Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Tuesday, 31 May 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 443 No. 4

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  129.  Mr. Flanagan  Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   if a farm development grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  There is no outstanding grant payment due to the person named. An application in respect of land improvement has been received from him and is currently being processed.

  130.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will be paid for his farm building job.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Having regard to the level of claims currently on hands, [804] I expect that payment will be made within the next few weeks.

  131.  Mr. J. Higgins  Information on Jim Higgins  Zoom on Jim Higgins   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway whose herd has been turned down because of TB has not received compensation.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The reactor grant in question will be processed on receipt of a statement from the Co-operative of total milk supplied in the previous calendar year.

  132.  Mr. J. Higgins  Information on Jim Higgins  Zoom on Jim Higgins   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the reason for the non-payment of beef premium to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for the January 1993 special beef premium in respect of four animals. Payment was rejected as he sold these animals at a mart without having the identity cards punched before sale as required under the terms and conditions of the scheme.

  133.  Mr. Crowley  Information on Frank Crowley  Zoom on Frank Crowley   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a beef premium and suckler cow grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for special beef premium on eight animals in January-February 1993. The ages declared on this application were inconsistent with the ages declared for the same eight animals on an application lodged in November-December 1992 for the ten month special beef premium. The problem has now been resolved and payment will be made shortly.

He also applied in November 1993 for special beef premium on 47 ten-month and 41 22-month animals. While processing [805] these for payment my Department found that there were invalid tag numbers on both applications. These problems have now been resolved following clarification from the herdowner and payment will be made as soon as possible.

The closing date for receipt of applications under the 1994 deseasonalisation slaughter premium scheme was last Friday, 27 May. Applications are now being processed with a view to payment as soon as possible.

No 1993 suckler cow application was received from the person named.

  134.  Mr. Deenihan  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a beef premium will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for grants on three animals under the June 1993 ten-month special beef premium and three animals under the June 1993 22-month scheme. The applications were rejected at a computer validation check because of invalid tag numbers. This problem has now been resolved and payment will be made shortly.

He did not apply for grants under the special beef premium scheme in the November 1993 application period.

  135.  Mr. Deenihan  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a beef premium will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  My Department is unable to trace a herd number for the person named. The herd number quoted is not a valid number.

  136.  Mr. E. O'Keeffe  Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the reason there is delay in payment of a mulder quota to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

[806]Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The offer of compensation made by my Department on behalf of the European Union was accepted in this case on 16 February 1994.

Payments are at present being processed and will be made as soon as possible.

  137.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will be paid the balance of his headage, suckler cow, beef cow grants and his January 1993, 22-month beef premium.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named was paid an advance of his 1993 beef cow grant on 23 December 1993. The application is being processed further at present and any balance due will be paid in the near future.

His applications under the 1993 suckler cow and January 1993 special beef premia schemes are being processed at present and any payments due will also be made in the near future.

  138.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when the final payment of ewe premium and suckler cow grants will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Cavan.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Payment of the final instalment of the 1993 ewe premium will be made to the person named shortly.

He was paid an advance under the 1993 suckler cow scheme on 1 December 1993. His application is being processed further at present and any balance due will be paid in the near future.

  139.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when beef cow and suckler cow grants will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person [807] named was paid the balance of his 1993 cattle headage grant on 15 February 1994. He cannot be paid any 1993 suckler cow premium as he has no suckler cow quota and he did not apply for a quota from the national reserve.

  140.  Mr. Moynihan  Information on Donal Moynihan  Zoom on Donal Moynihan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the up-to-date position regarding the proposed sale of land (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he has made arrangements in this regard.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Arrangements for surveying and valuing the land in question are now in train and will be completed shortly. This is necessary in order to properly define the property and establish a fair market value preparatory to sale.

A number of parties have so far expressed an interest in acquiring the land in question. One of these parties has very recently transmitted to my Department, via the Chief State Solicitor's Office, an offer for part of the property. This offer will be evaluated in the context of decisions relating to disposal of the property as a whole.

  141.  Mr. Nealon  Information on Edward Nealon  Zoom on Edward Nealon   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when the remainder of cattle headage grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The application of the person named for grants under the 1993 cattle headage scheme is being processed further at present and the balance due will issue shortly.

  142.  Mr. Crowley  Information on Frank Crowley  Zoom on Frank Crowley   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when beef premium grants will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for the June 1993 special [808] beef premium in respect of nine animals for the ten-month scheme. Four of the animals were found to have incorrect tag numbers following computer checks. As these have now been resolved his application is being processed and any payment due will issue in the near future. His application for the November 1993 special beef premium is being processed at present and any payment due will issue shortly.

  143.  Mrs. T. Ahearn  Information on Theresa Ahearn  Zoom on Theresa Ahearn   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a headage payment, applied for in January 1993, will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for special beef premium on 31 animals in January-February 1993. He was paid the full amount of £1,529.17 on 29 animals on foot of this application on 13 May 1994. The remaining two animals were ineligible because he did not submit the identity cards for these animals for stamping and punching as required under the terms and conditions of the scheme.

  144.  Mr. Molloy  Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the reason for the delay in payment of beef premium and suckler cow grants to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and when he expects that payment will issue.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The applications of the person named for premia under the 1993 suckler cow premium scheme, January 1993 special beef scheme, June 1993 special beef scheme and November 1993 special beef scheme are being processed at present and payments due will be made within the next two weeks.

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  145.  Mr. Molloy  Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   the reason for the delay in payment of suckler cow grants for the years 1992 and 1993 to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and when payment will issue.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named applied for premium on 11 animals under the December 1992 suckler cow premium scheme. However, at an inspection of his herd it transpired that he had included an in-calf heifer in his application. Under the terms and conditions of this scheme as laid down by the EU, applicants could apply for premium only in respect of genuine suckler cows and they should not include in-calf heifers. As a result of this incorrect declaration the person named is not entitled, in accordance with the EU regulations, to any payment under the 1992 and 1993 suckler cow schemes.

  146.  Mr. McGinley  Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a 1993 suckler cow grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named has already been paid full grants under the 1993 suckler cow premium scheme.


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