Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (291)

Éamon Ó Cuív


291. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason funding is being deducted as a penalty for non-compliance with GLAS rules from a farmer (details supplied) who has an active appeal awaiting an oral hearing; the total amount of the proposed penalty; the amount recouped to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26170/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and received payments for scheme years 2015-2017.

One of the actions chosen by the person named was Rare Breeds and this action gained him priority access to GLAS under Tier 1. The Rare Breeds action was subsequently rejected due to non-compliance with scheme requirements. As this was the applicant’s only Tier 1 action, under the terms and conditions of the scheme, it resulted in a rejection of the entire GLAS contact and recoupment of all GLAS monies received to date.

In this case, the total amount paid for GLAS was €10,941.18 of which €3,749.59 has been recouped. In general, the recovery of a debt is not paused during the appeals process.