Written Answers. - Designated Areas.

Donal Carey

Question:

23 Mr. D. Carey asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands the position in relation to payments in respect of areas designated as special areas of conservation and national heritage areas to small farmers from her Department; if she will consider payment on application followed by inspection; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19691/98]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 27 of 7 May 1998.

If some farmers believe that they have been restricted and have suffered an income loss due to the inclusion of their land in a proposed candidate SAC, I will be pleased to consider any application they may make for compensation.