Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Farming

Illegal dumping on North Galway lands is costing farmers dearly

Published

on

DISGRACE . . . Some of the illegal dumping that has taken place in the Cloonthue area of Tuam. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.

Farmers in North Galway are counting the cost of illegal dumping of household waste on their lands – it is costing them thousands of euro on a regular basis.

They are now afraid to graze their animals on the lands where illegal dumping has taken place. Fortunately for them most of their are housed at the moment but sheep are still grazing.

Lands on the outskirts of Tuam at Cloonthue and Cloondarone are subjected to continuous illegal dumping of domestic waste and the local farming community are at their wits end.

The County Council in the past have embarked on several clean up operations but now they do not have the resources to do this on a continuous basis.

Individual farmers are now expected to clean up a mess on their lands which they did not create. Otherwise it has the potential to attract vermin and they cannot allow their animals near where the dumping has occurred.

IFA Chairman Pat Murphy said that illegal dumping on farmland was intolerable and asked the public to report any suspicions they have.

“This is a situation in which everyone has to work together in order to stamp it out. In remote areas, the presence of a strange vehicle should send alarm bells ringing.

“If anyone has any suspicions, then they should convey them to the local Gardai who are also anxious that illegal dumping be stopped”, Mr. Murphy added.

The area in question is not heavily trafficked so it is an ideal location to dump domestic waste day or night without being spotted. There have been calls for CCTV cameras to be installed.

Farmers in the area try to clean up as much as they can but invariably they have to hire skips and machinery in order to carry out the operation. It is costing them thousands.

They are now pleading with Galway County Council and the Gardai to try and stop this from happening. They are asking that occasional patrols of the area take place.

It is often used as a rat run for motorists travelling from Galway to Tuam in the evenings but apart from that there is very little traffic in the area.

Cllr. Sean Canney said that he was contacted by farmers in the area and that the illegal dumping was costing them a small fortune.

The independent councillor said that it was scandalous what was happening on the outskirts of Tuam and wanted action taken by the authorities.

“They are coming at all times of the day and night and indiscriminately dumping their household waste over farmers’ walls. It is intolerable what is happening here.

“Maybe CCTV cameras could be a deterrent but there is certainly no easy solution to this problem which is driving these farmers round the bend”, Cllr. Canney added. He also wants the IFA to become involved in the matter.

Connacht Tribune

Locals thanked for demo backing

Published

on

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.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

Published

on

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.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

Published

on

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending