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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Review (13 Jun 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I am just making the point that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Member states can designate an area of up to 10% of the area in their territory. This approach was taken to designate the offshore islands in 2015. Areas with specific constraint are those where 50% of the district electoral division, DED, is covered by Natura 2000 directive lands and the natural heritage...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Review (13 Jun 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. I acknowledge his complimentary comments about the departmental officials in how they sought to ensure as many people as possible could be included under the new criteria. The areas of natural constraint, ANC, scheme was introduced under the rural development programme 2014-20 as a replacement for the disadvantaged areas and less favoured areas...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Review (13 Jun 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I will finish some of the statistics. The Department received 1,537 appeal notifications in respect of 759 distinct townlands. The closing date for receipt of such appeal notifications was 8 April. I am told that the relevant information underpinning the decision on the relevant townlands has been provided in response to all of the appeal notifications and that, to date, the Department has...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (12 Jun 2019)

Andrew Doyle: As the Deputy will be aware, the announcement was for €50 million from the Commissioner, with another €50 million to be secured from the Exchequer. The Deputy may also be aware that some of the farmer organisations have arranged their own consultation, but they will be consulted with in the near future, as soon as the regulation that has been forwarded down to the Commission...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank the Ceann Comhairle, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and the Deputies for their contributions. I welcome that there has been such engagement on the Bill from the Members of this House and, indeed, in the Seanad beforehand, and the fact that we have progressed. I also take the opportunity to thank my diligent officials who cannot be here for this part of the process, but they know who they...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: No.

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Precisely. We are trying to move away from the practices of the past, as I said earlier. The Deputy claimed that if somebody were appointed to the board, they would be then appointed to the board of a track. That is not in primary legislation and it is not intended. The Bill is primarily about governance and integrity.

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: No, that is not the case. Once a person is appointed to the board, he or she will no longer be a member of a subsidiary board. The Deputy referred earlier to the Limerick issue. It is said that if we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it. We have to act on the lessons learned and ensure we move on. The board will be eight plus one. The Deputy said earlier that all stakeholders...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The Deputy at the end of his contribution said that there may well be people on the boards of private tracks who have expertise across some of the skillsets identified. However, the code still applies to those tracks. If a legal or veterinary practitioner is on the board and is also a member of a private track, those people will have to absent themselves and declare if there is a conflict...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I am not quite sure. I thought the Deputy said they were on the board of-----

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: It was a particular requirement that they would not be members of tracks. People who would normally be considered are not to be considered if they are members of tracks.

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I propose to address amendments Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together. Indecon consultants were commissioned in 2014 by the then Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, to carry out a review of certain matters relating to Bord na gCon. At the time Bord na gCon had debts amounting to €23 million, largely due to its investment in Limerick Stadium. This debt...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank the Deputies. I appreciate the motivation here. I shall address Deputy O' Sullivan's last point about Brexit and the nature of the exports to the UK, which is where an estimated 7,000 Irish-bred dogs are deemed to be on the register. EU law harmonises the rules on greyhound exports and therefore Ireland cannot act unilaterally. I do not have information on the four animals...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (15 May 2019)

Andrew Doyle: The amendments would provide for a white list of countries approved for the export of greyhounds and a report on greyhound exports. Before I address the specifics of the amendments, I emphasise that the Bill is primarily an industry Bill whose purpose is to improve the governance of Bord na gCon, strengthen regulatory controls in the industry, modernise sanctions and improve integrity, as...

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Order for Report Stage (16 Apr 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."

Agrifood Market Priorities post Brexit: Statements (3 Apr 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I thank all Members, those who are still here and those who spoke earlier, for their contributions on agrifood market priorities post Brexit. Somewhat unusually, we are all in agreement that Brexit poses serious challenges to the agri-sector, that it is, as they say, somebody else's fault but it is mainly our problem and that we must address it as we see most appropriate. Ireland...

Agrifood Market Priorities post Brexit: Statements (3 Apr 2019)

Andrew Doyle: That is the maximum.

Agrifood Market Priorities post Brexit: Statements (3 Apr 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I did not say anything.

Beef Sector: Motion (27 Mar 2019)

Andrew Doyle: I welcome the chance to contribute to the debate. As a beef farmer and Minister of State with responsibility for this area, I am keenly aware that beef farmers are going through a difficult time. A sustained period of low prices, following on from additional costs last year arising from the unprecedented weather events, has presented challenges for the sector. The prospect of a hard Brexit...

Beef Sector: Motion (27 Mar 2019)

Andrew Doyle: Market development and diversification are also key responses to the challenges Brexit poses for the agrifood sector, especially the beef sector. In 2018 a number of additional markets were opened, including the Chinese beef market, following years of sustained effort. The economic partnership agreement recently signed between the European Union and Japan provides very welcome preferential...

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