Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (292)

Michael Creed


295 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in expediting a decision on a rural environment protection scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35663/12]

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

The person mentioned commenced in REPS 3 in December 2006 and received payments for the first 4 years of the contract period. Following a compliance inspection, a 100% penalty was imposed on 17th August 2010 amounting to €6,814.00 for failure to keep "listed habitats not retained as specified". An appeal from the person named was received by the Agriculture Appeals Office in Portlaoise on 19th July 2011. An Oral Hearing which was arranged for 29th February 2012 and again for 23rd May 2012 was cancelled by the person named due to ill-health. The person named contacted the Agriculture Appeals Office on 4th July 2012 to ask for the Oral Hearing to be re-scheduled. The Agriculture Appeals Office failed to make contact by telephone with the person named on 9th and 11th July 2012. Further contact will be arranged with a view to re-scheduling the Oral Hearing to a mutually acceptable date.