asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is aware of the confused position regarding the destiny of milk produced in the Millstreet-Ballydaly area, County Cork; the efforts he has made to resolve the position; and his Department's policy on the matter.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County cork Milk Deliveries.
While my Department have been endeavouring to arrange for an agreement acceptable to the milk producers and to the workers concerned this is a matter which can only be settled at local level. I would accordingly repeat the appeal that I made a year ago in this House to all the parties to come together and resolve their problem.
As the Minister responsible, did the Minister transfer the creameries, lock, stock and barrel to the North Kerry Co-operative Society? Were they transferred at that stage lock, stock and barrel to the North Kerry Co-operative Society without any conditions and without anybody else being involved?
The transfer took place after the disposal of the creameries, not before.
Is it correct that they were transferred to the North Kerry Co-operative Society?
That is correct.
Had the Minister a function?
Yes. I no longer own the property.
The Minister is not personally involved now?
No. While I am anxious to resolve the diffculties I am not involved.
Is the Minister now saying he can do nothing? It is all in the agreement.
It is all in the agreement and the difficulty is between the producers and the union concerned. I thought it was resolved some time ago when the period for a guaranteed supply was extended for a further four years. That seemed extremely reasonable to me.
But the Minister cannot compel anybody to do anything at this juncture.
Not really. It would be inadvisable, but I am anxious that it should be settled.
We would all like to see it settled.
I am doing anything I can to try to bring it to an end.