There has been some recent correspondence between the persons named and my Department about this long running case. The matter was examined previously by both the Agriculture Appeals Office and the Office of the Ombudsman where the original decision made by the Department was upheld in both cases. Furthermore, a petition was submitted to the Committee of Petitions of the EU Parliament in 2016. My Department provided comments to the Committee of Petitions in July 2018 and, since then, there has been no further correspondence on the case.
The persons named were recently advised to forward any new information in relation to their case to the Agriculture Appeals Office to seek a review of their earlier decision in accordance with section 10(1) of the 2001 Agriculture Appeals Act.