Thursday, 28 January 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
161. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the progress made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny relative to a claim under the single farm payment scheme; if the issues relating to maps and a claim by another person in respect of the same parcel of land have been resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4299/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): While the person named had established 24.47 Single Payment entitlements, under the governing rules of the Scheme these entitlements reverted to the National Reserve, as the person named did not submit an application under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme. A subsequent appeal of this decision to my Department’s Agriculture Appeals Committee proved unsuccessful. The person named then appealed to the Agriculture Appeals Office and, during an oral hearing, undertook to furnish my Department with medical evidence in support of his claim for force majeure in 2005. The medical evidence, which was subsequently furnished to my Department on 21 August 2009, was deemed to confirm the claim of the person named for force majeure, on foot of which the 2005 application form, submitted by the person named to my Department on 26 August 2009, was accepted. However, as the person named had not included a map of the land declared on the application, a letter, requesting an appropriate map, issued on 28 August 2009.
The person named lodged the map in question with my Department on 11 September 2009. Following initial processing, it transpired that some of the land being claimed by the person named had also been claimed by another scheme applicant under the 2005 Scheme. It is necessary, therefore, to establish who had use of the land and, in this regard, both parties have been written to in order to clarify the matter. The other claimant to the land insists that he rented the lands in question from the person named for 2005. He has again been requested, as a matter of urgency, to forward documentary proof to this effect to my Department. On receipt of the documentation, the matter will then be further examined, following which an official of my Department will be in direct contact with the person named.
162. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) will receive a REP scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4321/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007–13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the first payments issue. Payments have issued to those whose applications required no further examination following the administrative checks. However queries arose on a significant number of applications, including that of the person named, in the course of the administrative checks. My Department is continuing to process applications with a view to payment as soon as possible and, in this context, will be in touch with the applicants where necessary, to resolve outstanding issues.
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