A report detailing findings of an inspection on the holding of the person named, and carried out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, was referred to my Department’s Cross Compliance Unit for attention. This report detailed breaches relating to the cross-compliance requirements under the Habitats Directive, resulting in a 20% penalty being applied against the 2017 Direct Payment Schemes. The person named was notified of this decision on 13 December 2017.
A Department review of this decision was sought, the outcome of which was to uphold the inspection findings. The person named appealed this decision to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office and the outcome was unsuccessful. I understand that the person named has submitted a further appeal request to the AAO which is currently being examined. Officials in my Department will continue to liaise with the Agricultural Advisor of the person named.
In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of this process, it is open to them to refer the matter further to the Office of the Ombudsman.