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Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 496.  Deputy Pat Breen Information on Pat Breen Zoom on Pat Breen  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  the position regarding a single farm payment application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16140/12]

[912]Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 16th May 2011.

This application was selected for a Cross Compliance Inspection. During the course of the inspection irregularities were recorded in relation to the Identification and Registration of Cattle concerning the failure to adequately maintain a herd register, missing and unavailable passports and the failure to notify the movement of cattle to the Animal Identification and Movement System (formerly CMMS).

As similar irregularities had been recorded at a previous Cross Compliance inspection in 2010 the breaches at this inspection were deemed to be repeated and a 15% penalty was recorded against the direct payments to the person named in 2011.The person named was formally notified of this decision by letter on the 12th of January 2012 and of his right to seek a review. He was also informed of his right to appeal the outcome of any review to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office. A request for such a review was received on the 20th of February 2012 and is currently being considered. The person named will be informed of the outcome as soon as it is available.

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