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Coveney, Simon

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 5: General (Resumed) (Continued)

The Deputy should get his party's councillors to do that.More Button

They are not.More Button

The Deputy is wrong about his earlier comment.More Button

That is down 45%, however.More Button

I will be sharing the time with myself because I have two portfolios I wish to address.More Button

I am okay, unless the Minister of State, Deputy McHugh, is due to speak. I will take on board some of the issues raised by Deputy McGuinness although I do take issue with some of the generalised c...More Button

  On environmental sustainability, almost €114 million will be made available under the forestry programme in 2016. The removal of forestry income from the high earners restriction for a...More Button

Following a Government decision to establish the emergency aeromedical support service on a permanent basis, I am pleased to announce that an additional allocation of €2.2 million was provided in t...More Button

With the onset of winter, it is important to also highlight the assistance provided by the Defence Forces for the civil authorities. Apart from weather emergency responses, the Defence Forces ha...More Button

I acknowledge the vital contribution Civil Defence volunteers make to the State. The Department of Defence provides support for local Civil Defence units, including central training, as well as ...More Button

The Defence Forces as a whole are opening a new chapter in their development and modernisation and the asks being made of them by the Government, to which they will have to respond. We now have ...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Payments

Was asked: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal in relation to a headage payment for 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 16 March 2015. Processing of the application has recently been finalised. Payment will issu...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

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

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 5 May 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and com...More Button

Advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will commence issuing from 16 October 2015 to eligible applicants whose applications are fully processed. More Button

Was asked: when a headage payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 13 March 2015. Processing of the application has recently been finalised. Payment will issue...More Button

Was asked: when a payment under the disadvantaged areas scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 16 April 2015. Processing of the application is currently in progress. On completion of this ...More Button

Was asked: when payment under the areas of natural constraint scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 21 April 2015. Processing of the application is currently in progress. On completion of this ...More Button

Was asked: when payment under the areas of natural constraint scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

No application for the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme has been received to date from the person named. An official from my department has been in contact with the Agricultural Advisor who rep...More Button

Was asked: when payments under the areas of natural constraint scheme and the basic payment scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2015 Basic Payments/Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme was received from the person named on 30 March 2015. Processing of the application under the ANC Scheme is cur...More Button

In relation to the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening Payment, I am pleased to confirm that advance payments will commence in Ireland on 16 October 2015, which is the earliest that payments can co...More Button

GLAS Applications

Was asked: the number of putative applicants for the green low-carbon agri-environment scheme who were advised by Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, that it did not have the admini...More Button

I am aware that Teagasc wrote to some of their clients advising that they did not have the capacity to submit their GLAS plans by 15 May 2015. This is a matter between Teagasc and their client base...More Button

While Teagasc indicated to some of their clients that they could not submit applications for them, it is always open to farmers to approach another adviser to do so on their behalf and I know tha...More Button

Was asked: the measures that will be put in place for putative applicants for the green low-carbon agri-environment scheme in May 2015 who were advised by Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development A...More Button

I am aware that Teagasc wrote to some of their clients advising that they did not have the capacity to submit their GLAS plans by 15 May 2015. This is a matter between Teagasc and their client base...More Button

In relation to those who did not, and who are now proposing to apply under Tranche 2, they will be able to do so in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the new scheme, which for many farm...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

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

An application under the 2015 Basic Payments / Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2015. Processing the ANC Scheme application has recently been fi...More Button

In relation to the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening Payment, I am pleased to confirm that advance payments will commence in Ireland on 16 October 2015, which is the earliest that payments can co...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Was asked: when the next tranche of payments are due under the agri-environment options schemes, AEOS 1, AEOS 2 and AEOS 3; if these payments are due to issue to farmers before Christmas 2015; and if he will ...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, must be ...More Button

Was asked: when a payment under the agri-environment options scheme will be made to a person (details supplied) in county Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently examining approximately 400 cases that submitted invoices from one particular company to verify and support claims under the non-productive capital investment action of A...More Button

Funding provided under the scheme comes partly from the EU and partly from the National Exchequer. There is a requirement and obligation to ensure that the expenditure claimed by scheme participa...More Button

The person named was written to on 11 June 2015 regarding the non-productive capital investment claim that he had submitted. This letter requested the submission of alternative verifiable proof t...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a payment under the areas of natural constraint scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 18 May 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and com...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being processed with the intention of issuing any payment due under the ...More Button

Advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will commence issuing from 16 October 2015 to eligible applicants whose applications are fully processed.More Button

Was asked: when a payment under the areas of natural constraint scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 14 May 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and com...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being processed with the intention of issuing any payment due under the ...More Button

Advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will commence issuing from 16 October 2015 to eligible applicants whose applications are fully processed.More Button

Was asked: when payment of an application under the natural constraints scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 4 May 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comp...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being processed with the intention of issuing any payment due under the ...More Button

Advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will commence issuing from 16 October 2015 to eligible applicants whose applications are fully processed.More Button

Was asked: when payment of an application under the natural constraints scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 7 April 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and co...More Button

The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being processed with the intention of issuing any payment due under the ...More Button

Advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will commence issuing from 16 October 2015 to eligible applicants whose applications are fully processed.More Button

Agriculture Scheme Data

Was asked: the number of farmers who applied for payments under the areas of natural constraint scheme in 2015; the numbers who have received a first payment; the number of files that are being queried at pre...More Button

Payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme commenced, on schedule, on 23 September 2015. To date, payments worth €156,239,607 have issued nationally to some 73,813 applicants. Payment w...More Button

The further detail requested on a county basis by the Deputy is currently being collated and will be forwarded when available.More Button

Beef Data Programme

Was asked: the number of active applicants in the beef data and genomics scheme; the number who have submitted samples; the number of samples submitted; the number who have returned the survey online or by po...More Button

The Beef Data and Genomics Programme forms part of Irelands Rural Development Programme, and will involve a budget of some €300m over a six year period. It is intended to improve the quality of the...More Button

A total of 27,790 applicants continue to participate in the Beef Data Genomics Programme. The ICBF are continuing to issue genotype sample kits to participating herds. To date genotype samples h...More Button

A total of 8,165 applicants have returned their survey forms through the post with a further 2,000 applicants recording data online.More Button

Was asked: if there is leeway under the beef data and technology programme for farmers where the land on their holding decreases by more than 20% of the amount set in 2014, as many farmers are renting signifi...More Button

The vast majority of farmers applying for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) will have significantly more land than is required in order to receive full payment. It iss important to note ...More Button

As an example, a farmer with 10 calved cows and a stocking density of 0.5 , will have access to 20 hectares but will only require 6.66 hectares for the purposes of payment under the BDGP. This h...More Button

Based on participants in the 2014 Beef Genomics Scheme, nearly half of farmers (46%) will have a stocking density of less than 0.5 calved cows/hectare whereas 90% of farmers have a stocking densi...More Button

The Department has procedures in place with regards to appeals and force majeure for the BDGP and each farmer that may fall into difficulty in renting the required hectarage can rest assured that...More Button

GLAS Administration

Was asked: if he will justify the removal of the most popular measures under green low-carbon agri-environment scheme, low input permanent pasture, which has been criticised by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farm...More Button

On the basis of the plans submitted for the 27,000 applications received to date under Tranche 1 of GLAS, it is clear that we have already met or exceeded our targets for the entire RDP period for ...More Button

For this reason, it is proposed to adjust the provision for the Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP) action under the second tranche of GLAS, given that we have already met all our targets. As thin...More Button

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments

Was asked: the reason a penalty revision for 2014 in respect of the rural environment protection scheme was issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway when the person understood that he had succes...More Button

The person named was paid his 75% 2014 REPS4 payment in the amount of €1,137.07 in June 2015. A deduction in the amount of €2,021.29 had been made to his gross payment and the person named was noti...More Button

The balancing 25% 2014 payment due in the amount of €1,052.79 was made in early July 2015 and unfortunately the penalties previously deducted were inadvertently refunded at the same time. The pe...More Button

Department officials have since reviewed the file and as a result the penalties imposed are being reduced from a rate of 48% to 21%, which in turn will significantly decrease what falls to be rec...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made in relation to an appeal lodged under the 2015 basic payment scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a sta...More Button

An application under the 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received in my Department from the person named on 19 May 2015. During processing of his application, dual claim ...More Button

The person named requested the case be reviewed under Force Majeure provisions and supplied documentary evidence in support of his claim. In finalising this application consideration has been giv...More Button

Agriculture Schemes

Was asked: when a decision will be made in relation to an application under the national reserve and young farmers scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay; and if he wil...More Button

The person named has submitted an application under the 2015 National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme. Processing of applications is underway which involves administrative and on farm checks and v...More Button

When all checks have been completed and processing of applications has been finalised, my Department will correspond directly with each applicant to advise them of the outcome of their application.More Button

Payments to successful applicants under the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme will commence early in December 2015.More Button

Defence Forces Properties

Was asked: the staffing structure his Department has in place to oversee and manage the Curragh Plains in County Kildare; the annual cost of such management; his plans to further improve the management system...More Button

The management and protection of the Curragh plains is an on-going process. The Curragh provides a working environment for the Defence Forces, the horse-racing and training industry and sheep owner...More Button

Officials from my Department have regular contact with the various parties involved in the use and management of the Curragh to discuss a wide range of issues including the development and protec...More Button

My Department currently employs a staff of three full time civilian employees at the Curragh to look after day to day affairs of the Curragh Plains and to ensure that the Curragh Bye-Laws are bei...More Button

Also, within the Department of Defence a number of staff in the Property Management Branch are responsible for the administrative tasks associated with the management of the Curragh Plains. These...More Button