Edwin Poots

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Edwin Poots said : “If we have to eat grass, we’ll eat grass,” External link

politico-eu Friday, December 9, 2022 12:46:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots argued : “in so far as agriculture is concerned, the state aid arrangements . . . of the protocol, provide significant policy flexibility for Northern Ireland” External link

irishtimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 1:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots concluded ( about The UK ) : “The Northern Ireland protocol bill is proposing to disapply the approach to subsidy control that we currently have (which works) and extending the [UK’s Subsidy Control Act] (which doesn’t work) to Northern Ireland. This is unacceptable and we need a solution” External link

irishtimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 1:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The role of the AFBI Board is to provide strategic direction and to promote good governance including the highest standards of financial management. I have decided to re-appoint Roberta Brownlee as AFBI Deputy Chair for a second term of two years from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2025. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, October 24, 2022 4:56:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I look forward to our research community responding to the call and subsequently delivering world-leading collaborative science to provide the evidence and innovation we need to enable Northern Ireland to reduce carbon emissions and biodiversity crisis in the right way; balancing climate, driving efficiency, environment and green jobs" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 24, 2022 11:54:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to be able to support the Access and Inclusion Programme which will help improve the lives of people with a disability by allowing them to enjoy many of the activities that able-bodied people take for granted. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted this year to raise public awareness of the cruel and abhorrent trade in low welfare pups along with the USPCA. It is critically important that anyone considering buying a puppy is aware of the pitfalls in respect of not buying from legitimate dog breeders and unintentionally supporting this cruel and illegal trade which exploits pets and causes them terrible suffering. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Florencecourt forest is a popular amenity for local people and tourism in the wider Fermanagh area, particularly because of its close association with the historic National Trust Florence Court House and grounds.This forest offers many diverse species and habitats, all of which have an important role in providing enjoyment for many people. They support positive economic, environmental and social outcomes for citizens, including health and well-being benefits. " External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, October 18, 2022 8:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “The continual positive findings of H5N1 across Great Britain, and findings through our wild bird surveillance programme, suggest that the disease is already once again present in Northern Ireland,” “It is of paramount importance that all bird keepers take appropriate action to review and enhance their biosecurity measures to protect their birds from this highly infectious disease” External link

agriland Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:57:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "To date there have been over 180 cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 across the UK, since the first case confirmed in England on 26 October 2021. There have been six confirmed outbreaks in Northern Ireland over the past 12 months, the most recent in February, with a significant number of wild bird findings across the year. In addition, there have been six confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. Prior to this the largest number of cases in Great Britain was 26 cases in 2020/2021 and 13 cases in 2016/17. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “This is a much fairer approach to our hard-working farmers,” External link

fwi Friday, October 7, 2022 4:45:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Significant changes are being planned to move from a punitive Cross-Compliance model to a simplified set of Farm Sustainability Standards tailored to suit the requirements of the industry in Northern Ireland, while still ensuring an appropriate level of protection for animal and human health and the environment. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 6, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am pleased to announce the re-opening of Tier 1 FBIS Capital. In what has been a very challenging year for our farmers, this fourth tranche is a timely boost for agriculture and horticulture with up to Pound 10million allocated for projects. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added ( about Northern Ireland Water ) : "Moving forward, continued improvement in drinking water quality in Northern Ireland remains a priority for the Department. Through its work with NI Water and the owners and users of private water supplies, the Department will continue to encourage the use of innovation and sustainable practices. This will ensure public health protection whilst supporting economic growth" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The SNHS online registration process has allowed farmers in Zone 1 - County Down and parts of Counties Armagh and Antrim - to register their fields and I thank all those farmers who took the time to submit their applications. Uptake has been very successful with over 90% of eligible fields registered, and I look forward to the scheme providing our farmers with key information, on which future farming decisions can be based. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "They haven't respected the Good Friday Agreement and whenever they wake up and realise there won't be a government in Northern Ireland while they show that disrespect to the Good Friday Agreement, and take down the barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, then there will be real progress happening," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I know that wildlife, particularly badgers, are a significant factor in TB maintenance and spread in the environment” External link

agriland Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme has been one of the success stories of recent years. The Scheme continues to attract considerable interest from across Northern Ireland's community and voluntary sector. Last year, 632 projects were awarded Pound 800k benefitting an estimated 172,000 rural dwellers to address a locally identified poverty or social isolation issue" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I urge local community and voluntary groups to consider the Scheme and make an application to address their local needs" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The ongoing disruption to agricultural markets, in particular due to the situation in Ukraine, is having a huge impact on farm businesses in Northern Ireland. To help them with cash flow, annual payments have commenced six weeks earlier than previous years. I am pleased to confirm that Pound 286.9million has issued to 23,208 farmers on 1 September. This is only possible because we have left the European Union and can now make decisions to suit local needs" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 1, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Following my consultation on future agricultural policy for Northern Ireland earlier this year, I announced that the use of feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus outputs would be progressed by collaborative industry research,” “This UK-wide call for evidence will provide further guidance to guide us along the path to reduced methane emissions from our livestock industry” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 23, 2022 4:01:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “The recent seizure of over 60 animals, including puppies and a cat, by the PSNI at Belfast Harbour was a significant step in targeting those involved. But we need the public’s help to crack down on these highly organised crime gangs,” External link

agriland Saturday, August 20, 2022 1:00:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Primary producers are facing unprecedented rises in input costs of energy, feed and fertiliser which simply cannot continue to be absorbed by farm businesses," "Businesses in all sectors along the supply chain are facing challenges due to significant increases in energy prices and fuel costs and labour shortages in the agri-food sector continues to pose challenges, especially in the pork sector" External link

farminguk Friday, August 19, 2022 5:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “It is my aim to protect Northern Ireland’s food supplies, making sure that everyone can access safe quality food at prices we can afford. "My Department remains committed to developing and implementing processes which aim to address issues affecting the supply of food to Northern Ireland” External link

farminguk Friday, August 19, 2022 5:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "So whenever we see profits rising for all of these energy companies, sometimes by 500%, whenever we see supermarkets charging 20p a litre more for fuel than your local filling station, that is big companies actually exploiting the cost of living crisis and doing more harm to those who are suffering most”. Mr Poots praised the French government's approach to soaring costs but said he is not in favour of nationalisation. It comes as the Nolan Show reported £164 million of the £436 million Stormont has to spend but which is in limbo due to the political impasse over the Northern Ireland protocol would have have to be sent back to the Treasury to be used for the £400 energy discount scheme. DUP Minister Edwin Poots said his party has maintained that there “wasn’t lots of money to give away”. Around £200 million to address wage inflation in the NHS is being sought by the Health Minister Robin Swann, said Mr Poots. He also said the Department of Education is looking for over £100 million and the Justice Minister is seeking £80 million, describing them as “inescapable” figures. On top of that, he said, there are costs such as “fuel for police cars and heating for hospitals”. Mr Poots added: " External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, August 19, 2022 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : "I think we'd do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks," External link

heraldscotland Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

breakingnews-ie Tuesday, August 2, 2022 6:26:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

thecourier Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:35:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:26:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

independent-UK Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

kentonline Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:57:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

standard Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:53:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:41:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “His ability and intellect was evident for all to see,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:16:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The EFS supports farmers to implement environmental measures on their land. In this way we aim to protect and enhance biodiversity and water quality, and mitigate against climate change by sequestering carbon. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, July 25, 2022 4:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Well managed Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks are recognised internationally and are one way of protecting our marine environment. My Department has established a network of 48 MPAs providing protection for 38% of Northern Ireland's inshore region. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:14:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “UKAP not only brings together different expert voices but allows us to draw on their experience and gives us the chance to explore the solutions and the confidence to take bigger risks to tackle the issue,” External link

agriland Tuesday, July 5, 2022 6:19:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

independent-UK Monday, June 27, 2022 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

pressandjournal Monday, June 27, 2022 1:43:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

kentonline Monday, June 27, 2022 1:14:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

standard Monday, June 27, 2022 12:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

independent-UK Monday, June 27, 2022 12:43:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Boris Johnson ) : “Any Conservative who has any notion of using this, of having a go at Boris Johnson, are doing the same as the European Union is doing in terms of damaging the peace process and the institutions in Northern Ireland” External link

standard Monday, June 27, 2022 12:36:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Boris Johnson ) : “Any Conservative who has any notion of using this, of having a go at Boris Johnson, are doing the same as the European Union is doing in terms of damaging the peace process and the institutions in Northern Ireland” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, June 27, 2022 12:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Since 2013, I am pleased to observe the Northern Ireland Waste strategy has contributed significantly to improving the sustainability of our waste. Specifically I note the delivery of a number of key achievements, including an 81% reduction in carrier bag numbers, reducing the amount of biodegradable Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste landfilled by over 120,000 tonnes per annum and increasing our recycling rate to over 50%" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, June 24, 2022 3:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "This is a world class arboretum that badly needed major investment and the local council was provided with a grant under the Rural Tourism Scheme from my Department. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, June 10, 2022 12:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It was great to be able to see first-hand this new rescue equipment which will assist Mourne Mountain Rescue in accessing difficult to reach terrain. More importantly it will give tourists and visitors confidence to enjoy our rural countryside, mountains and waterways. The equipment is also going to help save many lives going forward" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, June 6, 2022 8:35:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It has been great to visit a company like Artemis Technologies which is an exemplar in terms of Green Growth with their development of cutting-edge net zero technologies which support green jobs and in turn support other industries on their path to net zero such as offshore wind farm maintenance and commuter passenger ferries. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, May 27, 2022 4:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "He came to Ireland. He met Sinn Féin, has met all of the government ministers and, at the tail end of the trip, it comes to actually meet key players in the Good Friday Agreement. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told : "He came to Ireland. He met Sinn Féin, has met all of the government ministers and, at the tail end of the trip, it comes to actually meet key players in the Good Friday Agreement," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:58:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "This season of Avian Influenza has been the worst ever outbreak in Northern Ireland and across Great Britain. Thanks to the determined efforts from the poultry sector in Northern Ireland to protect their flocks and minimise the impact of disease, we are now in a position to lift the AIPZ and reduce all mandatory restrictions placed on bird keepers as well as allow poultry gatherings from 1 June. I'm sure this will be welcome news for the sector which contributes greatly to our economy and wider society. " External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, May 24, 2022 4:47:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots stated : “It would then be a case of drawing the Westminster money back into Department of Finance reserves once a new Executive is formed,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Balmoral Show ) : "It has been very heartening to see the agri-food sector bounce back from the last two years of the pandemic and everyone's enthusiasm to get back to business is very clear at this year's Balmoral Show. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, May 13, 2022 10:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "The Farm Family Health Check Programme continues to go from strength to strength. FFHCP is a successful example of effectively using farmers' marts and local community infrastructure to promote and deliver a service that is accessible and appropriate to the specific health and social wellbeing needs of the farming community" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, May 12, 2022 10:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "This scheme will open next week to support the sector which has faced significant challenges recently. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, May 12, 2022 6:01:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Hopefully it will be weeks and we'll have the assembly up and running sooner rather than later, that's not within my gift. It is a decision our party will make based on the government's response to what is required to deal with the issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol and ensuring that the cost of living isn't further exacerbated by rising costs as a consequence of it," External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I really want government but we do need to deal with these outstanding issues because if we don't we'll run into all sorts of problems in future years over divergence of laws that will come from Westminster and laws that will come from Brussels... the goods that we have not meeting the same requirements as would be required in the rest of the UK and therefore it will be a major disincentive to trade," External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Balmoral Show ) : "The Balmoral Show is the highlight of the year for many of us in the agri-food sector so I'm delighted to get a sneak peek at what is on offer in this its 153rd year," External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:42:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I know that wildlife, particularly badgers, are a significant factor in TB maintenance and spread in the environment,” “I very much appreciate that this is an emotive issue for many, but in order to ensure a healthy cattle population I intend to introduce a programme of badger intervention in a limited number of areas” External link

fwi Friday, March 25, 2022 1:36:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I will be writing to all the farmers in Zone 1 to encourage them to participate in the scheme to ensure they benefit from what it can offer,” External link

fwi Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:44:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Stena Line ) : “I have met with representatives from Stena Line this morning to hear for myself how they are helping to ensure that food continues to come into Northern Ireland,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to confirm that we have processed 92% of all EFS Wider and Higher 2021 claims. “The EFS is a key part of my department’s efforts to support the environmental stewardship carried out by farmers, improving and protecting the environment for us all" External link

farminguk Thursday, March 24, 2022 1:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “I will be writing to all the farmers in Zone 1 to encourage them to join the Scheme,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I am keen to support our agri-food industry by understanding its pressures and identifying what mitigations can be put in place,” External link

agriland Saturday, March 19, 2022 1:06:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Not only are we continuing to import coal from Russia, but oil and gas is being imported into both the European Union and beyond,” External link

belfasttelegraph Thursday, March 17, 2022 2:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “It is vital we protect Northern Ireland’s food supplies, making sure everyone can access safe quality food at prices that are affordable” External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 17, 2022 11:17:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I am happy to announce a four-week extension to the deadline for Tier 2 tranche 2,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:51:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am very aware of the challenges pig producers have faced in recent months and I am convinced that the sector needs emergency financial support at this time. I therefore intend to direct my Permanent Secretary to deliver a support scheme that will target those farmers who have been impacted most" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, March 11, 2022 6:39:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am passionate about the quality of our local food and it is a pleasure to meet with local farmers and growers who are actively marketing and promoting all that is good about the high quality food and drink produced in Northern Ireland. My Department continues to support the promotion of our quality local food through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and supports co-operation initiatives between local producers through the Agri-food Cooperation Scheme" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, March 10, 2022 8:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Climate change is an issue that affects everyone in Northern Ireland and everyone on this planet. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 9, 2022 4:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "These measures will not only enhance existing environmental protections but will create mechanisms that will benefit future generations through a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable Northern Ireland. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, March 7, 2022 9:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It's great to be here in Armoy and Mosside to see for myself how some of the funding awarded to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will be invested in much needed infrastructure in the two villages. This package of funding will see 12 different rural projects being funded in towns and village centres here on the coast" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, March 7, 2022 5:19:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Search ) : "It's not often that I attend a launch of equipment that I hope is never used, but this is one of those occasions. However, if this high tech sonar system has to be used by Foyle Search and Rescue to assist with searches in the river Foyle, then I know that it may help bring early closure to families who have lost loved ones" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, March 4, 2022 2:31:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots explained : “The amendment clarifies that the net zero ambition of some Members will not require a level of methane emissions reduction of more than 46% by 2050, which is consistent with the advice from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC’s) Balanced Pathway recommendations and the ambition of the Paris Agreement to achieve long-term temperature goals,” “It will be very challenging, and it will require significant new policies and changes to current farming practices to ensure that we reduce our methane emissions” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 2, 2022 1:59:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Ukraine is a supplier of cereals to Northern Ireland and consequently that has implications for the chicken, pork and diary industries in particular. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10:22:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I think there is every possibility that we have food shortages this year on the back of what is happening in Russia and Ukraine and people need to recognise and realise the risks that are involved. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10:22:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots noted : "Everyone is aware of the importance of our pollinators, particularly bees. I believe it is important to educate communities of the important role these pollinators play in our everyday life and am delighted to see how an investment of almost Pound 7,000 through the Rural Community Pollinator Scheme is making a difference to this group of bee keepers" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5:55:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "I am delighted to be planting a Northern Ireland centenary time capsule in the pollinator garden of Coagh Primary School today and to see the positive educational impact this garden will have on these children and the wider community" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5:55:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I know the Northern Ireland agriculture sector fully recognises the climate challenges we face and they have already put a range of steps in place to helps us tackle the issue together. There is widespread acceptance of the need to minimise the impacts of climate change in both the agriculture and environment sectors - but this must not be to the detriment of one particular sector which is a vital part of our economy. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 25, 2022 7:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "A number of the Assembly Members who supported the 2050 net zero target at Consideration Stage debates also indicated that they support the agricultural sector and care about farming and that aiming for such a target does not mean that there will be cuts to the herd. I hope therefore these Members are true to their word, and demonstrate their position of support for the agri-food sector, by supporting my amendments" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 25, 2022 7:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to announce this funding, which comes on top of almost Pound 19million already offered to projects under the DAERA Environment Fund which commenced in 2019. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all realised the value of getting outside and this money will help us all to enjoy and access sites so that we can continue to benefit from our beautiful, natural environment in Northern Ireland" External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added ( about Edwin Poots ) : "I am also pleased to announce a new Environmental Challenge Competition for 2022/23 for strategic environmental projects to help support Nature Recovery and Connecting People with Nature. It will launch within the coming weeks. Concluding Minister Poots said: " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Challenges like disease outbreaks can have an impact on anyone’s mental health. We believe that in order to be able to handle challenges like this, a high level of mental fitness is essential,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 22, 2022 8:00:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "People are still throwing away their carrier bags instead of re-using them, with harmful environmental consequences. We need to make Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener, more pleasant place in which to live and we can go some way towards this by making sure we use and re-use our carrier bags" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, February 21, 2022 4:39:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It is fantastic to see how the entire community is benefiting from this Pound 7.5million funding. These investments will create employment and provide enhanced community facilities and services for both young and old in Fermanagh and Omagh" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 18, 2022 1:59:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Being part of a farming family comes with many responsibilities, each having their own element of pressure and stress,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:32:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “I am encouraging farmers and their families to prioritise their mental health and avail of this support either by attending the in-person or online workshops,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:32:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Being part of a farming family comes with many responsibilities, each having their own element of pressure and stress. There is no doubt that year's avian influenza outbreak has added to that. It has been a very difficult time for the poultry sector. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, February 17, 2022 2:40:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “a decision to initiate or continue such checks could not be validly taken in the absence of executive approval” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told : “Someone in Europe needs to wake up to the reality that they are not doing this to assist the peace process,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “There won’t be an Executive to come back to while these checks exist,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “People have not seen the implications of the Northern Ireland protocol yet, because there’s so little of it being implemented at this stage,” “Were the grace periods to go, and were we to carry out all of the checks that the EU are expecting us to carry out, the problems that would arise at our ports are inconceivable” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "This increase is on the back of improved prices for farm produce during 2021," External link

farminguk Monday, February 14, 2022 1:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am very aware of the surge in interest in wild water swimming across Northern Ireland and work is now underway on a full review of Bathing Waters in 2022/23 which will seek views on the current management of Bathing Waters, identification of new sites and extending the length of the bathing season. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 11, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Farm level estimates also show that not all farm types experienced an increase in incomes in 2021,” External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, February 11, 2022 6:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Excellent biosecurity remains the most effective defence,” External link

fwi Friday, February 11, 2022 3:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : "I am pleased that the Act has been enacted and that payments can now resume immediately to both Downpatrick and Down Royal, and therefore help ensure the two courses can continue to provide top quality racing in Northern Ireland, and at the same time support many businesses in their areas," External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, February 11, 2022 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The Horse Racing Fund was set up to support horseracing at Northern Ireland's two racecourses. As a result of a change in the management at Down Royal, the new operator has been ineligible for support since 2019, as it was not specifically named in the legislation. Payments to Downpatrick have also been suspended since 2019, as to only support one racecourse could have created unfair competition" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots concluded : “Consultation responses will be used to inform the development of agricultural policy to develop a future sustainable agricultural industry,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "I am calling on all bird keepers, particularly those with small backyard flocks, to review their biosecurity practices. Excellent biosecurity remains the most effective defence for reducing transmission of avian influenza to poultry or captive birds and it is vitally important that all bird keepers adhere to the strict enhanced biosecurity measures of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) which remains in place in Northern Ireland. As part of the measures of the AIPZ, bird keepers legally must keep their birds indoors or otherwise separate from wild birds, we cannot afford to be complacent so I would urge everyone to take all measures necessary" External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 9, 2022 12:27:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Jim Allister ) : “Do he and Mr Allister, who asked the question, think that is good value for taxpayers’ money?” External link

standard Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Jim Allister ) : “Do he and Mr Allister, who asked the question, think that is good value for taxpayers’ money?” External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:11:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "We have appealed and appealed and appealed to the European Union to come to some logical position on this, but they have dragged their feet. The operational command paper in July was good in as far as it went, it would've been a basis for moving forward, but we have had feet dragging ever since. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, February 7, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “As part of the AIPZ, bird keepers must follow strict biosecurity measures in order to prevent any further incursions,” External link

agriland Friday, February 4, 2022 6:44:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “If the disease were to reach our shores, it could have a devastating effect on export markets and would also require the humane culling of pigs on infected premises to prevent further spread,” “I stress the need of maintaining a high level of biosecurity, make sure that your pigs do not access any kitchen waste, only feed your pigs a purchased pig ration and to remain vigilant for signs of disease for early detection of the disease” External link

agriland Friday, February 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots anunciou : “Emiti uma instrução formal ao meu secretário permanente para suspender a partir desta meia-noite todos os controlos que não estavam operacionais em 31 de dezembro de 2020” External link

diarioeconomico Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:02:00 AM EAT



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negotiator0.12%EN09/04/201704/09/2017
health minister83.58%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
minister5.78%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
colleague3.12%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
former health minister1.27%EN06/10/201710/06/2017
lawmaker0.35%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
health minister1.39%SA09/03/201403/09/2014
minister of health0.35%EN08/13/201413/08/2014
minister for health0.35%EN09/06/201306/09/2013
spokesman for health minister1.16%EN11/29/201229/11/2012
mp0.12%EN01/27/201027/01/2010
sports minister0.69%EN02/21/200821/02/2008
councillor0.12%EN06/03/200503/06/2005
Names Lang Count
Edwin PootsEN59.01%
Edwin PootsEU40.62%
Edwin PootsSA0.38%
Edwin PootsFR0.00%


 
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Edwin Poots said : “If we have to eat grass, we’ll eat grass,” External link

politico-eu Friday, December 9, 2022 12:46:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots argued : “in so far as agriculture is concerned, the state aid arrangements . . . of the protocol, provide significant policy flexibility for Northern Ireland” External link

irishtimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 1:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots concluded ( about The UK ) : “The Northern Ireland protocol bill is proposing to disapply the approach to subsidy control that we currently have (which works) and extending the [UK’s Subsidy Control Act] (which doesn’t work) to Northern Ireland. This is unacceptable and we need a solution” External link

irishtimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 1:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The role of the AFBI Board is to provide strategic direction and to promote good governance including the highest standards of financial management. I have decided to re-appoint Roberta Brownlee as AFBI Deputy Chair for a second term of two years from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2025. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, October 24, 2022 4:56:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I look forward to our research community responding to the call and subsequently delivering world-leading collaborative science to provide the evidence and innovation we need to enable Northern Ireland to reduce carbon emissions and biodiversity crisis in the right way; balancing climate, driving efficiency, environment and green jobs" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 24, 2022 11:54:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to be able to support the Access and Inclusion Programme which will help improve the lives of people with a disability by allowing them to enjoy many of the activities that able-bodied people take for granted. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted this year to raise public awareness of the cruel and abhorrent trade in low welfare pups along with the USPCA. It is critically important that anyone considering buying a puppy is aware of the pitfalls in respect of not buying from legitimate dog breeders and unintentionally supporting this cruel and illegal trade which exploits pets and causes them terrible suffering. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Florencecourt forest is a popular amenity for local people and tourism in the wider Fermanagh area, particularly because of its close association with the historic National Trust Florence Court House and grounds.This forest offers many diverse species and habitats, all of which have an important role in providing enjoyment for many people. They support positive economic, environmental and social outcomes for citizens, including health and well-being benefits. " External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, October 18, 2022 8:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “The continual positive findings of H5N1 across Great Britain, and findings through our wild bird surveillance programme, suggest that the disease is already once again present in Northern Ireland,” “It is of paramount importance that all bird keepers take appropriate action to review and enhance their biosecurity measures to protect their birds from this highly infectious disease” External link

agriland Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:57:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "To date there have been over 180 cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 across the UK, since the first case confirmed in England on 26 October 2021. There have been six confirmed outbreaks in Northern Ireland over the past 12 months, the most recent in February, with a significant number of wild bird findings across the year. In addition, there have been six confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. Prior to this the largest number of cases in Great Britain was 26 cases in 2020/2021 and 13 cases in 2016/17. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “This is a much fairer approach to our hard-working farmers,” External link

fwi Friday, October 7, 2022 4:45:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Significant changes are being planned to move from a punitive Cross-Compliance model to a simplified set of Farm Sustainability Standards tailored to suit the requirements of the industry in Northern Ireland, while still ensuring an appropriate level of protection for animal and human health and the environment. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, October 6, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am pleased to announce the re-opening of Tier 1 FBIS Capital. In what has been a very challenging year for our farmers, this fourth tranche is a timely boost for agriculture and horticulture with up to Pound 10million allocated for projects. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added ( about Northern Ireland Water ) : "Moving forward, continued improvement in drinking water quality in Northern Ireland remains a priority for the Department. Through its work with NI Water and the owners and users of private water supplies, the Department will continue to encourage the use of innovation and sustainable practices. This will ensure public health protection whilst supporting economic growth" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The SNHS online registration process has allowed farmers in Zone 1 - County Down and parts of Counties Armagh and Antrim - to register their fields and I thank all those farmers who took the time to submit their applications. Uptake has been very successful with over 90% of eligible fields registered, and I look forward to the scheme providing our farmers with key information, on which future farming decisions can be based. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "They haven't respected the Good Friday Agreement and whenever they wake up and realise there won't be a government in Northern Ireland while they show that disrespect to the Good Friday Agreement, and take down the barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, then there will be real progress happening," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I know that wildlife, particularly badgers, are a significant factor in TB maintenance and spread in the environment” External link

agriland Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme has been one of the success stories of recent years. The Scheme continues to attract considerable interest from across Northern Ireland's community and voluntary sector. Last year, 632 projects were awarded Pound 800k benefitting an estimated 172,000 rural dwellers to address a locally identified poverty or social isolation issue" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I urge local community and voluntary groups to consider the Scheme and make an application to address their local needs" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The ongoing disruption to agricultural markets, in particular due to the situation in Ukraine, is having a huge impact on farm businesses in Northern Ireland. To help them with cash flow, annual payments have commenced six weeks earlier than previous years. I am pleased to confirm that Pound 286.9million has issued to 23,208 farmers on 1 September. This is only possible because we have left the European Union and can now make decisions to suit local needs" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, September 1, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Following my consultation on future agricultural policy for Northern Ireland earlier this year, I announced that the use of feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus outputs would be progressed by collaborative industry research,” “This UK-wide call for evidence will provide further guidance to guide us along the path to reduced methane emissions from our livestock industry” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 23, 2022 4:01:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “The recent seizure of over 60 animals, including puppies and a cat, by the PSNI at Belfast Harbour was a significant step in targeting those involved. But we need the public’s help to crack down on these highly organised crime gangs,” External link

agriland Saturday, August 20, 2022 1:00:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Primary producers are facing unprecedented rises in input costs of energy, feed and fertiliser which simply cannot continue to be absorbed by farm businesses," "Businesses in all sectors along the supply chain are facing challenges due to significant increases in energy prices and fuel costs and labour shortages in the agri-food sector continues to pose challenges, especially in the pork sector" External link

farminguk Friday, August 19, 2022 5:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “It is my aim to protect Northern Ireland’s food supplies, making sure that everyone can access safe quality food at prices we can afford. "My Department remains committed to developing and implementing processes which aim to address issues affecting the supply of food to Northern Ireland” External link

farminguk Friday, August 19, 2022 5:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "So whenever we see profits rising for all of these energy companies, sometimes by 500%, whenever we see supermarkets charging 20p a litre more for fuel than your local filling station, that is big companies actually exploiting the cost of living crisis and doing more harm to those who are suffering most”. Mr Poots praised the French government's approach to soaring costs but said he is not in favour of nationalisation. It comes as the Nolan Show reported £164 million of the £436 million Stormont has to spend but which is in limbo due to the political impasse over the Northern Ireland protocol would have have to be sent back to the Treasury to be used for the £400 energy discount scheme. DUP Minister Edwin Poots said his party has maintained that there “wasn’t lots of money to give away”. Around £200 million to address wage inflation in the NHS is being sought by the Health Minister Robin Swann, said Mr Poots. He also said the Department of Education is looking for over £100 million and the Justice Minister is seeking £80 million, describing them as “inescapable” figures. On top of that, he said, there are costs such as “fuel for police cars and heating for hospitals”. Mr Poots added: " External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, August 19, 2022 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : "I think we'd do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks," External link

heraldscotland Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

breakingnews-ie Tuesday, August 2, 2022 6:26:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

thecourier Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:35:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:26:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

independent-UK Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

kentonline Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:57:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

standard Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:53:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told ( about David Trimble ) : “I think we’d do well to listen to the words of David Trimble over the course of the next number of weeks,” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:41:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “His ability and intellect was evident for all to see,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, August 2, 2022 3:16:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The EFS supports farmers to implement environmental measures on their land. In this way we aim to protect and enhance biodiversity and water quality, and mitigate against climate change by sequestering carbon. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, July 25, 2022 4:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Well managed Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks are recognised internationally and are one way of protecting our marine environment. My Department has established a network of 48 MPAs providing protection for 38% of Northern Ireland's inshore region. " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:14:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “UKAP not only brings together different expert voices but allows us to draw on their experience and gives us the chance to explore the solutions and the confidence to take bigger risks to tackle the issue,” External link

agriland Tuesday, July 5, 2022 6:19:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

independent-UK Monday, June 27, 2022 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

pressandjournal Monday, June 27, 2022 1:43:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

kentonline Monday, June 27, 2022 1:14:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

standard Monday, June 27, 2022 12:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Brandon Lewis ) : “I don’t care, he can threaten all he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wishes to do this, he can do it” External link

independent-UK Monday, June 27, 2022 12:43:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Boris Johnson ) : “Any Conservative who has any notion of using this, of having a go at Boris Johnson, are doing the same as the European Union is doing in terms of damaging the peace process and the institutions in Northern Ireland” External link

standard Monday, June 27, 2022 12:36:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Boris Johnson ) : “Any Conservative who has any notion of using this, of having a go at Boris Johnson, are doing the same as the European Union is doing in terms of damaging the peace process and the institutions in Northern Ireland” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, June 27, 2022 12:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Since 2013, I am pleased to observe the Northern Ireland Waste strategy has contributed significantly to improving the sustainability of our waste. Specifically I note the delivery of a number of key achievements, including an 81% reduction in carrier bag numbers, reducing the amount of biodegradable Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste landfilled by over 120,000 tonnes per annum and increasing our recycling rate to over 50%" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, June 24, 2022 3:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "This is a world class arboretum that badly needed major investment and the local council was provided with a grant under the Rural Tourism Scheme from my Department. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, June 10, 2022 12:30:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It was great to be able to see first-hand this new rescue equipment which will assist Mourne Mountain Rescue in accessing difficult to reach terrain. More importantly it will give tourists and visitors confidence to enjoy our rural countryside, mountains and waterways. The equipment is also going to help save many lives going forward" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, June 6, 2022 8:35:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It has been great to visit a company like Artemis Technologies which is an exemplar in terms of Green Growth with their development of cutting-edge net zero technologies which support green jobs and in turn support other industries on their path to net zero such as offshore wind farm maintenance and commuter passenger ferries. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, May 27, 2022 4:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "He came to Ireland. He met Sinn Féin, has met all of the government ministers and, at the tail end of the trip, it comes to actually meet key players in the Good Friday Agreement. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told : "He came to Ireland. He met Sinn Féin, has met all of the government ministers and, at the tail end of the trip, it comes to actually meet key players in the Good Friday Agreement," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:58:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "This season of Avian Influenza has been the worst ever outbreak in Northern Ireland and across Great Britain. Thanks to the determined efforts from the poultry sector in Northern Ireland to protect their flocks and minimise the impact of disease, we are now in a position to lift the AIPZ and reduce all mandatory restrictions placed on bird keepers as well as allow poultry gatherings from 1 June. I'm sure this will be welcome news for the sector which contributes greatly to our economy and wider society. " External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, May 24, 2022 4:47:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots stated : “It would then be a case of drawing the Westminster money back into Department of Finance reserves once a new Executive is formed,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Balmoral Show ) : "It has been very heartening to see the agri-food sector bounce back from the last two years of the pandemic and everyone's enthusiasm to get back to business is very clear at this year's Balmoral Show. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, May 13, 2022 10:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "The Farm Family Health Check Programme continues to go from strength to strength. FFHCP is a successful example of effectively using farmers' marts and local community infrastructure to promote and deliver a service that is accessible and appropriate to the specific health and social wellbeing needs of the farming community" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, May 12, 2022 10:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "This scheme will open next week to support the sector which has faced significant challenges recently. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, May 12, 2022 6:01:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Hopefully it will be weeks and we'll have the assembly up and running sooner rather than later, that's not within my gift. It is a decision our party will make based on the government's response to what is required to deal with the issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol and ensuring that the cost of living isn't further exacerbated by rising costs as a consequence of it," External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I really want government but we do need to deal with these outstanding issues because if we don't we'll run into all sorts of problems in future years over divergence of laws that will come from Westminster and laws that will come from Brussels... the goods that we have not meeting the same requirements as would be required in the rest of the UK and therefore it will be a major disincentive to trade," External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:29:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Balmoral Show ) : "The Balmoral Show is the highlight of the year for many of us in the agri-food sector so I'm delighted to get a sneak peek at what is on offer in this its 153rd year," External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:42:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I know that wildlife, particularly badgers, are a significant factor in TB maintenance and spread in the environment,” “I very much appreciate that this is an emotive issue for many, but in order to ensure a healthy cattle population I intend to introduce a programme of badger intervention in a limited number of areas” External link

fwi Friday, March 25, 2022 1:36:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I will be writing to all the farmers in Zone 1 to encourage them to participate in the scheme to ensure they benefit from what it can offer,” External link

fwi Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:44:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Stena Line ) : “I have met with representatives from Stena Line this morning to hear for myself how they are helping to ensure that food continues to come into Northern Ireland,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:07:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to confirm that we have processed 92% of all EFS Wider and Higher 2021 claims. “The EFS is a key part of my department’s efforts to support the environmental stewardship carried out by farmers, improving and protecting the environment for us all" External link

farminguk Thursday, March 24, 2022 1:03:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “I will be writing to all the farmers in Zone 1 to encourage them to join the Scheme,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I am keen to support our agri-food industry by understanding its pressures and identifying what mitigations can be put in place,” External link

agriland Saturday, March 19, 2022 1:06:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Not only are we continuing to import coal from Russia, but oil and gas is being imported into both the European Union and beyond,” External link

belfasttelegraph Thursday, March 17, 2022 2:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “It is vital we protect Northern Ireland’s food supplies, making sure everyone can access safe quality food at prices that are affordable” External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 17, 2022 11:17:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “I am happy to announce a four-week extension to the deadline for Tier 2 tranche 2,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:51:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am very aware of the challenges pig producers have faced in recent months and I am convinced that the sector needs emergency financial support at this time. I therefore intend to direct my Permanent Secretary to deliver a support scheme that will target those farmers who have been impacted most" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, March 11, 2022 6:39:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am passionate about the quality of our local food and it is a pleasure to meet with local farmers and growers who are actively marketing and promoting all that is good about the high quality food and drink produced in Northern Ireland. My Department continues to support the promotion of our quality local food through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and supports co-operation initiatives between local producers through the Agri-food Cooperation Scheme" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, March 10, 2022 8:38:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Climate change is an issue that affects everyone in Northern Ireland and everyone on this planet. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 9, 2022 4:50:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "These measures will not only enhance existing environmental protections but will create mechanisms that will benefit future generations through a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable Northern Ireland. " External link

northernirelandnews Monday, March 7, 2022 9:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It's great to be here in Armoy and Mosside to see for myself how some of the funding awarded to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will be invested in much needed infrastructure in the two villages. This package of funding will see 12 different rural projects being funded in towns and village centres here on the coast" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, March 7, 2022 5:19:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Search ) : "It's not often that I attend a launch of equipment that I hope is never used, but this is one of those occasions. However, if this high tech sonar system has to be used by Foyle Search and Rescue to assist with searches in the river Foyle, then I know that it may help bring early closure to families who have lost loved ones" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, March 4, 2022 2:31:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots explained : “The amendment clarifies that the net zero ambition of some Members will not require a level of methane emissions reduction of more than 46% by 2050, which is consistent with the advice from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC’s) Balanced Pathway recommendations and the ambition of the Paris Agreement to achieve long-term temperature goals,” “It will be very challenging, and it will require significant new policies and changes to current farming practices to ensure that we reduce our methane emissions” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 2, 2022 1:59:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Ukraine is a supplier of cereals to Northern Ireland and consequently that has implications for the chicken, pork and diary industries in particular. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10:22:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I think there is every possibility that we have food shortages this year on the back of what is happening in Russia and Ukraine and people need to recognise and realise the risks that are involved. " External link

belfasttelegraph Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10:22:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots noted : "Everyone is aware of the importance of our pollinators, particularly bees. I believe it is important to educate communities of the important role these pollinators play in our everyday life and am delighted to see how an investment of almost Pound 7,000 through the Rural Community Pollinator Scheme is making a difference to this group of bee keepers" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5:55:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots commented : "I am delighted to be planting a Northern Ireland centenary time capsule in the pollinator garden of Coagh Primary School today and to see the positive educational impact this garden will have on these children and the wider community" External link

northernirelandnews Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5:55:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I know the Northern Ireland agriculture sector fully recognises the climate challenges we face and they have already put a range of steps in place to helps us tackle the issue together. There is widespread acceptance of the need to minimise the impacts of climate change in both the agriculture and environment sectors - but this must not be to the detriment of one particular sector which is a vital part of our economy. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 25, 2022 7:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "A number of the Assembly Members who supported the 2050 net zero target at Consideration Stage debates also indicated that they support the agricultural sector and care about farming and that aiming for such a target does not mean that there will be cuts to the herd. I hope therefore these Members are true to their word, and demonstrate their position of support for the agri-food sector, by supporting my amendments" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 25, 2022 7:10:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am delighted to announce this funding, which comes on top of almost Pound 19million already offered to projects under the DAERA Environment Fund which commenced in 2019. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all realised the value of getting outside and this money will help us all to enjoy and access sites so that we can continue to benefit from our beautiful, natural environment in Northern Ireland" External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added ( about Edwin Poots ) : "I am also pleased to announce a new Environmental Challenge Competition for 2022/23 for strategic environmental projects to help support Nature Recovery and Connecting People with Nature. It will launch within the coming weeks. Concluding Minister Poots said: " External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:05:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Challenges like disease outbreaks can have an impact on anyone’s mental health. We believe that in order to be able to handle challenges like this, a high level of mental fitness is essential,” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 22, 2022 8:00:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "People are still throwing away their carrier bags instead of re-using them, with harmful environmental consequences. We need to make Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener, more pleasant place in which to live and we can go some way towards this by making sure we use and re-use our carrier bags" External link

northernirelandnews Monday, February 21, 2022 4:39:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "It is fantastic to see how the entire community is benefiting from this Pound 7.5million funding. These investments will create employment and provide enhanced community facilities and services for both young and old in Fermanagh and Omagh" External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 18, 2022 1:59:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Being part of a farming family comes with many responsibilities, each having their own element of pressure and stress,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:32:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : “I am encouraging farmers and their families to prioritise their mental health and avail of this support either by attending the in-person or online workshops,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:32:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "Being part of a farming family comes with many responsibilities, each having their own element of pressure and stress. There is no doubt that year's avian influenza outbreak has added to that. It has been a very difficult time for the poultry sector. " External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, February 17, 2022 2:40:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “a decision to initiate or continue such checks could not be validly taken in the absence of executive approval” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots told : “Someone in Europe needs to wake up to the reality that they are not doing this to assist the peace process,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “There won’t be an Executive to come back to while these checks exist,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “People have not seen the implications of the Northern Ireland protocol yet, because there’s so little of it being implemented at this stage,” “Were the grace periods to go, and were we to carry out all of the checks that the EU are expecting us to carry out, the problems that would arise at our ports are inconceivable” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:54:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "This increase is on the back of improved prices for farm produce during 2021," External link

farminguk Monday, February 14, 2022 1:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "I am very aware of the surge in interest in wild water swimming across Northern Ireland and work is now underway on a full review of Bathing Waters in 2022/23 which will seek views on the current management of Bathing Waters, identification of new sites and extending the length of the bathing season. " External link

northernirelandnews Friday, February 11, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Farm level estimates also show that not all farm types experienced an increase in incomes in 2021,” External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, February 11, 2022 6:52:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “Excellent biosecurity remains the most effective defence,” External link

fwi Friday, February 11, 2022 3:37:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots added : "I am pleased that the Act has been enacted and that payments can now resume immediately to both Downpatrick and Down Royal, and therefore help ensure the two courses can continue to provide top quality racing in Northern Ireland, and at the same time support many businesses in their areas," External link

belfasttelegraph Friday, February 11, 2022 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "The Horse Racing Fund was set up to support horseracing at Northern Ireland's two racecourses. As a result of a change in the management at Down Royal, the new operator has been ineligible for support since 2019, as it was not specifically named in the legislation. Payments to Downpatrick have also been suspended since 2019, as to only support one racecourse could have created unfair competition" External link

northernirelandnews Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:20:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots concluded : “Consultation responses will be used to inform the development of agricultural policy to develop a future sustainable agricultural industry,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:09:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said ( about Avian Influenza ) : "I am calling on all bird keepers, particularly those with small backyard flocks, to review their biosecurity practices. Excellent biosecurity remains the most effective defence for reducing transmission of avian influenza to poultry or captive birds and it is vitally important that all bird keepers adhere to the strict enhanced biosecurity measures of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) which remains in place in Northern Ireland. As part of the measures of the AIPZ, bird keepers legally must keep their birds indoors or otherwise separate from wild birds, we cannot afford to be complacent so I would urge everyone to take all measures necessary" External link

northernirelandnews Wednesday, February 9, 2022 12:27:00 AM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Jim Allister ) : “Do he and Mr Allister, who asked the question, think that is good value for taxpayers’ money?” External link

standard Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:22:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots responded ( about Jim Allister ) : “Do he and Mr Allister, who asked the question, think that is good value for taxpayers’ money?” External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:11:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : "We have appealed and appealed and appealed to the European Union to come to some logical position on this, but they have dragged their feet. The operational command paper in July was good in as far as it went, it would've been a basis for moving forward, but we have had feet dragging ever since. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, February 7, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “As part of the AIPZ, bird keepers must follow strict biosecurity measures in order to prevent any further incursions,” External link

agriland Friday, February 4, 2022 6:44:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots said : “If the disease were to reach our shores, it could have a devastating effect on export markets and would also require the humane culling of pigs on infected premises to prevent further spread,” “I stress the need of maintaining a high level of biosecurity, make sure that your pigs do not access any kitchen waste, only feed your pigs a purchased pig ration and to remain vigilant for signs of disease for early detection of the disease” External link

agriland Friday, February 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

Edwin Poots anunciou : “Emiti uma instrução formal ao meu secretário permanente para suspender a partir desta meia-noite todos os controlos que não estavam operacionais em 31 de dezembro de 2020” External link

diarioeconomico Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:02:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
member1.62%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
negotiator0.12%EN09/04/201704/09/2017
health minister83.58%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
minister5.78%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
colleague3.12%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
former health minister1.27%EN06/10/201710/06/2017
lawmaker0.35%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
health minister1.39%SA09/03/201403/09/2014
minister of health0.35%EN08/13/201413/08/2014
minister for health0.35%EN09/06/201306/09/2013
spokesman for health minister1.16%EN11/29/201229/11/2012
mp0.12%EN01/27/201027/01/2010
sports minister0.69%EN02/21/200821/02/2008
councillor0.12%EN06/03/200503/06/2005
Names Lang Count
Edwin PootsEN59.01%
Edwin PootsEU40.62%
Edwin PootsSA0.38%
Edwin PootsFR0.00%


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