Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (1004)

Brendan Griffin


1004. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a decision has been made on a review of a nitrates' penalty in respect of a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8070/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named received a letter on 8th October 2020 advising him of a breach of limits under the Nitrates Regulations in respect of the 2019 year and detailing that a penalty that would be applied to his 2020 scheme payments.

Following a request for a review, the person named submitted additional information in relation to sheep on his holding. This new information has been reviewed but the penalty band of 15% remained unchanged.

A review decision letter issued to the person named on the 22nd October 2020 informing him that in this case the penalty remained. The letter also outlined the procedures for lodging an appeal to the Agricultural Appeals Office within 3 months of the review decision letter.