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Opposition to Greenway is ‘underestimated’

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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.

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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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.

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

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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.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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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.

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