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Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: That half minute is very important. Tremendous time has been given to the climate action Bill, both at the pre-legislative scrutiny stage and again in the Dáil. There is also a necessity here that we have to move on with it. If this was given all the time for every amendment, we could be here until next year debating it.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Seán Sherlock: I do not think so.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: We must move on but tremendous consideration has been given to it. The programme for Government commitments, particularly regarding biogenic methane and the socioeconomic importance of agriculture, are transposed into the Bill. That is really important. Ultimately then, this will come back to the Government to make the decisions around it. There is an obligation on the Government to...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: I thank the Minister. I am moving on to the Government slot. Deputy Calleary has four minutes.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Dara Calleary: I will continue from where Deputy Sherlock left off by linking today's debate on CAP to this evening's debate on the climate action plan. First, is the Minister satisfied that enough recognition has been given within the climate action plan to the efforts of Irish farmers and Irish agriculture? As for the ongoing issues that cannot be measured at the moment but which may be measured due to...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I am satisfied that the programme for Government commitments have been transposed into the climate action Bill with regard to ensuring that the socioeconomic importance of agriculture is recognised by the Government, and that the science around biogenic methane is very much central to all considerations, both at the Climate Change Advisory Council and by the Government thereafter....

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy. I am glad he thinks the cap should be €60,000 because he has followed the position of Fianna Fáil in that regard.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: That €60,000 is without preconditions.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: Prior to that, the Deputy's position was that the cap should be €80,000.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: Is the Minister's position that the cap should be €60,000 without preconditions?

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I set out that the cap should be €60,000 and the Deputy toddled along afterwards.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: Is the Minister saying the position of the Irish Government is that the limit should be €60,000 per annum?

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: The Deputy has the audacity to stand here and try and sell that as being his own policy. In the same way, he is also trying to take some ownership of the ombudsman's office for which he had previously suggested no allocation or support.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: Will the Minister answer the question? Does he now support the upper limit payment being set at €60,000 without preconditions?

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: At European level, I have been pushing at all Council meetings to try to keep the maximum limit that can go to one farmer as limited and small as possible.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: That is okay.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: My objective was to achieve a cap of €60,000. I have been pushing for that at EU Council level. I have pushed for it the most of all the representatives of EU member states. It remains to be seen what will be the final level.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: Let us see what flexibilities are there for that. My time is limited and I have a second question.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I will make the following point. The Deputy's policy was for an €80,000 cap until I set a policy of a €60,000 cap. He followed on in that regard so he should not be coming in here today and trying to sell himself as the author of that policy.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: The difference between the Minister and I is that he is in a position to deliver on policy. What level of convergence does the Minister think should be in place? I ask him not to say he is waiting to carry out analysis. He was an Opposition spokesperson on agriculture for a term of government and has been in office for almost a year. What is his position? What should that figure be?

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