Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (717)

Denis Naughten


717. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a person (details supplied) will receive a payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27832/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

An application for compensation under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme has been received by my Department from the individual referred to in the Deputy’s Question. With respect to 53 raised bog special areas of conservation sites, the qualifying criteria for the scheme are that:

- The applicant must have had a legal interest (ownership or a turbary right (right to cut turf)) in one of these sites on 25 May 2010 and must have had the right to cut and remove turf from the property on that date;

- The applicant must have been cutting turf on the land in question during the relevant five year period (up to 25 May 2010 in respect of the 29 raised bog special areas of conservation nominated for designation between 1997 and 1999 and up to 31 December 2011 in respect of the 24 raised bog special areas of conservation nominated for designation in 2002);

- The turf resource on the site has not been exhausted; and

- No turf cutting or associated activity is ongoing on the property.

My Department is currently processing annual payments for 2019 under the scheme and it is expected that the payment will issue to the applicant in due course.