Departmental Properties

Ceisteanna (320)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

320. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide a list of properties in the ownership of the Department at Killybegs, County Donegal, Howth, County Dublin and Dunmore East, County Waterford: if the properties are leased or vacant: if he will provide details of the letting history for each property over the last ten years: if each property is structurally sound: if security costs are being paid on any property now or over the last ten years: if he will confirm if any properties at these locations were disposed of in the past 10 years: if all rents are up to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29295/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres (FHC) under statute, including Killybegs FHC, Howth FHC and Dunmore East FHC.

The FHCs contain a diverse property portfolio reflecting their role as working fishery harbours and as the location for a broad range of other marine activities. The total number of properties (excluding infrastructure) across the six FHCs was 249 as at 3 February 2020. The properties located in Killybegs FHC, Howth FHC and Dunmore East FHC numbered 43, 75 and 43 respectively, profiled in summary on the attached table.

My Department will revert directly to the Deputy with the significant level of detailed information sought in relation to individual properties in the three FHCs.

Fishery Harbour Centre Properties in Killybegs FHC, Howth FHC and Dunmore East FHC

Description

Number of Properties

Killybegs FHC

Howth FHC

Dunmore East FHC

Leased/Licensed

25

58

30

Potentially available for tender/disposal

1

2

1

Vacant Properties

Unavailable / unsuitable for tender

3

4

2

Department Use

10

11

10

Sale in Progress*

4

Total Properties

43

75

43

*These relate to boundary rectification issues involving small plots of ground which historically formed part of the gardens of privately owned houses outside of the FHC and which are of no operational value to the FHC.

Harbours and Piers

Ceisteanna (321)

Darren O'Rourke

Ceist:

321. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to continue to work with Donegal County Council and Foyle Port on their proposals to develop the Greencastle Harbour; if he has spoken with his counterpart in the Stormont Executive regarding collaboration in terms of developing Lough Foyle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29303/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute. In addition, my Department also has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of North Harbour at Cape Clear, as well as the maintenance of a small number of specific piers, lights and beacons throughout Ireland, in accordance with the Marine Works (Ireland) Act 1902, and piers, lights and beacons constructed under the auspices of the Congested Districts Board. My Department’s legislative remit does not extend to the development of Lough Foyle.

Greencastle Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its maintenance and development rests with that Local Authority in the first instance and its parent Department, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage thereafter.

My Department co-funded and project managed works on phase one of a larger Greencastle Harbour Development project up to 2011, which involved the construction of a rock breakwater. Phase one of this project was jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Donegal County Council. The agreed funding breakdown was: 75% to be paid by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 12.5% to be paid by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and 12.5% to be paid by Donegal County Council.

€8.35m was invested in this project between the years 2006 – 2010. Funding for capital projects was, of necessity, significantly reduced due to the economic conditions prevalent in 2010. Funding of €453,000 was provided for in my Department’s 2011 capital programme to enable the Department to suspend the project in a safe and acceptable manner. In February 2012, my Department formally handed back responsibility for the Greencastle Harbour Development project to Donegal County Council, following completion of works to safeguard the partially constructed breakwater.

My Department continues to provide funding to assist the 14 coastal Local Authorities, including Donegal County Council, in carrying out small scale projects for the development and repair of Local Authority owned piers, harbours and slipways under the annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, subject to available Exchequer funding and overall national priorities. Since 2010, Donegal County Council has received funding of € 3.1m under this programme, with €335k of this allocated for works at Greencastle Harbour.

Funding of €3.1m has been approved for the Local Authority element of my Department’s 2020 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme. Donegal County Council has secured funding of €433,500 under this programme, to undertake 7 Harbour Development and 4 Marine Leisure projects. Of this funding, €90,000 has been allocated to repair works at Greencastle Harbour.

I am currently examining all aspects of my Department’s Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, including planning for future programmes. I am considering the Greencastle breakwater project in that context.

Any decision on the make-up of future capital programmes will only be considered on the basis of available exchequer funding and competing national priorities.

Fishing Licences

Ceisteanna (322, 331)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

322. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to address specific issues over licences (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29329/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

331. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will meet with a group (details supplied) on specific queries regarding licensing for shellfish farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29468/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 331 together.

My Department’s records indicate that the company referred to by the Deputy has an application for an aquaculture licence under active consideration by my Department. My Department considers all applications for aquaculture licences in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable EU legislation. The licensing process involves consultation with a wide range of scientific and technical advisers as well as various Statutory Consultees. The legislation also provides for a period of public consultation.

As this application is under active consideration by my Department as part of a statutory process, it would not be appropriate to comment further pending the conclusion of this process.

The Independent Review of Aquaculture Licensing was commissioned in 2016 and the Report of the Group was submitted to my Department in May 2017.

Since receiving the report, my Department has engaged in detailed consideration of the recommendations set out in the report with a view to their implementation, having regard to the legislative, environmental, technical and public interest issues that arise. My Department has also engaged closely with industry representatives and relevant State agencies.

As all industry stakeholders and the EU Commission have, for different reasons, identified the elimination of the licensing backlog as the overriding priority in the reform of the licensing system, my Department’s response to date has focused on this issue while continuing to have regard to the other recommendations in the report.

Immigrant Investor Programme

Ceisteanna (323)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

323. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide a copy of his Department’s submissions to the immigrant investor programme evaluation committee on the application for proposed development of a meat processing facility in Banagher, County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29335/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department has a statutory responsibility to approve slaughter plants in accordance with the European Union (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulations 2020. With regard to any proposed additional processing facilities, I would urge those involved to engage with my Department veterinary officials at an early stage in order to understand and address the requirements for approval to be registered with DAFM and to operate as a meat establishment under EU and Irish law.

In relation to the proposed development referenced by the Deputy, my Department's submission to the Committee referenced reflected the state of play at that time, in December 2019.

My Department has now, in recent days, received the full application in relation to the proposed development. My Department is currently assessing the submitted documentation and will be in contact with the proposed plant operators in due course regarding the outcome of this assessment.

Departmental Contracts

Ceisteanna (324)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

324. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the contracts with public relations agencies and consultants entered into by his Department; and the remit of these contracts including the costs in tabular form. [29346/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has not engaged any public relations agencies or consultants during 2019 or to date in 2020.

Hare Coursing

Ceisteanna (325)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

325. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29368/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Coursing is regulated under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), subject to the general control and direction of Rásaíocht Con Éireann. Hare coursing is managed and regulated by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC). The organisation consists of 89 affiliated clubs from Ireland and Northern Ireland, all of whom must abide by the ICC’s rules and regulations.

This Department has a strong and consistent record regarding the enforcement of animal welfare rules, including the review of 100 years of animal welfare legislation, leading to the enactment of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

The ICC has assured this Department that it has systems and practices in place to underpin the welfare of hares and greyhounds involved in coursing. Hares can only be collected for coursing by clubs affiliated to the ICC, in accordance with the terms of two licences granted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

These two licences contain a total of 42 conditions which have been refined over the years, the majority of which are central to hare welfare. These include a variety of measures, including a requirement that a qualified veterinarian attends all coursing meetings to report on the health of the hares, a prohibition on the coursing of hares more than once in the same day, a prohibition on the coursing of sick or pregnant hares and a requirement that hares be released back into the wild during daylight hours.

Coursing clubs are required to comply with directives, instructions and guidance notes issued by the ICC in all matters relating to the capture, keeping in captivity, tagging, marking, coursing and release of hares, and the muzzling of greyhounds.

A Monitoring Committee on Coursing is in place, comprising officials from this Department, the ICC and the NPWS, to monitor developments in coursing and, in that regard, the situation is kept under constant review to ensure that coursing is run in a controlled manner in the interests of both hares and greyhounds.

It is the view of this Department that it is critically important that those involved in coursing operate in accordance with the regulatory framework and that the welfare of both hares and greyhounds remains to the fore.

Departmental Staff

Ceisteanna (326)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

326. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide information on a matter (details supplied). [29399/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I can confirm that the (IPA) Ireland-A Directory (which is published annually) contains the information being sought by the Deputy regarding my Department.

My Department's Oireachtas Liaison Unit will supply relevant extracts from this publication directly to the deputy within five working days.

Tuberculosis Eradication Programme

Ceisteanna (327)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

327. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the accuracy rate of the bovine TB skin test; the number of false negatives and false positives, respectively; the role methodology plays in the accuracy of the test; if consideration has been given to the use of an alternative more accurate test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29441/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The bovine Tb skin test used in Ireland is the Single Intradermal Comparative Tuberculin Test (SICCT).

The sensitivity of a test is the ability of a test to correctly identify an infected animal as positive. The higher the sensitivity of a test the lower the probability of incorrectly classifying an infected animal as uninfected (a false negative result). The SICCT Tb skin test used in Ireland has a sensitivity of approximately 80% i.e. it can, on average, detect around 80% of bTB-infected cattle. In some cases, this sensitivity figure can be higher, and in others, it can be lower. There are several factors which can affect this sensitivity figure:

- The skin test cannot detect very recently infected cattle, as their immune system has generally not had the time to respond to the bTB bacteria. This is called the pre-allergic phase. At least 6 weeks must have passed after an animal becomes infected with TB before the Tb skin test will detect the infection.

- The skin test can detect around 90% of cattle where the infection has advanced such that there would be visible bTB lesions. However, as the disease progresses further, an infected animal’s immune system becomes damaged and the Tb skin test becomes less likely to work.

The specificity of a test is the ability of a test to correctly identify as negative an animal that is free from infection. The higher the specificity the lower the probability of incorrectly classifying an uninfected animal as infected. The SICCT Tb skin test has an excellent test specificity of 99.98%, thus it is rare that a non infected animal will be classified as infected.

Good quality testing facilities and assistance on the day are essential in carrying out a TB test. As with all tests, failure to perform the test properly will result in the specificity and the sensitivity of the test being reduced. My Department has robust quality control systems to ensure high quality testing. These include quality control relating to the tuberculin used in the test; the only facility in Europe to measure the potency of tuberculin in naturally infected animals, lab based potency testing and supervision of the manufacturing facility.

Quality Control in relation to equipment includes the requirement to service equipment annually, approval and inspection of servicing providers and on-farm inspection of equipment. My Department also has robust quality control in relation to test performance; testing only being performed by veterinary practitioners, tests being subject to veterinary certification, advanced IT systems for reporting of tests, IT systems for measurement and comparison of test performance, risk-based targeting of test inspections by Veterinary Inspectors, inspection and blood testing of reactor animals.

The tests recognised by the European Commission for the purposes of TB testing which can be used here are:

- The single intradermal comparative skin test (SICTT) which is the test most widely used in an Irish context.

- The gamma interferon test (a blood test) which is used as an adjunct to the SICTT in known infected herds.

Another blood test, the Tb elisa test, is also used as a tool where there are intractable TB breakdowns to try to identify chronically infected individual animals which are still clinically normal but whose immune system is not capable of reacting to the tuberculin skin test.

My Department uses the above two blood tests in addition to the skin test as appropriate. My Department has been very actively involved over many years in efforts to develop and validate new and improved Tb tests, and we remain actively involved in such efforts.

Harbours and Piers

Ceisteanna (328)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

328. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an application was made by Wexford County Council in 2018 for funding to repair storm damage to the slipway at Seaview, Kilmore, County Wexford that occurred in 2014; the status of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29451/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute. In addition, my Department also has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of North Harbour at Cape Clear, as well as the maintenance of a small number of specific piers, lights and beacons throughout Ireland, in accordance with the Marine Works (Ireland) Act 1902, and piers, lights and beacons constructed under the auspices of the Congested Districts Board.

The responsibility for the development and maintenance of Local Authority owned piers, harbours and slipways rests with each Local Authority in the first instance and their parent Department, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage thereafter. In the case of the slipway at Seaview, Kilmore, Wexford County Council is the responsible local authority.

As part of the Government’s overall response to the damage caused by the storms of 2013 and 2014, my Department funded coastal Local Authorities in 2014 to the tune of €5.3m to repair piers and harbours and eligible marine infrastructure, owned by them which were damaged by the storms. A further €1.2m in funding was made available in 2015 to enable Local Authorities complete storm damage projects approved in 2014, which were unfinished in 2014 due to time and other constraints. Wexford County Council received funding of €1.5m under this programme to carry out 10 storm damage repair projects. No application was received by my Department under the Storm Damage Programme in relation to the slipway at Seaview, Kilmore, Co. Wexford.

The Storm Damage Programme was an exceptional measure as part of the Government’s overall response to the damage inflicted on our national piers and harbours infrastructure during the winter storms of 2013 & 2014. Funding for the Storm Damage programme ceased in 2015.

My Department does however, provide limited funding to assist the 14 coastal Local Authorities in carrying out small scale projects for the development and repair of Local Authority owned piers, harbours and slipways under the annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, subject to available Exchequer funding and overall national priorities.

No application for funding in relation to the slipway at Seaview, Kilmore, Co. Wexford has been received by my Department under the Local Authority Programmes in the intervening years since the Storm Damage Programme. Should any application be submitted by Wexford County Council in relation to the slipway at Seaview, Kilmore under any future programme, it will be given due consideration, taking into account the terms and conditions of the scheme, the priority attached by the Council and available funds.

Food Industry

Ceisteanna (329, 330)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

329. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of producer group organisations his Department has approved; the number of producer group applications being considered or processed by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29462/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

330. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the financial, operational and other supports provided by his Department on an ongoing basis to producer groups following their approval; his plans to enhance these supports; if so, the details of the enhanced supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29463/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 330 together.

Ireland currently has formally recognised Producer Organisations (POs) under the EU Producer Organisations scheme in the fruit and vegetable and beef sectors.

There are currently four fruit and vegetable POs recognised under the EU Producer Organisations scheme in Ireland. The EU fruit and vegetables regime supports POs for implementing operational programmes with funding contributions. Producer members of the PO must contribute at least 50% of the approved expenditure under the operational programs, with the remaining 50% coming from EU assistance. The maximum level of EU aid per PO is capped 4.1% of the Value of Marketed Production (VMP) of each PO.

Through POs, members can strengthen their positions in the supply chain, by consolidating supply and achieve the efficiencies of scale through greater collaboration and co-operation that enables them to manage the production, storage, grading, packing and marketing of their produce to the retail, food service, wholesale and processing sectors more effectively. Under the National Strategy for Sustainable Operational programmes for fruit and vegetables, producers of fruit and vegetables are encouraged to enter the PO scheme. My Department has facilitated new entrants into this scheme to form POs for this sector.

In the beef sector, there are currently two recognised Producer Organisations. My Department is committed to assisting any new applications for recognition and officials are currently engaging with a third group with a view to developing an application. Currently, in the beef sector, there is support available in the form of grant aid of up to €3,000 per group for advisory costs for establishment. Opportunities for enhancement of support to Producer Organisations in the beef sector are currently being considered in the context of the next RDP.

Details of the scheme for Beef Producer Organisation and details of the recognised Beef POs are publically available on my Department’s website:

www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/beef/beefproducerorganisations/.

Departmental Schemes

Ceisteanna (332)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

332. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 438 of 16 April 2019, when he plans to introduce a voluntary farm building relocation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29481/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department continues to monitor the situation in relation to the floods, with significant flooding occurring of farmlands but, in general, not of farmyards to-date.

A study to determine the feasibility of any future once-off targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation is being undertaken. My Department has evaluated a range of at risk farmyards, impacted by flooding, to see if any alternative remedial works can be undertaken to protect farm buildings at risk of flooding and is currently considering this evaluation.

Afforestation Programme

Ceisteanna (333)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

333. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the implementation of the 27 recommendations in review of approval processes for afforestation in Ireland the Mackinnon report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29502/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Mackinnon Report carried out by Jim Mackinnon, former Chief Planner with the Scottish Government reviewed the forestry approval process and related issues in Ireland. This was similar to an exercise which Mr. Mackinnon had previously conducted for the Scottish authorities. It was published at the end of last year and presented to the Forestry Programme Implementation Group in January. Its implementation is one of the commitments which this Government made for forestry in the Programme for Government.

The report was informed by, among other things, discussions with a range of stakeholders including the forestry sector, farming organisations, the environmental pillar, State Bodies, Teagasc and the Forestry Appeals Committee. In addition, written submissions were received at the time.

The report includes 22 Ways Forward or recommendations across a range of issues. I am pleased to say that many of these recommendations have already been taken on board by the Department and acted upon. We have, for instance in line with Mackinnon, introduced an amendment to the Agriculture Appeals Act and have issued guidance on Natura Impact Statements. We have also introduced a single consent system for forestry road planning

I recognise, of course, that it is very important that the report is fully implemented and that is why I am currently examining the appointment of an independent chair to oversee the process. The intention is that this person will report on the feasibility of implementing the MacKinnon recommendations for us to consider further. newly commissioned Forestry Programme Implementation Group, to monitor progress and to help deliver on its ambition. A review of the Forestry Programme Implementation Group is currently underway to enhance representation so that the membership on the Group is best selected to help advise the Minister and the Department on the implementation of the National Programme.

There is a huge amount of activity in forestry at the moment especially on the reform of the planning and appeals processes and the signing into law of the Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 last week. Nonetheless, I am well aware that implementation of MacKinnon is also a priority and I expect to be making further announcements on this issue in the near future.

Afforestation Programme

Ceisteanna (334)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

334. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the timeframe for commencing a new national forestry programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29503/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The current Forestry Programme covers the period ending 2020, but given delays in finalising CAP regulations and State Aid rules, will have to extend into 2021. The Programme will set out the different measures that the Department will support during the next programming period.

I am anxious that this new programme reflect societal expectations for a modern forestry programme when it comes to biodiversity, the environment, social needs and the rural economy. It is recognised also that any new Programme must align fully other agricultural schemes, to encourage uptake particularly by farmers. The delivery of ecosystem services in relation to biodiversity, water quality, climate change and recreations is expected to be an important feature of any new Programme. A full consultation process and alignment with any proposed Forestry Strategy will be needed and will be a focus of the Department in the coming months. I expect to be making further announcements on this in the coming months.

Fishing Industry

Ceisteanna (335)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

335. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the report of the fishing and seafood development programme from the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29504/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I note the publication of the Northern Ireland Fishing and Seafood Development Programme (FSDP)(Stage 1) report, which was published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland on the 25th of September 2020.

This is a report focused on the possible future development of Northern Ireland's fishing port infrastructure. The report focuses on the possible development of the three harbours owned by the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA), namely Ardglass, Portavogie and Kilkeel.

Forestry Grants

Ceisteanna (336)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

336. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a forestry application in the case of a person (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29547/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

An application under the Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme (Ash Dieback) was received on behalf of the person named and is currently with our Registration Team for processing.

Once registration has been completed, the Department will write to the applicant and his Registered Forester, providing a CN reference number.

At this stage, the application will also be forwarded to the Forestry Inspectorate for their consideration in line with the Terms & Conditions of the scheme.

Departmental Contracts

Ceisteanna (337)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

337. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the contracts with public relations agencies and consultants entered into by her Department; and the remit of these contracts including the costs in tabular form. [29364/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The following table provides the information requested by the Deputy.

Name of Public Relations Consultancy/Agency

Cost (inc Vat)

Remit of Contracts

Term: Date external consultant was engaged

DHR Communications (Public Relations Agency)

€14,559.51

Provision of a finalised Awareness Strategy for social enterprise in Ireland and provision of a half-day workshop to members of the Awareness Strategy Sub-Group.

Sept 2020 - Nov 2020

The ReputationsAgency

€62,249.63

Marketing/Brandingfor the Big Hello/National Community Weekend 2019

Jan 2019 - June 2019

Departmental Staff

Ceisteanna (338)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

338. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if she will provide information on a matter (details supplied). [29413/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

I wish to advise the Deputy that comprehensive details on my Department’s organisational structure, its Divisions and its senior management team (including their names and a description of all individual roles from Secretary General to Principal Officer level) are available on the ‘whodoeswhat’ website at the following link – https://whodoeswhat.gov.ie/root/rural/. The email structure to contact officials at my Department is firstname.lastname@drcd.gov.ie.