State must repay €2m badly spent CAP money
IRELAND will have to pay back nearly €2m of Common Agricultural Policy funds because it was not properly spent.
The EU said money was being claimed back from member states because of weaknesses in how it was allocated.
In Ireland, €1.9m will have to be returned because of a failure to meet good agricultural and environmental standards on farms and incorrect applications of penalties in the Single Farm Payment.
The money will come out of the department's exchequer allocation, meaning that while farmers will not have to pay it, there will be less to go round for other programmes.
The department said last night that it had managed to reduce the repayment from the €14.6m originally sought by the EU to €1.9m after putting its case to a conciliation body.