GLAS payments out this week a much-needed boost for suckler and beef farmers, says Feeney

A Fine Gael local election candidate in West Sligo is welcoming the announcement from the Minister for Agriculture that early GLAS balancing payments of over €25m will start this week.

The balancing payment represents the final 15% of the 2018 payment and completes the total payment for GLAS actions undertaken last year.

Blair Feeney says this payment rate is 50% higher than last year in terms of applicants paid.

This payment of over €42m brings to almost €600m the total payments made to date in respect of GLAS scheme.

Mr Feeney says this comes on top of over 99% of all eligible GLAS participants already being fully up to date with their payments under the scheme.

This closes out the payment for actions last year to these participants.

He says the priority now is to continue to make payments to other applicants as they become eligible.

He says the payments will be welcomed particularly by beef and suckler farmers.