Dáil Éireann - Volume 500 - 18 February, 1999

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

80. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a fodder grant will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [4653/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): In order to qualify under the 1998 winter fodder scheme a farmer had to have a herd number in one of the designated DEDs. The DEDs were designated on the basis of an examination [1412] by Teagasc of areas most affected by the bad weather. The herd number referred to by the Deputy is not in any of the designated DEDs. Therefore, the person named is not entitled to payment under the 1998 winter fodder package. As the Deputy is aware, the Government has decided to provide further aid to alleviate the fodder crisis, the details of which were announced yesterday. The person named will be considered for assistance under the new measure.