Minister Coveney accepts IT problems
Farmers who missed out on the application deadline for the first tranche GLAS will have their requests for late entry considered by the Department of Agriculture.
However, they must prove the delay was caused by problems with the Department's IT system.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has accepted that "some issues did arise" with the IT system, but insisted that this applied to a small minority of the 27,000 applications received.
"I am aware of a small number of cases, where it appears that attempts to submit valid applications before the scheme closed failed," he said in reply to a Dáil question from Galway West TD Sean Kyne.
"My Department is examining this limited number of cases with a view to accommodating the farmers involved.
"However, this will only be possible where it can be clearly shown that it was not in fact possible to submit the application online".