Dáil Éireann - Volume 514 - 17 February, 2000
Written Answers. - Grant Payments.
Mr. Yates Mr. Yates
 136. Mr. Yates asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development if persons (details supplied) in County Wexford will be paid on full 1999 special beef premium applications; and if his current ewe subsidy application is satisfactory further to a recent inspection by his Department whereby he and his wife had their full ewes present. [4661/00]
Mr. Walsh Mr. Walsh
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): Two applications were submitted in respect of special beef premium in 1999 by the first person named: 39 animals on 3 February 1999; 14 animals on 23 June 1999.
The second application was the subject of an on-farm inspection on 5 October 1999. The inspection revealed that two animals were not in the applicant's ownership and possession at the date of application. The person named was offered an opportunity to provide information on these animals and whether other eligible animals were in the herd at the time of application. The Department has recently been informed that no other eligible animals were present in the herd. A formal decision informing the first person named of the outcome of the inspection will issue within the next few days.
Under the 2000 ewe premium schemes two separate applications were submitted by the persons named. One of the applications under the first herd number quoted was in respect of 485 ewes. At the inspection of this flock on 8 February last he was deemed to be in breach of the terms and conditions of the scheme as 200 of the 485 ewes he applied on were found on lands not declared on his application form. The inspecting officer advised him that the possible penalty was rejection of his 2000 claim. He was also advised that a written decision on the result of the inspection would be issued to him by the local district superintendent and that if he wanted to bring any additional information on the inspection to the Department's notice he could do so by writing to the district superintendent. He has not done so to date. A written decision on the outcome of the inspection will be conveyed in writing to him by the district superintendent as soon as possible.
In regard to the inspection carried out on the same day under the second herd number quoted 24 ewes of the 263 ewes applied on were missing at the inspection. As this was in breach of the terms and conditions of the scheme the person named was advised at the inspection that the possible penalty was loss of premium on the missing ewes and a reduction in payment on the remaining ewes. As in the case of the first herd number quoted, the second herdowner was advised on the same lines. She has not written to date to the local district superintendent who will be issuing a written decision on the outcome of the inspection to her as soon as possible.
Mr. Higgins (Mayo) Mr. Higgins (Mayo)
 137. Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the reason for the delay in the payment of headage to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [4663/00]
Mr. Walsh Mr. Walsh
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): The person named included commonage in his 1999 area aid application, but did not provide proof of his entitlement to claim this commonage. The herdowner was contacted in this regard some time ago. While he has responded he has failed to furnish the proof of his entitlement. Consequently he has now been contacted again. No payments can issue until this matter has been resolved.
Dáil Éireann 514 Written Answers. Grant Payments.