WEST of Ireland farmers with an interest in the future of beef farming in the region have been urged to attend an IFA regional meeting in Ballinasloe next Monday night (October 1) that will focus on the theme of ‘saving our sucklers’.
The meeting will be addressed by a number of speakers including Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten; IFA President, Joe Healy; ICOS President, Michael Spelman; IFA National Livestock Chairman, Angus Woods; Joe Burke of Bord Bia; IFA economist, Dr. Edel Kelly and and Connacht IFA Regional Chairman, Padraic Joyce.
Chaired by Justin McCarthy, Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal, the meeting in the Shearwater Hotel will be attempting to increase pre-Budget pressure on the Government to introduce a meaningful support scheme to keep farmers in suckler farming, and especially those in the West of Ireland.
Galway IFA Regional Development Officer for the Galway/Mayo region, Roy O’Brien, told the Farming Tribune, that the suckler herd provided the foundation rock for the entire Irish beef trade, and if this was let slip at this juncture, it could have catastrophic consequences for the future of beef production in Ireland.
“Everyone in touch with farming over the past year or so, knows of people who are just pulling out of sucklers because the figures simply do not add up at the end of the day.
“This is not something that can be put on the long finger. First of all, we need to get our Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to grasp the urgency of this problem before things go too far. We are looking at the future of our entire beef industry in Ireland,” said Roy O’Brien.
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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward
Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.
All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.
Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.
“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.
“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?
“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”
Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.
A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.
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Island museum gets the green light
Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.
The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.
There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.
The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.
Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.
And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.
“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.
Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis
Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.
Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.
The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.
A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.
“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.
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