Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (162, 163)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

277 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a group (details supplied) in County Wexford was not successful under the grants made to animal welfare bodies; if there is further funding available for this group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1435/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

My Department does not operate any specific schemes of financial assistance for animal welfare bodies. In recent years however I have madeex gratia funding available to a number of appropriate bodies involved in the direct delivery of animal care and welfare services throughout the country having regard to moneys available to me from within the Department's vote at end-year. In December 2003 grants totalling €850,000 were awarded to 80 organisations to assist them in their activities in 2004. A copy of the press release which details the organisations that received funding is attached.

The organisations concerned had approached the Department during 2003 seeking financial assistance. My Department has no record of the North Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals having made such an approach.

I note all requests received and at the appropriate time will consider any request received from the North Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, having regard to the availability of funding and to any competing claims for grant assistance submitted by other animal welfare bodies.

Michael Ring

Question:

278 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid slaughter premium 2002, the balance of a special beef premium 2001, and all of their entitlement to special beef premium for 2002. [1516/04]

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The person named submitted four applications under the 2001 special beef premium scheme in respect of 56 animals, and three applications under the 2002 special beef premium scheme, in respect of 51 animals. One animal was found eligible under the 2001 slaughter premium scheme and two animals found eligible under the 2002 slaughter premium scheme.

The applications of the person named were under review by my Department. This review is now complete and appropriate payments will issue shortly.