Taoiseach says GLAS payments made to thousands of farmers in last few days
Thousands of farmers have received GLAS paymnets in the last few days, according to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
Speaking in the Dail, the Taosieach said further payments of €4.2 million have been issued to just under 1,200 participants in the past few days.
However, he said approximately 8,900 cases remain outstanding and, starting immediately, further payments will be made on a weekly basis as cases are cleared.
Last year, 2016, was the first full year of payments under the GLAS scheme. At the end of December 2016, there were 37,500 active participants in the GLAS scheme, of which 27,400 received 85% of their 2016 payment.
The Taoiseach said payments can only issue when all of the required validation checks have been successfully passed.
Farmers have taken to the streets to highlight the continued delays in payments.
IFA led a protest of farmers outside the Department of Agriculture offices on Kildare Street, as 30pc of farmers are still waiting on payments from the environmental scheme GLAS, worth an estimated €35m.
IFA President Joe Healy said payments under the scheme were due in October, however more than 9,000 farmers have yet to be paid, despite having completed the actions required, incurring significant costs and planning fees in doing so.