The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association is calling on the Agriculture Minister to allow Galway farmers submit their single farm payment applications through their local DVO office.
The deadline for applications under the scheme is in three weeks time.
Due to some reforms in the system, farmers nationwide are asked to use the online facility or alternatively Galway-based farmers would have to travel to Portlaoise.
The Galway District Veterinary Office (DVO) is based in Merchants Road in the city, however it no longer accepts such applications under the new system.
Pat Loughnane is representative for the Galway branch of the ICSA.
He says many middle aged farmers in the region are not familiar with the online facility and many more are too concerned with the fodder crisis to find time to travel to outside areas such as Portlaoise.
1501 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,501* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 169 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 23 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This week vaccination is open to anyone over the age of 16 and those aged 12-15 will be able to register soon. Walk-in vaccination centres are now available for those yet to receive a first dose.
“If you have a child with an underlying medical condition, that is living in a household where there are other people at risk, please avail of vaccination at the earliest opportunity.
“Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic. If we experience similar uptake in the younger cohorts as experienced in the over 60s, Ireland will have a strong population level defence against COVID-19 and its known variants.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “If you experience any symptoms of a cold or flu, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, change in taste or smell, headache, sore throat, runny nose or blocked nose/sinuses, please isolate and come forward for a test. There are testing centres located in every county in Ireland.”
Kinvara nurse turned farmer Deirdre McMahon wins Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Kinvara woman has been named the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2020.
Deirdre McMahon, of Leagh North, was also the winner of the Dairy Category of this year’s competition.
Deirdre has a degree in nursing and worked in the field, but is now involved in the operation of the family dairy herd.
She completed the Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert Programme and is continuing to upskill, having completed a number of CPD courses.
Deirdre says their goal is an efficient, sustainable dairy farm enterprise.
Planning to proceed for controversial social and affordable housing development in Claregalway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has outlined the timeline for a controversial plan for a large scale social and affordable housing development on the Oranmore Road in Claregalway as the first stage of the project secures departmental approval
An application for the first stage of the development planned for 7.2 acres of land at Droim na Gaoithe, close to Claregalway Corporate Park, has been approved by the Department of Housing.
A management report presented to Galway County Councillors this week outlined a timescale for further steps in the process with a projected building start-up date of summer, 2022.
Stage one of the Claregalway housing plan is focused on 45 social houses and it cleared the first hurdle in recent days when the Department of Housing gave approval to Galway County Council to proceed with planning.
Preparations for the housing project, which has proved controversial in the area, will now proceed further.
In a report to this week’s meeting of the Council, CEO Jim Cullen stated that a planning application will be made before the end of 2021. This may be handled under part 8 or part 10 of the Planning legislation. If permission is given, building could begin in a year’s time.
The cost of this first phase is put at €10.8m
The cost of the following phase on the project site, close to the Oranmore road, is estimated at €11.25m. and that would involve the provision of another 45 houses in what is known as the Affordable Housing category. These second phase houses would be purchased at a fixed price.