Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Ceisteanna (213)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

213. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the single farm payments due for 2008 and 2009 to a person (details supplied) will be issued. [4453/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Single Farm Payments for the years in question under the herd number shown are outstanding because my Department has yet to receive the required documentation following the death of one of the joint owners of the herd. My Department requires this documentation to ensure the payments outstanding are issued in a fully legally compliant way.

Officials from my Department met with the person named when he called to the Department in May 2013. As part of this meeting the person named was informed of the procedure required to facilitate payment of outstanding monies and the procedure for the transfer of schemes in which he was involved. He was provided with the forms that are required to be completed to facilitate payment of outstanding monies and these documents were re-issued to his solicitor in January 2014. The documents were re-issued again in October 2015. The person named was further advised in April 2016 that the Department were still awaiting the testamentary documents, which were re-issued to him again at that time. The documents were again re-issued in April 2018.

The solicitor acting on behalf of the person named confirmed details of the next of kin of the deceased. It is necessary that my Department receive the required Indemnity and Consent forms completed by the next of kin, including the person named, in order to facilitate payment of outstanding monies in the absence of Letters of Administration.

Most recently the person named was in contact with my Department in January 2019 and was again advised that outstanding monies could issue when the required documents are received.