Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 29 June, 1999
Written Answers. - Grant Payments.
Mr. Naughten Mr. Naughten
103. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon has not been approved for the 1999 EU ewe premium scheme; the status of his appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16781/99]
Mr. Walsh Mr. Walsh
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The person named was found to be in breach of the terms and conditions of the 1999 ewe premium scheme. His application was in respect of 50 ewes but at inspection only 46 ewes were presented of which 12 were found at undeclared grazings. The person named admitted at inspection that he did not have 50 ewes at application and his application was consequently rejected in full. He was informed of the decision in writing by the local district superintendent on 20 May last and advised under the charter of rights for farmers that if he had new evidence not already known to the Department he could have this decision reviewed by forwarding a formal appeal to the local district inspector. He has not done so to date. If he decides to lodge this appeal his case will be reviewed without delay.
Mr. Crawford Mr. Crawford
104.Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 55 of 13 May 1999 the number of herds in County Monaghan that were restricted during the past 12 months (details supplied); if these herd owners have to hold all their animals for at least four months causing the same hardship as any other closed herd owner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16797/99]
Mr. Walsh Mr. Walsh
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): During 1998, 203 herds had factory lesion TB herd tests completed in County Monaghan. A total of 96 holdings were restricted for a period greater than four months. During any period that a holding is restricted, a herdowner is entitled to apply for permission to send clear animals which have passed a TB test in the last 12 months to the factory for slaughter.
In the context of Parliamentary Question No. 55 of 13 May 1999, 39 holdings were restricted  for a period greater than four months resulting from a factory lesion. No further reactors were disclosed at the re-tests and as a result their holdings were de-restricted. Of the 39 holdings, 25 had restrictions and de-restrictions occurring outside the hardship grant eligibility period i.e. 1 November to 30 April. The balance had a factory lesion situation similar to the person named occurring within the hardship grant eligibility period.
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