Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Animal Culls

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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658. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the date by which it is intended to have all farmed mink in Ireland culled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44533/20]

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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659. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of mink intended to be culled in relation to Covid-19. [44534/20]

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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660. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the manner in which it is intended to cull mink; the persons or bodies that will carry out the cull; the persons or bodies that will supervise them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44535/20]

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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661. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if mink have been culled to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44536/20]

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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662. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the persons or bodies that will be responsible for culled mink carcases; the way in which they will be disposed of; the persons or bodies that will supervise their disposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44537/20]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 658 to 662, inclusive, together.

My Department continues to engage with the farm operators in order to manage the next steps in this process.

From a public health risk management perspective, my Department has conducted testing on mink on all three farms, with the most recent tests on 7thDecember. All tests were negative for Covid 19.

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