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Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 432.  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 in County Galway who are still awaiting their 2011 single payments and disadvantaged area payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6753/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The situation under the Single Payment Scheme nationally is that the vast majority of applicants have received their payment. In respect of applicants from County Galway, the position is as set out in the following tabular statement:

County Applications Number Paid To be paid Amount paid
Galway 11,835 11,722 113 €79,957,549

There are outstanding errors on the applications of the 113 farmers who have yet to be paid; such error cases continue to be cleared on an ongoing basis, as soon as satisfactory responses are received from the applicants concerned.

[515]There is a similar situation nationally in respect of the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme where the vast majority of applicants have also received their payment. Details in respect of County Galway are as follows:

County Applications Number Paid Not yet paid Amount Paid
Galway 12,384 11,866 518 €25,641,095

Again, error cases continue to be cleared on an ongoing basis, as soon as satisfactory responses are received from the applicants concerned. However, of the 518 outstanding cases, it is likely that many will ultimately prove not eligible for payment as they will not meet the stocking density minimum requirement of 0.15 livestock units per hectare.

 433.  Deputy James Bannon Information on James Bannon Zoom on James Bannon  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  the reason animals belonging to a person (details supplied) in County Longford have been deemed ineligible on appeal for payment under the suckler welfare scheme 2009, in view of the fact that they were sold just one hour after the weaning date, 13 days and 11 hours, in a genuine miscalculation in relation to dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6826/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named registered 24 beef breed calves in 2009. Payment has issued in respect of 19 animals. The five remaining animals were rejected as the calves were not retained on the holding for the required two weeks following the weaning date and the person named was notified of this in a letter dated 20 December 2011. The applicant replied on 04/01/2012 requesting a review of this decision. The original decision was upheld and the applicant was advised of his right to appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office where an appeal has been recently received.

 434.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  when a REPS 4 payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6869/12]

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 January 2009 and received payments for the first two years of the contract period. REPS 4 is a measure under the Rural Development Programme, 2007-13, and is subject to EU regulations which require that detailed administrative checks on all applications be completed before any payments can issue. In the course of the administrative check of the application from the person named, a discrepancy was discovered between the Single Payment Scheme application for 2011 and the REPS 4 agri-environmental plan. This issue has now been resolved and the 2011 payment due to the person named will issue shortly.


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