Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (506)

Finian McGrath

Question:

506. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an agri-environemnt option scheme 2 application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [30176/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme from the person named was received in my Department on the 12th May 2011.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. The person named selected Form N on the application, indicating that she had designated Natura/Commonage lands. During the checking process on the application submitted, issues were identified in relation to the Natura Owned parcels declared which resulted in this action being ineligible under the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. Without this action the eligibility requirements of the scheme had not been met and the application was rejected. On the 9th July 2012 a letter issued to the person named setting out this decision and providing her with the option to submit an appeal.

An appeal was received in my Department on the 2nd August 2012 and following a review of the file the original decision was upheld. The person named was notified of this decision on the 19th October 2012 and notified of her right to submit an appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office. There is no record of an appeal from the person named to the Agriculture Appeals Office.