Deputy Joe O’Reilly has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD that the first payments to farmers in AEOS 1 have been issued. Some 8,400 farmers who applied for AEOS by the closing date of 17 May last year have been approved into the Scheme, and under EU rules administrative checks for all applicants had to be completed before the first payments could issue. The first tranche of payments have issued and the remainder will be paid on an on-going basis.

Deputy O’Reilly welcomed the Minister’s statement that he was anxious to ensure payments are made as quickly as possible to address the frustrations of farmers caused by ongoing delays.

“The Minister and the Department are to be congratulated on completing the administrative work and issuing over €1.25 million of payments” concluded Deputy O’Reilly

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website