Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (240)

Brendan Griffin


240. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48222/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.

The Agriculture Appeals Act provides that an Appeals Officer's decision may be revised by an Appeals Officer if it appears to him or her that the decision was erroneous in the light of new evidence or of new facts brought to his or her notice since the date on which it was given or if it appears to him or her that there has been any relevant change of circumstances since the decision was given. The Act also provides that the Director may revise any decision of an appeals officer, if it appears to him or her that the decision was erroneous by reason of some mistake having been made in relation to the law or the facts.

I have been advised by the Agriculture Appeals Office that the request for a review of the Appeals Officer's decision for the person named was received in March 2019 and that additional information was received on 1 November 2019.

I am advised that every effort is being made to finalise the review of the case as soon as possible. Requests for review are generally dealt with in order of receipt. A number of requests for reviews were received prior to the request concerned.