Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (987)

Tom Neville

Question:

987. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a mater in relation to an appeal by persons (details supplied) to a decision regarding areas of natural constraints will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13732/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In late 2018, I publicised the outcome of the review of eligible lands for the 2019 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme.  This review was required on foot of EU Regulations.  Following on from the review, I have appointed an independently chaired Appeals Committee for any farmer who wishes to appeal the status of a particular townland under the 2019 ANC scheme. 

The first step in initiating an appeal is to submit an Appeals Notification form (which is available on my Department's website) by 8 April 2019.  On receipt of the Appeals Notification form, my Department is providing full information to appellants in relation to the data underpinning the status of the townland in question in order that the appeal can be based on full information. 

I can confirm that an Appeals Notification form has been received from the persons named.  My Department will now issue them with the relevant data underpinning the eligibility status of the townland in question.  This information can then be used to submit a full appeal, should they wish to do so.