Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 23 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Deputy Christy O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason that County Cork has the slowest record of payment in relation to the farm waste management scheme; and the steps he has taken to improve the situation in view of the hardship endured by many of the applicants. [25081/09]

  Deputy Brendan Smith: Payments under the Farm Waste Management Scheme have proceeded very satisfactorily this year with over 13,000 payments having been approved to date in 2009 compared to 12,847 payments in the whole of the 2008 calendar year. Additional staff have been employed in certain areas of the country, including some local offices in Cork, to ensure that the remaining payments to be made under the Scheme are effected as soon as possible.