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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 798 No. 1
Unrevised

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[Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte] It is also true that EirGrid has not been able to deliver as quickly as might have been anticipated for a variety of reasons. The way is now clear.

There is an analysis under way of the large number of wind generation sites seeking to connect to the grid. After it is completed, it is EirGrid's intention to specify where further studies on smart grid technologies might take place. I do not want to be dragged into telling EirGrid how to do its job or pre-empt the analysis. I understand, however, EirGrid will consider including County Mayo, among other areas, in further studies to commence this summer on this topic.

Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed)

  Debate resumed on amendment No. 1:

In page 7, line 14, after “AMEND” to insert “THE DOG BREEDING ESTABLISHMENTS ACT 2010,”.
- Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney These amendments will allow a horizontal regime to supersede existing provisions for identification in the Control of Dogs Act 1986, the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 and the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011. I am proposing an amendment to Schedule 3 to provide that the Minister may introduce such regulations without the need for local authorities to specifically request as is currently the case.

Regarding amendments Nos. 1 and 2, as we need to amend the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 and the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011, it is necessary to include in the Long Title that amendment to those Acts as proposed.

Amendment No. 27 effectively bypasses section 16 of Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 in circumstances where a dog is identified in accordance with the animal health and welfare regulations. The purpose of this provision is to ensure the legislation is consistent and one measure does not contradict another.

In other words, I want to introduce a regulation which requires all dogs to be microchipped, a move I believe Deputies will welcome. It will take some time to put that regulation in place and we will have to go through a proper consultation process to ensure we get it right and make it as cost effective as possible. We also need to ensure the regulations linked with this Bill supersede what is already in the existing legislation, namely, the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 and the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011. Microchipping of dogs will apply across the board as it does already with dog-breeding establishments and the greyhound industry. We cannot have different standards applying depending on where a puppy happens to be born. We have learned a few lessons in the past several months with equine identity, passports and microchipping. I want a central database to know how many dogs there are in the country. Accordingly, if there is a case of a stray dog, or one which has suffered cruelty or was abandoned, we can then establish who owned the dog and take appropriate action.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív I am always a little wary of Report Stage amendments because I got caught out badly myself by introducing an amendment on Report Stage which had unintended consequences.   What is the current arrangement for the identification of dogs?

Deputy Simon Coveney: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney At the moment there is no legal requirement for an owner to have a dog microchipped. We have two organisations, the Dogs Trust-----

Acting Chairman (Deputy Bernard J. Durkan): Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan I must point out that on Report Stage each speaker has the right to speak twice while the mover of the amendment has the right to speak three times. I would like to keep this order and ask that the Minister finish his contribution.

Deputy Simon Coveney: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Section 16(1) of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 states:

It shall be unlawful for the operator of a dog breeding establishment to keep at that establishment a dog that is over 8 weeks old and that is not implanted with a microchip.

While this requirement applies just to dog-breeding establishments, we are proposing through regulation that all dogs will be required to be microchipped.


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