Murphy welcomes interim payments to ACRES participants

Senator Eugene Murphy has welcomed movement on interim payment to participants in Tranche 1 of the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) who have not yet received their advance payments for participation in the scheme.

Following an announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, Senator Murphy said: “ACRES participants who have not received an advance payment under the scheme will receive an interim payment in the coming days. The amounts being paid are €4,000 to those in the ACRES General approach and €5,000 to participants in the ACRES Co-operation Project approach”.

Senator Murphy also advised: “The combination of the numbers involved, the complexity of the payment calculations and this being the first year of the ACRES Scheme has meant that the processing of advance payments is taking longer than envisaged.

“Notwithstanding these factors, the Department has already issued advance payments to the value of €88.4 million to 19,719 participants, and continues to work to ensure that the processing of ACRES payments is a priority, with the focus now very much on issuing payments in June 2024”.