– It’s outrageous that farmers are waiting so long for grant payments because of a computer system not fit for purpose –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has confirmed that he has received a letter from the Department of Agriculture advising that work is underway on the computer system used for administering the TAMS II Scheme to allow for the processing of over claims.  This work will be completed in the coming weeks.

“I have made numerous representations in the Dáil on the outrageous situation where farmers are left waiting a year on their grant money because of a slight discrepancy in the amounts, and because the computer system has not been able to process these claims as a result.  It has been a case of “computer says no” and there was no opportunity for staff to manually amend figures or to manually authorise payments, in cases where the discrepancy on a claim for €50,000 was as little as €30.”

“The computer system was not fit for purpose, and I am glad that this has been admitted now and that steps are being taken at this late stage to fix the problem.”

Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie