Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (982)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

982. Deputy Paul Kehoe 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. [6403/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I wish to inform the Deputy that the Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.

I have been advised that the records of the Agriculture Appeals Office indicate that an appeal in relation to GLAS was received from the person named in December 2020. The Appeals Office requested the file and a statement on the grounds of appeal from my Department and all relevant documentation has been forwarded to the Appeals Office.

I am advised that the appeal has been assigned to an Appeals Officer for examination and determination and the case will be dealt with in due course.

Due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I am informed that the Appeals Office has suspended the holding of oral hearings until further notice. Where an appellant has requested an oral hearing, the Office will offer the option of having the hearing held remotely or have the appeal decided without an oral hearing.