Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
225. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person’s (details supplied) 2005 headage payment will be issued in view of the fact that all outstanding issues regarding ownership of the area of ground in concern have been issued; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30893/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2005. Following computer validation of the application, it was found that one parcel which had been included by the person named on his application had also been included on the application of another scheme applicant.
The person named was written to on 3 October 2005 and asked to confirm his right to claim the parcel in question, or otherwise. If claiming the right to this parcel, the person named was requested to submit supporting documentation to substantiate his right to claim the parcel. The application of the person named will be processed further by my Department on receipt of a reply from him.
227. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when payments will issue under the single payment scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30922/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of both the new entrant and inheritance measures of the single payment scheme. He was advised that he was ineligible to be treated as a new entrant during the 2000 to 2002 reference period as he farmed and received premia payments in respect of all three years. He was also not eligible to benefit from the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance or gift as the lands in question were acquired by way of lease and purchase. A decision in respect of these applications was issued to the person named on 20 December 2004. The person named was advised to submit an application to have entitlements transferred to him by way of private contract clause when applying under the 2005 single payment scheme. The person named appealed these decisions to the single payment appeals committee which upheld this Department’s decision and refused consideration in respect of both measures.
The person named subsequently applied for consideration to have entitlements transferred to him by way of private contract clause. The person named advised that his application for the transfer of entitlements under this measure was successful and a letter notifying him of his successful application issued to him on 1 September 2005.
The person named applied for an allocation of entitlements from the single payment scheme national reserve under category A, which caters for farmers who inherited land or received land free of charge or for a nominal sum from a farmer who had retired or died by 16 May 2005 and who had leased out his-her holding to a third party during the reference period 2000-02. He also submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements under category B, which caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, made an investment in production capacity in a farming sector for which a direct payment under livestock premia and-or arable aid schemes would have been payable during the reference period 2000 to 2002.
The position is that applications for an allocation of entitlements from the national reserve were received from over 17,500 farmers. Processing of these applications is continuing and the intention is to make allocations to successful applicants by 1 December next. The Department will be in touch with individual applicants as soon as their applications are fully processed.
228. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person (details supplied) in County Galway has had their full single payment entitlements transferred from their father; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31035/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The person named has requested consideration for transfer of entitlements by way of gift. However, the lands were gifted by deed of transfer dated 11 October 2005 and, therefore, the transfer of entitlements cannot take place until after the 2005 single payment has issued to the transferor. A letter outlining the position will issue to the person named this week.
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