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Advice to farmers on waste collection

CLARE County Council has issued a reminder to farmers of the importance of only employing the services of correctly authorised waste collectors, who hold a valid and current waste collection permit. The local authority notes it is a legal requirement for any person or company involved in the collection of waste, such as farm plastics and scrap metal, to hold a waste collection permit.It also says that authorised waste collectors are also required to provide a collection permit to a farmer prior to waste being collected and removed from a farm. Waste collection permits contain a unique waste collection permit reference number, the name and address of the collector, the waste types the collector is permitted to collect, the registration details of each vehicle involved in the collection service, and the name and address of the authorised waste facility where waste is to be delivered. In addition, the waste collection permit reference number must be clearly displayed on the cab …

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Farmers in a flap over ‘worthless’ land

Hundreds of farmers in North East Clare and South Galway are in a flap over the designation of land for the protection of the hen harrier, which has rendered an estimated 9,844 acres “worthless”. Feelings are running high among landowners in the Sliabh Aughty area, which has the dubious distinction of having the largest designation to safeguard this protected species under an EU directive. As a new farming group, Irish Farmers With Designated Land (IFDL) briefed deputies and members of the Oireachtas Agricultural Committee on the difficulties that landowners are experiencing due to this designation at a meeting in Dublin this week, local farmers said they are mounting an intensive campaign for change. Frustration and anger over the Government’s decision to suspend the previous compensation scheme in 2010 due to budgetary constraints, will be voiced at a public meeting in Ballinakill, County Galway on Tuesday next at 8.30pm. Farmers’ efforts to receive adequate compensation for the devaluation of their land …

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OPW minister views estuary embankment breaches

THE Minister of State with Special Responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) has told The Clare Champion that separate minor work applications for farmers affected by flooding on the Fergus embankments and in Doonbeg will be dealt with, as quickly as possible, by his office. The maximum figure possible under each scheme is €500,000. Deputy Simon Harris was speaking during a visit to Clare on Tuesday, when he met with a farming delegation in Kildysart and visited some of the land affected by serious flooding in 2014. “I think they appreciate the frankness and the straight-forwardness of the procedure I have outlined to them. When I came to office and was made aware of these problems, the first thing I did was to bring all the people around the table together. Deputy Pat Breen has been on my case about this for quite a period of time,” he explained. “On March 10, I brought the IFA Clare chairman, …

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Prince Charles visits Nagle family farm in Carron

His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, expressed his desire to return to the Burren in the future and invited two North Clare farmers to come to his estate in Norfolk, when he visited the farm of Pat and Oliver Nagle at Pullaghcarron this afternoon. The Nagles farm 70 acres at Sliabh Carron, with 16 cows and one bull, from October to May. Prince Charles was invited to Clare by Burrenbeo Trust and Burren Life. The Nagles’ farm was selected as the location for the visit because they have the highest score of any farm under the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme. When the prince arrived he was greeted by Pat who guided him across the rocky landscape before introducing him to Michael Davoren of Burren IFA. [doptg id=”68″] Dr Brendan Dunford of Burren Life outlined to the prince a little of the history of the Burren, its landscape and spoke about the Burren Farming for Conservation programme. Prince Charles learned about …

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Memory Man chronicles ’95 hurling success in Bridgetown

Jimmy Magee has vivid memories of Clare’s All-Ireland senior hurling success in 1995. The legendary sport and television personality was in ebullient form when he helped to launch a new website for the 25th annual South-East Clare Show in Tony Horan’s Bar, Bridegtown on Thursday night last. The legendary Memory Man can still hold an audience’s attention, judging by the response to his trip down memory lane during the launch. Italia ’90 and Clare’s thrilling All-Ireland victories in 1995 and ’97 were some of the key sporting moments he recalled on the night, to the delight of the large attendance. Speaking to The Clare Champion, Magee noted Clare enjoyed tremendous support from all parts of the country in the run up to the 1995 All-Ireland decider as, “what is seldom is wonderful”. He remembers the Clare hurling team, led by manager Ger Loughnane, flew up to Dublin from Shannon Airport by plane and back again. He recalled driving out to Dublin …

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IFA to work with Government on Greenways

IFA president, Eddie Downey has called on Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe to work with the organisation to develop a voluntary package of measures that facilitates the development of proposed Greenway projects, while protecting farmers’ rights. He said, “The Government plans to develop over 330km of Greenway tracks across the country over the next number of years. These projects have the potential to attract tourists and economic development to many rural areas.” However, Mr Downey said they will also significantly impact on farmers and may in some instances divide farm holdings. “This is leading to landowners firmly opposing the use of CPOs, which may have a negative impact on the long-term success of the Greenways initiative. Therefore, it is essential that a robust package of measures is put in place which recognises the inconvenience, severance and injurious affection caused and goodwill required.” The IFA leader has also called on local authorities to engage in this process with the Department of Transport …

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Farm income advice at the mart

Clare cattle farmers will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on maximising farm income at a special meeting on Wednesday night. Teagasc, in association with Clare Marts, are holding the information meeting at the mart’s headquarters in Ennis at 7.45pm. Topics for discussion will include: GLAS (Declan Murphy, Teagasc, Ennis) Market outlook for cattle (Darren Carty, Irish Farmers Journal). Basic Payment Scheme outline (Gerry Gunning, IFA) Basic Payment Scheme – land eligibility, inspections, cross compliance, etc. (Con O’Brien, regional inspector, Department of Agriculture).

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IFA meets minister on storm damage

An IFA delegation, led by President Eddie Downey and Clare chairman, Andrew Dundas, met with the Minister of State for the OPW, Simon Harris on Wednesday  to press for the repair of embankments damaged in the severe storms of early 2014. IFA has secured a commitment from Minister Harris that he will move this issue on over the coming weeks so that the necessary works can commence. Eddie Downey told the minister that farmers’ lands have been damaged and that the repairs of embankments are necessary to get the land back into production. The delegation told the minister that delays are intolerable and it is not acceptable that there is nobody making a firm decision on the issue. The OPW should take responsibility to ensure that farmers and properties are protected and should instruct Clare County Council that support will be forthcoming through the various schemes under the OPW’s control. Clare IFA chairman, Andrew Dundas said there is huge frustration …

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