Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Wednesday, 26 May 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 505 No. 4

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  99.  Mr. M. Kitt  Information on Michael P. Kitt  Zoom on Michael P. Kitt   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when the special fodder scheme grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Galway. [14023/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named submitted an application for assistance under the 1999 special fodder hardship fund scheme and qualifies for aid of £330. Arrangements are being make to issue payment as soon as possible.

  100.  Mr. Yates  Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   if a formal appeal is being processed in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford in relation to his REP scheme payment in view of his dissatisfaction with the disallowance of a certain area ineligible for payment under the scheme; and if this matter will be reconsidered by way of appeal process. [14024/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named submitted an application and agri-environmental plan dated 23/5/1995 for inclusion in the REP scheme. The total area claimed for REPS purposes was 52.52 hectares. It subsequently emerged that of the total area, 13.55 hectares were ineligible for payment under the scheme. The onus to ensure that the details submitted on the agri-environmental plan are correct lies with the applicant and his planner.

Under the terms and conditions of the scheme, the area eligible for payment was reduced and aid already paid proportionate to the ineligible land had to be reimbursed.

This matter has been reviewed by officials of my Department. However, no grounds were found to amend the original decision.


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