Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2077)

John McGuinness


2077. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an appeal by persons (details supplied) for an application for inclusion in the young farmers scheme will be reopened; if consideration will be given to the poor health of a person and the input to the farm of a person since 2011; if further analysis will be undertaken as to the way in which the farm accounts and banking arrangements are operated; and if a further investigation into the matter will be expedited. [33052/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was an applicant for the Young Farmer Scheme (YFS) in 2018 and was selected for an Inspection under that scheme. The inspection was carried out on the 07/03/2019. A Control Report issued on the 16/05/2019 to the applicant, outlining the findings of the inspection. In this case, the applicant was found not to be in financial control of the holding as per the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. Section B of the Control Report was returned by the applicant with comments on the 31/05/2019 and these were examined prior to finalisation of the inspection outcome.

The Formal Notice (FN) letter issued on the 24/06/2019, upholding the findings detailed in the Control Report. As detailed in the FN letter, the applicant could seek a review of this decision. To date, my Department has no record of a review being sought by the applicant. They may wish to seek such a review and also may wish to submit any new facts or fresh evidence relating to farming financial transactions backed up with supporting documentation where relevant. Addressee details are given in the FN letter mentioned above. An outcome of the review will issue by letter to the person named once completed.

In the event that the person named is not satisfied with the outcome of the review, they can appeal the decision to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office.