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Minister Coughlan announces arrangements for dealing with residual aspects of discontinued Livestock Schemes

- New National Livestock Office in Raphoe -

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., announced today that her Department has established a National Livestock Office in Raphoe, Co. Donegal to deal centrally with residual aspects of certain discontinued schemes.

The Minister confirmed that this new office will become operational from 2 October next. It will deal with all outstanding queries and issues relating to a number of schemes that had previously been operated from local offices throughout the country, prior to introduction of the Area Based Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payment Scheme.

The schemes involved are the following:

  • Suckler Cow Premium;
  • Ewe Premium;
  • Extensification Premium;
  • Cattle Headage;
  • Equine Headage;
  • Sheep/Goat Headage.

The Minister said that centralisation of this work in one office represented the optimal approach to dealing with the residual aspects of these discontinued schemes. Any queries relating to these schemes should be addressed to the new office from 2 October.

25 September, 2006

Notes for Editors
1. The address and telephone numbers of the new office are as follows:
National Livestock Office,
Department of Agriculture & Food,
Meeting House Street,
Co Donegal.
Telephone numbers: 074 914 5035 or 074 914 5036
2. The new National Livestock Office will process cases relating to the schemes referred in the press release only. All aspects relating to the area-based Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payment Scheme, including the National Reserve, together with residual aspects of the old Special Beef Premium Scheme and Slaughter Premium Scheme, will continue to be administered from the Department's Portlaoise Office. Residual aspects of the old Area Aid Scheme will continue to be administered from the Department Offices in Hume House, Dublin.

Date Released: 25 September 2006