Dáil Éireann - Volume 495 - 03 November, 1998

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

236. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of farmers who [1601] qualified for the early farm retirement scheme to date; the number of cases currently being processed; if he will confirm that the scheme will not be suspended before the year 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21163/98]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The number of successful applicants up to the end of September 1998 under the scheme of early retirement from farming are set out in the following table. There are 356 applicants being processed at present.

When the scheme was approved originally by the EU Commission it was on the basis of a projection of expenditure over the period of operation of the scheme. As a result of the success of the scheme the projected expenditure has been exceeded. My Department is in contact with the Commission with a view to put the funding in place to continue to accept applications in 1999. I am confident that the necessary funding will be provided.

County

Totals

Carlow

114

Cavan

254

Clare

359

Cork

1,551

Donegal

107

Dublin

65

Galway

316

Kerry

602

Kildare

128

Kilkenny

340

Laois

225

Leitrim

57

Limerick

538

Longford

104

Louth

106

Mayo

164

Meath

251

Monaghan

147

Offaly

207

Roscommon

204

Sligo

114

Tipperary

844

Waterford

242

Westmeath

194

Wexford

611

Wicklow

138

Total

7,982