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Grant Payments.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 21 October 2008

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Ceisteanna (427, 428, 429)

Michael Lowry

Ceist:

521 Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when an area aid payment will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35444/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The Single Payment Scheme application for the person named has been fully processed and any payment due will issue shortly. In addition the person named submitted an application under Category A of the 2008 National Reserve. Category A caters for farmers who inherited land or received land free of charge or for a nominal sum from a farmer who had retired or died by 16 May, 2005 and who had leased out his/her holding to a third party during the reference period 2000 to 2002. This application has been processed and a formal letter outlining my Department's decision will issue shortly to the person named.

Michael Lowry

Ceist:

522 Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when 2008 agricultural payments will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35445/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

While under the EU regulations governing the Single Payment Scheme, the earliest date payments may issue is 1 December of the scheme-year concerned, provision is also made for payments to be made earlier, subject to EU approval. Prompted by the very wet summer, which seriously affected farming, I approached the Agriculture Commissioner seeking agreement to an early advance 50% payment, in line with arrangements agreed for the 2007 scheme. I am pleased to say that the necessary approval was readily forthcoming and payments began to issue on 16 October, the first day of the new EU financial year. An application under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme, which was received from the person named on 6 May 2008, has now been processed and the 50% advance payment of €6,008.29 issued on 20 October.

Michael Lowry

Ceist:

523 Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when 2008 single farm payment will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35446/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The person named is not currently the registered owner of the herd number quoted. An application under 2008 Single Payment Scheme was received on 6 May 2008 in the name of the father of the person named. An official of my Department is in direct contact with the person named with a view to regularising the position, in order that payment may issue at an early date.

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