Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Questions (470)

Matt Carthy

Question:

470. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of agricultural appeals in each year from 2016 to date; the details of these appeals; if the appeals were successful in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38535/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Agriculture Appeals Office was established in 2002 pursuant to the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001, Schedule 1 to the Act includes a list of schemes administered by the Department. The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.

Farmers who are dissatisfied with decisions of the Department concerning their entitlement under the schemes listed in Schedule 1 of the Act may submit an appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office.

I have been advised that the records of the Agriculture Appeals Office indicate the following:

Year

No of Appeals received

No of Appeals Closed

No of Appeals Allowed / Partially Allowed / Revised by the Department

2016

598

615

253

2017

638

707

261

2018

556

520

202

2019

570

491

214

2020

760

358

139

The appeals closed figure for each year includes appeals that were received in the previous years. Attached is a more detailed breakdown of appeals received per year for each scheme and figures for appeals allowed and partially allowed by Appeals Officers, as well as those revised by the Department for each year from 2016 to 2020.

Revised by the Department includes cases where the Department has revised its original decision in favour of the appellant prior to completion of the appeals process, reasons may include additional information provided by the appellant to the Agriculture Appeals Office, information provided at oral hearings and/or as a result of specific queries raised by the Appeals Office.

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