Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (205)

Colm Keaveney


205. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) may expect to receive their agri-environment options scheme grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18297/14]

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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 1 September 2011 and full entitlements have issued in respect of the 2011 and 2012 Scheme years.

During a 2013 inspection, the person named was found to have non-compliances in respect of the Coppicing of Hedgerows, Laying of Hedgerows and Alternative Water Source for Bovines actions. A letter issued to the person named notifying them of the inspection findings and setting out the appeal option. As no appeal was received my Department processed the file in order to make the 75% payment. There were some issues in finalising the 75% payment which have now been resolved and I expect payment to issue within 10 days. The 25% balancing payment will be calculated taking account of penalties due.