Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (214)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

214. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a revised decision will be made on as application for disadvantage area scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12233/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named is one of a number of applicants under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, whose cases are impacted by the requirement of a minimum stocking density of 0.3 livestock units per forage hectare and who applied for and were refused derogation in this regard. The person named subsequently availed of the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. The Committee has adjudicated on this appeal and the person concerned has been notified of the unsuccessful outcome and the reasons for this (records supplied by applicant in support of derogation application show animal in question going to factory on 10 December 2010, rather than 2011), in writing, on 31 January 2013. As advised in that letter, it is open to the person named to pursue the matter with the Office of the Ombudsman.