Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (421)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

421. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding farm payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24681/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

A review of the land parcels declared by the person named under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme revealed that several of the land parcels declared by the person named contained ineligible features. While this had an impact on payment under the Single Payment Scheme, as the person named was found to have more land after inspection than the maximum payable area under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme, this payment was not affected. Similarly, this review did not have a bearing on the Grassland Sheep Scheme payment for the person named.

As the person named submitted an application for a review of my Department’s decision, a visit by a Department official to verify the position was necessary to progress the matter. This verification visit was conducted and the file was processed. The applicant was informed of the outcome of this inspection in a letter dated 20th May 2014 and informed of her right to submit an appeal to the LPIS Appeals Committee.