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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: The Minister met representatives of a range of fishing organisations, which have made an unprecedented statement, as he will be aware. All the national voices of our fishing community have united to appeal to the Government to put together a fuel package to deal with the profound crisis threatening the entire sector. When is he going to introduce such a package?

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Since the publication of the report of the seafood task force in October 2021, Navigating Change, I have announced a number of support schemes for our fishing fleet and wider seafood sector and coastal communities. Between October and December 2021, a Brexit temporary fleet tie-up scheme made available supports of between €4,600 and €88,700 per month, depending on vessel size,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: As the Minister will be aware, it was agreed in Europe that there would be a financial aid package from last March but the Government did not avail of it. Another one has been voted for and announced in recent days and the Government needs to avail of it. The Minister referred to the Brexit Adjustment Reserve fund earlier and a tie-up scheme to compensate for the decommissioning of our...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I would not say it is unprecedented for the fishing organisations to come together to speak on the same issue and deliver the same message. The challenge relating to fuel is one we have been dealing with for some months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I previously met all those organisations together to discuss this issue. Their request to me in March and April was for a second...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: The Minister knows that in France and Spain, there has been a significant intervention, which has certainly helped their fleets. When I say "unprecedented", as the Minister will be aware, I mean all the producer organisations, including all those from the islands, IFA aquaculture representatives and fisheries local action groups. I have never seen every organisation unite. Some of them...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fishing Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: As I said, it is not unprecedented because representatives of all those same organisations met me in March and April to discuss exactly the same challenges, and their proposal and ask of me then was for a second month of the tie-up scheme, which I delivered on. Such a scheme is not in place in other countries that have been impacted by Brexit, although without doubt they have been impacted...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (14 Jul 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (14 Jul 2022)

Farm Costs

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (14 Jul 2022)

Brendan Griffin: 6. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the further supports that can be provided for farmers to address the cost of doing business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38529/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (14 Jul 2022)

Brendan Griffin: The cost of doing business for farmers has spiralled out of control in recent months, making life very difficult for them, their families and the wider farming communities that benefit from the income generated from agriculture. What further measures can be achieved, both in the budget and beyond, to help farmers as they struggle with the cost of inputs?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy for his engagement and for his advocacy on behalf of farm families over these challenging months. The input price challenge facing our farm families is something we are both very much aware of, as is the Minister of State, Deputy Heydon. Over the past year, significant price rises have occurred, primarily in the energy sector, with natural gas and oil prices reaching...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Brexit Supports (14 Jul 2022)

Matt Carthy: The Minister is aware that I sent my ideas to him in March in respect of the sectors that could benefit from this reserve. The difficulty is that farmers are told that there is a pot of €1 billion to support those who are impacted by Brexit, and although their sector is potentially most impacted, they have not got a fair share as of yet. We know that there are significant challenges...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Brexit Supports (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: As I said in my response, we are looking at that in great detail. The criteria for qualifying for the Brexit adjustment reserve are very specific. One has to show the direct impact. Thankfully, agri-food has done well since Brexit, in particular our trade with the UK. We are looking at any potential options. In terms of any content the Deputy might have or particular suggestions, it...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Brexit Supports (14 Jul 2022)

Matt Carthy: I sent them to the Minister.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Brexit Supports (14 Jul 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: That is what my Department is looking at in great detail, because we want to support the agri-food sector in every way we can. As Deputy Carthy is aware, in terms of the immediate cost pressures, I have provided a €56 million fodder support scheme, which delivers €1,000 to each family farm in the country up to 10 ha, directly to support the sector and farm families to deal...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Forestry Sector (14 Jul 2022)

Forestry Sector

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Forestry Sector (14 Jul 2022)

Holly Cairns: 4. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the concerns that have been consistently raised by an organisation (details supplied) regarding the forestry sector. [38552/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Forestry Sector (14 Jul 2022)

Holly Cairns: The forestry sector remains in crisis almost two years after the Minister of State, Deputy Hackett, introduced legislation to address the issue. The programme for Government set out a target of 8,000 ha of new forests per year but we are planting only 2,000 ha. The Social, Economic Environmental Forestry Association of Ireland, SEEFA, which was formed last year to represent private sector...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Forestry Sector (14 Jul 2022)

Pippa Hackett: All of us who are interested in forestry in Ireland generally share the same objectives. These are to have a well-functioning forestry licensing system, a clear and shared vision for the future of forestry in Ireland, and a new forestry programme which will encourage sustainable forest creation and management that meets societal needs. In line with these objectives, I set up Project...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Forestry Sector (14 Jul 2022)

Holly Cairns: It is astonishing to hear the Minister of State say that she has made incredible progress in meeting the targets, because the figures speak for themselves. National afforestation rates have decreased since the formation of this Government. It is one of the reasons I voted no confidence in the Government this week. The service is currently reaching a dismal 25% of the target. For the...

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