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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Michael McNamara: I thank the Minister of State for her reply, which frankly contained a lot of jargon. What I would like to know is what concrete actions are happening, in particular in terms of interdepartmental efforts to investigate and move forward. One option is to develop wool as an insulation product. Insulating homes is a major priority of the Government, as it should be, although it might not be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): To clarify, the €30,000 is to help the establishment of the wool council. Once the council has been established, it is up to it, as the industry stakeholders, to come together with the ideas. Who knows what lies ahead? I urge the stakeholders to do that very swiftly. I would welcome...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: Is the Minister of State engaging with DEFRA in the North? What stage are the discussions at?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): Personally no, but I will find out for the Deputy and let him know if my officials have engaged.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: Will the Minister of State please do that and let me know what stage the discussions have reached?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Reviews (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): We will know more following the meeting about the wool council next week. We need to get there and to move on from that point.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Safety (8 Dec 2022)

Farm Safety

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Safety (8 Dec 2022)

Brendan Griffin: 125. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way that farm safety efforts have fared to date in 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61309/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Safety (8 Dec 2022)

Brendan Griffin: I thank the Acting Chair for his discretion. I want to ask about the very important issue of farm safety. Perhaps the Minister would update the House on the Department's efforts in that regard to date in 2022.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Safety (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Griffin for raising this important matter. He is aware that it is an area on which the Minister of State, Deputy Martin Heydon, has done significant work since his appointment two years ago. Farm safety is a major issue and farming continues to be the most dangerous occupation in terms of fatalities in the workplace. Fatal incidents on farms account for just over two in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: There is just one other category on which I would like to get the Minister's thoughts, namely, dairy farmers and hill farmers who would have lands classified as category 1 under the areas of natural constraint. They also fall outside the new peer group. This group is also not immune to the increases in fodder, feeding costs, etc. They are also food producers who are trying to make a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I will deal first with the dairy farmers and then I will deal with the dry stock or livestock farmers who do not make hay or silage themselves. With regard to dairy farmers, my core objective for the scheme was to ensure that, as a country, we produced enough fodder to ensure we are fodder and food secure this autumn, winter and spring, and that every farmer would be supported in the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Agriculture Industry

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: 123. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will commit to a public inquiry involving all relevant stake holders regarding the issue on the farm of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61216/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I thank the Cathaoirleach Gníomhach and I am delighted this question has been selected. I am sure the Minister is well aware of this issue and I will expand on it in the further minutes I have, but this was the issue that was raised at the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the past week. It was not a new issue at that point; it has been going on for several years...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Funchion for her question. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine was involved with other public sector bodies in an investigation of animal health and environmental concerns on the farm of the person to whom the Deputy has referred and has provided details. I am aware of the case of the person the Deputy has referred to and I understand the burden the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: With all due respects to the Minister, that is a sort of history of the situation as to where we are now but a great deal more needs to be done. For anyone who is unaware of this case or situation, or is watching these proceedings, when I first heard about it, it reminded me of the movie "Erin Brockovich" or the movie that was based on the company which made Teflon. This man, who was an...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Funchion. The reason I outlined the background to the case and the various assessments and investigations which took place was to outline that this is something that has been looked at in great detail. The investigations through the inter-agency group were completed as far back as 2010. This has been an issue and has been under consideration for a long time now, a very...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: That reply will not be acceptable to Dan Brennan and to the other farmers in the area. They attended a meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine last week and there was great support for Dan. He was present with his wife and family, together with other farmers from the locality, and local IFA representatives. Although I am not a member of the agriculture committee,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Matt Carthy: We would have a much better agricultural policy and overall discussion if the Minister was willing to engage on issues. Through our suckler herd we produce some of the most sustainable beef in the world. The associated carbon emissions are half of that coming from South American beef. For the Government to even contemplate a forced reduction of Irish suckler cattle while the Mercosur trade...

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