Department set to publish details of farmer payments
The details of €1.8bn in EU direct payments to 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises will be published by the Department of Agriculture this year.
In a move which has sparked anger among farmer bodies, the Department confirmed to the Farming Independent that it will publish details of all EU CAP payments for 2014 before May 31.
Up to €1.2bn in CAP funds is paid out to the country's farmers each year under the single farm payment scheme.
Farmers and companies receive a further €600,000 under such schemes as the disadvantaged area payments, environmental schemes like REPS and forestry supports.
The Department said the decision to publish payments was required under new EU Commission regulations. It pointed out that only CAP payments totalling over €1,250 would be published.
It is understood that the payments will be published on the Department's website and will include the name of the recipient, their address and the total amount received under all CAP schemes.
Farm organisations have expressed anger at the Department's decision.
ICMSA president, John Comer, said his association had genuine concerns about the fairness and security of such a move.