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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I am reluctant to interrupt the Deputy but that is not a point of order. The point has been made by Deputy Mattie McGrath and it is not in keeping with what was agreed on the Order of Business. I am obliged to follow the Order of Business. I am going to take amendment No. 1. Members can make contributions on it after it has been moved. Amendments Nos. 1, 3 and 19 to 23, inclusive, are...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Jennifer Whitmore: My amendment, No. 3, is the second one and it is very similar to No. 1. I wonder if I could come in after the first three Sinn Féin Deputies?

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Darren O'Rourke: I move amendment No. 1: In page 5, line 8, to delete “the transition” and substitute “a just transition”. I am disappointed to see reflected in the Bill that the Government has taken nothing on board from the 12 hours of Committee Stage scrutiny we had on this Bill last week. Some 231 amendments from Opposition politicians were put forward and not only did...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

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Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Michael McNamara: What exactly is the Minister going to deliver? Many promises were made before the last election, as there usually are. This was an unusual situation in that the promises continued on into the programme for Government. The Irish Farmers Association, IFA, has been particularly unimpressed by the results-based environmental agri pilot, REAP, scheme. I looked at it and I was a little bit...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank everyone for their contributions. It has been a very constructive debate. I look forward to more of these discussions as the new CAP evolves and then, hopefully, if we get agreement at the end of this month, as we put together our national CAP plan from that point onwards. The CAP ensures that our farmers can continue to farm, that we produce the highest quality food and that we...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Carol Nolan: There is massive anger and frustration among farmers. They genuinely feel that their concerns are not being listened to. The IFA is in Dublin today with members from all around the country, and many other organisations such as the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association, ICSA, and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, ICMSA, have been sounding the alarm on these issues and...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I apologies on behalf of Deputies Michael and Healy-Rae, who are currently attending their uncle's funeral on Zoom. Our sympathies go out to their family. I was in Cahir last week to meet the IFA farmers. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful turnout, with a huge crowd in the square in Cahir. The farmers got huge applause and a great welcome from the customers, shoppers, shopkeepers,...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Marian Harkin: My first point is about convergence. It makes no sense that current payments are linked to production levels that obtained in 2000. That is illogical and unfair. There was a change in the previous CAP with 30% of Pillar 1 for greening. However, we pursued a deeply unfair policy whereby two farmers in the same county might be taking exactly the same actions under greening and one farmer...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Michael Fitzmaurice: The Minister might get someone to reply to these questions in writing because we do not have enough time. It is scandalous that we only have a few minutes to speak on an agricultural debate when others did not bother their arses turning up at all. The previous Taoiseach, Deputy Varadkar, stated that Ireland would top up these losses. Will we top up the cap payment to make sure the budget...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Joe Flaherty: We all agree that housing, health and the Covid challenge remain the big issues for this House. The twin issues of CAP and the climate action Bill are very much banging on the door at the moment. For the farmers of County Longford and, indeed, rural Ireland generally, we must get value and a meaningful dividend from these CAP negotiations. The IFA has been in the vanguard of pursuing the...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: Deputy Flaherty touched on a number of issues which we have touched on before and outlined the position from his county’s perspective. He touched on a number of issues such as convergence, for example, and the importance of a well-funded CAP overall and ensuring the impact on farmers and their financial sustainability is central to how we frame the next CAP. I take on board the...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Michael Collins: I have been involved with farming organisations while a farmer. I once said to a politician that if one does not wear a pair of wellingtons, one does not know what farming is about. Being involved in CAP negotiations through farm organisations down through the years, I always wanted to make sure that the family farm was sustainable. It has not been sustainable, and it is not sustainable...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I welcome the opportunity to take part in this important debate. The Louth and east Meath constituency that I represent has a strong rural and farming community. I have dealt with this community on many issues over the years. It is one of the most dedicated and hardest working sectors in the economy. In the north of the county, we have the Cooley Peninsula and Faughart regions, where...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I know the tremendous value of agriculture to Deputy Lowry's constituency. He outlined it well in his contribution. I assure him that, in putting the next CAP together, we will consider all farm types and consult farmers in great detail to ensure that CAP is as farmer friendly as possible. I look forward to the Deputy's engagement in that. There will be a comprehensive consultation over...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister, but we must move on. Deputy Cahill is sharing time with Deputies Leddin and Flaherty.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Jackie Cahill: For 70 years, CAP has been a price support, guaranteeing top-quality food for European consumers at a low price. There has been a fundamental change in policy at European level, though, and CAP is moving towards becoming an environmental payment. This will have consequences for European consumers. Food price inflation has to follow if primary producers are to stay in business. In the...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Brian Leddin: I will keep my points brief, as my time is limited. While the negotiators continue to work towards a consensus on CAP, it is worth highlighting that the current state of play is demonstrative of the divergences within and between the agricultural sector and policymakers. There is a misalignment between policies, funding mechanisms and the views of people who manage and work on farms. On...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Joe Carey: Following the same theme as the two previous speakers, we are at a crossroads here. It is a vital period for Irish agriculture. The medium-sized farm with good entitlement is considered by the EU to be the ideal family farm model. This model has taken the largest financial hit due to convergence. I am concerned that this family farm model was not financially supported in the previous CAP...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: We have environmental sustainability and social sustainability but what anchors our family farm system is financial sustainability. That will be crucial in framing well the next Common Agricultural Policy to support families. Also, there is what we do then at domestic national level to support that in terms of additional funding, such as the 11% increase this year in national funding and...

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