Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (653)

Michael Moynihan


666 Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason payment of TB reactor compensation has not been made to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34816/12]

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

On 16th October 2008, the person named was informed that he would not be receiving reactor compensation for the 41 animals removed for slaughter under the TB Eradication Programme as the evidence compiled during an investigation carried out by the Department's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and An Garda Síochána indicated that the TB test conducted on 27th September 2007 had been interfered with. The person named subsequently appealed this decision. His appeal was unsuccessful and the initial decision was upheld. He subsequently lodged a further appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office, which partly allowed his appeal. However, the Department requested a review and the review officer overruled the original decision and reinstated the 100% penalty. The person named has been advised that he may appeal the decision of the Agriculture Appeals Office to the Office of the Ombudsman, 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.