Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (153)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

153. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an application for the young farmer scheme by a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25915/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named submitted an application to my Department for continued participation in the Young Farmers Scheme (YFS). The EU Regulations governing the YFS require my Department to carry out inspections to ensure compliance with the scheme eligibility criteria.

The 2017 YFS application of the person named was selected for inspection. This inspection was carried out on 23 March 2018 and it identified that the person named did not meet the scheme criteria in relation to being in financial control of the holding.

The initial findings of the inspection were notified on 14 May 2018 and the person named was afforded the opportunity to submit comments on the findings. Comments were submitted by the person named and these were examined and the final outcome of the inspection, which upheld the original inspection findings, was notified by letter of 28 May 2018. This letter advised the person named that they could seek a review of this decision by submitting new facts or fresh evidence with supporting documents, within 28 days of the date of this letter. My Department has no record of receiving a review request at this time.

If the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of any such review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office, within 3 months.