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Allocation of additional €150,000 from NRA is final piece of flood solution

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Mattie Hallinan, Chairman of the South Galway IFA with Miko Greaney in his tractor while checking flooding on the road at Caheradoo, Kilcolgan, in November 2009. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

DECADES of campaigning for flood relief measures to be put in place in the Ballinderreen area of South Galway seem to have paid off at last with the confirmation that a total of €400,000 has been allocated for the works to be carried out.

An OPW (Office of Public Works) commitment given by Minister Simon Harris to allocated €250,000 for the project earlier this year has now been complemented with a €150,000 amount from the NRA (National Roads Authority).

Long time campaigner for flood relief in the area, Mattie Hallinan, said that the confirmation last week of the €150,000 from the NRA was fantastic news for the area.

He said that while the planning procedure had now to be gone through, everything else was now in place to get the work done that would give peace of mind to many householders and families in the area.

The project will involve the clearing and opening of the drain from Brandy Bay or Harbour at Ballinderreen back to Ballinderreen village and from there back to Kiltiernan.

Down through the years, the National School at Kiltiernan, has had to be closed at periods of high floods while homes also had to be evacuated.

“I suppose that at last we can see light at the end of the tunnel and I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have helped to bring about this day.

“I don’t want to go naming people individually in case I leave anyone out but an awful work has been done to get this project going,” Mattie Hallinan told the Farming Tribune.

Local School Principal, Edel Leech, told the Farming Tribune that confirmation of the allocation for the flood relief measures was very good news for both the school and local residents.

“I suppose there has always been a fear coming onto every winter about the impact of the floods. In the past, the school has had to be closed due to flooding – it really is great news if this problem is going to be resolved for once and for all,” said Edel Leech.

The NRA contribution comes under the umbrella of related works that are being carried out on the new M18 motorway project that will impact on drainage and flood issues in the area.

On Thursday, Kinvara councillor, Joe Byrne, received official confirmation of the NRA contribution to the project from Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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