Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (414)

Seán Kyne

Question:

414. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an agri-environment options scheme payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied); the result of an inspection undertaken on their farm; and the penalty if any to be applied. [24301/14]

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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 deemed non-compliant in respect of the Traditional Stone Wall Maintenance action which resulted in a double-the-difference penalty being imposed. The total amount of Traditional Stone Wall found on inspection was 460 m and this will form the basis of future payments. 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 is processing the file on the basis of the inspection findings with the intention of issuing payment, less penalty, as soon as possible. Annual payments will be reduced by approximately €65 and the penalty in respect of the non-compliances will not exceed €130.