IRELAND 24 February 2018
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The Department of Agriculture and Food administers a range of grant schemes under which payments are made to farmers producing livestock and certain tillage crops. Most of the funding for the schemes is provided by the European Union, which sets the payment rates and eligibility criteria, and specifies the administrative and control regimes the Department is required to operate. The report presents the findings of an examination that looked at the efficiency of the Department in processing grant applications. It also looked at the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department's on-farm inspection system, designed to validate grant applications.