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Appeal process to DAFM re schemes

  • 06-01-2023 12:47pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3

    Hi, does anyone have any experience of appeals to the DAFM in Portlaoise re scheme applications?

    And if so how did ye find them (either directly or anecdotally)?

    How long does it take to get a review and a decision? I know this depends on context and personnel but just trying to get a feel for things/or am I pissing against the wind.

    Are they reasonable or is it a "computer says no" type set-up?!

    Error by an advisor resulted in a scheme not being applied for correctly and is causing me headaches. New scheme by the way -whether that helps me or not.

    Any steer or sharing of experience would be helpful.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,276 ✭✭✭Siamsa Sessions

    I appealed a decision they made on me being a new entrant a few years ago.

    Took about 12 months before I eventually got a meeting/hearing, after 2-3 letters and re-appeals. The issue was straightforward but I was only told at the hearing what it was. There was no mention of it in any of the letters. So because it wasn’t mentioned, I assumed it wasn’t that and maybe there was a mistake on their side and kept pursuing it.

    A one-sentence explanation in the original letter would have saved me 12 months of hassle chasing them on what turned out to be a dead end anyway.

    My only advice would be to get an oral hearing with them ASAP. Don’t get dragged into exchanging letters or emails.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,288 ✭✭✭older by the day

    Don't know much about appeals. Out here in the wilds, this is why we have T.D.s .

    Post edited by older by the day on

  • Registered Users Posts: 408 ✭✭Silverdream

    I made an appeal against a decision many years ago. It took about over 14 months before it was sorted but when the decision went in my favour they rolled back the system and applied the payments to me. It was regarding an application to the national reserve that never got, and seemed as if it had just upped and disappeared. I eventually proved that I had made the application but it took time.

    I think the whole process for all aspects has improved and operates a lot quicker now days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,059 ✭✭✭Good loser

    There's always the Ombudsman

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    If you google it you'll find cases where the farmer took his case to the ombudsman and , the ombudsman recommended to the dep to reverse their decision and allow the appeal and the dep told the ombudsman No . The ombudsman can't make departments implement their decisions. But its worth a try if all other avenues are exhausted