Cattle removed from lands as sewage gets into stream

Tuam farmer Tommy McDonagh at the stream running through his land at Kilcloghans which is polluted. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.
Tuam farmer Tommy McDonagh at the stream running through his land at Kilcloghans which is polluted. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.

FARMERS in North Galway have been forced to remove cattle from their lands as a stream running through their property has become polluted with raw sewage.

The stream, which is a tributary of the River Clare, is located on the outskirts of Tuam and is used by the farmers for watering their cattle but now they cannot allow their animals near it.

Over the past few days fisheries officers have taken samples of the water in the stream which is located at Kilcloghans in Tuam and these are currently been analysed. There was a similar situation regarding pollution of this stream several months ago.

The Environment Section of Galway County Council has been contacted and so has Irish Water but in the meantime the farmers with lands adjacent to this stream have been left with no choice but to remove their cattle.

The affected farmers are calling on Galway County Council to identify the source of the pollution and ensure that the problem is rectified as a matter of urgency.

Farmer Tommy McDonagh has lands backing onto the stream which flows into the nearby River Clare and he said that there was a similar situation last November but that “certain steps” were taken to resolve it.

 

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