UFU and DAERA settle penalty appeals dispute
The Ulster Farmers Union and the Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture have settled a second judicial review out of court.

The UFU and DAERA have reached agreement on the judicial review of changes to the agricultural appeal process in Northern Ireland, the organisations announced this Friday.

The dispute centred on DAERA's decision in April to remove the second independent panel stage in the area-based review process of CAP decisions. The new system was to involve a one-stage internal review by DAERA only.

Before the judicial review initiated by the UFU against the decision came before the High Court last month, the two sides reached a settlement and the court has now approved their agreement.

Conditions

DAERA has agreed to retain the independent panel for a second stage of appeals subject to three primary conditions:

  • A charge of £200 will apply to those seeking a second-stage review before the panel. DAERA will review this fee within 18 months.
  • Farmers can introduce new evidence at second stage only, if exceptional circumstances or force majeure are established.
  • The final decision on any individual case will remain with DAERA.
  • "Both UFU and DAERA have welcomed the positive engagement which has led to the resolution of the case," the organisations said in a joint statement. "DAERA will move quickly to engage with stakeholders to confirm acceptance of the revised approach and, subject to the outcome of this process, apply it to all review applications received from April 2018."

    This is a separate case to the action settled last month after DAERA agreed to reverse intentional cross-compliance penalties imposed on its former president Ian Marshall. A second-stage independent panel had recommended in favour of Marshall that the breach be changed from intentional to negligent.

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    The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

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    In the news

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  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
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    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

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