Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Irish: An Roinn Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara is a department of the Government of Ireland The mission of the department is to lead the sustainable development of a competitive, consumer focused agri-food sector and to contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society It is led by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine who is assisted by one Minister of State

Contents

  • 1 Departmental team
  • 2 Overview
  • 3 History
  • 4 External links

Departmental teamedit

The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 The departmental team consists of the following:

  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Michael Creed, TD
    • Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture: Andrew Doyle, TD
  • Secretary General of the Department: Aidan O'Driscoll

Overviewedit

Agriculture House, Kildare Street; Headquarters of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

In carrying out its mandate the Department undertakes a variety of functions including:

  • Policy advice and development on all areas of departmental responsibility
  • Representation in international especially European Union and national negotiations;
  • Development and implementation of national and EU schemes in support of agriculture, food, fisheries, forestry and rural development
  • Monitoring and controlling aspects of food safety
  • Control and audit of public expenditure under its control
  • Regulation of the agriculture, fisheries, food industries and forestry through national and EU law
  • Monitoring and controlling animal and plant health and animal welfare
  • Monitoring and direction of state bodies engaged in the following areas:
    • Research training and advice
    • Market development and promotion
    • Industry regulation and development
    • Commercial activities
  • Direct provision of support services to agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry

Historyedit

The Department of Agriculture was created at one of the first meetings of Dáil Éireann in 1919 with Robert Barton as the first Minister for Agriculture, Horace Plunkett as the department's first Vice-President, and T P Gill as its first Secretary In 1899, Plunkett established the Department's forerunner, called the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction DATI

Over the years its name has changed several times, however, the role of the Department has remained the same The Department was previously known as the following:

  • Department of Agriculture 1919–1924
  • Department of Lands and Agriculture 1924–1930
  • Department of Agriculture 1930–1965
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 1965–1977
  • Department of Agriculture 1977–1987
  • Department of Agriculture and Food 1987–1993
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry 1993–1997
  • Department of Agriculture and Food 1997–1999
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development 1999–2002
  • Department of Agriculture and Food 2002–2007
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2007–2011
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2011–present

External linksedit

  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


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