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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 926-946
 Header Item Rural Environment Protection Scheme Statistics
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 Header Item Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme Payments
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 Header Item Horse Slaughtering Data
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 819 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 926-946

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Statistics

 926. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the number of farmers broken down by county leaving the REP scheme and the agri-environment scheme in the years 2013 to 2018, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46574/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Based on current active participation rates, the numbers of farmers who will be exiting the REPS scheme, having completed their five year contract, is set out in tabular form.

COUNTY 2013 2014 2015
Carlow 94 185 8
Cavan 407 623 41
Clare 576 750 29
Cork 1274 1831 249
Donegal 893 898 31
Dublin 21 27 3
Galway 1309 1427 58
Kerry 919 997 48
Kildare 137 217 5
Kilkenny 287 521 9
Laois 261 496 15
Leitrim 289 538 28
Limerick 536 775 52
Longford 332 314 1
Louth 91 121 0
Mayo 1178 1448 83
Meath 225 322 5
Monaghan 350 521 11
Offaly 272 416 18
Roscommon 633 713 43
Sligo 419 460 23
Tipperary 704 1118 35
Waterford 276 354 8
Westmeath 244 437 18
Wexford 382 407 20
Wicklow 145 234 8
Total 12,254 16,150 849
Based on current active participation levels, the number of farmers leaving AEOS 1, 2 and 3 having completed their five year contract, is set out in tabular form.
County
AEOS I 2015
AEOS II 2016
AEOS III

2018
Carlow
98
32
25
Cavan
230
176
138
Clare
385
372
356
Cork
491
361
316
Donegal
662
887
1060
Dublin
17
7
5
Galway
851
817
1006
Kerry
353
373
619
Kildare
79
34
16
Kilkenny
270
114
31
Laois
167
70
26
Leitrim
394
231
278
Limerick
261
203
116
Longford
117
84
42
Louth
58
33
23
Mayo
965
893
997
Meath
176
72
32
Monaghan
219
109
67
Offaly
140
89
68
Roscommon
401
344
274
Sligo
299
201
220
Tipperary
392
252
92
Waterford
144
49
54
Westmeath
232
107
58
Wexford
191
84
27
Wicklow
104
56
45
Total
7696
6050
5991

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 927. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the number of farmers who applied for disadvantaged area scheme payments and single payments, broken down by county in 2013; the number paid to date; the amount paid in each county under each scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46575/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Based on 2013 payments made to date the data requested by the deputy is provided in tabular form below.

County DAS Applied DAS Paid DAS Amount Paid SPS Applied SPS Paid SPS Amount Paid
Carlow 770 577 €1,122,314.06 1,695 1,412 €10,891,369.90
Cavan 4,938 4,087 €8,523,943.11 5,067 4,320 €16,729,598.40
Clare 6,244 5,290 €12,109,932.39 6,352 5,770 €23,462,933.10
Cork 7,296 5,873 €13,070,518.84 13,507 11,996 €79,708,724.30
Donegal 8,711 6,436 €14,796,391.62 8,930 7,136 €21,294,410.10
Dublin 152 94 €204,291.29 659 566 €4,209,945.36
Galway 12,348 9,683 €20,206,670.90 12,581 10,721 €36,986,069.40
Kerry 7,882 6,046 €14,360,160.07 8,141 6,876 €26,607,214.60
Kildare 546 391 €668,015.11 2,190 1,773 €14,039,785.80
Kilkenny 1,830 1,502 €3,005,461.19 3,574 3,186 €26,172,048.00
Laois 1,753 1,426 €2,697,767.03 3,044 2,704 €19,351,767.60
Leitrim 3,541 2,839 €6,241,260.61 3,592 3,028 €8,028,897.98
Limerick 3,004 2,369 €4,425,233.98 5,383 4,649 €24,485,017.50
Longford 2,429 2,039 €4,285,187.13 2,482 2,190 €9,562,277.52
Louth 824 593 €950,022.98 1,572 1,331 €8,672,042.83
Mayo 11,957 9,040 €18,886,291.06 12,108 10,261 €28,142,856.60
Meath 1,375 1,073 €1,843,733.43 3,945 3,432 €25,666,220.70
Monaghan 4,192 3,522 €6,755,781.43 4,296 3,727 €14,969,886.90
Offaly 2,472 1,960 €3,684,743.45 3,186 2,753 €17,502,054.20
Roscommon 5,872 4,528 €9,635,753.11 5,977 5,056 €18,538,491.00
Sligo 4,166 3,189 €6,758,186.67 4,226 3,530 €10,650,932.10
Tipperary 4,642 3,740 €7,620,545.27 7,273 6,442 €48,502,260.60
Waterford 1,500 1,219 €2,368,614.33 2,555 2,259 €18,928,307.40
Westmeath 2,712 2,176 €4,158,744.79 3,115 2,632 €15,812,095.30
Wexford 1,550 1,108 €1,920,213.67 4,168 3,574 €27,480,557.10
Wicklow 1,848 1,438 €3,374,716.28 2,210 1,891 €13,177,029.20
Overall 104,554 82,238 €173,674,493.80 131,828 113,215 €569,572,793.49

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme Payments

 928. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total allocation of funds since its inception to the TAMS scheme; the amount applied for under this scheme; the amount paid to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46576/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The following table sets out the indicative amounts allocated to each targeted agricultural modernisation scheme (TAMS) under the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programme, the funding committed to date and the actual expenditure in respect of each Scheme up to end-October 2013:-

Scheme RDP Allocation

(€m)
Amounts Committed/Grant Approvals (€m) Expenditure up to end-October 2013 (€m)
Bio-Energy 20 1.4 0.79
Dairy Equipment 45 43.5 9.07
Poultry Welfare 16 11.9 11.1
Rainwater Harvesting 8 0.4 0.01
Sheep Fencing/

Handling
8 6.1 0.61
Sow Welfare 13 13.6 2.71
Total 110 76.9 24.29


  Due to the high level of demand by farmers for grant-aid under the Dairy Equipment Scheme, I have already increased the allocation for that Scheme from €45 million to €49 million by the transfer of €4 million from the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme. As TAMS applicants generally have two years from the date of issue of Department approval to complete the investment works concerned, actual expenditure lags very significantly behind the financial commitments made by my Department under each Scheme at any particular time.

Common Agricultural Policy Funding

 929. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the allocation of funding under each measure of axis one, two, three and four of the Common Agricultural Policy programme 2007-2014; the amount spent under each measure to date; the latest date for making drawdowns under CAP 2007-2014 in respect of each measure; if he is satisfied that the full allocation granted to Ireland will be drawn down by those dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46577/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The attached table sets out the measures funded under the Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013 [RDP]. The expenditure information is based on my Department’s quarterly returns to the European Commission and the table reflects the provisional estimates up to early November 2013. The table does not include funds already committed but not as yet claimed.

  In relation to the draw down of funds, the latest date for claims to be made under the current RDP is January, 2016. The financial performance of the RDP is under constant review and adjustments, as necessary, to the financial plan of the RDP will be made in order to achieve the fullest possible draw down of available funds.

Axis / Measure Current RDP

Allocation


EAFRD Allocation


Total Exchequer

Allocation


EAFRD and Exchequer

Expenditure

2007 - November 2013

[Provisional]

Of which EAFRD

Spend


Of which Exchequer

Spend


AXIS 1 – Competitiveness - - - - - -
Vocational training (REPS) 5,675,440 3,458,613 2,216,827 7,264,686 4,152,199 3,112,487
Installation Aid 12,261,081 7,471,903 4,789,178 12,892,430 6,504,938 6,387,792
Early Retirement 219,188,239 133,592,630 85,595,609 223,057,575 121,552,701 101,504,874
Farm Modernisation 154,570,446 92,992,230 61,578,216 86,100,160 52,390,925 33,709,235
TOTAL AXIS 1 391,695,206 237,515,376 154,179,830 329,314,851 184,600,763 144,714,388
Axis 2 – Environment and land management - - - - - -
Less Favoured Areas 1,617,984,198 634,141,309 983,842,889 1,439,685,535 791,827,045 647,858,490
Natura 2000 528,582,998 308,720,649 219,862,349 93,100,734 52,293,562 40,807,172
Agri-environment 1,922,493,570 1,058,314,930 864,178,640 1,951,417,512 1,090,070,162 861,347,350
TOTAL AXIS 2 4,069,060,766 2,001,176,888 2,067,883,878 3,484,203,781 1,934,190,769 1,550,013,012
Axis 3 - - - - - -
Broadband 17,884,000 13,413,000 4,471,000 0 0 0
TOTAL AXIS 3 17,884,000 13,413,000 4,471,000 0 0 0
Axis 4            
Competitiveness –

Food Projects.
5,000,000 4,250,000 750,000 248,620 211,327 37,293
Implementing Local Development Strategies – Quality of Life 265,470,511 182,632,819 82,837,692 153,249,782 108,750,578 44,499,204
Co-operation Projects 7,878,000 5,885,653 1,992,347 2,822,480 2,098,624 723,856
Running of LAGS 62,464,000 46,666,854 15,797,146 59,851,088 39,989,886 19,861,202
TOTAL AXIS 4 340,812,511 239,435,326 101,377,185 216,171,970 151,050,415 65,121,555
Axis 5 –

Technical Assistance
- - - - - -
Technical Assistance 6,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 1,651,155 825,578 825,577
OVERALL RDP 4,825,452,483 2,494,540,590 2,330,911,893 4,031,341,757 2,270,667,525 1,760,674,232

Agriculture Schemes Penalties

 930. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total amount of penalties imposed on farmers under each of the following schemes in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, REP scheme, agri-environment option scheme, single farm payment and disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46578/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The data regarding SPS and DAS as requested by the deputy is set out in tabular form below.

Year SPS amount DAS amount
2011 €6,839,876 €466,625
2012 €6,824,222 €346,050
2013 €4,072,413 €159,031


  I will forward the data on REPS and AEOS directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.

Forestry Grants

 931. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the number of forestry planting grant and forestry premium applications in the Sliabh Aughty area due to the ongoing discussions and investigations of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the possible effect of forestry planting on the population of hen harriers in this region; when it is likely that his Department will be in a position to issue a decision on these applications; if compensation will be paid to the applicants for the loss of income caused by the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46579/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney There are a total of 28 applications under the afforestation schemes in the Slieve Aughty area which cannot be approved because they are located within a Special Protection Area (SPA) designated for the protection of the hen harrier.

The implementation of the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive, under which Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are designated, is a matter in the first instance for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are commencing the development of a Threat Response Plan (TRP) for the conservation of the hen harrier. The plan is expected to take approximately two years to complete and forestry will form a significant element of the Plan. The Forest Service will be liaising closely with the NPWS in the formulation of the TRP on aspects relating to afforestation, felling and replanting. It is also understood that the NPWS will engage in a formal public consultation process in relation to the Plan, which it will announce at the appropriate time.

As development of the TRP progresses, and in advance of its completion, opportunities may arise – possibly in late 2014 - to pursue an interim arrangement to allow for the limited issuing of afforestation approvals in some hen harrier SPAs. Until then, the Forest Service will not be in a position to approve any afforestation projects within these SPAs. My Department does not provide compensation for the consequences of such designations.

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments

 932. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney further to Parliamentary Question No. 176 of 19 June 2013, if his officials have investigated a grant payment through REP scheme 4 on leased lands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46602/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2008 and received payments for the first four years of their contract.

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before any payments can issue. Under the terms and conditions governing the Scheme the participant undertakes to implement their farming activities for a minimum period of 5 years under an agri-environmental plan which includes all lands farmed whether owned, leased or rented. It now appears that this was not the situation in the case of part of the lands included in the REPS plan of the person named. This matter is the subject of on-going investigation by my Department and it is expected to be brought to a conclusion shortly. Following conclusion of the investigation officials in my Department will be in contact with the person named.

Animal Disease Controls

 933. Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the legal basis for provision 3.1 in Circular ER 14/2010 whereby if an animal sent to slaughter was not tested within the the previous 12 months but was tested within the previous 18 months and if more than 20% of the eligible animals in the herd at the date of slaughter were not tested within the previous 12 months, the holding must be trade restricted.  [46622/13]

 934. Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he is concerned provision 3.1 in Circular ER 14/2010, which concerns herds in respect of which more than 20% of eligible animals are not in test at the time of slaughter, amounts to a fettering of his discretion to restrict such herds as provided for in SI 3017 of 2010 and amounts to a fixed policy, contrary to law and fair procedures.  [46623/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 933 and 934 together.

The national legal basis underpinning the operation of the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Programme in Ireland is contained in the Diseases of Animals Act, 1966 (as amended) and the Bovine Tuberculosis (Attestation of the State and General Provisions) Order, 1989 (as amended). Article 17(5) of the Order (as amended by SI 307 of 2010), which gives a discretionary power to the Minister to restrict the movement of animals from certain herds, is the legal basis for Paragraph 3.1 in the Circular ER 14/2010.

In view of the discretion provided for in SI 307 of 2010 and having regard to the complexity of the issues involved in giving effect to the legislation, and in common with the approach in a variety of areas of the Department’s operations, it is necessary to issue more detailed instructions to field staff through Circulars to provide further clarity as to how the rules are to be implemented at operational level and to ensure that these rules are implemented uniformly across the country. I believe that the Circular, which can be amended at short notice, does not fetter the Minister in his discretion to restrict the herds covered by SI 307 of 2010.

Horse Slaughtering Data

 935. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total number of horses that were killed by his Department or by a local authority in 2011 and in 2012; if he will provide a breakdown on a county basis; the number of these horses which were mares in foal; if he considers that the killing of mares in foal is a particularly cruel practice except in the most extreme of circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46627/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney My Department provides funding to Local Authorities under the Control of Horses Act, 1996, to enable these bodies implement their powers relating to the control and welfare of stray or abandoned horses. While efforts are made to rehome horses to responsible new owners, the reality is that this is not possible in all cases. The advice from the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (which comprises representatives from a wide range of stakeholder organisations including farming, equine and welfare bodies) is to humanely dispose of horses, where no possibility of re-homing or returning to owner exists.

  There are rare occasions in which my Department’s Veterinary inspectors would on animal welfare grounds require a herd owner to humanely dispose of animals, including horses on farms.  

  Details of horses humanely disposed by Local Authorities in 2011 and 2012 are set out below. Statistics on the number of these horses which were in foal at the time of slaughter is not available.

Name of County/City Council No. Horses Seized 2011 No. of Horses Euthanised 2011 No. Horses Seized 2012 No. of Horses Euthanised 2012
Carlow 18 0 27 22
Cavan 10 0 9 0
Clare 50 41 66 60
Cork 267 115 212 78
Donegal 0 0 20 15
Dublin 845 583 785 635
Galway 52 46 134 109
Kerry 28 16 21 12
Kildare 103 32 130 92
Kilkenny 91 28 80 58
Laois 185 52 243 222
Leitrim 40 37 18 18
Limerick 372 276 338 299
Longford 5 1 4 2
Louth 8 6 39 25
Mayo 193 95 200 30
Meath 83 36 84 53
Monaghan 0 0 7 7
Offaly 59 0 0 0
Roscommon 8 8 8 6
Sligo 81 56 34 15
Tipperary 153 58 142 118
Waterford 21 18 45 23
Westmeath 96 54 109 81
Wexford 30 0 63 43
Wicklow 138 34 151 100
Totals 2936 1592 2969 2123

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 936. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo may expect to have their area based payment processed and paid; the reason their payment has been delayed; if he will expedite the application in view of the delay already experienced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46710/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As processing of the application of the person named under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was recently finalised, payment will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Agriculture Schemes Payments

 937. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46725/13]

 938. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46726/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 937 and 938 together.

The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application on 30 April 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility/cross compliance inspection.

The ground eligibility inspection has been completed and the results are now being finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will shortly be in contact with the person named.

During the course of the cross compliance inspection discrepancies were recorded in relation to sheep identification and registration requirements, resulting in a 1% penalty. The person named was notified of this decision on 29 October 2013. The person named was also informed of the right to seek a review of this decision. In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office within 3 months.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 939. Deputy Joe Carey Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) may expect payment of their disadvantaged area payment and single farm payment for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46738/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application on 15 May 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility/cross compliance inspection.

The ground eligibility inspection has been completed and the results are now being finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will shortly be in contact with the person named.

During the course of the cross compliance inspection discrepancies were recorded in relation to cattle identification and registration requirements, resulting in a 3% penalty. The person named was notified of this decision on 26 September 2013. The person named was also informed of the right to seek a review of this decision. In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office within 3 months.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 940. Deputy Joe Carey Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo may expect payment under the disadvantaged area payment and single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46739/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas’ Scheme application on 15 May 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of the schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility inspection. This inspection identified discrepancies between the area declared and the area found, resulting in an over-declaration in area of between 3% and 20%. Based on the Terms and Conditions of the schemes, this results in the 2013 payments being based on the found area having being reduced by double the difference between the area found and the area claimed.

The person named was notified of this decision on 1 October 2013. The person named was also informed of their right to see a review of this decision, In the event that the person named in dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office, within 3 months.

Processing of payments under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas’ Scheme and Single Payment Scheme were finalised and issued directly to the nominated bank account of person named on 7 October and 16 October 2013, respectively.

Electricity Transmission Network

 941. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he or his officials have had discussions with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and, or, Department officials, in relation to the possible impact of the proposed new EirGrid high voltage power line systems on the Irish thoroughbred industry or the agricultural sector generally; if he, or his officials, have raised any concerns regarding any possible impact on these vital industries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [46744/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Ireland is the 4th largest breeder of thoroughbred horses in the world, and the industry makes a significant contribution to rural employment and the economy generally. I have regular contact with the sector and I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to its growth and development as a flagship industry for Ireland, including through the development of overseas markets for the sector in places like China and the Gulf States.

  My Department has no function in relation to the proposed new Eirgrid high voltage power line systems. Neither my Department nor I have had any discussions with the parties referred to by the Deputy in his question in relation to this matter.

Agriculture Schemes Payments

 942. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the position regarding area based payments and headage payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46752/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Processing of the application of the person named under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme revealed errors in respect of a number of the land parcels declared by the person named, on foot of which a query letter recently issued to the person named. Immediately on receipt of a response, the application will be further processed.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 943. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the reason persons (details supplied) in County Kerry have not received their area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46753/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As processing of the application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment in respect of which is due to issue shortly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Agriculture Schemes Payments

 944. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46768/13]

 945. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46769/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 944 and 945 together.

  As processing of the application of the person named under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was recently finalised, payments will shortly issue, directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Statute of Limitations

 946. Deputy Joe Carey Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney further to Parliamentary Question No. 159 of 19 September 2013, if the statute of limitations applies to the full amount as communicated to the landowner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46810/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As the Statute of Limitations Act 1957 and the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Act 1991 legislate for debt recovery and related matters, this legislation may apply to some afforestation contract debt cases. It is therefore advisable that the applicant obtain independent legal advice on his particular case.


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