Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Hugh Byrne

Question:

646 Mr. H. Byrne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the progress to date of payment of the rural world premium to farmers in non-disadvantaged areas further to the EU agreement of December 1995; the date of commencement of payments; the numbers eligible; the numbers paid; the amounts of money paid; if he will give these details by county and in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16973/96]

Payment of the special top-up in respect of the 1995 ewe premium as agreed in principle at the EU Council meeting in December 1995 and formally adopted by the Council in late July last commenced on 9 August 1996. With a few exceptions all payments that have so far issued were made on that date.

To date almost £5.8 million has been paid to over 9,000 farmers which represents 98 per cent of all applicants in the non-disadvantaged areas. Those cases still unpaid are the subject of ongoing queries and as these are resolved payments will issue without delay where appropriate.

A county by county breakdown of payments is shown on the following table.

Payment of Special Top-up of the 1995 Ewe Premium to Non-Disadvantaged Areas' Applicants

County

Nos. Paid

Amount Paid

£

Carlow

694

539,267

Cavan

0

0

Clare

1

20

Cork

1,110

507,948

Donegal

17

6,450

Dublin

155

119,190

Galway

0

0

Kerry

0

0

Kildare

743

607,562

Kilkenny

644

402,910

Laois

490

278,234

Leitrim

0

0

Limerick

205

90,028

Longford

0

0

Louth

226

126,690

Mayo

0

0

Meath

1,173

810,088

Monaghan

0

0

Offaly

392

195,735

Roscommon

0

0

Sligo

0

0

Tipperary

830

441,777

Waterford

261

149,884

Westmeath

324

161,347

Wexford

1,750

1,211,982

Wicklow

178

117,367

Totals

9,193

5,766,479