Thursday, 25 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
227. Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 481 of 19 October 2010, he will provide the information requested; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44555/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): As outlined in the replies to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 10960 of 7 April 2004 and 37130 of 19 October 2010, the person named lodged an application under the 1994 Scheme of Early Retirement from Farming on 10 December 1999. This application was rejected and the applicant was informed of the reasons. The Department was not aware at the time that the person named had ceased farming after 1996 and had rented her land and this was not one of the reasons for the rejection of the application. Had this point been considered, it would have been an additional reason for rejecting the application as it is evident that the person named could not have fulfilled all of the conditions outlined in Section 1, Part II (Terms and Conditions), under the heading ‘Person eligible to become a Transferor’. This requirement states that:
Under the terms of the scheme, lands had to be transferred by gift, lease or sale to eligible Transferees. Leases had to be for a minimum of five years. Land let for shorter periods was not eligible. A copy of the 1994 Scheme Terms and Conditions has been sent to the person named.
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