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Greenway farmers seeking a ‘fair deal’

Francis Farragher

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A GALWAY IFA official has this week called for a more co-operative approach from the County Council to farmers and landowners affected by the Connemara Greenway project.

In the Greenway project, the Council have been charged with the development of a walkway cum cycle path from Oughterard to Clifden, for the most part along the track of the old railway line that operated there.

However Galway-Mayo IFA Regional Officer, Roy O’Brien told the Farming Tribune that while the vast majority of landowners were in favour of the project, some of them had been taken aback by the approach of the County Council.

“I think that co-operation with the farmers and the landowners should at all times be the policy rather than using the threat of CPOs (compulsory purchase orders) to take the land,” said Roy O’Brien.

He said that it would be important for the Council to get the trust of the local landowners in a project that would have major implications in terms of land access and usage over the coming years.

“I know from recent meetings in the Connemara area that some landowners are not happy with the approach being taken by the Council.

“These aren’t people that are opposed to the project but they want to be treated in a fair and open fashion by the Council. I think that this is a very reasonable expectation,” said Roy O’Brien.

The purpose of the Greenway project is to provide all members of the local community and visitors alike with a safe and accessible way of using the dismantled railway line for walking and cycling.

It is being developed with the aid of community groups in Clifden, Recess and Oughterard with the support of Failte Ireland, Galway Co. Council and Forum Connemara Ltd.

Meanwhile a Tuam councillor is proposing that the unused railway line between Tuam and

Athenry, via Ballyglunin, should now be developed into a North Galway greenway walkway and cycle path.

Cllr. Shaun Cunniffe said this week that the conversion could be completed for a cost of about €500,000.

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New faces on IFA commodities committee

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A NUMBER of new faces will be elected onto the Galway IFA Commodities Committee in a postal vote that will begin next week and be completed by early December.

The most keenly contested position looks like being that of Rural Development representative with three candidates going for the job.

Eamonn Burke, Corrandulla branch, was the outgoing representative, but his term of office ends this month, opening the way for three new nominations.

They are: PJ Conroy, Looscaun, Woodford; Pat Flaherty, Oranmore and Peter Gohery of the Eyrecourt branch.

Rural Development is considered one of the more important positions in that it will be ‘fighting the case’ for the bigger spending areas such as REPS, GLAS and any new environmental scheme.

The other contest is for the position of Grain Representative which had been held by John Daly of Kilconnell, whose term of office is also up.

There are two nomination for this position – Eamonn Burke of Corrandulla and Mervyn Cooke of the Aughrim IFA branch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dosing changes will need watching

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has been advised to ‘keep his eye on the ball’ in relation to EU regulations coming down the track for the sourcing of livestock dosing treatments.

According to the IFA, new EU regulations due to come into force in 2022, would require farmers to get a prescription for a range of products including anthelmintics, used for the treatment of fluke and worms in cattle and sheep.

IFA Animal Health Chairman, Pat Farrell, said the new EU Veterinary Medicine Regulation had the potential to severely impact on competition in the supply of anthelmintics to farmers.

He also warned that because of a derogation in place in Northern Ireland as regards anthelmintics, the EU regulations would mean a two-tier supply system on the island of Ireland, leading to unregulated movement of products.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, that the IFA wanted a continuation of the system where the stores and co-ops would have a suitable qualified person (SQP) to deal with the selling of such products.

“This regulation, if implemented in 2022, would have serious implications for farmers in carrying out their day-to-day farm work where for example they have dosing programmes in places for their livestock. We most certainly want the Minister for Agriculture and the Department to keep their eye on the ball on this issue.

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New TB test will not be a ‘runner’ say IFA

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Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan

THE Dept. of Agriculture have been accused of doing ‘yet another solo-run’ on bovine TB with their proposal to introduce a 30-day test for pre-sale movements at marts and from farm to farm.

Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune, said that news of the proposed new testing regime as revealed in last week’s Farmers Journal, came as ‘a bolt from the blue’.

“I suppose in one way we shouldn’t be surprised – the Department just keep coming up with these kinds of proposals without any agreement or input from farmers.

“We in IFA want to make it clear to the Department that this will be another non-runner. They went on one solo-run with the herd categorisation and now they’ve gone ahead with their next piece of tomfoolery,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that there was absolutely no scientific proof or evidence that introducing this extra 30-day pre-movement test would in any way be a help in the campaign to reduce the incidence of TB in Irish herds.

“Either a farmer is clear or he’s not clear in terms of TB testing – there can be no in-between on this one.

“It is utterly ridiculous that a farmer after having two clear tests would end up a couple of months later having another test before he could sell stock at the mart or to another farmer.

“Who would pay for this test? Is this really just another way of taking more money from farmers whose herds have already had a clear test. It makes no sense at all,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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