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Under pressure farmers seek help as feed crisis takes its toll on health

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BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER

TWO of the main organisations involved in the prevention of suicide and self-harm have reported increases in calls from people in rural areas over the late Spring period, coinciding with the fodder, grass and financial crisis that has hit farmers across the country.

Galway IFA’s Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning, told the Farming Tribune that organisations like Pieta House and Console had told her of the increase in calls from members of the farming and rural communities over the past couple of months.

Last Sunday, despite the ongoing inclement weather, there was a large turnout for a Green Ribbon walk in Portumna Forest Park, one in a number of such events aimed at increasing the awareness of mental health problems in rural areas.

“We need to get people talking about stress, worries and mental health issues. This has been a terrible Spring and past year for farmers  – many of them feel under tremendous pressure because of the fodder and grass crisis.

“The main message we want to get out there is that people aren’t alone in this situation. Thousands of farmers across Galway are in the same boat and feel under pressure – it is vital for those people to know that they can talk about these issues and get help should the need arise,” said Maura Canning.

She said that she had been told by *Pieta House and by *Console that there was a significant increase in the number of calls they had received over the late Spring period from farmers and rural dwellers who felt under serious stress.

“It is very worrying but it is also a consolation to know that these people are aware that there is help out there and that they have made that initial contact with organisations like Pieta House and Console,” said Maura Canning.

A Galway East Life Support (G.E.L.S) group has also been set up on a voluntary basis to help out individuals or families who may be feeling under stress after what is generally accepted to have been the worst farming ‘weather year’ in living memory.

Last Sunday’s walk was officially launched by country singing star Mike Denver and included representatives from a number of organisations involved in mental health issues.

*Pieta House is a non-profit organisation that provides a free, specialised treatement programme for people who have suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harming. They can be contacted at 061-484444.

*Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by suicide. They provide a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service in Ireland and can be contacted at 1800-247-100. The SOS number is: 1890-577-577. The Samaritans can be contacted at 1850-60-90-90.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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More info needed in land rezoning changes

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Albert Dolan: Start building houses for our young people.

A BIGGER effort needs to be put in by local authorities to notify farmers close to towns and villages – whose land is zoned as residential – according to a number of councillors at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

Independent councillor for the Athenry-Oranmore electoral area,  Jim Cuddy, told Monday’s meeting at County Hall that landowners should be written to by the Council to inform them if they had land zoned as residential.

“They should at least be informed that their land has been zoned as residential and will be liable for tax [3% of value]. Some of those people just don’t know if their land has been zoned as residential – they’re just hearing rumours,” said Cllr. Cuddy.

According to Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) there was an onus on the Council to get the information ‘out there’ about zoned land through the various media outlets. However, Cllr. Michael Connolly (FF) said that the issue of land zoning and tax was a decision taken by central government.

“This is national legislation – the local authority can’t be taking this on – we can’t be carrying the can for central government,” added Cllr. Connolly.

Cllr. Albert Dolan (FF) said that young people like himself ‘had damn all chance of buying a house’, adding that this tax wouldn’t be coming into force until 2024. “We need to start building houses for our young people,” he added.

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

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