Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (120)

Dinny McGinley

Question:

248 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if 1999 cattle headage will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [2822/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

As stated in my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 72 of 20 June 2002 and 174 of 19 November 2002, the person named was informed on 18 February 2000 by his district livestock office that his 1999 cattle headage grants were being refused because he had failed to comply with the provisions of the Diseases of Animals Act 1966. He was given the opportunity to have this decision reviewed by writing to my Department within 21 days setting out any facts which he wished to put forward to support his case. He asked for a review by letter dated 28 February 2001. His case was examined and the original decision was upheld. He was notified of the results of the review by letter of 10 April 2001 and was given the opportunity to appeal the decision to the headage and premium appeals unit.

His case was fully examined in the appeals unit, where the decision to refuse grants was upheld, and he was notified of same by letter of 15 October 2001. At his request, his case was further examined at an oral hearing on 19 December 2001, but the appeals unit did not amend its original findings, and informed him accordingly by letter of 9 January 2002.

I understand that the person named has referred this matter to the Office of the Ombudsman and that it is being examined in that office at present.

Question No. 249 answered with QuestionNo. 247.