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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 30 Sep 2003

Vol. 571 No. 1

Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies.

Jerry Cowley

Question:

315 Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the details of all working groups, advisory groups, consultancies and so on, established or commissioned by his Department since January 2001; the membership of each; the date expected to report; and if it is planned that the reports be published. [20303/03]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows:

1. Membership of the food industry sub-committee

Department of Agriculture and Food

Jim Beecher (Chairperson)

Department of Agriculture and Food

Marian Byrne

Department of Finance

Brendan Ellison

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Productive Sector OP)

Maureen Byrne

Shannon Development

Patricia Byrne

IBEC

Ciaran Fitzgerald

ICTU

Gene Mealy, SIPTU

ICOS

Martin Varley

An Bord Bia

John Bracken

Enterprise Ireland

Eddie Hughes

Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly

David Kelly

Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly

Kieran Moylan

The group was established in May 2001 to monitor progress on the food initiatives in the national development plan. It meets twice a year to review progress and any issues arising are fed directly to the productive sector monitoring committee, which is under the auspices of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment.
2(A).Membership of the monitoring committee for the CAP Rural Development Programme 2000-2006.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Aidan O'Driscoll (Chair)Mr. Michael CroninMr. Eoin MacGuillMr. Andy McGarrigleMr. Matt SinnottMr. Michael O'Donovan

Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

Mr. Michael PrendergastMr. Gerry Cody

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Mr. Tim Morris

Dúchas (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Mr. Alan Craig

Department of Finance

Mr. Brendan Ellison

European Commission

Mr. Piero Mora

Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly

Councillor Jimmy MaloneyMr. Gerry Finn, Director

Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly

Councillor Ned O'SullivanMr. David Kelly

Teagasc

Dr. Jim Frawley

Irish Farmers' Association (IFA)

Mr. Michael Bergin

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association (ICMSA)

Mr. John Enright

Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS)

Mr. Padraig Gibbons

Macra na Feirme

Mr. Damian McDonald

Irish Timber Growers' Association

Mr. Charles Colthurst,Chairman of the ITGA

Irish Forest Industry Chain

Mr. Gerry Farrell

Comhar

Mr. Ruaidhrí Deasy

Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Noel Byrne

The Heritage Council

Dr. Liam Lysaght

This committee was established in 2001 to oversee progress under the programme. It does not produce a report.
2 (B).AFCon Management Consultants.These consultants were engaged to carry out a mid-term evaluation of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2002-2006, and will produce their final report at the end of September. While it is not the intention to publish this report, its findings will be available for examination on request.
3.Membership of the expert group established in April 2002 to examine ewe numbers.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Ms Patricia Cannon (Chair) Mr. Liam BurkeMs Sinead Geraghty (Secretary)Ms Morina CarrMr. Eugene DoyleMr. Joe Noonan

Bord Bia

Mr. David Eiffe

CSO

Mr. Tom McMahonMr. Joe Treacy

The purpose of this expert group is to determine whether the number of ewes on which ewe premium is paid is supported by available statistics and to investigate any discrepancies. An internal report was produced in December 2002 which was not published.
4.Membership of the research stimulus fund committee 2000-2006

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Jim Beecher, Chairman

Macra na Feirme

Ms Anne Berg

Ballyroe Co-operative, Cork

Mr. Peter Dinneen

Business Development Consultant

Mr. Sean Donnelly

Irish Farmers Journal

Mr. Andy Doyle

Department of Agriculture and Food

Dr. Michael Gunn

Irish Farmers' Association

Mr. Con Lucey

National Ploughing Association of Ireland

Ms. Anna May McHugh

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Frank O'Donnell

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association

Mr. James O'Donnell

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Kevin Smyth

Irish Countrywomen's' Association

Ms Breda Raggett

Department of Agriculture and Food

Dr. Tom Teehan

This committee was established to select projects for funding under the 2001 call for proposals, to propose priority areas for funding under future calls and to advise the Department generally on the operation of the Fund. All available funding has now been committed and the committee has completed its work. The committee did not issue a report.
5.Membership of the consultative committee on the mid-term review of the Agenda 2000 agreement in the cereals/arable crops sectors.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Jim Beecher, Chairman

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Dan Byrne

Teagasc

Mr. Jim O'Mahoney

Irish Farmers' Association

Mr. Paddy Harrington

Irish Farmers' Association

Mr. Fintan Conway

Irish Grain and Feed Association

Mr. Seamus Funge

Irish Grain and Feed Association

Ms Marian Murphy

Irish Grain and Feed Association

Mr. David Bolger

Irish Grain and Feed Association

Mr. Seamus Gormely

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association

Mr. Brian Oxley

Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society

Mr. Martin Varley

APHA Ltd.

Mr. Declan O'Brien

Trinity College

Professor Alan Matthews

This committee was established to examine EU proposals under the mid-term review for the cereals/arable crops sector and to advise on broad policy options. The committee did not issue a report.
6.Membership of advisory group to examine the introduction of risk management in the Department of Agriculture and Food for the period 2001-2004.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Project team (headed by Bob Semple which includes a senior manager and two assistant managers.)

It is expected that a report will be published in the September / October 2003 period which will be prepared solely for the Department of Agriculture and Food.
7.Seaver Associates, Quality Management Consultants.During 2002, these consultants carried out consultancy work for this Department in connection with obtaining ISO 9000: 2001 status for beef export refunds.
8.Membership of a steering group on farm household income.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Kevin Smyth

Department of Agriculture and Food

Ms Sinead McPhillipsMs Helen Murphy

Department of Agriculture and Food

Ms Wila Bruce

Central Statistics Office

Mr. Kevin McCormack

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Gerry Reilly

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Gerry Brady

Teagasc

Mr. Liam Connolly

Teagasc

Ms Anne Kinsella

Economic and Social Research Institute

Ms Mary Keeney

It is expected that this report will be published later this year.
9.FMD export group.The expert group on foot and mouth disease (FMD) controls was established in early March 2001 to review on an ongoing basis the controls and advice appropriate to dealing with the FMD situation.
9(A).Indecon ConsultantsThese consultants carried out an evaluation of the foot and mouth disease in 2002 on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Food and details appear on its website, www.agriculture.gov.ie
10.Membership of consultative committee on beef policy

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Tom Moran, Chairman

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Philip Carroll

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Pat Johnstone (secretary)

Irish Meat Association

Mr. Cormac Healy

Irish Meat Association

Mr. Michael Behan

An Bord Bia

Mr. Aidan Cotter

Dunnes Stores

Mr. Frank Dunne

Macra na Feirme

Mr. Thomas Honner

Macra na Feirme

Mr. Damien McDonald

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association

Mr. John Deegan

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association

Mr. Pat O'Rourke

10.Membership of consultative committee on beef policy – con tinued

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association

Mr. John O'Leary

Irish Farmers' Association

Mr. Derek Deane

Irish Farmers' Association

Mr. Kevin Kinsella

Teagasc

Mr. Bernard Smyth

Irish Co-operative Organisation Society Limited

Mr. T. J. Flanagan

Irish Co-operative Organisation Soiety Limited

Mr. Martin Varley

Independent economist

Mr. Brendan Kearney

Irish Business and Employers Confederation

Mr. Ciaran Fitzgerald

Irish Business and Employers Confederation

Mr. Gerry Farrell

This committee was established in July 2002 to assist the Department of Agriculture and Food in assessing options for Ireland in relation to the mid-term review of Agenda 2000 and to advise this Department on emerging policies at both EU and member state level. This Department is under no obligation to publish a report.
11.Farm animal advisory welfare council.

Retired Professor UCG

Professor Patrick Fottrell (Chairman)

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Dr. Alison J. Hanlon

Deputy President, ICMSA

Mr. Jackie Cahill

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland

Mr. Liam McKibben

Director, Compassion in World Farming

Ms Mary-Ann Bartlett

Vice Chairman, ICOS

Mr. Tom Doyle

ISPCA

Mrs. Angela McCarthy

Teagasc

Dr. Bernadette Earley

Chairperson Wexford SPCA

Ms Barbara Bent

Veterinary Ireland

Mr. Sean O'Laoide

Veterinary Ireland

Mr. Dermot Sparrow

Committee for Irish Livestock Dealers, Exporters, Hauliers and Shippers

Mr. Stephen Foley

Director of Livestock, IFA

Mr. Kevin Kinsella

Chairman National Animal Health Committee, IFA

Mr. John Stack

Chairman National Livestock Committee, IFA

Mr. Derek Deane

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Aidan Murray

Department of Agriculture and Food

Dr. Martin Blake

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. David Walsh

This council was established to allow representative groups with a variety of perspectives on animal welfare to meet and exchange views, seek consensus on various issues and developments relative to the care of farm animals and generate advice to the Minister.
12.Scientific advisory committee on animal health and welfare

Former Dean of the Veterinary Faculty in UCD

Professor Michael Monaghan, Chairman

Former Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Albert Costelloe

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Children

Dr. John Devlin

Teagasc

Dr. Bernadette Early

Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Michael Sheridan

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Dr. John Griffin

University College Cork

Dr. Colin Hill

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Dr. Nolan Leonard

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Mr. Paul Mulville

Teagasc

Dr. Kevin O'Farrell

Consumer Protection Division, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Mr. David Nolan

UCG

Professor Terry Smith

Veterinary Laboratory Service, Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. John Ferris

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. David Walsh

13.WTO (World Trade Organisation) consultative group.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Bart Brady (Chairman)

Irish Grain and Feed Organisation

Mr. Seamus Funge

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association

Mr. Ciaran Dolan/John Enright

Macra Na Feirme

Mr. Seamus Phelan/James Kelly

Bord Bia

Mr. Padraig Brennan/Paddy Moore

IFA

Mr. Con Lucey/Kevin Kinsella/Fintan Conway

Irish Dairy Board

Ms Anne Randles

IBEC

Mr. William Maher

Irish Meat Association

Mr. Cormac Healy

Teagasc

Mr. Trevor Donnellan

Irish Co-operative Organisation Society

Mr. Martin Varley

Brendan Kearney and Associates

Mr. Brendan Kearney

UCD

Professor Seamus Sheehy

Department of Agriculture and Food

Members of EU Trade Division

This group was established to provide a forum for an exchange of views and information on the WTO negotiations on agriculture to help ensure an optimum Irish input into the negotiations.
14.Consumer liaison panel.

Journalist

Mairead McGuinness (Chairman)

Irish Countrywomen's Association

Breda Raggett

Consumers Association of Ireland

Richard Donohue

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Jack Nash

Musgraves/Super Valu/Centra

Brendan Davis

Retail Grocery, Dairy and Allied Traders Association

Colette Coughlan

Superquinn

Paula Mee

Tesco Ireland

Belinda Sullivan

Voluntary and Community Sector Platform

Seamus Boland

Press officer, Department of Agriculture and Food

Michael N. Walsh

Department of Agriculture and Food

John Quirke

The consumer liaison panel was established in February 2002 to act as a liaison between the consumer and the Department of Agriculture and Food. It published its first annual report in August 2003.
15.Food labelling group.A food labelling group was established in July 2002. Details of membership are:

Chairman

Ned Sullivan

Department of Agriculture and Food

Jarlath Coleman

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Mary Kearns

Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs

John Nolan

Tesco Ireland

Bill Paterson

Department of Health & Children Food Safety Promotion Board

Gary Kearney

Department of Health & Children

Siobhan McEvoy

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Ruth Davis

Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland

Pat Brady

IBEC

Fiona Lalor

IBEC

John Matthews

Consumer Association of Ireland

Richard Donoghue

Consumer Liaison Panel

Mairead McGuinness

RGDATA

Marion O'Connell

An Bord Bia

Gerard Brickley

Irish Meat Association

John Smith

IFA

Ned Walsh

ICMSA

Una Gallagher

This group submitted its report to the Minister for Agriculture and Food in December 2002 following which it disbanded.
16.Interdepartmental working group on PRSI for farm spouses.

Department of Agriculture and Food

Mr. Aidan O'Driscoll

Department of Agriculture and Food

Ms Helen Murphy

Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs

Mr. Denis Moynihan

Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs

Mr. Vincent Long

Office of the Chief Inspector Taxes

Mr. Bob Dowdall

Department of Finance

Mr. Tony Carberry

Arising from the recommendations of the report of the advisory committee on the role of women in agriculture, an inter-departmental working group on PRSI for farm spouses was set up in April 2001 to examine possible approaches to extending PRSI to farm spouses. The group issued a report in February 2002.
17.Dairy sector.

Group / Consultancy

Purpose

Membership Names

Organisation

Mid-term review of Agenda 2000 dairy consultative group

To examine the broad policy options for the dairy sector and to advise on the most appropriate responses to the EU Commission's mid-term review proposals

Tom MoranTom O'DonnellMartin CrowleyBreda RocheJohn DoodyCatherine LascuretteMichael MurphyPat O'RourkeCiaran DolanMartin VarleyDessie BoylanThomas HonnerMichael KeanePat IvoryBilly FingletonNicholas SimmsCecil Buchanan

DAFDAFDAFDAFIFAIFAICMSAICMSAICOSICOSICOSMacraUCCIDIATeagascIDBCadbury

Group / Consultancy

Purpose

Membership Names

Organisation

Strategic review of the dairy processing sector

To contribute to a coherent strategic development plan for the sector, making recommendations on actions to improve efficiency and long-term competitiveness.

Conducted by Prospectus in partnership with Promar International

Report published on 19 March 2003

The steering group of the strategic review of the dairy processing sector

To oversee the strategic review of the dairy processing sector.

James Murphy Gus O'Brien Peter Dineen Dan McSweeney Tom Commins Michael Farrell Denis Lucey Philip Carroll Tom Moran Tom O'Donnell John Keon Joe O'Sullivan Mike Feeney Eddie HughesSeamus MacLoughlinBilly MurphyPat IvoryJohn TyrrellNoel CawleyJerry HoulihanEd PrendergastMichael Cronin Sean McAuliffeNoel HorganVincent GilhawleySeamus O'Beirne

ArrabawnBandonBarryroeCarberyCenteneryConnaught GoldDairygoldDAFDAFDAFGlenveaghDrinaghEnterprise IrelandEnterprise IrelandEnterprise IrelandGlanbiaIDIAICOSIrish Dairy BoardKerry GroupLakeland Dairies Co-operative Society LtdNewmarketNorth Cork Co-operative Creameries LtdTipperary Co-operative Creamery LtdTown of Monaghan Co-operativeWexford

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