Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) (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.

Department of Agriculture,
Food and the Marine
Department overview
Formed2 April 1919
JurisdictionIreland
HeadquartersAgriculture House,
Kildare Street,
Dublin 2, D02 WK12
53°20′22″N 6°15′21″W
Annual budget€1.312 billion (2012)
Minister responsible
Department executive
Websiteagriculture.gov.ie

Departmental team

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

Overview

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.

Since Britain is Ireland's main trading partner, Brexit will have a huge impact on Ireland's agri-food sector. Britain was the market for 270,000 tonnes of Irish beef export. The tariff rates will "virtually wipe out" agri-food trade to Britain, according to the Irish Farmers' Association president Joe Healy.[1]

History

The Department of Agriculture was created as a department of the Ministry of Dáil Éireann 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 had established the Department's forerunner, called the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction (DATI). It was given a statutory basis by the Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924. Over the years its name and functions have changed several times.

Alteration of name and transfer of functions

Date Change
2 June 1924 Establishment of the Department of Lands and Agriculture
1 September 1928 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture
Transfer of Lands to the Department of Lands and Fisheries.[3]
3 May 1965 Transfer of Fisheries from the Department of Lands.[4]
6 July 1965 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.[5]
8 February 1977 Transfer of Fisheries to the Department of Lands.[6]
9 February 1977 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture.[7]
31 March 1987 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.[8]
5 May 1987 Transfer of Food Standards from the Department of Industry and Commerce.[9]
10 January 1993 Transfer of Forestry from the Department of Energy.[10]
21 January 1993 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.[11]
11 July 1997 Transfer of Forestry to the Department of the Marine.[12]
12 July 1997 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.[13]
27 September 1999 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.[14]
18 June 2002 Transfer of Rural Development to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.[15]
19 June 2002 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture and Food.[16]
19 October 2007 Transfer of Fisheries from the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.[17]
20 October 2007 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.[18]
1 May 2011 Transfer of Marine from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.[19]
17 October 2011 Renamed as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.[20]

References

  1. Edwards, Elaine (18 May 2017). "Brexit could have 'frightening' impact on Irish agri-food sector". The Irish Times.
  2. "Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924 (Commencement) Order 1924". Irish Statute Book. 30 May 1924. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  3. "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1928 (Commencement) Order 1928". Irish Statute Book. 7 August 1928. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  4. "Fisheries (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1965". Irish Statute Book. 3 May 1965. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. "Agriculture (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1965". Irish Statute Book. 6 July 1965. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  6. "Fisheries (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1977". Irish Statute Book. 8 February 1977. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  7. "Fisheries (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1977". Irish Statute Book. 8 February 1977. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  8. "Agriculture (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1987". Irish Statute Book. 31 March 1987. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  9. "Food Standards (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1987". Irish Statute Book. 5 May 1987. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. "Energy (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1993". Irish Statute Book. 10 January 1993. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  11. "Agriculture and Food (Alteration of name of Department and Title of Minister) Order, 1993". Irish Statute Book. 20 January 1993. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  12. "Forestry (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  13. "Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  14. "Agriculture and Food (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1999". Irish Statute Book. 21 September 1999. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  15. "Rural Development (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. "Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. "Sea Fisheries, Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2007". Irish Statute Book. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  18. "Agriculture and Food (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2007". Irish Statute Book. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  19. "Marine Tourism (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  20. "Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
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