Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (400)

Tom Neville

Question:

400. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a penalty applied to a dairy equipment targeted agricultural modernisation scheme, TAMS II, grant in respect of a person (details supplied) will be considered as an obvious error in view of the fact that on two occasions he in contact with his Department's helpline seeking clarification during the online application process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40906/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named made an application for mobile sheep handling equipment under the Animal Welfare and Nutrient Storage Scheme TAMS II on 20 November 2015.

The applicant's planner contacted the Department while submitting the claim for payment and was advised to submit the required details of actual items purchased. A claim for payment was submitted on 20 July 2017 which included investments which were not purchased which resulted in an over-claim penalty being applied.

The applicant was advised of the position in a letter from the Department dated 20 August 2018. A written request for a review of this decision was received and the case is currently being reviewed by the Department. The applicant will be advised in writing of the outcome.

Should the applicant remain dissatisfied with the outcome of this review it will remain open to them to submit an appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office.