Farmyard in your Schoolyard is in the finals for best Agri-Business Ireland 2018 at the All-Ireland Business Summit in Croke Park this Thursday. #pitch4progress Wishing them lots of luck from everyone in Ballinasloe.
Low cost loan scheme must be opened and outstanding GLAS payments issued to help ease crippling costs of fodder crisis- Murphy
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has said that Minister Creed must immediately open a low cost loan scheme as announced in Budget 2018 as farmers are struggling to cope with the crippling costs of buying additional fodder.“Last October the Minister announced that €25m was being allocated to leverage a low cost loan scheme for farmers, fishermen and for longer-term capital financing for food businesses in response to Brexit. The fodder crisis is escalating as farmers are under serious financial pressure trying to meet the costs of buying extra fodder to feed their cattle and farmers across Roscommon and Galway are reaching breaking point,” warned Deputy Murphy.
“We have ensured unprecedented levels of rainfall in recent times and I also believe farmers should be given some leeway in terms of farm inspections while it is also imperative that outstanding GLAS payments are issued as a matter of urgency,” said Deputy Murphy.
“In 2016, €25 million in exchequer and EU funds was used to guarantee a total loan fund of €150 million for farming loans at low-cost interest rates of 2.95%.
“An equivalent scheme needs to be urgently finalised and opened now to help farmers purchase the fodder they need to feed their animals and keep their businesses afloat.
"This is the second time in five years that this type of situation has arisen and the Minister seems to have had his head buried in the sand in relation to the extent of the fodder crisis.
“Many farmers are under extreme financial stress. He needs to act immediately and provide low cost loans to farmers, while also providing meal vouchers for those to survive the next two weeks, “concluded Deputy Murphy.
Deputy Murphy is available for further comment or interview on 087 1668775.
Garda Patrick McCormack of Ballinasloe, stationed in Ennis Co. Clare, is being praised for his heroics after he saved the life of a newborn baby.
Garda McCormack who is still only a probationary Garda graduated Templemore Training College four months ago.
The 25 year old officer was on-duty when the parents of a newborn girl knocked on the station window looking for help.
The little girl had stopped breathing, and Garda McCormack immediately began chest compressions and back slapping, reviving the newborn before the paramedics had arrived.
McCormacks Chief Superintendent John Kerin has told Clare’s Joint Policing Committee that Garda McCormack’s quick mind and actions saved the babies life.
Ballinasloe and surrounding areas could face a major water shortage in the event of an emergency or a big freeze – because there is not an adequate supply in local reservoirs.
During the recent cold snap and Storm Eleanor there was an unprecedented usage of water in the Ballinasloe area with a rise of 40%.
In turn that meant there were areas left without water for a week – and this has prompted calls for an increased supply to be made available.
The call was made by Cllr Aidan Donohue, Mayor of Ballinasloe, who said that there was ‘an accident waiting to happen’ because of the area’s lack of supply.
And he has now summoned Irish Water to attend a meeting in Ballinasloe to discuss the possibility of improving the supply in the town and surrounding areas in the event of a similar emergency.
While paying tribute to the staff of Galway County Council for their efforts in dealing with the recent snow and frost, he said that the usage of water was up by around 40% during this period.
Cllr Donohue said that a lot of this was down to the fact that a lot of households left taps running to prevent a freeze up. He added that this should also be discouraged.
The Fine Gael councillor is calling for the Ballinasloe Regional Water Scheme plant to be upgraded so that it can supply more water to householders in the event of an emergency.
“There were areas that are served by this scheme that were left without water for more than a week and this is unacceptable. Irish Water needs to look at this situation as a matter or urgency,” he said.
Cllr Michael Connolly (FF) said that the plant in Ballinasloe needed to be upgraded and he also mentioned areas served by the scheme that were left without water for days on end.
According to Cllr Michael Finnerty (FG) there were households leaving taps on for a night. The amount of water they would waste during this period would serve them a whole year.
“I know of a situation in which one house left the tap running and the owners met the water at their front gate. It is ridiculous what is going on,” he said.
Director of Services Jim Cullen said that Irish Water would have no problem in meeting the Ballinasloe councillors to discuss their concerns.
He said that the body was willing to meet all councillors as a group and that he always found it approachable in this regard.
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CHO2 area has highest number of young children in country waiting for psychology appointments- Murphy
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that the CHO2 area which covers counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo has the highest number of young children waiting for a for a primary care psychology appointment in the country.
New figures provided to Fianna Fáil show that there were a total of 176 young children aged between 0-4 years waiting for an appointment at the end of January 2018 in CHO2 which is the highest number waiting in this age category in the country.Nationally there are 6,181 children waiting for a primary care psychology appointment at the end of January 2018 with some 1,635 waiting over a year to be seen.
Deputy Murphy pointed out that a breakdown of the figures reveals that there are almost 800 children waiting for an appointment in counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.
“A total of 176 children aged between 0-4 years are waiting for an appointment in CHO2 area with a total of 607 children between the age of 5-17 years waiting for an appointment in counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo at the end of January 2018.
“Of the total of 607 children some 27% or 166 of them have been left languishing on a waiting list for over a year which just shows the ongoing crisis in the provision of mental health services for children. Time is of the essence when dealing with vulnerable children and teenagers. The state and the HSE have a duty to do better by these children.
“Once again these figures are systematic of a mental health service in crisis in counties like Roscommon where only recently the HSE admitted they were considering the closure of more adult mental health hostels and we are still dealing with the fall out of the external review into mental health services but if the Government can’t even get things right from the beginning with mental health services for children then they are fighting a losing battle.
“Renewed efforts must be made to address these waiting lists in mental health services for children,” concluded Deputy Murphy.
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The Parade will assemble at the Fairgreen car park, at 1.00p.m on Saturday 17th March and will begin at 1.30p.m. sharp. The Parade will travel down Society Street, Main street, Slí na Habhainn, Dunlo Street and finishing in St. Michaels Square.
There will be lots of on street entertainment for spectators to enjoy on the day, including performances from local musicians and dancers, and a welcome return of the Ballinasloe Town Band.
Participants may choose from five categories including education, culture, sporting, voluntary and commercial. There will be valuable cash prizes to be won in each category with an overall award of the Tony Colohan Perpetual Commemoration Trophy.
The organisers are appealing to the local business community to assist with sponsoring the cost of the parade.
The Parade Team are encouraging the local schools, sports clubs voluntary organisations and businesses to take part in the parade.
P.R.O Carmel Greally stated "This year's Parade gives us all the opportunity to showcase all of the positive aspects that our town and surrounding areas have to offer. So come along to the Ballinasloe Parade and help to make it a special day of celebration and a fun day for all of the family."
For inquiries please contact:
Carmel: 087 620 7477
There will be 2 business advisory clinics held in County Galway as part of Local Enterprise Week. These are free events but you must book in advance to secure your place. Both will be held on March 8 from 9am to 5pm. The Ballinasloe event will be held at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and the Clifden event will take place in the Clifden Station House Hotel.
This clinic is open to all people who want to avail of it, and bookings can still be made here at https://galwayleo.clearbookings.com/?currentview=list
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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on OPW and Flood Relief Eugene Murphy has called on the government to ensure that all necessary resources are allocated to deal with the impending flooding, which is expected as the snow continues to thaw.
“All indications are that as the snow begins to melt, flood waters will rise rapidly. Given the volume of snow which fell in certain areas – particularly in Kildare, Wexford and Wicklow, the threat is severe, with flooding also expected in Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and parts of Dublin. Local authorities have been doing their best to keep on top of the situations, but certain counties may need additional resources to cope with the anticipated flood waters”, explained Deputy Murphy.
“I want to extend my gratitude to members of the emergency service, the Civil Defence, the Defence Forces and local volunteers, who have worked tirelessly with the authorities over the past few days to assist communities in the worst affected areas. Community spirit is alive and well and these people are an example of everything that is good about this country.
“Now that the thaw is setting in, the threat of flooding is now very real and the government must address the massive underspend that has been allowed to accumulate over the past seven years, as well as setting up a national insurance scheme and accelerate the roll out of flood warning systems.
“The government has still not fully implemented specific pledges it made in January 2016, in the aftermath of Storms Desmond and Frank. We’re still waiting on pilot home protection projects to be rolled out, as well as a national flood forecasting and warning service to be established. The National Flood warning system is not due to be operational for another five years, but if recent weather events are an indication of things to come, then we need this system up and running as soon as is feasibly possible.
“This week will be another difficult one for our local authorities and emergency services and I am appealing to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and Minister Eoghan Murphy to ensure all the necessary resources are made available to cope with the flooding that is expected over the coming days”.
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