Thursday, 25 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
210. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if and when the single farm payment will be made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20239/06]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The person named submitted an application requesting consideration in respect of the New Entrant measure of the Single Payment Scheme. However, as his lands had been leased out since 1996 he had established no entitlements during the reference years 2000-2002, and therefore his application was unsuccessful. In addition, the person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the Single Payments Scheme National Reserve under category D. Category D caters for farmers who commenced farming after 31 December 2002 or who commenced farming in 2002 but who received no direct payments in respect of that scheme year. This case has been processed to completion and the person named has now been granted an allocation. A formal letter setting out the details of this allocation has been issued. If the person named is dissatisfied with my Department’s decision he will have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Independent Appeals Committee. An appeals application is available from any of my Department’s offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie.
211. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a decision will be made on the appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry against the decision to refuse them single payment entitlements under the 2005 national reserve scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20241/06]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): My Department’s records indicate that the appeal submitted by the person named was received on 27 April 2006. The Independent Payment Appeals Committee will carry out a full review of the case and will correspond directly with the person named following the outcome of their review. It should be noted that to date the National Reserve section of my Department has received 802 appeals.
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