Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Questions (151)

Brendan Griffin


151. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2018 area of natural constraints payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5770/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

On 17th October 2018 my Department received a letter from the solicitor acting for the deceased in this case. This letter confirmed the date of death and quoted the herd number of the deceased. On foot of this correspondence my Department issued a letter to the solicitor on 26th October 2018. This letter set out details of the schemes in which the deceased had participated and advised on the procedure for transferring these schemes, the herd number and the payment entitlements held by the deceased. The letter also advised details of outstanding payments and the testamentary documents required in order to facilitate payment of these monies.

My Department has received no further correspondence in relation to this case since issuing the letter on 26th October. No testamentary documents have been submitted to my Department in order to facilitate the transfer of schemes and payment of outstanding monies. My Department has now re-issued the letter of 26th October to the solicitor representing the deceased. The Inheritance Enquiry Unit of my Department is available to provide any assistance that may be required.