Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (241)

Niamh Smyth


241. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal (details supplied); if this process can be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48234/19]

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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 payment for scheme years 2015 and 2016.

The GLAS application was terminated on 9 January 2018 for non-compliance with the scheme requirements in relation to the Wild Bird Cover action that gained the applicant priority access to the scheme as a Tier 2 applicant. As this issue relates to a 2017 BPS application, an inspection at this stage could not verify the position in 2017.

The case was examined under the Department’s internal review procedures and subsequently by the independent Agriculture Appeals Office (AAO), which did not find in favour of the applicant. The AAO notified the applicant of their decision on 23 July 2018 and made the applicant aware of the option of contacting the Office of the Ombudsman should they remain dissatisfied.