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Thu, 6 Dec 2018

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Meat Processing Plants

Charlie McConalogue

1. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the price beef farmers are receiving for their produce from factories; the number of times to date in 2018 that beef processing factories have been fined for breaching EU carcass trimming rules; the range of fines imposed; the maximum level that can be imposed; the number of factory inspections by officials in 2018 to check grading and trimming is in compliance with regulations; the names of factories fined to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51344/18]

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Common Agricultural Policy

Martin Kenny

2. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposed good agricultural and environmental conditions for the next Common Agricultural Policy, CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51346/18]

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Milk Supply

Jackie Cahill

3. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the latest developments regarding SMP intervention at EU level; if he will provide data for sales; the plans the European Commission has for SMP intervention tendering in 2019; and the position of the Government in that regard. [51345/18]

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Brexit Issues

Michael Collins

4. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the joint British and EU position is that sea fisheries are to be dealt with separately from trade in accordance with the wording of Article 6, paragraph 1, of the withdrawal agreement (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51347/18]

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Skills Shortages

Billy Kelleher

5. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps being taken to cater for the shortage of skilled labour in the agricultural sector and the competitiveness issues arising if unaddressed. [51188/18]

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Laboratory Facilities

Bobby Aylward

6. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the review and cost-benefit analysis of the regional veterinary laboratory in County Kilkenny which serves the farmers of the entire south-east region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51041/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Data

Martin Heydon

7. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the payments made to date under the areas of natural constraints scheme by county. [51172/18]

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Ports Facilities

James Browne

8. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for the introduction of a border control post at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50974/18]

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Fish Quotas

Thomas Pringle

9. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on recent negotiations resulting in the 20% reduction in the mackerel quota for fishermen here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51117/18]

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Brexit Supports

Peter Burke

10. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the supports provided to Bord Bia to assist agrifood businesses here find new markets for produce in the context of a potentially changed trading environment post Brexit. [51197/18]

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Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme

Eugene Murphy

11. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the plans announced in budget 2018 to introduce a low-cost cashflow loan scheme for farmers have been abandoned in view of the fact that there seems to be no movement on a hardship fund to help bridge cashflow difficulties for farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50998/18]

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Hare Coursing

Maureen O'Sullivan

12. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the inherent cruelty involved in live hare coursing; and his views on whether Ireland’s reputation is being damaged by allowing this blood sport to continue in the face of international bans on the activity. [51049/18]

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Organic Farming Scheme

Eamon Ryan

13. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the arrangements for the reopening of the organic farming scheme; the primary areas of focus in this regard; the budget for the extended scheme; and the number of farmers that could apply. [51159/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Review

Niamh Smyth

14. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the ANC review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51189/18]

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mick Wallace

15. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to ensure that the carbon footprint of the agriculture sector here is being reduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51173/18]

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Hen Harriers Threat Response Plan

Michael Moynihan

16. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of discussions with his colleague in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht regarding the timeline to complete the threat response plan for hen harrier areas; and his views on permitting afforestation in hen harrier areas. [51150/18]

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Brexit Supports

Aindrias Moynihan

17. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of businesses in the food production sector that have availed of the Brexit loan scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51148/18]

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Antimicrobial Resistance

Martin Heydon

18. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the joint approach to One Health being adopted by his Department and the Department of Health. [51038/18]

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Bovine Disease Controls

Martin Kenny

19. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether it is counterproductive to eradicating tuberculosis to allow inconclusive TB reactor cattle to move to and be finished in beef herds (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51166/18]

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Beef Exports

Fergus O'Dowd

20. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the progress made by the agrifood sector here in developing a market for Irish beef in China. [51192/18]

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Beef Industry

Willie Penrose

21. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the nature and level of discussions he has had with beef factories to ensure farm producers receive a reasonable price for beef; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51205/18]

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Invasive Plant Species

Catherine Martin

22. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures in place for tackling invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and gunnera tinctoria; and the role of his Department in managing the control of invasive species. [51156/18]

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Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Peter Burke

23. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding discussions on the next CAP reform; and his priorities for the next CAP. [51198/18]

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Agriculture Schemes

Thomas Pringle

24. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the other schemes available to farmers to facilitate their transition towards a low carbon economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51119/18]

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Beef Industry Irregularities

Charlie McConalogue

25. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of times to date in 2018 that beef processing factories have been fined for breaching EU carcass trimming rules; the range of fines imposed; the maximum level that can be imposed; the number of inspections by officials in 2018 in such factories to check that grading and trimming is in compliance with regulations; and if will he consider publishing the names of factories fined in 2018. [51167/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme

Éamon Ó Cuív

26. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to change the rates of payment from 2019 in the ANC scheme so that these rates reflect more the natural constraint of the land farmers are farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50978/18]

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Agriculture Schemes

Bernard Durkan

27. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress to date on the roll-out of the agricultural sustainability support and advisory programme with particular reference to the ongoing need to encourage sustainable farming whilst at the same time meeting water quality requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51155/18]

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Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations

Catherine Martin

28. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the engagement his Department has with the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy; and the process by which the EU Council of Ministers will address the design of the new CAP system. [51157/18]

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Beef Industry

Eugene Murphy

29. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will address the crisis in the beef industry; the measures he plans to introduce to alleviate the near collapse of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50976/18]

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Agriculture Schemes

Charlie McConalogue

30. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the €20 million beef environmental efficiency pilot scheme introduced in budget 2019; the maximum payment per cow and weanling; when the scheme will open; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51169/18]

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Commonage Framework Plans

Martin Kenny

31. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of commonage framework plans outstanding under the GLAS programme; the number of payments to farmers delayed as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51162/18]

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Animal Identification Schemes

Martin Kenny

32. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider developing an application that could be linked to Agfood.ie and would be accessible on smartphones in order that farmers can record births and animal movements more easily; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51164/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme

Éamon Ó Cuív

33. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to increase the maximum area on which a farmer can receive payment under the ANC scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50979/18]

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Beef Industry

Jackie Cahill

34. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether beef farmers are receiving a fair price for their produce from factories; the course of action he will take with factories following the reports of fines being imposed for excessive carcase trimming in 2018; the level of fines imposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51184/18]

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Milk Supply Regulation

Jackie Cahill

35. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of developments regarding SMP intervention at EU level; the details of data on sales; the plans the EU Commission has for SMP intervention tendering in 2019; and the position of Ireland on same. [51185/18]

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Forestry Grants

Thomas Pringle

36. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of grants for forestry development awarded to entities here over the past five years; the size of forestry development for each grant awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51120/18]

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Animal Welfare

Clare Daly

37. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has met or discussed with an association (details supplied) regarding concerns about an increase in illegal hunting with dogs in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51075/18]

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Brexit Supports

Charlie McConalogue

38. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the operational details of the long-term Brexit loan scheme announced in budget 2019 for farmers, fishermen and food businesses in 2019; when it will open for applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51170/18]

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Beef Industry

Charlie McConalogue

39. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the price beef farmers are receiving for their produce from factories; the details of discussions at the recent beef forum meeting; the actions and deadlines agreed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51171/18]

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Agriculture Scheme Payments

Michael Moynihan

40. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the supports available to farmers in view of the challenging circumstances encountered in 2018 including fodder shortages, increased input costs and decline in prices; and if all payments will be made before the end of 2018 according to the timeline set out in the farmers charter. [51151/18]

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Hare Coursing Regulation

Thomas P. Broughan

41. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is examining or has examined the possibility of prohibiting live hare coursing; if not, if a consultation process will be opened on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47213/18]

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Trade Missions

Tom Neville

42. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress in securing new markets for Irish agrifood products in 2018; and the details of his recent trade missions to Indonesia. [51193/18]

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Clare Daly

43. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps his Department is taking to help to meet Ireland's carbon emission targets. [51074/18]

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Brexit Issues

Niamh Smyth

44. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to protect farmers in Border counties from a hard Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50980/18]

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Sheep Census

Martin Kenny

45. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider developing the Agfood.ie site to allow sheep farmers record and view sheep movements and census figures in order not to have to rely on hard copy sheep registers and dispatch dockets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51165/18]

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Harness Racing Industry

Martin Kenny

46. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has reviewed the five year strategy document from an association (details supplied); his plans to act upon it and a company's report on the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51163/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme

Charlie McConalogue

47. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the new appeal system will be operational for townlands deemed not eligible for the 2019 ANC scheme. [51168/18]

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Pesticide Use

Mick Wallace

48. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to reduce the use of pesticides in the agriculture sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51174/18]

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Brexit Issues

Aindrias Moynihan

49. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to prepare the agrifood industry for the impact of a possible disorderly Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51147/18]

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Live Exports

Fergus O'Dowd

50. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way in which live exports have performed to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51191/18]

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Fishery Harbour Centres

Thomas P. Broughan

51. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the scoping report and assessment of disposal options for the silt at Howth Harbour; when the dredging programme will be undertaken at this working fishery harbour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50977/18]

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Fisheries Protection

Hildegarde Naughton

52. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the efforts being made to safeguard the fishing sector in the context of Brexit. [51195/18]

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Regulation of Hunting

Maureen O'Sullivan

53. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has engaged with an association (details supplied) to ensure there will not be a repeat of the incident that happened in Macroom in which a hunt entered a residential area endangering public safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51047/18]

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Agriculture Scheme Payments

Bobby Aylward

54. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to ensure that farmers experience no unnecessary delays in direct payments crucial to agribusinesses (details supplied); if a modernised advance payment system will be introduced to assist farmers in situations in which the delays are caused by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51042/18]

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Sheep Welfare Scheme Data

Hildegarde Naughton

55. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way in which the amount of financial support sheep farmers have received is measured; and the payments made to date under the sheep welfare scheme. [51196/18]

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Food Exports

Kevin O'Keeffe

56. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the recent decision of a company (details supplied) to enter the American market with its own butter product; if his attention has been drawn to the fact producers have voiced concerns that this may undermine a premium quality butter brand which is already well established in the American market. [51045/18]

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Brexit Issues

Tom Neville

57. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the efforts he is making to seek new markets in the context of Brexit; and the efforts being made by the State agencies under his remit to provide support to agrifood business. [51194/18]

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Skills Shortages

Billy Kelleher

58. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to address the labour and skills shortages in the agricultural sector; and the way in which this deficit will be met in order to reach Foods Wise 2025 targets. [51187/18]

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Organic Farming Scheme

Bernard Durkan

59. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to reopen the organic farming scheme with particular reference to the market demand for organically produced food; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51154/18]

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Fishing Industry

Thomas Pringle

60. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of negotiations regarding access to fishing rights here post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51118/18]

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Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Eligibility

Willie Penrose

61. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details and criteria for the new ANC scheme; the way in which additional funding will be allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51204/18]

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Departmental Reports

Shane Cassells

62. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number, date of publication and details of post-enactment reports published by his Department since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51370/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

63. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Acts passed since March 2011 that his Department is responsible for; the date each Act was signed into law in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51386/18]

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Departmental Schemes

Róisín Shortall

64. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the grant and funding schemes operated by his Department; the value of each scheme; and the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding in respect of each scheme. [51402/18]

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Foreign Conflicts

Niall Collins

65. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the recent events between Russia and Ukraine; the EU response to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51262/18]

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Undocumented Irish in the USA

Niall Collins

66. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the potential for Irish citizens to receive E3 visas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51263/18]

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Northern Ireland

Niall Collins

67. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on efforts to recommence the executive in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51264/18]

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Foreign Conflicts

Niall Collins

68. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the disputed territory of Western Sahara; the EU position on this territory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51317/18]

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Foreign Conflicts

Niall Collins

69. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the situation in South Sudan; the efforts being made by Ireland, the EU and the international community to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51318/18]

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EU Issues

Niall Collins

70. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the situation in Hungary and the erosion of civil society and independent media; the steps that have been formally taken at EU level to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51319/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

71. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number, date of publication and details of post-enactment reports published by his Department since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51374/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

72. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of Acts passed since March 2011 that his Department is responsible for; the date each Act was signed into law in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51390/18]

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Departmental Schemes

Róisín Shortall

73. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the grant and funding schemes operated by his Department; the value of each scheme; and the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding in respect of each scheme. [51406/18]

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Election Monitoring Missions

Catherine Murphy

74. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if issues with the election observer roster appraisal process have been rectified (details supplied); the reason for the delay; the other steps required to finalise the process; the date on which persons will be placed on the new roster; the appeal process for unsuccessful candidates; the amount expended on consultancy fees to date regarding this process; the number of candidates who have applied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51489/18]

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Tax Collection

Tom Neville

75. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Finance if the Revenue Commissioners will contact a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51225/18]

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Central Bank of Ireland Supervision

Thomas P. Broughan

76. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance the Central Bank regulations relating to the use of plain language by financial institutions; the locations in which these regulations can be accessed; the input he has had on these regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51233/18]

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Departmental Staff Data

Thomas P. Broughan

77. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance the number of staff in his Department who have a degree or higher degree level qualifications in economics; the proportion of staff who are so qualified in respect of the total staff of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51259/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

78. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Finance the number, date of publication and details of post-enactment reports published by his Department since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51373/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

79. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Finance the number of Acts passed since March 2011 that his Department is responsible for; the date each Act was signed into law in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51389/18]

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Departmental Schemes

Róisín Shortall

80. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the grant and funding schemes operated by his Department; the value of each scheme; and the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding in respect of each scheme. [51405/18]

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Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Data

Jack Chambers

81. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the average time for a complaint to be fully investigated and concluded by the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsmen from the initial complaint to final decision; the number of complaints received and investigations completed in each of the past five years; if his attention has been drawn to the perceived lengthy delays to the complaints investigation process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51429/18]

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VAT Rebates

Michael McGrath

82. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the work that has been carried out to date on the scheme for VAT compensation for charities; when the scheme will commence; the persons or bodies that will be eligible to claim a refund of VAT; the amount available; the way in which it will operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51436/18]

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Home Building Finance Ireland Establishment

Michael McGrath

83. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance when HBFI will be fully established; the number of employees it plans to hire; the number of those who will be seconded from NAMA; the number who will be fully hired from NAMA; when he expects to have all employees in place and operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51473/18]

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Home Building Finance Ireland Establishment

Michael McGrath

84. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance when he expects the €750 million to be drawn down by HBFI; when he expects HBFI to be in a position to lend money; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51474/18]

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Home Building Finance Ireland Establishment

Michael McGrath

85. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the average loan to cost that the HBFI plans to provide to developers; the average interest rate for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51475/18]

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Tax Treaties

Michael McGrath

86. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if there will be a cost to the Exchequer as a result of the deal struck with Malta to end the single malt tax strategy; if so, the amount on a full year basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51476/18]

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Mortgage Lending

Michael McGrath

87. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if the exemptions on the loan to income and loan to value mortgage rules are based on approvals or drawdowns; if there are restrictions on exemptions based on the overall loan book; his views on the alleged practice of banks providing incentives to customers in order for them to delay drawdown of their mortgage until 2019; the views of the Central Bank on same; if there are tools that the Central Bank can use to curb such behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51477/18]

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Brexit Issues

Michael McGrath

88. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if there are risks to Ireland both macro-prudentially andr otherwise from international banks moving significant portions of assets to Ireland in anticipation of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51478/18]

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Brexit Issues

Michael McGrath

89. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if there are tax implications in international banks moving significant portions of assets here in anticipation of Brexit; if so, the anticipated cost and-or benefit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51479/18]

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Brexit Issues

Michael McGrath

90. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if the moving of assets here by international banks in anticipation of Brexit will have a substantial impact on Ireland’s gross domestic product, gross national product and GNI star figures; if he will quantify these impacts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51480/18]

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Motor Insurance Costs

Róisín Shortall

91. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the action he has taken to help reduce motor insurance costs specifically for returning emigrants, drivers of older cars and drivers who are switching from named driver status to fully comprehensive in their own right; and the monitoring measures in place to identify pricing trends in these specific sectors of the motor insurance market. [51487/18]

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Motor Insurance Costs

Róisín Shortall

92. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the action that has been taken to date in respect of each of the recommendations made by the cost of insurance working group report on the cost of motor insurance. [51488/18]

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Flood Prevention Measures

Joe Carey

93. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a flood prevention scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51255/18]

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Public Sector Pay

Bríd Smith

94. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the changes made as a result of sick leave to the manner in which public servants avail of incremental pay increases since 2010; and the changes to rules governing sick leave and their impact on scheduled incremental pay increases in recent years. [51256/18]

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Public Sector Pay

Bríd Smith

95. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the changes as a result of FEMPI or the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 in the impact that sick leave may have on projected incremental pay levels of public servants. [51257/18]

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Departmental Staff Data

Thomas P. Broughan

96. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff in his Department who have a degree or higher degree level qualifications in economics; the proportion of staff who are so qualified in respect of the total staff of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51260/18]

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Trade Union Membership

Róisín Shortall

97. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his policy and the policy in the Civil Service in general relating to facilitating workers who wish to join a trade union of their choice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51275/18]

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Office of Government Procurement

Clare Daly

98. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 189 of 16 October 2018, his plans for further action in view of media reports (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51280/18]

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Public Sector Pay

Denise Mitchell

99. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the guidance issued to Departments regarding whether sick leave has an impact on the progression of pay increments for public sector workers; if this guidance has changed in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51314/18]

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Legislative Measures

Shane Cassells

100. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number, date of publication and details of post-enactment reports published by his Department since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51378/18]

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