Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (564)

Jackie Cahill


564. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9914/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Hardship Grant eligibility period runs from 1st November to the 30th April. This Scheme is designed to alleviate the additional feed costs incurred by herdowners whose holdings are restricted during this period. Payment is linked to the date of receipt of a completed application form with reference to the scheme criteria.

One of the scheme criteria clearly states that the herdowner cannot be in receipt of any off-farm income at the time of application. In this case the herdowner specified on the application that they were in receipt of off farm income and therefore were ineligible for receipt of the grant.

The person named is not named as the herdowner for the herd in question.