Written answers

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

6:00 am

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 151: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when all REP scheme four payments will be awarded; and if his attention has been drawn to the hardship endured by delays in payments. [3856/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007–13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the first payments issue. Payments issued in 2009 to those whose applications required no further examination following the administrative checks. However, queries arose on a significant number of applications, in the course of the administrative checks. My Department is continuing to process the applications to payment stage as a matter of priority with a view to payment as soon as possible and, in this context, will be in touch with the applicants where necessary, to resolve outstanding issues.

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