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

Francis Farragher

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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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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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