Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 618 No. 1

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  575.  Mr. N. O’Keeffe  Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the position regarding the EU single payment scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Cork in view of the documentation recently submitted. [14909/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The person named had previously requested consideration to transfer entitlements by way of lease of lands and entitlements — private contract clause — and was notified that the application was unsuccessful as she was required to have the inherited entitlements transferred to her prior to transferring them by way of lease. The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of the inheritance measure of the single payment scheme. Following processing of her application, she was notified that her application was successful.

As a result of her successful inheritance application, the private contract clause application is currently being reviewed. The applicant will shortly be notified of the outcome of this review by my Department.

  576.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the single farm payment entitlements of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the payment received and amount outstanding; and if this person was paid on his full quota entitlements. [14910/06]

  577.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   when a decision will be made on an application to the national reserve by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [14911/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 576 and 577 together.

An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 20 April 2005, on which 22.47 eligible hectares were declared. The person named had established 22.47 entitlements during the reference period. Payment in full in respect of these entitlements issued to the person named on 1 December 2005.

The person named also submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the single payment scheme national reserve 2005 under category B. Category B 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. Investments can include purchase or long-term lease of land, purchase of suckler and-or ewe quota or other investments.

A formal letter setting out my Department’s decision has issued to the person named. A top-up payment on his existing entitlements will issue shortly. However, should he be dissatisfied with my Department’s decision in relation to the national reserve he has the opportunity to appeal this decision to the independent payment appeals committee. An appeals application form is available from any of my Department’s offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie.

  578.  Mr. Connaughton  Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the position regarding a single payment application by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14951/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The person named submitted an application for the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance under the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application, the applicant was requested on 21 April 2006 to submit supporting documentation — a copy of the grant of probate, letters of administration or deed of transfer. Upon receipt of this documentation, my Department will be in a position to notify the applicant of the decision taken in this case and issue the single payment, if appropriate.

  579.  Mr. Hayes  Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the payments which are due to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary under the single payment scheme. [14974/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The person named submitted an application for a re-examination of his entitlements under the scission measure of the 2005 single payment scheme following the cessation of a farm partnership. The scission application has now been processed and payment in full will issue to the person named shortly.

  580.  Mr. Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14990/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2005. The person named also submitted a private contract clause application under the 2005 scheme. As this application has now been processed and the entitlements transferred, payment to the person named will issue shortly.

  581.  Mr. Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14991/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 14 April 2005. During initial processing of the application, issues arose which required to be satisfactorily resolved before payment could be made. Following direct contact with the person named, these matters have now been resolved and payment will issue shortly.

  582.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   when a person (details supplied) in County Cavan will receive his payments regarding his sheep flock and whose dispute with her Department was settled by the appeals office in 2005 but whose entitlements are still being denied; her views on whether this is unrealistic treatment for a young start-up farmer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15024/06]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  Following a successful appeal to the agriculture appeals office, the person named was deemed to have been assigned a flock number in December 2002. Under both the 2003 and 2004 ewe premium schemes, the person named lodged applications in respect of 44 ewes. A total payment of €2,464.00, which is shortly due to issue to the person named, has been calculated on the basis of €21 per animal under the ewe premium scheme, together with €7 per animal, in respect of the rural world premium.


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