Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has published the report of the Review of the Agriculture Appeals Act, 2001, and operations of the Agriculture Appeals Office.
“The Programme for Partnership Government provided for a review of the Agriculture Appeals Act, 2001, to ensure the independence and efficiency of the office in dealing with appeals from farmers. In fulfilment of this undertaking, I established a review committee to carry out the review and furnish its report, to include recommendations as regards the legislation governing and the future operation of the Agriculture Appeals Office. I have received the committee’s report and its recommendations are currently under consideration by my Department, particularly with regard to legislative changes that may be required to give effect to them.”
The Minister has decided that the report should be published for consideration by the relevant stakeholders including the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The Minister thanked the members of the Review Committee for their work in preparing the Report.
IFA welcomes publication of report
Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) deputy president Richard Kennedy welcomed the report's publication.
Mr Kennedy said the recommendation for an Agriculture Appeals review panel with an independent chairperson is very positive. He said this was a key part of IFA’s submission to the review process, which proposed a number of reforms to ensure a fully independent, fair and effective appeals system.
He said the recommendations of the committee could have gone further, but must now be implemented without delay as farmers should have confidence in the appeals system, and that their cases will be dealt with fairly, impartially and efficiently.
The Review of the Agriculture Appeals Act, 2001 and operations of the Agriculture Appeals Office is available on the Department’s website.