Dáil Éireann - Volume 500 - 10 February, 1999

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

135. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a farm retirement pension will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [3785/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Payment of the pension in this case will commence in February 1999, retrospective to 13 May 1998, the date of valid application.

136. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a farm retirement pension will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [3786/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Payment of the pension in this case will commence in February 1999, retrospective to 28 May 1998, the date of valid application.

137. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a farm retirement pension will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [3787/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The person named applied for an early retirement pension on 2 September 1998. Due to the volume of work a backlog has arisen in the processing of applications. It is expected that this [483] application will be processed in the next four weeks.

In no case does the processing time result in a financial loss to a retiring farmer. The operational procedures for the scheme specifically ensure the date of receipt in the Department of a valid application determines the date from which payment is made.

138. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a farm retirement pension will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [3788/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Payment of the pension in this case commenced in January 1999, retrospective to 1 July 1998, the date of valid application.