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Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 516.  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 reason agri-environment options scheme applications have been delayed in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Mayo; if he will expedite these claims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16572/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The first person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010 and full payment totalling €806.77 issued in respect of 2010.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to be completed before any payment can issue. During these checks a query arose in relation to the some parcels listed as being rented on the 2011 SPS application of the person named. As actions on rented parcels are not eligible for AEOS my Department has been in contact with the applicant’s planner in relation to this matter. Payment will issue at the earliest opportunity once this issue is satisfactorily resolved and all validations successfully completed.

The second person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 November 2010.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to be completed before any payment can issue. These checks have been successfully completed and I expect payment to issue shortly.


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