Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Sheep Welfare Scheme Appeals

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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921. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an application by a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2720/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The person named has been a participant in the Sheep Welfare Scheme since 26 January 2017.  Under the terms and conditions of the scheme, participants are required to submit the annual Sheep Census return within the required deadlines for each year of scheme participation.

In this case, the named individual did not submit the 2018 sheep census return by the due date of 14 February 2019, which resulted in no payment being made in respect of the 2019 Sheep Welfare Scheme. 

An appeal in relation to the non-payment of the 2019 Sheep Welfare payment was received from him on the 20th December 2019.  An examination of the available on-line account activity for the person named was carried out by the Department on foot of this appeal.  It was not possible, however, to confirm from the available information the efforts made to submit the census form on the 14 February as outlined by him.  Accordingly, the appeal was rejected and he was advised of his right to request a review of the decision by a higher officer of the Department.

A subsequent request for an appeal by a higher officer of the Department was received on the 23 January 2020.  Following an additional review, there was no change in the original decision.  The person named  was informed of this decision on the 3 February 2020.  He has been advised of his right to appeal this decision to the Agriculture Appeals Office within three months of the date of the notification of the revivew decision.


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