Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
314. Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive their 2010 payments all relating to sheep; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45871/10]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2010. On processing the application an over-claim was identified on one of the parcels declared by the applicant and he was written to in this regard on 13 September 2010. This issue has now been resolved in favour of the person named and the payments due in respect of the Single Payment Scheme issued on 1 December and payment was made under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme on 7 December.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applications, as well as cross-checks against areas declared on Single Payment Scheme applications, have been completed. This process is underway and my objective is to make all payments for 2010 as soon as possible. The balancing payment of 25% can issue once all on-the-spot inspections for the year have taken place and these will be completed shortly.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. Payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas Scheme have commenced nationally on 18 October 2010 and 22 September 2010 respectively. The application from the person named was submitted with land parcels identified as requiring re-digitisation. My Department has now completed this process.
The advance and balancing payments under the Single Payment Scheme were made to the person named on 10 November 2010 and 2 December 2010 respectively. A full payment of the amount due under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was made to the person named on 1 December 2010. The person named has now been fully paid under both Schemes.
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