Written answers

Thursday, 16 November 2006

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

5:00 pm

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Longford-Roscommon, Fine Gael)
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Question 146: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a decision will be made on the 2006 national reserve application by a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38456/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the 2006 Single Payment Scheme National Reserve under Category A. Category A caters for farmers who inherited land or received land free of charge or for a nominal sum from a farmer who had retired or died by 16 May, 2005 and who had leased out his/her holding to a third party during the reference period 2000 to 2002.

The position is that processing of the 2006 National Reserve applications will commence shortly and the intention is to make allocations to successful applicants at the earliest opportunity. A formal letter outlining my Department's decision on the National Reserve will issue to the person named as soon as his application has been processed.

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 147: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will reconsider the package of compensation which was announced for the Greencore group as a result of the cessation of sugar production here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38457/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The compensation referred to is the EU restructuring aid for the sugar industry, which in Ireland's case is worth €145m approx. The aid, as provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No. 320/2006, is to cover the economic, social and environmental costs of restructuring the sugar industry involving factory closure and renunciation of quota. In July 2006 the Government decided on the percentage of the aid to be reserved for beet growers and contractors and provided an indicative breakdown of the potential allocation of the aid to be followed by Greencore in preparing its restructuring plan, including a figure of €28.4m for employee redundancy payments. This figure as well as others in the Government decision was based on information previously supplied by Greencore. These decisions are now the subject of judicial review proceedings instituted by Greencore in the High Court.

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