A third of all GLAS payments in 2019 went to farmers in Connacht, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture.

West of Ireland applicants received more than €72 million under the agri-environment scheme last year, with Galway €23.8m and Mayo €21.7m recording the largest total payments.

The remaining three Connacht counties recorded payments of €11.5m in Roscommon, €7.2m in Sligo and €8.2m in Leitrim.

The Irish Independent reports that a total of €202m was paid out to 48,000 farmers in GLAS in 2019, with farmers receiving an average payment of €4,200.

The Department figures were released in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Galway-Roscommon TD Michael Fitzmaurice and showed that Low-Input Permanent Pasture was by far the most popular action with GLAS applicants, delivering €67m.

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