Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (517)

Pat Breen


517. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 215 of 3 April 2014, when a decision will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20998/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application for Single Farm Payment was received from the person named on 5March 2013. On processing the application it was found that one parcel had been dual claimed by the person named and a third party.

The person named was informed on 20 August 2013 of the dual claim. The named person responded to this notification on 23 August stating that he did not have the right to use this parcel in 2013. He stated that he had been informed in early August that the parcel had been leased to another party.

Under the Terms and Conditions of the Single Farm Payment Scheme an applicant can remove an application for a parcel of land, without penalty, if he submits a request to the Single Farm Payment Unit before he is informed that the parcel is in error. As the person named did not request the removal of this parcel before being informed that it was in error it was rejected with subsequent penalty.

The applicant was informed on 19 November that the parcel would be rejected with penalty and was informed of his right to appeal to the Agriculture Appeals office. The person named has made such an appeal and this appeal is ongoing.