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Shannon protest on flood inaction

Francis Farragher

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GIY (Grow It Yourself) founder, Michael Kelly, at the launch of ‘Spudlove’, the nationwide competition to ‘dig up’ Ireland’s greatest lover of the humble potato. To register and take part log onto: www.giyinternational.org/spudlove

AN IFA protest last weekend brought boat traffic on the Shannon to a halt for a time – the action was taken to highlight grievances over flooding, compensation for designated lands and problems with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

A flotilla of small boats prevented traffic from using the main eye of Banagher Bridge over the Shannon from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, as the IFA steps up efforts to put in place a single flood authority across the country.

IFA Flood Project Chairman, Tom Turley told the Farming Tribune that the last things farmers and householders needed now was a lack of focus in terms of putting in place flood relief measures.

“It’s very easy for this issue to be let slip into the back-burner again. It a new Government is put in place over the coming days or weeks, we want an immediate meeting with them to put in place one single waterways authority,” said Tom Turley.

He said that the days of people vulnerable to flooding having to take their case to a number of different agencies had to come to an end and quickly.

“We want the new authority to be put in place and be up and running over the coming months. Those affected by flood issues must be in a position where they can deal with a ‘one stop shop’ in terms of the problems they face,” said Tom Turley.

He also said that with 15% of all land across the country now having a designation with consequent restrictions and devaluation, compensation payments which had been stopped in 2010 now needed to be restored immediately.

“This compensation involved only a relatively modest amount of money but farmers who face severe restrictions on their lands as well as a loss of value, must be looked after,” said Tom Turley.

He also warned that the IFA ‘ban’ on staff from the NPWS entering their lands would continue until such time as there was a change of attitude from that body.

 

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Rural TDs seek €200 per cow in Budget ‘21

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East Galway TD, Seán Canney

NINE Regional Independent TDs spread across the country – including Seán Canney, Noel Grealish and Denis Naughten – have made a Pre-Budget Submission seeking a wide range of rural and targeted agricultural aids.

The alliance of Independent TDs are making the case that regional and rural areas are disproportionately impacted  upon by the COVID-19 crisis and require targeted interventions.

Included in the submission of the TDs is a proposal for a new Suckler Cow Environmental Scheme, paying €200 per cow for up to 20 cows, in a move designed to bolster up the small suckler farmers dotted across the West of Ireland.

They are also seeking an increase in the Sheep Welfare Scheme budget – bringing it up to €50 million – which would involve a doubling of the payment per ewe from €10 to €20.

“These proposals are part of an overall plan focused on getting families, workers and students out of our cities, where housing and services are in huge demand, and instead support people to bring life back into remote rural communities,” said Denis Naughten.

The Roscommon-Galway TD said that if implemented, the proposals would encourage people to settle and live in regional areas, bringing life back into vacant homes and enhancing local communities.

East Galway TD, Seán Canney, said that the proposals concentrated on five principles – regenerating towns and villages; supporting small rural businesses; improving health services; providingmore resources for online learning; and a range of targeted agricultural supports.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Fatstock sales deliver on prices

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Jimmy Cooney: A roaring trade for heavier cattle at Loughrea Fatstock Sale.

MARTS, farmers and farm representatives have given the ‘thumbs up’ to the specially organised fatstock sales being held across different sales’ venues across the county.

According to some of the marts involved in the sales, there was a really buoyant trade for the heavier cattle with a lot of competition around the ringside for the animals on offer.

The campaign – launched by the IFA in conjunction with the marts – is aimed at trying to give farmers a ‘second option’ in terms of selling their heavier cattle, rather than going directly to the factories.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said that the fatstock sales at marts around the county had been a resounding success so far with a number of them to be completed over the coming week.

“There was a lot of competition for stock around the ringside and online and farmers were really delighted at the prices that were achieved.

“First of all, thanks to the farmers who supported the sales and secondly to the marts who were always very enthusiastic about the idea.

“What these sales have achieved is to provide a level of competition for heavier stock while the farmer also has the option of selling or not selling,” said Anne Mitchell.

Loughrea Mart Manager, Jimmy Cooney, said that their sponsored fatstock sale last week had been a wonderful success with a good turnout of cattle and a lot of competition around the ring.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farewell to a real battler for farmers in the West

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Francie Burke: A lifetime of service to farming.

THE passing of Francis Burke from Kilconly earlier this month has been mourned by farmers across the county who remember him for his selfless commitment to improving the lot of those who work the land.

Known as Francie to many of his colleague and farmer friends, he passed away on September 1 last, after battling illness for a number of years, but through good times and bad, he was always to the forefront of farmer causes.

He was the Co. Galway Sheep Committee Representative from 2005 to 2011 and served as County IFA Treasurer from 2011 to 2015 – times when the IFA were involved in many battles to sustain and grow farm incomes.

As well as his farming interests, Francis Burke was also deeply committed to furthering the causes of his local Kilconly GAA club and the Fianna Fáil party organisation.

His great friend for over two decades in the IFA, Michael Silke from Eyrecourt – who delivered a touching graveside tribute at Francie’s funeral – told the Farming Tribune of the work he had put into securing the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

“This was at a time when we were being told that there was no budget and no money for such a scheme but he stuck with it, persisted all the way, and I would say almost singlehandedly delivered this scheme for sheep farmers,” said Michael Silke.

He also said that regardless of his political allegiances, he put in the same huge effort into lobbying for improvements to a whole cross-section of farm schemes including Sheep Welfare, Suckler, REPS and Disadvantaged Areas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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