Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (442)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

442. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the exact extent of ash plant disease here; and if surveys are planned by his Department. [11581/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In total there are now 46 confirmed cases of the disease. Of these 26 are in forestry plantations in Counties Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Tipperary and Waterford. There are 14 Horticultural Nurseries that have tested positive for the disease, three samples from roadside landscaping have tested positive as well as one Garden Centre, one private garden and one farm. In addition to the confirmed findings other samples have been submitted on an ongoing basis to the laboratory and the results are awaited. Since the disease was first confirmed in Ireland, this Department has been carrying out a nationwide survey of ash forests which are known to have been planted in recent years with saplings imported from the continent. My Department has extended the scope of the survey work to cover ash plantations planted since 1992 and are also surveying AEOS and REPS plantings.