Not even a mention of farmers at opening of M17/18

Michael Fitzmaurice and friends on the way to the ploughing at the Glenamaddy Ploughing event last Sunday. PHOTO: JOHNNY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Michael Fitzmaurice and friends on the way to the ploughing at the Glenamaddy Ploughing event last Sunday. PHOTO: JOHNNY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

IT was disappointing that the farming community and landowners didn’t even ‘get a mention’ at the opening ceremony for the new M17/M18 motorway last week, Co. Galway IFA Chairman Pat Murphy has said.

He said that the motorway project had been constructed through hundreds of different farms across North and South Galway.

“I just think that the Minister or some of the local representatives might just have given some recognition to the fact that many farms and farm families were impacted upon with this development.

“Like everyone else, we welcome the opening of the motorway and hope that it will help to contribute to the viability of the region, but in fairness, I think that the landowners should have got some small acknowledgment,” said Pat Murphy.

He also called for a number of smaller drainage projects relating to the new road, to be completed in order to ensure that any concerns farmers had in relation to flood difficulties would be addressed.

“There is a lot of good going on as regards flood relief and drainage but we want all of these expedited as quickly as possible.

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