Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (476)

John O'Mahony


476. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their agri-environment options scheme payment; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15186/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2011 and full entitlements have issued in respect of the 2011 Scheme year.

During a 2012 inspection, the person named was found to have non-compliances in respect of the Traditional Hay Meadow, Laying of Hedgerows and Establishment and Maintenance of Habitats actions. An appeal was lodged on behalf of the person named by his planner and following a review of the file, the decision to apply a penalty in relation to the Laying of Hedgerows and Establishment and Maintenance of Habitats actions was upheld. The penalty in relation to the Traditional Hay Meadow action was withdrawn by my Department. The application is now being processed on this basis and I expect payment in respect of 2012, less penalties due, to issue shortly. Once payment for 2012 issues, the payment for 2013 will be processed as soon as possible.