Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Wednesday, 31 March 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 503 No. 1

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  91.  Mr. J. O'Keeffe  Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   if the terms and conditions of the farm early retirement scheme allow for the wife of a farmer to give general advice and assistance to her son in a situation where he has taken over the family farm and where her husband as the retired farmer is being paid the farm retirement pension pursuant to the scheme. [9442/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  In the case of a sole application the spouse of the retiring farmer may give assistance to the transferee i.e. the person taking over the released land. In relation to a joint ownership application, where both spouses apply as transferors, neither spouse may give assistance to the [184] transferee. In a joint management situation where the spouse of the owner of the released land receives the pension because this is a more favourable option, both spouses must cease all commercial farming activity definitively and are precluded from giving any assistance to the transferee.


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