OVER 8,000 farmers are still awaiting GLAS and AEOS payments with the hold-up now set to drag on into the Summer unless drastic action is taken, according to farm leaders and public representatives.
This week, Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, said that if the claims now had to be processed manually, it would be far quicker than what had gone on for the past five months.
“There is just no excuse for those hold-ups. These payments should have been made last October . . . then it was before Christmas . . . and now St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, and farmers are still waiting for their money.
“Thousands of farmers from all across the country – and many of them in the West of Ireland – really need this money to be paid out. This delay in payments is leaving them in a most stressful financial situation,” said Pat Murphy.
According to IFA National President, Joe Healy, just 300 more payments were made last week in GLAS, now leaving 5,900 waiting for payment under this scheme.
Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesman, Charlie McConalogue, said this week that between GLAS AND AEOS, there were over 8,000 farmers still waiting to get paid.
He said that a recent parliamentary reply received on March 2nd last showed that when compared with the number of farmers who were awaiting delayed payments a month earlier, a staggering 70% of the outstanding 2016 GLAS payments remain unpaid.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
La álainn for Leitir Moír as they clinch senior status
Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 3-8
Menlough Skehana 1-10
Tomás Keating at Oughterard
History was made in Oughterard last Saturday, as Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir captured the intermediate county title in a thrilling encounter, thus meaning they will ply their trade in the ladies senior football championship for the first time in their history next year.
It has been quite a success story for the Connemara club, as it had only won the Junior A title in 2018, and despite losing to Tourlestrane in Connacht final, it won the All-Ireland Junior 7s competition that same year.
It’s a huge achievement for any club to win two county titles in the space of three years, but particularly for a club the size of Leitir Mór’s. There must be something in the water out there, as their men’s team captured an intermediate Connacht title in 2010.
Mícheál Ó Tuathail’s charges came into this final having beaten last year’s runners-up, Tuam/Cortoon, 1-8 to 1-7 in their semi-final in Tuam, courtesy of a clutch free from skipper Mairéad Ní Loingsigh at the death; while Menlough/Skehana defeated Clonbur, 3-9 to 1-13 in Joyce Country.
In any game, goals are significant, and their timing in particular can swing the momentum of proceedings and on occasions, decide the victor. That rang true for Leitir Mór, as the sides were dead-locked at 0-4 apiece approaching half-time. However, the hard-working Ciara Ní Ógain and Clíodhna Ní Cheallaigh both rattled the net in injury-time as they led 2-4 to 0-4 at the interval, despite striking eight wides in the opening half.
Their third goal came four minutes into injury-time at the end of the game as county star Ríona Ní Fhlatharta’s powerful shot put them 3-8 to 0-10 to the good.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry
The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.
The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.
Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.
The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.
Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.
Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.
“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.
Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.
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