Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Photo of Joe CareyJoe Carey (Clare, Fine Gael)
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97. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the position regarding a 2013 area aid payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46621/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The areas declared by the person named were reviewed as part of the comprehensive review of all land parcel data maintained on my Department’s Land Parcel Identification System and over-claims totalling 2.14 hectares were identified, which represented in excess of 20% of the area determined in 2013. The person named had received a payment of €1,799.81 on 2 October 2013 under the 2013 Disadvantaged Area Scheme, which, due to the findings of the assessment, was deemed to be over-paid. Therefore, this amount was recouped from the 2014 Disadvantaged Area Scheme payment due to the applicant.

My Department carried out a further review of this case in advance of a ground verification check to be carried out to verify the position on the ground. The outcome of this review was that the level of over-claims was reduced to 1.69 hectares, which represented 9.9% of the area determined, which resulted in a refund of €1,313.14 now payable under the 2013 Disadvantaged Area Scheme. This amount will issue shortly to the applicant.

The person named will be advised, in writing, of the findings of the verification visit as soon as possible following the visit. In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of this verification check, the decision can be appealed to the independent LPIS Appeals Committee, within four weeks of the date of issue of the notification letter.


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