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Collapse of Turkish lira hits hard at mart trade for weanlings

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Jimmy Cooney: exporters are badly missed at marts.

THE collapse in value of the Turkish lira is continuing to have a hugely negative impact on mart sales around the West of Ireland with an almost complete ‘drying up’ of the export trade.

Marts around Galway have again this week reported a far quieter trade, especially for plainer weanlings , in the continuing absence of the export boats sailing to Turkey.

Since the start of the year, a collapse in the Turkish economy has seen their currency being devalued by around 40%, making the import of Irish weanlings a completely non-viable proposition for that market.

Loughrea Mart Manager, Jimmy Cooney, said that the loss of the exporters was being sorely felt across the weanling trade so far this year, but in particular for the plainer stock.

“Like a lot of other marts across the West of Ireland, we would normally at this time of year, be seeing 40 to 50 weanlings being bought up at each sale for the export market, but this is not happening this year. This is a trend that’s being replicated in marts across the West of Ireland.

“It is a completely outside influence that we can do very little about, but the exporters played a vital role in the trade in previous years, so they really are being missed,” said Jimmy Cooney.

He said that there would have to be some obvious concerns for the lighter cattle trade in the New Year although he stressed that good quality animals ‘across the board’ were still doing well.

“The devaluation of the lira in Italy simply means that the customers who would normally be taking in Irish weanlings, simply do not have the buying power this year to do so.

For more, read 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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