Dáil Éireann - Volume 682 - 12 May, 2009

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of REP scheme four applications received; the number which have been approved; the number which have been rejected; the number not yet processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18859/09]

  Deputy Brendan Smith:By 31 December 2008 my Department had received 12,146 applications for REPS 4. As of today, payments have issued in 9,332 cases and a further 418 are approved for payment. Some 350 applications have been determined to be ineligible, and the applicants in such cases have until 15 May to submit a corrected application in order to be eligible for payment in respect of 2009.

Some 2,000 applications are at an advanced stage of processing. The number of applications received in 2009 will not be known until some time after the closing date of 15 May.