I inform the Deputy that the Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.
I have been informed, however, that an appeal was received by the Agriculture Appeals Office from the person named and was assigned to an Appeals Officer to determine the appeal. I am further informed that an Oral Hearing was held in relation to this appeal in June 2021.
Following the oral hearing, the appellant provided further information to the Appeals Officer which was subsequently provided to my Department for consideration.
I understand that the Appeals Officer dealing with the appeal will shortly be in contact with the person-named regarding the provision of further information to progress the appeal.
I have been assured that a decision will issue in relation to this appeal as soon as possible once all information has been submitted and considered.