Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is not being awarded REP scheme three in view of the fact that they have the necessary course completed. [25906/09]

  Deputy Brendan Smith: Attendance at a 20-hour training course before their third year of participation is mandatory for participants in REPS 3. Participants may be exempted from this requirement if they have already completed a 20-hour course under REPS 2. However the course attended by the person named in 2000 was held under REPS 1 and does not provide exemption from the requirement under REPS 3.

My officials contacted the person named by letter issued on 19 March 2009, advising him that attendance at a 20-hour training course was mandatory before his third year REPS 3 payment could be issued. No reply was received to this letter, and there is no record of the person named submitting a certificate to indicate attendance at an approved training course. When the applicant submits a valid training certificate, my officials will be in a position to process his payment.