Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (510)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

510. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a decision has been made on an appeal of a penalty on a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30330/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The inspection process identified an over claim of 1.53 hectares in this case. Where an over claim of greater than 3% but less than 20% is identified, as was the case here, the governing EU Regulations require that a penalty of twice the difference between the area claimed and that found must be applied. The person named appealed the penalty applied in this case. The initial internal appeal process resulted in no change to the original findings. Subsequently, the applicant appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office. My Department understands that an oral hearing has been arranged for 10 July.