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Donegal sheep farmers get paid 23.01.08

SHEEP farmers in Inishowen who qualify for payment under a special scheme will soon get cheques of up to €1,000 each.
To qualify, farmers must derive at least 40% of their income entirely from sheep.
The special payment has been introduced by the Department of Agriculture and is worth a total of more than €6m to Irish farmers annually.
“Successful applicants will receive an allocation up to a maximum of €1,000," said Donegal Senator Cecilia Keaveney, welcoming the allocations.
Notices of payment for successful applicants will continue over the coming weeks and payment will follow shortly afterwards. “I spoke to Minister Mary Coughlan a number of times in relation to the plight of sheep farmers. She made a commitment to introduce a special measure. This announcement is directed at sheep farmers who derived at least 40% of their existing Single Payment from direct payments associated with sheep production (ewe premium/rural world premium) during the reference period," said Senator Keaveney.
Applicants who are dissatisfied with the department's decision on their application may appeal that decision to the Single Payment Independent Appeals Committee.
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