: There is no white flag. There is a way to conduct oneself.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Suicide Prevention (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The Minister of State, Deputy Jim Daly, has asked me to convey his sincere apologies that he could not take this Topical Issue matter as he is currently on official Government business in Finland. Before I read out the prepared note, this is an issue in which I have a personal interest. I think the Deputy knows that. When I read out the note, therefore, I agree with what is being stated...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Yes.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I was asked to take it.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The Minister of State, Deputy Daly, has asked me to convey his sincere apologies for not being able to take this Topical Issue debate as he is on official Government business in Finland. The recent budget provided an additional €55 million to progress new developments in mental health this year, which brings overall HSE mental health funding to nearly €1 billion in 2019....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Air Quality (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Any threat to public health is a matter of concern for the Department of Health. The recently published 2019 report of the Environmental Protection Agency on urban environmental Indicators which looks at nitrogen dioxide levels in Dublin does give cause for concern. Nitrogen dioxide, NO2, is an air pollutant associated with urban areas. It is strongly linked with traffic emissions. High...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Air Quality (10 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: It was in the 1980s when the first initiative was brought forward to ban smoky coal in Dublin because air quality had deteriorated. There were not as many cars then and the improvements in air quality have been eaten into by increased car use. One of the inter-sectoral actions in the climate action plan involves the increased use of electric and hybrid vehicles which will help to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector and Climate Action Plan: Discussion (9 Jul 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank the Chairman and the members of the committee for inviting me to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the forestry sector in the context of the climate action plan. I welcome the climate action plan and acknowledge the work that has gone into its preparation. In particular, I acknowledge the work done by the all-party committee chaired by Deputy Hildegarde Naughton and the...

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