Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (539)

Seán Fleming


539. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the rural environment protection scheme payment for 2012 will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12932/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named commenced REPS 4 in February 2009 and received payments for the first three years of their contract.

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before any payments can issue. Following the administrative check an area discrepancy was discovered between the Single Farm Payment Scheme application for 2012 and the REPS Agri-Environmental Plan which has resulted in the need for further clarification. This issue is currently being investigated with the intention of an early resolution and payment in respect of 2012.