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Farmers asked to reduce risks of eye injuries

Francis Farragher

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Good safety goggles can prevent eye injuries.

FARMERS have been warned this week to take care of their eyes and to wear goggles when carrying out any activity that could involve either a particle or chemical threat to their facial area.

The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), has asked farmers to be aware at all times of the risk posed to their eyes during certain activities – serious problems can be avoided by just taking a few simple precautions.

They point out that while human eyes are tough and have a certain degree of natural protection, this is still no match for chemicals or when eyes are exposed to dangerous particles.

“Eye protection is needed in many daily farm activities. Farmers often wear eye protection for certain tasks, yet many needless eye injuries still occur which could have been prevented by wearing protective eye wear,” the ICO have said this week.

The eye doctors of Ireland (ICO) recommend the following eye protection measures to help famers greatly reduce the risk of eye injuries:

■ Protective eyewear should include side protection unless there is no possible chance of injury from side impact, splashes or sparks.

■ Always put on protective eyewear before entering an area where hazards may be present.

■ Eye protection must fit properly and comfortably, including when worn over prescription eyeglasses.

■ Protective eyewear should be regularly checked for damage and replaced if there is any defect.

They also advise farmers to acquaint themselves with the hazards that could confront them such as field jobs involving dust, grinding, drilling, sawing, welding, the repair of farm machinery, spray painting and the use of agricultural chemicals.

ICO also advise that safety glasses with lenses and frames – meeting industrial safety lens standards – offer the greatest protection. Close-fitting safety glasses with brow-guards and side shields offer better protection than plain spectacles.

“Goggles fit snugly around the eyes, providing protection from all angles. If you wear prescription glasses, most goggles will fit around them. Goggles are usually ventilated and can be treated with an anti-fog solution.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Family member can’t build house on home farm

Dara Bradley

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AN attempt by a farmer’s daughter to build a modest one-off house on rural land on the outskirts of the city has been knocked back.

An Bórd Pleanála (ABP) upheld a decision by Galway City Council to refuse planning permission to build a family home in Briarhill, on a site five kilometres east of the city.

The applicant Amy Molloy had been refused planning permission by the City Council for a four-bedroom, two-storey, one-off house at her father’s site at Coolagh, which has been in the family for seven generations.

In the appeal to ABP, the applicant argued that the City Development Plan “was never envisaged to preclude the seventh generation of a family from obtaining planning permission on their own lands”.

She said that this proposed development was “the only opportunity . . . to secure a mortgage”.

It complied with the Development Plan and the Local Area Plan, and was in keeping with existing dwellings in the area, she argued.

“The blanket exclusion from granting one-off housing would be contrary to proper planning and would be an infringement on the constitutional property rights for the landowner. This is an exceptional case and should be treated as such,” the appeal read.

The site is currently zoned ‘A’ Agricultural, which allows for residential development where a convincing need is established by immediate family members of the owners of the site, residing in the immediate area.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Leniency is sought on BEAM reduction

Francis Farragher

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Stephen Canavan: Leniency sought on BEAM cut.

AS marts edge back into online sales this week, there have been calls for Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, to show some ‘leniency and flexibility’ as regards the 5% nitrogen reduction target in the BEAM scheme.

Chairman of Tuam Livestock Mart, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that many farmers found themselves in serious difficulty with the 5% reduction clause, and especially so now with the return of Level-5 Covid restrictions.

“We are now halfway through the reference year but with livestock sales so restricted due to Covid regulations – and with January always being a very quiet month at the marts – I am calling on the Minister to show some leniency towards farmers as regards this scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that some suckler farmers who had taken part in the scheme could now be facing into significant reductions in their herds after being ‘caught out’ with the 5% nitrogen reduction [stock numbers] clause.

“I think that it goes without saying that the scheme was badly thought out initially – and this 5% nitrogen reduction clause should never have been introduced – but even at this late stage some leniency would be a big help.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Don’t ignore COVID Threat

Francis Farragher

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Pat Murphy: Family had an unwelcome New Year’s visitor.

CONNACHT IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, who tested positive for COVID-19 over the New Year period, has advised farmers and their families to be very much aware of how unexpectedly the virus can strike.

He told the Farming Tribune that in the run-up to the New Year, he was complaining of a ‘sore back and a bit of a cold’ but never suspected that he had the coronavirus.

“As a family, if you have the coronavirus, it certainly makes an awful difference to your everyday lives. Self-isolating in a room is a curtailment of your freedom that is difficult to get used to,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that his symptoms were not severe but that he had been warned to be especially wary if he encountered any periods of breathlessness, especially from days 6 to 8 of the infection.

A non-drinker who had hardly been out at all over the holiday period, he was initially a bit shocked to be diagnosed with the virus on New Year’s Day, and he has advised farmers just ‘to be aware’ if they have any symptoms. Pat’s wife Anna, a healthcare worker, has also tested positive for coronavirus, which has made for very different times in the Murphy household in Ardrahan.

“We might all be inclined to think that ‘we won’t get it’ but I think that over the past week, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that the virus has spread across communities. I think what’s really important for everyone is to be aware that this virus spreads very easily and to check it out if they’re not feeling well.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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