Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 730 No. 3

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  278.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan  Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the position regarding a grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8418/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  The case referred to by the Deputy is being examined within my Department and a further reply will issue to the person named as soon as possible.

  279.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan  Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the position regarding the payment from the suckler cow welfare scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8419/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  The person named registered 2 beef breed animals in 2009 and 4 beef breed animals in 2010 under the Suckler Welfare Scheme. To date payment has issued in respect of one animal. Errors have been identified on the remaining animals. A letter regarding these errors was issued to the applicant by my Department on 1st April 2011 and a reply is awaited.

  280.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan  Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the position regarding single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when final payment will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8420/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Under EU Regulations governing the Single Payment Scheme entitlements must be used at least once in each two-year period. ‘Used’ in this context means that a Single Payment application must be submitted and a hectare of eligible land declared in respect of each entitlement held. Entitlements that remain unused are reverted to the National Reserve. The person named did not submit a Single Payment application in 2009 or 2010. A letter issued to him on 18th January 2011 stating [563]that 14.2 unused entitlements had been reverted to the National Reserve due to non-usage and informing him of his right to appeal this decision.

The person named submitted an appeal on 28th January 2011 stating that the entitlements were unused during 2009 and 2010 due to ill-health. My Department has requested medical evidence in support of this claim and on receipt of this evidence a full review of the case will be carried out and the person named will be notified of the result in writing.


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