Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
121. Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of applicants who have made commitments by way of land transfer, and so on in order to qualify for the young farmer’s installation aid scheme; the way he proposes to treat them in view of the sudden closure of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44031/08]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): The Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme was suspended for new applications on 14 October 2008. I have already indicated that the scheme’s suspension will be considered at the earliest opportunity having regard to the general budgetary situation.
941 applications were received by my Department prior to the suspension of the scheme and, if they are in order, payment will be made in respect of these applications. It is not possible to provide an estimate of the number of applicants who might have qualified for the scheme during its period of suspension.
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