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

Farming

Opposition to Greenway is ‘underestimated’

Published

on

Some of the members of the Greenway Action Group who meet at Liscappul, Mackney, Ballinasloe to look at the lands along the proposed greenway. From left: Jack Headd, Kilmeen, John Joe Donohue, Cappatagle, Peter Donohue, Cappatagle, Ronan Jennings Killoran, Sonny Daly, Killoran, Kieran Finnerty, Loughrea, Sean Donohue, Kilmeen, Loughrea, and Eddie Black, Aughrim. Front: Paul Clarke, Loughrea, Adrian Kelly, Killoran, Charlie, Connor, Caitlynn, Denise and Aaron Campbell, Killoran. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

It has been alleged that consultation teams are not properly recording the public’s opposition to the proposed walking and cycling greenway from Ballinasloe to Galway city.

A campaign group, set up in East Galway, are up in arms over what they describe as poor consultation with the land owners affected. They said that efforts are being made to less the amount of opposition there is to the walking and cycling greenway on the ground.

It is proposed to construct a greenway across agricultural lands from Ballinasloe to Galway and this is being met with stiff opposition from land owners along the route. It is one of the most controversial developments to affect the county in recent years.

Members of the farming community are exercised over the plan and have already voiced their opposition to any attempt to acquire their lands by compulsory purchase order.

Adrian Kelly from Killoran near Ballinasloe is heading up a group who are opposed to the greenway being provided. They are suggesting other alternative routes and possibly using the old N6 national primary route as a possible option.

He has now taken issue with the consultation teams from the National Roads Authority who are currently engaging with farmers along the proposed route.

Mr. Kelly said that the findings from these consultations were not reflective of the level of opposition to the greenway from land owners.

“The teams are meeting with landowners and home owners are talking to them and then completing a form. The teams are, however, failing to complete certain sections these forms.

“These sections indicate the person’s objection, or otherwise, to the proposed cycle route.

“Because these sections are not completed, even though the landowner has strongly voiced their objection to the route’s incursion onto their property to the consultation teams, the property owner is being described, on NRA files, as ‘undecided’. This will have the effect of providing an inaccurate level of opposition to the proposed project in the NRA’s final report to the Minister. How can the landowners and homeowners be certain that their views are being accurately reflected in the final report to the Minister”, Mr. Kelly asked.

Those advocating the greenway say that it would provide East Galway with much needed tourism revenue.

The greenway would connect Dublin with Galway along some of the most scenic parts of the country. H

owever, the opposition to the project in Galway is major. Some farmers fear that it will split their lands in two.

Connacht Tribune

Flexibility and budget worries over direction of new scheme

Published

on

Michael Biggins: Disappointed at scheme.

THE new ACRES (Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme) due to be rolled out on January 1 next is ‘restrictive and complicated’ according to West of Ireland farming representative.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Michael Biggins, said that the proposed scheme was ‘far from a new REPS’ and urgently needed to be modified in terms of flexibility and budget allocation.

“As it’s currently proposed, ACRES is restrictive and complicated.  It will inflict more compliance costs on farmers, resulting in less income.

“The scheme is designed to discourage people from farming. In order to achieve the average payment, farmers will have to commit more land to lower levels of production compared to previous schemes,” said Michael Biggins.

He added that all farmers who applied needed to be accepted into the scheme while those farmers applying in 2023 would have to be paid in the same year.

Details of the €1.5 billion ACRES scheme were outlined by the Dept. of Agriculture in June with two entry streams – a general or individual one: and a co-operation model for environmentally sensitive area including Connemara and parts of South Galway and Mayo.

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

‘Smart villages’: the way forward

Published

on

Pictured at the recent opening of the ‘Smart Villages’ office in Mountbellew were: Anne Kinsella, Chairperson of Galway Rural Development; Senator Aisling Dolan; and Minister for Rural Development and Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

A RECENTLY opened Galway Rural Development (GRD) office in Mountbellew could be the forerunner to similar ‘Smart Villages’ initiatives over the coming years, according to the organisers of the scheme.

The Smart Villages initiative is part of the European Network for Rural Development, aimed at improving services in country areas such as health, social, energy, transport and retail.

The Mountbellew office was officially opened by Minister for Rural/Community Affairs  Heather Humphreys, who said that the initiative marked an important step forward in terms of rural development.

CEO of Galway Rural Development, Steve Dolan, said that last year they had picked out Mountbellew as their pilot location for the Smart Villages project which would offer a lot of opportunities for rural communities mainly through the use of information and communications technology

“Smart Village training has been developed and delivered, up-skilling many in the community in local development, connectivity, sustainability, and more. The opening of this office in Mountbellew is as a result of our shared efforts,” said Steve Dolan.

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

Anger as factories continue to chop lamb price

Published

on

Stephen Canavan: No reason for price cuts.

THE meat plants have been accused of trying ‘to make a fast buck’ on the backs of sheep farmers with lamb prices now back by a euro per kilo, as compared to just over a month ago.

Farm leaders have said that the factories are trying ‘to tough it out’ before more finished lambs begin to come on the market over the next month or so.

Galway IFA Chairman,  Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that there was no good reason for the chain of factory price cuts over the past five weeks or so.

“All the information we are getting is that the supply of finished lambs is still quite limited but the factories have obviously taken a decision to cut now, before the number of finished lambs increase through the Autumn.

“It’s just another example of the meat plants trying to make a fast buck at the expense of the primary producer at a time when input costs for farmers have never been as high,” said Stephen Canavan.

Lamb prices are this week hovering at the €6.50 per kg mark – down from a high of over €7.50 per kg in late June, equating to a price drop for farmers of around €20 per lamb.

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