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Ferris Criticises Hold Up in REPS Payments

8 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has criticised the decision by the Department of Agriculture to suspend payment of monies due to farmers under the REPS 2 and REPS 3 schemes. This follows on an EU Commission instruction that payments must be assessed according to the criteria governing the new REPS 4 scheme, payments under which are due to begin next week.

Deputy Ferris said: "The decision not to issue payments to the 55,000 farmers participating in REPS II and III has come as a considerable shock to those involved and will represent a sizeable blow to the incomes of many farm families. The EU decree appears to be based on nothing more than a bureaucratic decision to tie REPS payments into the processing of the Single Farm Payment.

"The decision appears not to have been previously notified to the Irish Department and displays a disregard for the farmers involved. I call am calling on Minister Coughlan to make the most strenuous protests about this, and to demand that the payment due come on stream as previously planned." ENDS

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