State to pay €67m fine for wrongly claimed farm grants

Satellite images show rocks, roads and clumps of trees had been wrongly included in grant claims

27th September, 2015
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is facing a budget crisis after the EU imposed a €67 million fine for wrongly claimed farm grants.

The EU had reviewed satellite photos to check the accuracy of the €12 billion in grants made to farmers over the last seven years. It found that rocks, roads and clumps of trees had been included in grant claims, when only productive land should have been claimed for.

It had originally proposed...

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