Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 695 No. 1

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  300.  Deputy Michael Creed  Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not yet received their headage and single payment for 2009; when payment will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42069/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 8 May 2009.

This application was selected for and was the subject of a ground eligibility and animal identification and registration inspection. During the ground eligibility inspection, discrepancies were found in relation to parcel D23411019. As a result of this discrepancy the claimed area of 14.67ha was reduced to 14.23ha. If the total area found is not sufficient to support the number of entitlements held, penalties will be applied as per the Terms and Conditions of the scheme. In this case the number of entitlements held by the person named is 15. As the difference between the area declared and the area found is more than 3%, under EU Regulations, the difference between the area found and the area claimed is doubled and deducted from the area found. As a result the area put forward for payment under the Single Payment Scheme and the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is 13.35ha.

Also during the course of the animal identification and registration inspection non-compliance was found under Statutory Management Requirement 8A in that the flock register had not been maintained. This resulted in a cross compliance penalty of 5% being applied to 2009 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

The person named was informed of these findings on 5 October 2009 and of his right to seek a review of this decision within 21 days and of his right to appeal the outcome of any such review. To date, no review has been sought. The person named will have the right to appeal the outcome of any such review to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office. The inspection is completed and the application has now been fully processed. Payment under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme will issue this week with payment under the Single Payment Scheme due on 1 December.

  301.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive his disadvantage area scheme payment for 2009 in view of the fact they submitted their REP scheme plan in September 2009. [42088/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  An application under the 2009 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 15 May 2009. [231]Payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced on 22 September, with payments issuing in respect of those cases cleared for payment at that stage. Payments have continued to issue, as outstanding issues are resolved. The application of the person named has now been fully processed with payment due to issue this week.

  302.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their forestry road grant payment. [42138/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  I understand that payment of a forestry road grant was made to the person in question on 22 October 2009.

  303.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, will be awarded their REPS 4. [42139/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007– 2013 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications, including plan checks, to be completed before the first 2009 payments issue. Processing of applications, including the application from the person named, has commenced to facilitate the release of payments at the earliest possible date.

  304.  Deputy Edward O’Keeffe  Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [42283/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 28 April 2009. This application was selected for and was the subject of a ground eligibility and animal identification and registration inspection. The inspection is completed and the application has now been fully processed. Payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the 70% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme has issued with the balancing payment on the Single Payment Scheme due on the 1 December 2009.

  305.  Deputy Pat Breen  Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   further to Parliamentary Question No. 1044 of 6 October 2009, when the review will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42304/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Further to my reply to the Deputy’s previous Question, I can confirm that an official of my Department was in direct contact with the person named and that the review referred to has now been concluded. The outcome is that the proposed penalties will not now apply, as the applications of the person named will be processed on the basis of the area found at inspection. A letter outlining of the outcome the review will issue shortly to the person named.


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