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Crime text alert set to expand

Francis Farragher

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Pictured in Ballinasloe Mart at the IFA/Garda security/crime prevention and safety initiative were: John Scully, Paddy Flanagan, Maura Canning and Joe Dunleavy.

GARDAI in Galway with the support of IFA and other community groups are hoping to have a crime text alert system up and running in almost all parts of the county before the end of the year.

With increasing concerns being expressed over rural criminality, Gardai in Galway have confirmed that the text alert network should be covering most of the county by the end of the year.

Galway Crime Prevention Offficer, Sergeant Pat Flanagan, told the Farming Tribune that they were 100% supportive of the text alert system that could be an invaluable help in crime prevention across the county.

“The system is already up and running in different parts of the county and we hope with the help of organisations like the IFA and other community groups to extend it all across Galway,” said Sgt. Flanagan.

He said that regardless of what manpower was available there could never be a Gardai presence everywhere – but what would make a huge difference would be a quick and accurate information feed to the Gardai via the text alert system.

“The one thing I would like to emphasise is that members of the public should never, ever be in any way reluctant to make contact with the Gardai if they are suspicious of something.

“So what, if it turns out to be completely innocent – that’s absolutely no problem to us. But there could be that one text in 10 where a criminal act may be in progress or being planned – that’s where this service can make a huge difference,” said Sgt. Flanagan.

Maura Canning, of Galway IFA and National Chairperson of the Association’s Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee, said that they were fully committed to delivering the text alert network to every branch across the county.

She said that over recentr weeks, the IFA along with the Gardai, had met with farmers at Ballinsloe Mart to discuss security issues (as well as health and safety) and had received a good response.

“It is our intention over the coming months that we will visit every mart in the county to deliver advice and tips on security and crime prevention and also farm safety,” said Maura Canning.

According to Sgt. Flanagan, the Gardai were also hoping to provide an information flow back to the text alert groups, either to reassure them that for example a particular caller to a house might be a relative, of if there was something that needed further investigation.

“Really the key to all of this is the quick and accurate flow of information from the community to the Garda – once we get that, it will be one of the most effective crime prevention measure to come into the West of Ireland,” said Sgt. Flanagan.

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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.

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