Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (805)

Brendan Smith

Question:

805. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the outcome of discussions between his officials and an association (details supplied) regarding funding for the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44872/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Officials from my Department, recognising and acknowledging the concerns raised in relation to the challenges facing the knackery industry, have met with the Animal Collectors Association (ACA) on a number of occasions since August 2019.

My Department is committed to putting together a scheme that will provide for significant financial support to the knackery industry to stabilise the industry and to restore a level of competitiveness to this difficult, but vitally important, industry.

My Department held the latest in a series of constructive meetings with the ACA on Monday 21st October and both parties have committed to meet again this month to continue discussions.