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Laboratory Facilities

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 28 February 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Questions (680)

Martin Kenny


680. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the review of veterinary laboratories being carried out was initiated by his Department or by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9956/17]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department agreed some years ago with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to review its regional laboratories as an action under the Croke Park Action Plan. However, having concluded that regional laboratories should not be viewed in isolation, my Department decided to extend the review process to include its central laboratories which are located at Backweston, Co. Kildare.

My Department therefore tasked a Working Group led by Professor Alan Reilly to undertake this broader review with the following Terms of Reference:

1. To define the laboratory services and expertise that DAFM requires at present and in the foreseeable future;

2. To consider how these laboratory services and expertise can best be delivered; and

3. Outline an implementation plan, including timescale, for proposed changes.

The report of this Working Group is now being considered by the Department, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.