Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Scheme Appeals

Photo of Michael McNamaraMichael McNamara (Clare, Independent)
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839. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal for a digitised area of conservation by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5582/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The person named submitted a 2019 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Schemes application on the 15th April 2019. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks including, in some cases, remote sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was the subject of a Remote Sensing land eligibility inspection and was notified by letter on 14th October 2019 of the initial inspection findings, which identified an over-declaration in area. This letter afforded the person named the opportunity to submit comments on the inspection findings. An acknowledgment of the letter was received without comments on the 15th October 2019.  A final letter issued on 17th October 2019, which again gave the person named the option of requesting a review of the final inspection outcome.

On the 24th April 2020, representations were made on behalf of the named person for a review request on a parcel that was affecting their GLAS payment. A review was completed and a letter detailing the outcome, which upheld the original inspection findings, issued to the person named on the 18th May 2020.

In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office within 3 months.

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