Deering, Patrick

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Debate


Business of Joint Committee

Apologies have been received from Deputy Charlie McConalogue. Before we begin may I remind members to ensure their mobile phones are completely turned off. I propose that we go into private sessi...More Button

  The joint committee went into private session at 4.18 p.m. and resumed in public session at 4.30 p.m.More Button

General Scheme of the Greyhound Industry Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed)

We are in public session. Before we begin, I remind members and witnesses in the visitors gallery to ensure their mobile phones are turned off for the complete duration of the meeting.More Button

This meeting will deal with pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Greyhound Industry Bill 2017 through discussion with the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and the Greyhound Res...More Button

Witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they are to give to the joint committee. However, if they are directed by it to cease giving evidence on a particular mat...More Button

Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official, eithe...More Button

Before we begin, I want to put on record my own declaration that the chairperson of the Irish Greyhound Board, Mr. Phil Meaney, who will be coming before us to make a presentation, is a personal ...More Button

I ask Ms Yourell to make her opening statement and that will be followed by the statement from the GRAI. We will then take questions.More Button

The heads of the greyhound Bill will be put up on the screen for the benefits of members and they can refer to them if they need to during the questioning.More Button

I call Deputy Kenny next before we hear the answers.More Button

The point the witness is making in answer to Senator Mac Lochlainn is that she feels the industry is finished as opposed to introducing-----More Button

We are only dealing with the situation in Ireland.More Button

Thank you, Senator Daly. Would Ms Jansen like to respond to the questions?More Button

That is the issue of transparency again.More Button

There are three specific questions arising from the points made by the two contributors. Does Ms Matthews wish to respond?More Button

Deputy Penrose raised a question on the financial resources required to fund the service.More Button

I will now ask the witnesses to sum up, starting at the top with Ms Jansen.More Button

The number of greyhounds as a percentage of the overall number of dogs.More Button

Are those figures available?More Button

Are there further clarifications?More Button

I apologise for cutting across Ms Reid, but who pays for the export process?More Button

Obviously, the GRAI has a contact on the other side.More Button

How many on average are sent abroad per year?More Button

What kind of relationship has the GRAI with the owners and breeders? It was mentioned that an owner or breeder could contact it about a dog that needed to be moved on and ask whether the GRAI had ...More Button

If members have no further questions, we will conclude this part of the meeting. I thank the witnesses for coming before the committee. The meeting will feed into the overall process. We have ha...More Button

  Sitting suspended at 5.50 p.m. and resumed at 5.55 p.m.More Button

Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme: Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Before we begin, I remind members and witnesses to ensure their mobile phones are turned off for the duration of the meeting.More Button

From the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, SBCI, I welcome Mr. Nick Ashmore, chief executive, and Ms Suzanne Sweeney, head of lending. I thank them for coming before the committee to upd...More Button

Witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they are to give to the joint committee. However, if they are directed by it to cease giving evidence on a particular mat...More Button

Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official, eithe...More Button

I ask Mr. Ashmore to make his opening statement and we will then take questions from members.More Button

What did qualify?More Button

We have the banks in next week. It is obviously a question we can ask them.More Button

Mr. Ashmore mentioned the future several times in his presentation. Does he envisage the SBCI being involved in a future scheme? If so, what is the timescale?More Button

Mr. Ashmore also said that no farmer had lost out because of the qualification criteria. Is he aware of the number of farmers, if any, who did not make the cut when it came to the time?More Button

Would people form a queue if the SBCI opened a scheme tomorrow morning?More Button

I thank Mr. Ashmore and Ms Sweeney for appearing before the joint committee. It is useful to have an ongoing engagement on this matter. Representatives of the three financial institutions involve...More Button

The joint committee adjourned at 6.55 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. More Button