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TD gives pledge that cycleway won’t go ahead without the support of locals

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Part of the Greenway cycle/walkway along the banks of the Royal Canal in Dublin.

NO further work will take place on the western section of the proposed Greenway route without the support of local people, according to an assurance given to Galway IFA, by East Galway Government TD, Ciaran Cannon.

Last month, Galway IFA representatives met with with Transport Minister, Pascal Donohoe on the Greenway issue and the usage of CPOs (compulsory purchase orders) to acquire land from farmers.

Following that meeting, Galway IFA representatives said that they were satisfied at assurances given to them by the Minister in relation to the route progressing without the use of CPOs.

This week, Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, said that he was further reassured last week, in a statement given to him by Deputy Ciaran Cannon, in relation to a meeting that he had with Minister Donohoe on the issue.

“Deputy Cannon has made it quite clear to us, that Minister Donohoe has assured him that work will not start on the project, without the support of local people.

“The  Minister said that pending further discussions with the NRA (National Roads Authority) and Galway County Council, no further work would take place in developing the current route,” said Pat Murphy.

In his statement to the IFA, Deputy Cannon said that without the support of the local people, the project would not go ahead.

“I have asked that all of the other route options be reconsidered for the development of the route and I’m hopeful that this will happen. To stress once again, a Greenway will not happen without the support of local people,” said Deputy Cannon.

Since details of the Greenway from Athlone to Oranmore emerged last year, there have been major concerns from farmers about the prospect of having their holdings split with the Greenway and with the use of CPOS to ‘take’ their land.

Initially farmers had hoped that the proposed greenway walk and cycleway would run side by side with one of the main Galway to Dublin road arteries, but this is now not the case.

A preferred corridor has been identified for the western section of the Greenway that will run from Athlone to Eyre Square via Ballinasloe, Aughrim, Kilreekil, Loughrea, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Oranmore.

To date, 30 kilometres of the Greenway has been developed from the Meath border to Mullingar along the Royal Canal and work is currently well in progress on developing a further 40 kilometres along a disused railway line from Mullingar to Athlone.

The next stage of the route is proposed to be constructed through lands owned by Bord na Mona as well as property owned by farmers and other private landowners.

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Suffolks make €2,500 at Roscommon sale

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Alastair Barclay judging the stock at the Suffolk Show and Sale in Roscommon earlier this month.

THE standard and quality of sheep presented at the 51st Premier Show & Sale of West of the Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club took place in Roscommon Mart on Saturday, August 6 was top class.

Judge, Mr Alaister Barclay of the renowned Northern Ireland Flock, Redbrae Suffolks, was faced with a difficult task in judging the classes.

Harry Graham of the Westside Flock, Sligo, won the Young Handler’s Class which he founded in 2019 – this was his third win of the year.

The Summerhill flock of Mattie and Kevin Kelly in Galway won the Champion Ewe Lamb Cass – sired by Howgillfoot Batman.

In the Novice Ram Class, new breeder, Caillin Joyce of the Ballintleva Flock, Westport, took the spoils and he also went to claim 4th in the Open Ram class.

In the Gigot Class, it was the turn of the Ballygarris Flock of Michael and Marie Jennings, Mayo to take the honours with Windyhill Magic sired lamb. The Jennings’ winning run continued in the Open Class where they claimed the top spot with a powerful Strathbogie Joel son which was born to a Ballygarris Ewe.

The Pairs Class saw 7 flocks competing for the top honours and it was the Loughrynn Flock of Coote & Trevor Geelan who won out here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farmland in strong demand across Galway

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Colm Farrell: Good farmland across Galway is making around €10,000 an acre.

A TIGHT supply with strong demand probably sums up the Galway market for farmlands so far this year with prices averaging out at around the €10,000 an acre mark.

According to Gort auctioneer, Colm Farrell, the demand for the better-quality farmland is particularly strong and especially so if neighbouring farmers are in competition for the ground.

He also pointed out that dairy farmers were also very keenly interested in farmland that became available either in their general area or bordering their farms.

“The demand is very strong here in Galway for good quality land which can be in scarce enough supply.

“Many neighbouring or nearby farmers will see this as a one-off chance to increase their holding,” Colm Farrell told the Farming Tribune.

He also said that the ‘auction’ sale method seemed to deliver the biggest demand and competition for land coming on the market. “Auctions do tend to focus the minds of buyers,” he said.

Next month, Colm Farrell will have two farms both coming up for sale at public auction in O’Sullivan’s of Gort on Friday, September 16 next – both 70-acre holdings – one of them in Peterswell and the other in Aughrim.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Flexibility and budget worries over direction of new scheme

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Michael Biggins: Disappointed at scheme.

THE new ACRES (Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme) due to be rolled out on January 1 next is ‘restrictive and complicated’ according to West of Ireland farming representative.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Michael Biggins, said that the proposed scheme was ‘far from a new REPS’ and urgently needed to be modified in terms of flexibility and budget allocation.

“As it’s currently proposed, ACRES is restrictive and complicated.  It will inflict more compliance costs on farmers, resulting in less income.

“The scheme is designed to discourage people from farming. In order to achieve the average payment, farmers will have to commit more land to lower levels of production compared to previous schemes,” said Michael Biggins.

He added that all farmers who applied needed to be accepted into the scheme while those farmers applying in 2023 would have to be paid in the same year.

Details of the €1.5 billion ACRES scheme were outlined by the Dept. of Agriculture in June with two entry streams – a general or individual one: and a co-operation model for environmentally sensitive area including Connemara and parts of South Galway and Mayo.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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