Dáil Éireann - Volume 598 - 22 February, 2005

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

[465]   295. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if her Department has received the latest correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Wexford with regard to the outcome of force majeure; the assistance which is available to this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5848/05]

  Mary Coughlan:The person named was notified that his application for consideration of force majeure/exceptional circumstances as a result of BSE depopulation in 2001 was successful and that his single payment entitlements would therefore be based on the two-year average for 2000 and 2002.

Following this decision the person named submitted an appeal to the independent single payment appeals committee. In the light of the circumstances outlined in the appeal, the single payment unit is satisfied that the force majeure circumstances had a greater impact on the pattern of production in 2002 and therefore the year 2002 rather than 2001 should be excluded and the two-year average of the years 2000 and 2001 only will be used in the calculation of the provisional single payment entitlements. A certificate of provisional entitlements reflecting this position will issue shortly to the person named.