Louth Fianna Fail deputy Seamus Kirk has welcomed indications that the agri-environment options scheme may be reopened this year
“There was a lot of anger among Louth farmers when Minister Coveney said there would be no new scheme this year.
It will come as a huge relief if the Minister rows back on this.
“However the backlog in payments from 2010 and 2011 remains of huge concern and must be sorted as a matter of priority.
“A total of 3,395 out of 6,895 applications received in 2011 are outstanding. In addition to this, 636 applications from 2010 are also still outstanding.
“These delays simply cannot be tolerated. Thousands of farmers who are depending on this state support have been left in serious difficulty for months on end.
“I am urging Minister Coveney to start taking an active interest in ensuring these outstanding payments are made as a matter of urgency,” deputy Kirk said this week.