Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (637)

Michael Healy-Rae


648 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to make available a farm retirement package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34510/12]

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

Following the suspension of the Early Retirement Scheme on 14 October, 2008, due to budgetary constraints, it became apparent that there was a number of farmers who had their preparations to apply for the Scheme completed or close to completion at that point. The Scheme was re-opened temporarily on 23 September 2009 with limited additional funding with a view to accepting as many as possible of the applications that fell into this category. I have no plans to re-open this Scheme or introduce another Scheme at this time.