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Catherina Cunnane
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List: Who received the highest payments under CAP in 2020?

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has published its CAP Beneficiaries database, containing details of direct payments, for 2020.

According to new figures from the DAFM, almost €1.2 billion was paid out to some 122,000 farmers.

A list of the top 10 beneficiaries (farmers) who received the highest payments can be found below.

  • Brendan Kelleher – Cork – €245,626.91;
  • O’Shea Farms Unlimited Co – Kilkenny – €222,646.95;
  • Godolphin Ireland UC – Kildare – €222,277.52;
  • T Brown and A O’Donovan – Cork – €215,426.02;
  • Glydee Farms LTD – Louth – €210-,484.18;
  • Branganstown Farms Limited – Louth – €204,440.78;
  • Parks Farms Partnership – Carlow – €201,128.00;
  • Hans Weirner Meis – Galway – €191.912.08;
  • Michael and Gabriel Hoey – Dublin – 186,809.08;
  • Castelcor Potatoes Unlimited – Cork – €180,250.45.

2019 list

Some of those who were recipients of the highest direct payments in 2020, also featured on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2019 list.

The following is a list of those who received the highest direct payments under CAP the previous year:

  • O’Shea Farms Unlimited Co, Co. Kilkenny – €226,440.71;
  • Godolphin Ireland UC, Co. Kildare – €216,768.03;
  • Branganstown Farms LTD, Co. Louth – €214,578.25;
  • Frank and Theresa Joyce, Co. Meath – €211,649.22;
  • Park Farms Partnership, Co. Carlow – €207,984.30;
  • Cyril Goode, Co. Wicklow – €207,013.47;
  • William Aherne, Synone Dairy Farm, Co. Tipperary – €206,150.22;
  • Louis A Mcauley (1976) Ltd, Co. Meath – €195,596.65;
  • Paul Carr, Co. Donegal – €195,310.42;
  • Patrick Reynolds, Co. Meath – €194,892.57.

The DAFM states that: “In accordance with EU Regulation 1306/2013, the Department is obliged to ensure annual ex-post publication of all of the beneficiaries of CAP funding, both legal and non-legal persons, which shall remain available for two years from the date of the initial publication.”

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CAP talks end with no agreement

Meanwhile, after a three-day trilogue process, talks on the new seven-year CAP programme finished without agreement.

Discussions continued into the early hours of Friday morning (May 28th, 2021).

In a brief statement, he said: “After two long nights and two long days, talks on the new CAP finished up without agreement.”

He said the “council finished without agreement and will have to wait until the next time the council recommences”.

McConalogue said his key focus is on delivering a CAP that is “farmer-friendly, fair and flexible for our farm families”.

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