Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
999. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a ship (details supplied) was permitted to carry livestock from Greenore to Turkey on 7 March 2018, 10 April 2018 and 9 May 2018 despite the certificate of approval of livestock vessel having expired on 17 February 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14041/19]
The vessel in question was issued with temporary approvals while awaiting and pending the co-ordination of a full inspection. All sailings referred to were preceded by an inspection by Veterinary staff from my Department. The loading of cattle were supervised by officials of my Department and the animals were inspected and certified as regards health status and fitness for travel in the normal course.
The vessel in question has also since completed its full inspection and holds an approval until 2024.