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Éamon Ó Cuiv, Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs

Éamon Ó Cuiv

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Constituency

Galway West

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Kirwan House
Flood Street
Galway City

Tel: 091 562846
Fax: 091 562844

Website: www.eamonocuiv.ie


E Mail: eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie

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Personal Details

- Born Dublin, June 1950.

- Married to Áine Ní Choincheannain; three sons, one daughter.

- Educated Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Dublin: UCD (BSc).

- Former Manager of a Gaeltacht Co-Operative involved in establishing local businesses including agricultural services, timber milling, tourism and cultural and social development.

Local News

FF calls for greater price and gross margin transparency in EU food sector

Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuív has travelled to Brussels today to urge the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan to deliver greater price and gross margin transparency in the EU food sector. The Fianna Fáil submission wants to ensure that farmers get a fair deal in relation to the prices they are being paid for their produce by large retailers and multinationals. Read More | Share

Minister’s handling of Local Authority Harbour Programme jeopardising essential works – FF

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has criticised Minister Simon Coveney for botching the applications process for the Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2015. A series of delays in the applications process will put extra pressure on local authorities to have the works carried out by the end of the year. Read More | Share

Minister still in denial over new GLAS scheme - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD has said the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney remains in denial over the new agri-environment scheme GLAS. The number of completed applications to the scheme has fallen far short of the mark despite the fact that the May 22nd deadline is fast approaching. Read More | Share

Social schemes suffer as €100m Dormant Accounts money goes unspent - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has called on the Environment Minister to explain why money from the Dormant Accounts Fund is not being used for social and educational projects. The fund was set up after the DIRT inquiry to ensure that unclaimed money from dormant accounts can be used to support schemes in disadvantaged areas and people with a disability. Read More | Share

Minister in denial on GLAS applications – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD has accused Minster Simon Coveney of hiding behind his ministerial desk and refusing to be up-front on completed applications for the new GLAS scheme. Read More | Share

Over €200m of fines and penalties imposed on Irish Farmers – FF

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture & Food Éamon Ó Cuív TD says some 17,000 Irish dairy farmers face huge opportunities as well as some challenges in the new post quotas world. The restrictions which have been in place for more than 30 years have been lifted today, allowing Irish dairy farmers increase their milk production. Read More | Share

Ó Cuív condemns vicious LEADER cuts in Galway

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West has expressed outrage over the scale of cuts to LEADER community programmes across the county. The latest figures reveal that funding for Co. Galway has been slashed by 56% over the next six years. Read More | Share

Government silent as Irish farmers face double whammy of punitive fines - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD says the Government has failed Irish farmers miserably with the onset of two onerous fines. Farmers are being burdened with a fine in the region of €180m for the land parcel identification system (LPIS) as well as the milk superlevy of €75m. Read More | Share

Government must prioritise implementation of new EU financial credit fund to Irish farmers - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food Éamon Ó Cuív TD has called on the Government to move swiftly to ensure that Irish farmers are given access to a new credit line, which has been announced by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Read More | Share

Efforts to undermine viability of rural Ireland continues unabated - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has accused An Taisce and the Government of continuing to undermine the entire viability rural Ireland. He made the comments in response to the latest report from the heritage agency, which wants to stop the development of one-off housing and force families to move to villages and towns, rather than allowing them to settle in rural locations. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs

  • 2011: Appointed Minister for Defence. Appointed Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
  • 2010: Appointed Minister for Social Protection.
  • 2007: Appointed Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  • 2002: Appointed Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  • 2001-2002: Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development, with special responsibility for Rural Development.
  • 1997-2001: Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and Islands with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Irish language and island development.
  • 1991-97: Member Galway County Council and of a number of subsidiary Committees.
  • 1995-1997: Party Spokesman for Islands, Gaeltacht and Rural Development.
  • 1994-97 Member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.
  • 1992: Elected to Dáil Éireann.
  • 1989-92: Elected Senator on the Cultural and Educational Panel.