Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (302)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

302. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50794/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named submitted a 2019 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Schemes application on the 13th May 2019. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including, in some cases, remote sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was the subject of a Remote Sensing land eligibility inspection and they were notified by letter on 14th October 2019 of the initial inspection findings, which identified an over-declaration in area. This letter afforded the person named the opportunity to submit comments on the inspection findings and comments were received on 16th October 2019. The comments were examined and a letter detailing the final inspection findings, and stating that there was no change in the original inspection findings, issued on 21st October 2019.

A request for a review of the final inspection findings was submitted and this is currently being examined by the officials in my Department. The person named will be notified of the outcome of this review on completion of this process.

In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, they can appeal the decision to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office within 3 months of the date of the review outcome letter.