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Monaghan TD calls for overhaul of agricultural appeals system

May 25, 2022 14:05 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan TD calls for overhaul of agricultural appeals system Monaghan TD calls for overhaul of agricultural appeals system
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'The system needs to be streamlined so that farmers' rights are recognised'

There have been calls for a comprehensive reform of the agricultural appeals system because it is no longer "fit for purpose".

Cavan Monaghan TD, Deputy Matt Carthy and Chris McManus MEP say the current system is not delivering an efficient outcome for farmers.

Deputy Carthy added that In 2021, the average time from receipt of a complaint to closure was 185 days.

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This, he continued, is double the Department’s three-month closure target.

He added that delays were also being caused by the Department of Agriculture’s failure to provide the documents requested by the Appeals Office in a timely manner.

"I am aware of many farmers in Cavan and Monaghan that have been waiting much longer," continued Deputy Carthy.

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"When you are dealing with land eligibility issues, in some cases people are waiting years for an oral hearing, and resolution.

"The system needs to be streamlined so that farmers' rights are recognised and their complaints and appeals can be heard.

"We also need to ensure that the Department of Agriculture provides documents requested by the appeals system in a timely manner."

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