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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Questions (87)

Olwyn Enright


86 Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to Parliamentary Question No. 331 of 13 November 2007, the number of applications and the amount applied for in grants under the farm improvement grants scheme to each of the offices and sub-offices of his Department from 22 October 2007 to the end of October 2007; if any of these applications will now be included for processing and payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11987/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The Farm Improvement Scheme was launched by my Department in July 2007 with funding of €79 million as agreed under the 2006 Partnership Agreement, Towards 2016, as part of an overall programme of investment in the agri-food sector. It was indicated, at the time of its launch, that the Scheme would be terminated when this financial ceiling had been reached and this was also specifically provided for in the terms and conditions of the Scheme.

12,675 applications were received under the Scheme prior to its suspension on 31 October 2007, of which 5,328 were received between 22-31 October 2007. A breakdown of these applications by local Department office is not available at present due to industrial action by staff in my Department. As the funding made available for the Scheme has now been allocated to the eligible applications received up to 21 October 2007, I have no plans at present to re-commence processing of the applications received between 22-31 October 2007.