Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (239)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

239. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the issues regarding TAMS payments under the dairy equipment scheme will be resolved as promised in view of the fact the penalties being imposed are grossly unfair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20536/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

To date over 1,100 payments valued at over €14.7m have issued under the Dairy Equipment measure under TAMS II. It is one of the most popular investment schemes under TAMS and payments continue to issue on a weekly basis. Payments under the overall scheme continue to issue at a rate of over €1m per week.

All investment works completed under this measure must, of course, be carried out in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. Any penalties being applied are in line with these T&Cs and I am not aware of any specific issues in relation to these.

All intending applicants under the suite of seven measures available under TAMS II are advised to fully familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions before submitting an application. These are available on the Department's website. Officials from my Department are also available to provide assistance to intending or approved participant in relation to this Scheme through the dedicated phone line (0761 064452) and email address (tams@agriculture.gov.ie).