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Minister McConalogue Announces Department Clinics for 2022 BPS Applications

Mar 29, 2022 | Biodiversity News, Climate Change News, Farm Viability News

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today announced the schedule of in-person Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) clinics to assist farmers in making their BPS and the other related schemes applications online.

Minister McConalogue stated: “During the COVID restrictions, my Department was unable to run the clinics in 2020 and 2021. With the lifting of many of the COVID restrictions, I am delighted to announce a return of these in-person clinics around the country where farmers can meet one-to-one with a Department official and make their BPS application there and then. These clinics proved very popular with farmers in previous years and I am happy to announce the return of this service again this year.”

Minister McConalogue added: “Some 24,000 farmers have already lodged their applications since the online facility opened in February 2022. I would urge all farmers to submit their BPS application at the earliest possible opportunity before the 16th May 2022 deadline. If farmers have already submitted their BPS application for this year and they now want to take on additional land or change the crop type, they can log back in to agfood.ie to make any amendments but they must make sure they do so before the deadline of 16th May 2022.”


Learn More

Farmers can apply for all elements of Direct Payments (BPS, Greening, Young Farmers Scheme, Protein Aid, National Reserve, transferring of entitlements) online at www.agfood.ie. Applications can only be made using the online system. This is an EU requirement.

Farmers are reminded to check that they have correctly applied for the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme (ANC), if applicable. Annual payment claims for the Straw Incorporation Measure, Green Low-carbon Agri-environment Scheme (GLAS) and the Organic Farming Scheme can also be made online.

Full Terms and Conditions are available online, or on request as outlined below. The help sheet included in all farmers’ BPS packs is available at: www.gov.ie/en/service/f16b22-basic-payment-scheme/

Should farmers wish to contact the Department in relation to online applications they can do so at:

  • 049 4368288 in relation to queries on registering for www.agfood.ie – for example queries on lost passwords, how to register etc.
  • 057 86 74422 in relation to queries on completing the BPS application once registered on www.agfood.ie. or to request a paper copy of the Terms and Conditions.

The Department offices in Portlaoise, Co. Laois (Eircode R32 RPA6) also has a team on hand to help farmers who wish to call in on weekdays from now until the BPS applications closing date of Monday 16th May 2022.


April 2022 – Clinic Dates and Locations

Location Hotel/Office Date Time
Castlebar Ellison (Previously Harlequin) Hotel, Castlebar, Mayo 04/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Tuam The Ard Rí Hotel, Milltown Road, Tuam, Galway 05/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Arklow Arklow Bay Hotel, Sea Rd, Ferrybank, Arklow, Wicklow 06/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
New Ross Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Wexford 07/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Roscommon Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Acres, Roscommon 11/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Ballina Great National Hotel Ballina, Dublin Rd, Ballina, Mayo 12/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Limerick Maldron Hotel, Roxboro, Limerick 13/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Mitchelstown Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Cork 14/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Monaghan Four Seasons Hotel, Coolshannagh, Monaghan 25/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Ballybofey Jackson’s Hotel, Main Street, Ballybofey, Donegal 26/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Birr County Arms Hotel, Birr, Offaly 27/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Ennis Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis, Clare 28/04/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Ballinasloe Shearwater Hotel, Marina Point, Ballinasloe, Galway 03/05/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Macroom Castle Hotel, Main Street, Sleveen East, Macroom, Cork 04/05/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Tralee Brandon Hotel, Princess Street, Tralee, Kerry 05/05/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Mullingar The Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Rd, Mullingar, Westmeath 06/05/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Drumshanbo DAFM Office, Drumshanbo, Leitrim 09/05/2022 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cavan DAFM Office, Farnham Street, Cavan 10/05/2022 9.30am – 4.30pm
Maam Cross Peacockes Hotel, Lurgan, Maam Cross, Galway 11/05/2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Oranmore Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Carrowmoneash, Oranmore, Galway

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