Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
448. Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the up to date position regarding a farm improvement grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [26800/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): My Department has written to the person concerned informing him of the documentation necessary to establish entitlement to the grant. When this documentation is received, the payment will be processed.
449. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the single farm payment has been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny for each of the years from 2005 to 2009. [26861/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): The person named submitted valid Single Payment Scheme applications in respect of the 2005, 2006 and 2009 scheme years. As these applications were submitted to my Department before the deadline of 15th May provided for in the governing EU Regulations, full payment issued in respect of these years. The person named submitted his 2007 SPS application with my Department on 28th November 2007. As this was received after the closing date of 15th May for receipt of applications under this Scheme, no payment was due in respect of this application.
Except in cases of force majeure (exceptional circumstances), SPS applications cannot be accepted after the deadline provided for in the Regulations. An official from my Department explained this to the person named, who undertook to make such a case in writing. However, there is no record of any such application from the person named. My Department has no record of the receipt of any application from the person named in regard to the 2008 Single Payment Scheme.
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