Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Questions (171, 172)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

171. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures he is taking to address the impact of the closure of almost all knackeries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37876/19]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

172. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to ensure that detailed and urgent consideration is given to the submission by an association (details supplied) in relation to the need for additional financial support due to the financial pressures on these businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37921/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.

Discussions have taken place between the Animal Collectors Association and my Department officials on the fallen animal collection service. Following those intensive discussions, agreement has been reached that enables the collection of fallen animals to resume from 17 September. Continued animal collection will be contingent on written correspondence from my Department to the ACA on the agreement reached at the meeting. Further discussions between my Department and the ACA are planned to progress issues relating to supports for the animal collection service.