Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (149)

Paul Connaughton


149. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a payment in respect of the turf cutting compensation scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45398/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

An application for compensation under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme has been received by my Department from the individual referred to in the Deputy's Question. I am advised that a payment of €1,500 in respect of year 1 of 15 (2012) and a payment of €1,518 in respect of year 2 of 15 (2013) have been made to this applicant. Under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme, legal agreements have been issued and are being issued to qualifying applicants by my Department. Turf cutters who sign and return their legal agreement to my Department will also receive a once-off incentive payment of €500. The applicant has returned his legal agreement and I am advised that this payment of €500 will be made to him in the coming weeks.