Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

2:00 pm

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 127: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the situation regarding the repayment of REP scheme 3 funding in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork arising from a successful appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4239/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The persons named joined REPS 1 on 1 January 1997 and received three years payment. The persons named failed to lodge their 4th year application for payment and their contract was terminated and full recoupment sought.

An application to withdraw from the scheme under Force Majeure (regarding ill health) was applied for on 3 August 2001. The Department were unable to apply Force Majeure at that time. Further medical evidence dated 1 June 2010 was received. The Department continued to seek recoupment of monies paid.

The persons named appealed this decision to the Agricultural Appeals Office on 10 August 2010. The Agricultural Appeals Office allowed the appeal. All monies recouped under the REPS 1 were refunded to the persons named on 18 January 2011.

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 128: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding the single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4240/11]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 129: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason persons (details supplied) in County Cork did not receive grant aid towards their dairy enterprise in 2010 as all other dairy producers did; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4241/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together.

Further to my reply of 12 January 2011, I can confirm that an official of my Department did make contact with the person named. I can also confirm that the appeal by the person named against the proposed REPS penalties has been successful, as a result of which all monies recouped have been refunded. In this regard, I can confirm that the payment due to the person named under the Dairy Compensation Scheme was included in recent payments.

Photo of John CreganJohn Cregan (Limerick West, Fianna Fail)
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Question 130: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [4249/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. The person named submitted an application with 19 land parcels, 5 of which required re-digitisation. Payments issued to the person named on the basis of the land parcels clear for payment on 18 October 2010 and 1 December 2010 respectively. My Department has now completed the re-digitisation process of the remaining parcels. The Single Payment Scheme application is currently being further processed with a view to a final balancing payment issuing in the near future provided no further errors are identified.

Photo of Paul Connaughton  SnrPaul Connaughton Snr (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 131: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their single farm payment and if entitlements from the national reserve have been assigned to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4290/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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In 2005, the person named established 36.39 Single Payment Entitlements to the value of €5,588.41 and received payment under the 2005 and 2006 Single Payment Scheme.The person named did not declare any land on a Single payment application form during the years 2007, 2008 or 2009. One of the requirements of the Single Payment scheme is that entitlements must be used in full at least once during a 3 year period, otherwise unused entitlements are permanently lost to the National Reserve.

A letter issued to the person named on 25 January 2010 informing her that due to non usage her entitlements had now expired and were being lost to the National Reserve. She was offered an opportunity to appeal this decision to my Department and include any extenuating circumstances which may have prevented her submitting Single Payment application forms as required.

To date no appeal has been received by my Department.

Photo of Bobby AylwardBobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 132: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [4292/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October, the further 30% payment under the same Scheme, which issued on 1 December, and the 75% advance payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme which issued on 21 September, were on the basis of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage, as a number of other land parcels listed on the application of the person named required re-digitisation. This process was recently completed, following which the balancing payments due under the Single Payment Scheme and the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on 20 January and 26 January, respectively.

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