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Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 521.  Deputy John Browne Information on John Browne Zoom on John Browne  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  when a payment of agri-environment options scheme due to a person (details supplied) will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16932/12]

[920]Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 September 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, must be completed before any payment can issue. On the AEOS application the person named selected one mandatory and one complimentary action, which are the minimum entry requirements to the AEOS Scheme. The person named was selected for a ground inspection which took place on 16 May 2011. During this inspection it was discovered that the applicant had not carried out the Complimentary Action which made the application ineligible under the scheme. A letter issued to the person named on 6 December 2011 informing him of his rejection from the scheme and giving him the option to appeal the decision.

An appeal was received from the person named in December, 2011. Following this review a letter issued to the applicant on 13 March upholding the original decision to reject the application. This letter gave the person named the option to appeal the decision to the Agricultural Appeals Office. To date, there is no record of an appeal having been received in the Agricultural Appeals Office.

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