Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (298)

Michael Creed

Question:

301 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 scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35901/12]

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

The person mentioned commenced in REPS 3 in October 2006 and received payments for the first 4 years of the plan.

Following a Compliance Inspection, a 100% penalty was imposed on 3rd May 2011 for the amount of €3,058.32 as a result of an "adjustment for area change". An appeal was received on 17th November 2011 by the Agriculture Appeals Office in Portlaoise. Following examination of this case a decision was reached and was conveyed in a letter issued to the person named by the Appeals Officer on 26th June 2011 in which the Appeals Officer allowed the appeal against the penalty. Arrangements have now been made to implement the Appeals Office decision and payment will issued to the person named very shortly.