Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Covid-19 Pandemic

Martin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein)
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863. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if work on new farms is considered essential during the Covid-19 lockdown, specifically work on buildings which have been disused for a number of years; if so, the measures in place for residents to engage with the planning process in view of the restrictions in place due to Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5984/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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My Department’s website has a FAQ section on Covid 19 with information in relation to on-farm construction activities.  In all cases, plans should be in place for all essential workers to carry out their work while observing a 2 metre physical distancing and all other relevant HSE advice.

The delivery of concrete for essential minor works on farms (such as the pouring of concrete for silage pits) is permitted, as this is part of the essential business of farming at this time of year.  In accordance with the Public Health advice, these services should be for essential works only.  Full details are available at; DAFM - FAQs about the ‘Stay at Home’ phase.

It is the responsibility of all businesses to ensure that they comply with all the Government measures currently in place during the Covid 19 crisis.

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