Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 697 No. 1

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  230.  Deputy James Bannon  Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath has been penalised under measure 5, option 5A and measure 3 of the REP scheme. [45171/09]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Following an on-the-spot REPS inspection carried out by my officials on 8 October 2008, the person named was found to be non-compliant with his undertakings under Measure 3 (fencing of wells and boreholes), Measure 5 (maintaining farm and field boundaries) and Biodiversity Option 5A (hedgerow rejuvenation). Penalties totalling 45% were imposed. The person named appealed the decision to the Agriculture Appeals Office, which overturned the 15% penalty for non-compliance with Measure 3 but upheld the other penalties.


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