Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (524)

Charlie McConalogue


524. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the request raised to attend a forum in correspondence by an organisation (details supplied). [25201/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The TB Forum was established in mid-2018 and has held a number of meetings to date. The next TB Forum is scheduled for June 25th 2019.

It is envisaged that an Interim Report, based on discussions over the past number of months, is expected to issue shortly after the upcoming meeting. Part of the deliberations have focused on the principle of "Working in Partnership" as outlined in the National Farmed Animal Health Strategy. Reflecting that, the discussion papers issued in advance of establishing the TB Forum proposed enhanced governance arrangements with regular stakeholder meetings to monitor progress in eradicating bovine TB and considering amendments to the Programme, where appropriate.

Following receipt and consideration of the Interim Report, I will decide on the future workings of the Forum.