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Agri-Environment Options Scheme Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 7 May 2014

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Questions (163)

Thomas Pringle


163. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an agri-environment options scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20395/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme from the person named was received in my Department on 12 May 2011. The person named selected Form N on the application, indicating that they had designated Natura/Commonage lands. During the checking process on the application submitted, issues were identified in relation to the Natura Owned parcels declared which resulted in this action being ineligible under the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. Without this action the eligibility requirements of the scheme had not been met and the application was rejected. On 9 July 2012 a letter issued to the person named setting out this decision and providing them with the option to submit an appeal.

The person named unsuccessfully appealed this decision to my Department. A letter issued to the person named on 19 October 2012 notifying them of this and setting out the right of appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office. An appeal was received in the Agriculture Appeals Office and a decision is awaited.