Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1446)

Kevin O'Keeffe


1446. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider accepting an appeal submitted by a person (details supplied) in respect of the GLAS scheme particularly in view of the medical circumstances of the applicant and their spouse; and if the person will be permitted to have their NMP plan submitted. [36765/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved into the GLAS 1 scheme with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and received payments for 2015 and the 2016 Advance payment.

The applicant was notified on 13 March 2018 that the GLAS contract had been terminated for failure to submit a Nutrient Management Plan as required under the Terms and conditions of the Scheme. A number of reminders had issued to the applicant and his advisor prior to this.

The applicant was informed of the option of appealing the decision to the Agriculture Appeals Office (AAO), within three months of the date of this letter. The Department was not notified of the submission of an appeal in this case.

The applicant subsequently submitted an application for Force Majeure through their Advisor to GLAS Division on 29 May 2019 in relation to the clawback of GLAS payments following rejection from the scheme. This application was not accepted as the application did not meet the requirements under Force Majeure as laid out in the terms and conditions of the scheme.