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Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Mattie McGrath: I, too, wish to contribute this evening. This is one of the most phony, disrespectful and dishonest debates we have ever had in this House. For ten weeks, and with the support of Sinn Féin and others, whose support I acknowledge, I have been looking for this debate. The issue of the national maternity hospital arose two weeks ago and a debate was scheduled earlier today. Debates on...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Jackie Cahill: It is a real pity that it took a war in Ukraine and the misery that has been inflicted on the citizens of Ukraine to bring food security back onto the agenda. Unfortunately, people who should have known better forgot about food security and thought that modern economies such as those in Europe had full energy security and food security. The realisation that food security and energy security...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

James O'Connor: I welcome the opportunity to participate in this engagement with the Minister and Ministers of State from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. I welcome the work that has been undertaken in the Department. As a Deputy for the constituency of Cork East and somebody who lives on a dairy farm, I would like to highlight a number of issues with the three of them today. It is greatly...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Verona Murphy: The first issue I want to raise, which I am sure has already been raised, is that in the farming section of the Irish Independenta couple of days ago it was highlighted that the methane emissions from dairy cows are probably being overestimated. Similar reports appeared at the end of 2021 and in the summer of 2021 in the Irish Farmers' Journal. The study quoted in the Irish Farmers'...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Food security is dependent on economically viable farms. If there is anything to be taken away from this debate it should be that point. Food security is also dependent on economically viable fishermen. There was talk earlier about the need for signs to go up in people's offices. If that sign was in the Minister's office and he delivered on his job when it comes to that sentence alone, he...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): Like the Minister, I will also begin by speaking about Ukraine. We cannot forget the thousands of people who are suffering there as we speak this evening. We must also think of their fellow Ukrainians who have been forced to flee to Ireland and across the world to avoid the wanton death and...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Many of us have spoken about the criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine and also its impact on food security. We must all reassess the matter and make sure we are prepared and protected into the future. It is true that during Covid we had adequate food supplies. We all accept that we have had a fabulous farming industry in this State that has been able to deliver for us for generations and...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I recently said there is a phrase that should be written on the wall of every office in this Oireachtas. It reads: "Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a livable future." This was said by Hans-Otto Pörtner, one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, working chairs. We are walking a climate tightrope and...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Johnny Mythen: Farming in County Wexford and throughout the island is a much-valued industry that contributes millions to local economies in employment, commerce and sustainability of rural communities. The Common Agricultural Policy is the single most important tool we have for securing the future of family farms and food security, yet the CAP budget in the next period represents a substantial cut to...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Martin Heydon: We have a welcome opportunity today to discuss the issue of food security. Food production is important for our farmers, our fishers, our rural and coastal communities and wider society. It is important for me, my political party and the Government. You might need a doctor, lawyer, garda or priest once in your life, but three times a day every day, you need a farmer. We cannot take food...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Leddin is sharing time with Deputy Ó Cathasaigh.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I endorse Deputy Cairns’s comments on food security. It should go without saying that climate change has significant implications for global food security, especially in developing countries. For many, floods, drought and disease will cause crops to fail this year. People will go hungry. These extreme weathers are increasing in intensity directly as a result of our warming world....

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I am very pleased to speak in this debate. I attended the Fine Gael conference on agriculture in Tullamore at the weekend. It was wonderful to see how vibrant it was and how vibrant the participants were about agriculture and agri-food in Ireland. My constituency in Dún Laoghaire is not exactly a rural one, but it is dependent, as is every constituency, on the success of the agri-food...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Martin Kenny is next on the list, but as he is not here I call Deputy Cairns.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Holly Cairns: The pandemic should have been a wake-up call to improve our food systems. It highlighted the importance of farmers and producers and our overdependence on imports. Policies from successive Governments and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have eroded crop and livestock diversity and left us vulnerable to disruptions in global supply chains. We have become largely dependent...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

John Paul Phelan: First, I echo what Deputy Sherlock said, notwithstanding issues that Cork and Kilkenny have had on the pitch in recent weeks. It is very sad for a rural dweller to watch wild ash trees all over my part of the country dying in hedgerows, not to mention the plantations the Deputy referred to and the failure to introduce an adequate scheme. This is a timely discussion on a subject that is...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: I want to start my comments by revisiting the issue of Killybegs and the scandal of how it has been handled. The Minister was at a public meeting there in recent weeks and he saw at first hand the scale of the anger and frustration. That is not just today or yesterday as it has been building up for many years. There has to be a solution to this. What is being asked of our industry,...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: In the short time that I have, there are many points that I wish to cover. I want to start with the BRIDE Project, which will be familiar to many people who are concerned with biodiversity and partnership with the agriculture and farming sector. This is a project situated in north County Cork. I had the good fortune to visit the project on Monday last with the Labour Party leader, Deputy...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I am sharing time with Deputy Mac Lochlainn. I will take eight and a half minutes. I thank the Minister for his opening statement and for being here alongside the Minister of State. I welcome the fact that we are having this debate. To give credit where it is due, I commend Deputy Mattie McGrath for persistently calling for this debate, which is very timely. I apologise that I will have...

National Maternity Hospital: Statements (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy's time is up.

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