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Coveney, Simon

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


International Co-operation: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named commenced REPS in November 2008 and received payments for the first three years of their contract. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all application to be completed before any...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding agri-environment options scheme payments in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

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 ...More Button

Was asked: if the issues relevant to the single farm payment due to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny have been resolved; if this case will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The payment in question was made to the person named on 14 April 2011. The payment was calculated on the basis of the SPS Entitlements held; i.e. the person named had 24.47 entitlements, with a uni...More Button

There was no payment due to the person named under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme as the person named did not submit an application.More Button

I have arranged that a comprehensive letter will issue to the person named, outlining his involvement in the Single Payment Scheme, since its inception, to date. The Deputy will be aware, from repl...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in digitising maps for a person (details supplied) in County Galway; when it is likely that this digitisation will be complete; when payments due will issue; and if he will...More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an installation aid application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme was suspended for new applications on 14 October 2008. As the application concerned was received after that date, it was not processed by my Department.More Button

Was asked: if payment has issued to a herdowner (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application was received on 23 December 2010 requesting the transfer of 15.25 Single Payment entitlements from the deceased person named to the first person named under the 2011 scheme year.More Button

Following communication from the Transfer of Entitlements section, relevant documents were requested and received. The final documents were received on 23 January 2012 and the transfer of entitlem...More Button

Was asked: 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. More Button

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...More Button

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 recei...More Button

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 ...More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: 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...More Button

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 th...More Button

Was asked: 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. More Button

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 ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: the number of farmers in County Offaly who will be affected by the announced reduction in the disadvantaged areas scheme; the number of farmers in County Offaly affected by reductions in the REP sc...More Button

It is widely recognised that the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is a very important one for this country, as the total area designated as disadvantaged is almost 75% of Ireland’s total land area....More Button

The budgeted expenditure under the 2012 Scheme will be reduced from €220 million to €190 million and, in order to achieve the €30 million saving in expenditure, it is proposed to int...More Button

The savings will be achieved without the need to reduce the existing rates of aid and, in addition, there will also be no reduction in the maximum area payable — 34 hectares. The proposed cha...More Button

With the intention of targeting those farmers who are farming exclusively in Disadvantaged Areas, it is proposed that digressive payments will apply for farmers whose holdings consist of land situa...More Button

I remain committed to supporting farmers who choose to farm to environmentally friendly practices and to ensuring that these farmers are rewarded for their efforts. However, given the state of the...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers

Was asked: when an application for funding for a new slipway (details supplied) in County Mayo will be processed. More Button

Kilcummin Slipway is owned by Mayo County Council and responsibility for its repair and maintenance rests with the Local Authority in the first instance.More Button

My Department has received an application from Mayo County Council for funding for a total of 26 projects. Kilcummin slipway has been identified as the fourth priority.More Button

The Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme for 2012 is currently under consideration and my Department will give full consideration to this request from Mayo County Counci...More Button

Written Answers - Sugar Industry

Was asked: if a company (details supplied) received €50 million specifically for the provision of former workers’ pensions upon the cessation of sugar production at the Mallow plant. More Button

As part of the reform of the EU sugar regime in 2006, a temporary scheme for the restructuring of the sugar industry, was introduced with the aim of reducing EU sugar production in order to comply ...More Button

The total compensation package negotiated in November 2005 in the context of the reform of the EU sugar regime, as modified in 2007, was worth €353m to Ireland, made up of €220m to beet g...More Button

A High Court judgement in 2007 quashed the original Government decision on the percentage of aid to be reserved for growers and contractors. The ruling also stated that the EU Regulations do not em...More Button

Was asked: if attempts can or will be made to access the remaining processors’ fund finances to assist with the re-establishment of sugar production here. More Button

As part of the reform of the EU sugar regime in 2006, a temporary restructuring scheme was introduced with the aim of reducing EU sugar production in order to comply with WTO and other internationa...More Button

The total compensation package negotiated in November 2005 in the context of the reform of the EU sugar regime, as modified in 2007, was worth €353m to Ireland, made up of €220m to beet g...More Button

Post reform production is now concentrated in 18 Member States. The present regime runs from 1 September 2006 to the 30 September 2015. There is no mechanism under the present EU Regulations which ...More Button

Notwithstanding the current legal limitations, I have strongly supported the abolition of the EU sugar quota regime from September 2015, as part of the CAP reform discussions which are currently un...More Button

Written Answers - State Agencies

Was asked: the position regarding an application by the BIM regional training centre in Castletownbere, County Cork, for the appointment of a suitable qualified captain as an instructor for their training cou...More Button

BIM is an independent statutory body and the main provider of vocational training to the seafood industry and hence policy in this regard is a matter for the Agency. BIM has advised that, as an int...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes

Was asked: the particular programmes or schemes that are funded under the sub-head C7 — Fisheries; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes or schemes; the expendi...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes or schemes that are funded under the sub-head C6 — Forestry; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes or schemes; the expendit...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes that are funded under the sub-head A4 — Development of Agriculture and Food — farm grants; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for e...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head A10 — Other; the actual financial provision made in Budget 2011 for each of those programmes and schemes; the actual expenditur...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head B3 — Food Safety, Animal Health; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes and schemes; t...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head B4 — Other; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes and schemes; the actual expenditure...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head C9 — Other; the actual financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes and schemes; the actual expenditure...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head D5 — Other; the financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes and schemes; the actual expenditure on eac...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head C3 — Rural Environmental Protection Scheme; the financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes and scheme...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head C5 — Development of Agriculture and Food — farm grants; the financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those pro...More Button

Was asked: the particular programmes and schemes funded under the sub-head D3 — Market Supports Operational Costs; the financial provision made in budget 2011 for each of those programmes More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 435, 436 and 438 to 446, inclusive, together. More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question Number 5883/12 of 1 February 2012 which outlined the 2011 Estimate and corresponding expenditures for each of the main programmes in m...More Button

Written Answers - Direct Payment Schemes

Was asked: the total number of applications received in 2008 under the young farmers installation aid scheme and the early retirement scheme; the number of applications that were approved for payment under ea...More Button

774 applications were received under the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme during the period from 1 January 2008 until the date of suspension of the Scheme for new applications on 14 October...More Button

Questions Nos. 438 to 446, inclusive, answered with Question No. 435.More Button