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Angry anglers see red over pike claims

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The trout versus pike fishing war was reignited this week when the bodies representing thousands of anglers excoriated Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) for its latest research.

The National Anglers Representative Association (NARA) and Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (TAFI) issued a scathing analysis of IFI’s latest research into pike management in Ireland.

And they warned that the dispute is likely to “escalate”.

However, the IFI – the state body responsible for the protection, conservation and management of the country’s inland fisheries – has hit back and issued a rebuttal.

In a statement to this newspaper, IFI lashed the two anglers’ organisations for issuing “threats” which were “unhelpful” and urged both of the trout angling federations “to take a leadership role and re-engage in the review group”. NARA and TAFI issued a statement this week reiterating that they had initially been participating with IFI’s pike management review, “but felt it necessary to withdraw when it became apparent that IFI were making strategic attempts to influence the outcome of the policy review”.

The two organisations said they rejected the recent research by IFI called “Pike in Ireland: Developing Knowledge and Tools to Support Policy and Management”.

They argued that the research samples were not gathered in accordance with approved methods (European CEN 14757 or O’Grady).

IFI said it “notes some anglers’ concerns” in relation to the methodology but it said it used the “most appropriate” method and “it stands over the methods used and the results of the study”.

In rejecting the research, anglers accused IFI of “ignoring existing research literature that spans six decades and demonstrates that invasive pike numbers must be controlled if the indigenous species are to survive and Ireland is to continue to attract game angling tourists.”

The two angling organisations claimed IFI misrepresented the literature when they published a press statement claiming that research carried out by a doctoral student had concluded that pike were native to Ireland. IFI funded the research that was cited, and the researcher did not conclude that pike are native to Ireland, they said.

IFI, in response, said trout angling federations have “repeatedly and erroneously alleged that IFI has misrepresented an earlier publication on the origins of pike in Ireland”.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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