Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Ceisteanna (235)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

235. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications received under the flood damage relief scheme for Inishowen; the number of applications that have been paid out under the scheme; the number of applications that are still pending under the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6243/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The 2017 Flood Damage Relief Measure is being implemented in response to the localised severe flooding experienced in the Inishowen area on August 22 2017.  The measure aims to provide financial assistance to farmers in approved cases for the direct costs arising from instances of

- Loss of livestock,

- Loss of/damage to conserved hay or silage

- Clean-up of damaged agricultural lands and

- repairs to damaged fencing

My Department received 315 applications. 292 of these applications have now been fully processed, with payments totalling €573,542 issuing to 238 eligible applicants. The remainder have been determined, during processing, not to have had eligible losses under any of the four headings outlined above.

Processing of the remaining 22 files, not fully processed, is still on going and further payments are expected to be made over the coming weeks as further cases are cleared.