Written Answers - Grant Payments

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 730 No. 4

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  149.  Deputy Paul J. Connaughton  Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive their ewe grant and REP scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8826/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  The person named commenced REPS 4 in April 2008 and received the year 1 payment in July 2009 and the year 2 payment in January 2010. The year 3 payment has now been processed and payment will issue within two weeks. The person named submitted an application for consideration under the Grassland Sheep Scheme; the case is now fully processed with payment due to issue to the person named in the coming week.

  150.  Deputy Charles Flanagan  Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the reason for the delay in an area aid payment for 2010 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8836/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  While the herd-number is held jointly by the person named and his brother, the Single Payment Scheme application received on 14 May 2010 was signed by the person named only. Following a request for clarification, the person named indicated that his brother was deceased. Payment under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme cannot be released until such time as grant of Probate or Letters of Administration have been received by my Department.

In March of this year, the Inheritance Enquiry Unit of my Department wrote to the person named outlining procedures for the transfer of the herd-number into his sole name. The person named was also requested to forward the necessary documentation required to release the 2010 Single Payment namely a copy of a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration as well as the details of the client account of the solicitor administering the estate of his deceased brother. When this information is received, the outstanding payment will issue without delay.

  151.  Deputy Paul J. Connaughton  Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive his agri-environment options scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8842/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Under the EU Regulations governing the Agri-Environment Options Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. Payment will issue to the person named at the earliest possible date once these checks have been completed.


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