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Seminar will attempt to improve awareness and prevention of suicide across county

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The Abbey (Loughrea) Community Development Association recently presented a cheque to the Galway East Life Support Group in Abbey Hall. Pictured at the presentation were (back, l to r): Gerry Larkin, Carmel O’Rordian, Maura Canning, Mary Burke, Noreen Shiel and Tom Pierce. (Front): Noel Pierce, Arthur Carr, Gerry Roche and Colm Pierce.

THE heartbreak of suicide – that has touched communities and families across the county – will be the focus of a special seminar to be held in the Abbey Community Centre, Loughrea on this Friday night.

The seminar has the theme of ‘Saving Lives through Education, Prevention, Awareness and Support’ and starts at 8pm with a number of key speakers lined up.

All are welcome to attend (from age 16 up) on the night with the initiative being organised by Abbey Community Development Association and the Galway East Life Support group (GELS).

Guest speakers on the night will include Cllr. Pete Roche, Chairman of Galway Co. Council; Supt. Gerry Roche, a founder member of GELS; Mary O’Sullivan, HSE Suicide Prevention; Tom McEvoy, Pieta House; Community Garda, Aidan Lonergan and Galway hurling captain of last year, David Collins.

A large crowd is expected for Friday night’s seminar and Arthur Carr, Secretary of GELS, has urged people to come early to get seats for the event.

“The main focus of the event will be to offer some guidance and assistance on suicide awareness and prevention,” said Arthur Carr.

National IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning, told the Farming Tribune that Friday night’s seminar provided an opportunity to increase their knowledge and awareness of an issue that had impacted on many people down through the years.

“This will be a very open and informative meeting on issues and actions that could help to save lives into the future.

“There are four key words contained in the title of the seminar – education, prevention, awareness and support – these are the areas that the seminar will be focusing on,” said Maura Canning.

Friday night’s seminar will be chaired by Gerry Larkin, Secretary of the Abbey Community Development Association.

The local community in Abbey have been working very closely with GELS on this project and last year supported the GELS 100km East Galway cycle with the local community centre used as a refreshment centre.

The Galway East Life Support group have their centre in Cullen’s Yard, Main Street, Ballinasloe (beside the Credit Union) and can be contacted during office hours (Monday to Friday) on 085-8021100.

They can also be contacted on: gelifesupport.ie or eastgalwaylife@gmail.com

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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