EU farm payments to Irish farmers revealed by Department

EU farm payments made in Ireland have been published by the Department of Agriculture this morning.

The move, which shows details of the Single Farm Payment and other schemes such as REPS, is dictated by the EU which has said all details were to be published before May 31 to comply with transparency regulations.

The figures cover farm payments made by the EU from October 16, 2013, to October 15, 2014. Farmers in Cork received more than €215m, while 382 farmers in the county received over €50,000 in farm payments from the EU. One farmer in Cobh was in receipt of farm payments in excess of €444,000.

Farmers in Co. Meath received almost €60m in farm payments with 192 receiving more than €50,000 while 37  received more than €100,000.

In Waterford John and Peter Queally received more than €686,000, while Rosderra Farms in Offaly received €440,000 and Kepak Farm received €257,000 and Glydee Farms (majority owned by Larry Goodman) received €230,000.

While the full details of farmers is not being published, the move to publish details of farm payments has sparked anger from farming organisations, saying it was a breach of confidentiality and that farmers’ security was being put a risk.

Further, farmers who received less than €1,250 in farm payments are anonymous on the Department’s site.

The figures also show that farms owned by meat factories receive significant sums of EU farm payments monies, with Kepak in receipt of over €250,000.

Some 15 payments, totalling €93,000 were made to people with addresses outside of Ireland.

It comes just days after Teagasc published figures that show the average income of farmers in Ireland to be up 6% to €26,974 in 2014, according to its National Farm Survey.

It also shows that 40% of farmers earned less than €10,000 from their farm in 2014.

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