Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (225)

Dara Calleary

Question:

225. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide an update on a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [18123/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Payments for the 2008 scheme year have issued to the legal personal representatives of the person named.

The herd number was then transferred to a son of the person named and another person and they have submitted the applications from the 2009 scheme year to date. No further payments became due to the person named because the applications were made by the current holders of the herd number.

The person named held single payment entitlements but they were not transferred to the current holders of the herd number.

An official from my department wrote to the current holders of the herd number on the 30th June 2009 advising them of the need to transfer the entitlements from the account of the person named to their account. The necessary form to make the application was also provided. The current holders did not make an application. As they hold no single payment entitlements they do not qualify for any single payments.

An official from my department wrote to the solicitors administering the estate of the person named on the 18th January 2011 cautioning that the single payment entitlements were at risk because of non usage. No response was received. The official wrote again on the 11th January 2012 advising that the entitlements had reverted to the National Reserve for non usage.

One of the current holders of the herd number wrote to my department on the 13th February 2012 appealing the reversion of the entitlements, but as the appeal did not disclose any force majeure case, the appeal was refused.

Question No. 226 withdrawn.