Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 14 February, 2006

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

  468. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded the dairy premium payment for 2005. [5055/06]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of the inheritance measure of the single payment scheme. This application was subsequently rejected as it was not a transfer of lands and entitlements by way of gift or inheritance.

An application to transfer 12.22 entitlements with a total net value of €712.06 from the spouse of the person named to the person named was received on 1 February 2006. This has now been processed and brings the total established entitlements inclusive of dairy premium due to the person named to 12.22 entitlements with a net value of €2,597.36. As this case is now fully processed, payment will issue shortly.

[1344]   469. Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food her views on whether there is full justification for the force majeure application for retention of dairy cow premium for a person (details supplied) in Cork South West; and if she will ensure that the case made for an allowance for the special circumstances of their case is accepted. [5080/06]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named submitted an application on 29 October 2004 for consideration under the force majeure, exceptional circumstances, measure of the single payment scheme with regard to the dairy premium. Having assessed the application, the person named was advised by my Department that the circumstances outlined did not fulfill the force majeure criteria laid down in Article 19 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 795/2004. The person named availed of the opportunity to appeal this decision to the single payment appeals committee. Following consideration of the appeal, the committee upheld the decision.