Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1420)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1420. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in issuing a payment to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35950/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The first grant payment application for the contract in question was received in late July 2016 by my Department.

The eastern part of Plot 1 is on unregistered land and my Department’s Forestry Division awaits proof of ownership for this land before payment can be made.

Section 3.2 of the Forestry Standards Manual (November 2015) states the following:

“For unregistered land, the proof of ownership takes the form of an Indenture or Memorial from the Registry of Deeds, such documentation should be submitted along with a map stamped by the applicant’s solicitor showing the area of the proposed plantation. The owner’s solicitor must also provide a letter confirming that the area of the plantation is included in the Deeds, and the ownership is unchanged since the last entry”.

If the person named would like to receive any further detail about the situation with their afforestation contract, they should contact the First Grant Section of the Forestry Division in my Department at Tel. No.: 053 9163525.