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Taxpayers face 60m farming bill following EU audit

Rural Affairs Correspondent, Martin Cassidy, reports on the implications of the EU's decision to impose a 60 million disallowance on farming subsidies.

The Department of Agriculture has incurred a £60 million bill for incorrectly administering farming subsidies - a bill which tax payers will now have to pick up.

The bill is from the European Union and follows an audit of how the Department here administers the hundreds of millions in subsidies which are paid to local farmers.

But as our Rural Affairs Correspondent, Martin Cassidy reports, the people who will ultimately pay are not farmers or civil servants but tax payers, through cutbacks in other departmental budgets.

BBC Newsline talks to Minister for Agriculture, Michelle Gildernew, about the 60 million disallowance imposed by the EU on farming subsidies here.

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