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Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 48. Mr. Sargent Information on Trevor Sargent Zoom on Trevor Sargent  asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources Information on Frank Fahey Zoom on Frank Fahey  his plans in relation to the EU Commission decision to block funding which could result in Coillte Teoranta losing EU grants of ?41.9 million over the next 12 years. [3653/02]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): Information on Frank Fahey Zoom on Frank Fahey I presume the Deputy is referring to the European Commission's decision to disallow forestry premium payments to Coillte Teoranta. A challenge to the decision has been lodged by Ireland with the European Court of Justice.

[1574]As I have previously informed the House, I am advised that it can take as much as two years from the commencement of proceedings before a judgment is obtained. The proceedings in relation to Coillte commenced in September 2000. As the case is sub judice it would not be appropriate for me to discuss it further.


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