Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív says increased bureaucracy and over complicated inspection regimes are leading to long delays in farmers receiving their REPS and AEOS payments.  New figures reveal that almost 1,500 farmers are still waiting for payments.

Deputy Ó Cuív said, “The high number of farmers still waiting for their payments to come through is completely unacceptable and is a direct result of the over complication of both the AEOS and REPS scheme.  Increased inspections and red tape has made the process more burdensome for farmers.  Additional requirements have led to lengthy delays and now farmers are coming under increased pressure because the payments have still not been approved.

“1,443 farmers are now in a limbo, whereby they have had inspections but have not been paid.

“It is essential that Minister Simon Coveney wakes up to the seriousness of this situation and ensures that payment is made without delay to these 1,500 farmers.  It is unfair to withhold this money for this period of time because of the increased bureaucracy implemented by his officials”.