Dáil Éireann - Volume 332 - 26 January, 1982

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

[90] 373. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture when a grant under the farm modernisation scheme for farm buildings will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): There is no grant outstanding to the person named in respect of farm buildings.

374. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture when a farm modernisation grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The work in this case was certified only recently. The grant will be paid shortly.

375. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture when a grant under the farm modernisation scheme will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The local office of the Department have not yet been notified by the applicant that the work has been completed.

When notification is received a final inspection will be carried out and if the work is satisfactorily completed the grant will be paid without delay.

376. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture when a grant under the farm modernisation scheme for farm buildings will be paid to persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The grant in this case has been paid.

377. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture when a grant under the farm modernisation scheme will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The work in this case was certified only recently. The grant will be paid shortly.

[91] 378. Mr. Crotty asked the Minister for Agriculture when a farm building grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The work in this case was certified only recently. The grant will be paid shortly.

379. Mr. P. Gallagher asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will arrange to pay a sheep subsidy to a person (details supplied) at an early date.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The person named will be paid his sheep headage and also his cattle headage grants shortly.

380. Mr. Meaney asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will arrange to pay a reclamation grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): There is no record of an application in respect of a reclamation grant from the person named.

However, an application was received from a similarly named person in the same area. The grant in this case will be paid within the next week.

381. Mr. Meaney asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will sanction an application for a disadvantaged area grant by a person (details supplied) in County Cork as his nett farm income is approximately £1,500 under the qualifying limit.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): As the person named had an off-farm income in excess of the limit of £4,750 for the income tax year ended 5 April 1981 he is not eligible to participate in the 1981 cattle headage scheme for the disadvantaged areas. Eligibility is determined by reference to gross off-farm income and it is not proposed to alter this condition. If off-farm income (net of tax) were taken, it would penalise farmers with dependants and favour farmers with no dependants.

[92] 382. Mr. Meaney asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will arrange to pay a land reclamation grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The work in this case was certified only recently. The grant will be paid shortly.

383. Mr. Conaghan asked the Minister for Agriculture when a cattle headage grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): Two applicants of the name given reside in the same townland and both were paid grants last month. An officer of my Department will visit both applicants this week to look into the matter.

384. Mr. Conaghan asked the Minister for Agriculture when a suckler cow grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): Payment of the 1980-81 suckler cow grant, which had been delayed pending the registration of the applicant as herd owner, was made last week.

The 1981-82 suckler cow grant will be paid at the end of February 1982 when the six months' retention period specified in the scheme expires.

385. Mr. Conaghan asked the Minister for Agriculture when a cattle headage payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): The 1981 cattle headage grant was paid to the person named on 31 December 1981.

386. Mr. Leyden asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will arrange for the immediate payment of a cattle headage grant to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dukes): Participation in the 1981 cattle headage [93] payments scheme was confined to applicants whose off-farm income did not exceed £4,750 in the tax year ended 5 April 1981. The person named was asked on 27 November 1981 and again on 21 January 1982 to supply details of his off-farm earnings. When he does so, his eligibility for participation in the scheme will be determined.