Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (212)

Michael Creed

Question:

212. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a decision has been made in respect of an appeal to the Ombudsman regarding a disadvantaged area scheme appeals committee decision on a stocking density derogation application by a person (details supplied) in County Cork for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45434/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named is one of a number of applicants under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, whose cases were impacted by the requirement to have achieved a minimum stocking density of 0.3 livestock units per forage hectare in 2011, and who applied for and were refused derogation in this regard. The person named subsequently appealed unsuccessfully to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. However, the person named then submitted further information to my Department, following consideration of which allowed his derogation application to be accepted; he was notified accordingly by letter dated 16 July 2013. On foot of this decision, the application of the person named under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was immediately finalised with full payment issuing on 18 July 2013, directly to the nominated bank account.

The application of the person named under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has also been processed, with full payment having issued on 24 September 2013, again directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.