German President Gauck visits Origin Green farm in the Burren, Co. Clare

President of Germany, Joachim Gauck(centre), Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (right) with Michael Murphy, director of Markets, Bord Bia (left) and Joe Burke, Livestock Sector manager, Bord Bia

German President hears how Origin Green is a watermark for Ireland's reputation as a sustainable food producer



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16 July 2015 | 0

President Joachim Gauck of Germany and Ms Daniela Schadt accompanied by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes, yesterday (Wednesday, 15 July) walked the farm of James Droney in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. The farmer outlined Bord Bia`s Origin Green programme and how Ireland, through this unique national initiative, aims to be a world leader in producing food sustainably.

Speaking on the farm where James Droney keeps 55 beef suckler cows and rears 50 young cattle to beef in addition to 150 lambs in the summer months, Minister Hayes said: “Germany is a very important market for our agri-food sector and the Origin Green Programme is a watermark for Ireland’s sustainable food production systems. It builds on our rigorous programme of food safety and traceability measures that allow us to trace from farm to fork. I am delighted the President and Ms Schadt have come to a family farm in Ireland to see how high quality beef can be produced in an environmentally sustainable way.”

The visit was a coup for Bord Bia, considering Germany’s importance as an export market. In fact, Germany is Ireland’s fourth largest export market for food and drink and the total estimated revenues for 2014 are €565 million, with exports reaching €133 million in Q1 of 2015. The best performing sectors are dairy, beef and prepared foods. Other sectors that have a strong presence in the German market are seafood, lamb and beverages such as Irish whiskey.

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  1. alexander costello says:

    Seriously Paul? IMSI’s hanging around the many phone shops? And freely available on the Internet? I challenge you to find one available for sale over the internet? And, just on the off chance that you find a chinese knock off, that still doesnt explain why someone wants to emulate a UK base station in the vicinity of the GSOC offices (which coincidently has a UK chairman and some UK staff). And as for your RITS vs Verrimus, well without wishing to cast any aspersions and Im sure theyre both great companies but checking out staff and reputation – one(Verrimus) specialises in global anti espionage techniques and technology, employs ex senior police, military and intelligence folks (check out linked in – not too hard) and were responsible for ‘this kind of stuff’ for the Olympics. RITS have amongst their services Parental Control for PCs which is not quite in the same league. RITS founders are listed as coming from AIB and ESB so if I were choosing one over the other for counter intelligence approaches, I know who Id go for. So now we’re expected to believe that the WiFi threat was just an open wifi network in a nearby cafe – methinks that would be putting a counter espionage outfit out of business if they were that dumb, and all the evidence is that they are not.

    But even leaving that aside, I dont know any consulting firm who would review a report from someone else and rubbish it without doing a scene sweep themselves – to make a completely definitive and opposite finding, in a day or so, just based on a report review is just way too convenient. It is surprising that the immediate response on the finding was to misstate the law, carpet the GSOC, start to rubbish the firm (they tried to sell us the equipment – but in fact they were invited by Gardai to demonstrate the equipment and noted they werent authorised to sell it), Paul Williams prints utter rubbish about criminals having bugs in their shoes. None of this is helped by the attitude of the Commissioner to the penalty points scandal, the Smithwick tribunal and now this.

    Does it not seem odd, that even the suspicion of an oversight commission n the Gardai being bugged, would not cause grave political concern and a desire to find out what went on immediately?

    • Paul Hearns says:

      Hi Alexander,

      You raise some important points here but let me clarify a few issues first.

      In what way am I, TechPro, or TechCentral supressing comment? Have you not just availed of our free to comment facility?

      Secondly, my treatment of this story has been opinion based because it is near impossible to report reliably due the poor quality of the information in the public domain, as has been found by The Sunday Times.

      Thirdly, for the IT pro audience, the political machinations are better left to the political reporters. I have said already, in my coverage, that the key question was whether surveillance took place and by whom, I stand over that.

      Logic dictates that when looking at motivations for surveillance of a body set up to monitor the activities of another, then that latter body must come under suspicion. To me, there is no argument there.

      I fully admit that the political handling of this has been utterly appalling, but that is not TechPro or TechCentral’s remit.

      As regards the availability of ISMIs, I stand by my assertions. Based on conversations with security experts here who have collectively advised

      law enforcement, intelligence and military agencies, I am assured that such

      devices are available to individuals with the nous to find them and the money to pay for them.

      The review by RITS of the Verrimus report is not so unusual. Again, I would not question the reputation or credibility of either, but rather point out again the difference between vulnerability and threat. As with any technical report, if one does not have the basic understanding to interpret the report, it is next to useless.

      Finally, if RITS was not invited or contracted to do a sweep, then it can only draw on what information was available to it in the context of its vastly greater experience of dealings with the operations of both the public service and government departments here, including the Gardaí. I think this is a matter of interpretation.

      The interpretation of the evidence in the Verrimus report by RITS as constituting no threat is vastly more reliable, in my opinion, than the interpretation of any government minister, advisor or indeed any GSOC board member.


  2. alexander costello says:

    so we’re editorialising? Paul, why are you pushing this line and suppressing comment? Garda connection?

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