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Conway-Walsh calls on Minister to intervene in delayed GLAS Payments

5 January, 2017 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

The 10,000 farmers who have not received GLAS payments they were expecting in December must be immediately paid the first 85% of the amount owing with a full direct communication from the Department as to any discrepancies preventing full payment at this time, according to Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh.

The Senator from Mayo said:

“I have been contacted by dozens of distressed farmers over the past couple of days who are awaiting payments and have no idea as to why they are held up.  They were due to be paid in December after submitting GLAS 1 and 2 and Plans in May 2015 and December 2015 and have had no explanation as to why they have not been paid.

“This is a completely unacceptable situation where the Department of Agriculture have had 18 months to access the 30,800 applications and 10,000 are not yet processed.  At a recent meeting with the Department, I raised the issue of staff shortages in the Department and the need to recruit more staff to provide an effective and efficient service to farmers.  It is now obvious that this has impacted on the administration of GLAS.

“The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must intervene immediately to get these payments out.  Farm families and indeed wider communities are depending on this money.  The hardship and stress being endured as a result of not getting the payment is wholly unacceptable.  The 15% balancing payment can be paid out once any remaining issues are resolved.”

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