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Leitrim TD calls on Minister for Agriculture to 'step up' for Leitrim landslide victims

Sinn FΓ©in TD for Sligo-Leitrim welcomed today's visit by Minister for Agriculture, Barry Cowen TD to Leitrim to examine the damage caused by recent landslides in the area. Deputy Kenny said: β€œThe landslides have caused havoc for farmers and other people who live in this area. I asked the minister to

Minister for Agriculture to view damage from Leitrim landslide this morning

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Barry Cowen, is viewing the damage caused by the landslide near Drumkeeran this morning (Monday, July 13). Local residents and local farmers are hopeful that some form of hardship plan will be announced for those impacted by the landslide which occurred on Su

HSA to start inspections this week to encourage greater farm safety awareness

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is undertaking a two-week inspection campaign to highlight on-going safety issues on farms. Starting this Monday, July13, inspectors will visit farms nationwide with a view of highlighting a number of safety issues in order to reduce fatalities and serious incid

Farmers group visit site of Drumkeeran landslide

A delegation from the Leitrim organisation of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association together with the association’s president Colm O’Donnell and vice president Padraig Devaney met with farmers and householders affected by recent Dawn of Hope landslide near Drumkeeran The delegation called to

Macra na Feirme News

CLUB AGMS North Leitrim Macra would like to thank their outgoing officers for all their hard work over the past year. At the clubs recent AGM Jodie McInaw was elected Chairperson, Tara McDonald secretary and Annmarie Devaney PRO for the coming Macra year. Keep up to date with what's going on in the

Glyphosate detected in four drinking water supplies in Leitrim

Exceedances for the pesticide glyphosate have been detected in the public drinking water supplies in four different areas of Co Leitrim. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide used mainly for the control of annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and is found in a number of weed killer formulations use

Gardai issue warning to dog owners after 50 attacks reported on sheep since March

GardaΓ­ are appealing to all dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept under control as GardaΓ­ have received nearly 50 reports of livestock being attacked since March 2020. In one incident in Leitrim a dog attacked seven sheep on a farm. The owner was identified and had to pay damages to the farmer an

New Minister for Agriculture calls for climate ambition to be matched by funding

The Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen T.D., today, Tuesday, June 30, stressed the need to match the increased environmental ambition in CAP with an appropriate budget to be allocated in order to ensure achievement of this ambition. Speaking during his first engagement with EU Member State counter

IFA say Programme for Government is long on words but short on numbers

Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Tim Cullinan, said the Programme for Government involving Fine Gael, Fianna FΓ‘il and the Green Party, has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. β€œOverall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said.Β  β€œIn i

RTE to screen Embrace FARM service remembering farm accident victims

Embrace FARM, the support network for those affected by farm accidents, is encouraging people to join in theΒ #WeRememberYou campaignΒ this June to remember a person in their life lost or injured in a farm accident. The campaign will this year culminate in anΒ online Remembrance Service onΒ where names

Easing of restrictions under Phase 2 begins on June 8

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the government's Roadmap for Reopening the country and the economy, he warned that the phases were not guaranteed to run on the dates specified.Β  The roadmap depends on the behaviour of the virus and if the country experiences an unmanageable spike at any stage,

IFA leader hits out at people who are recording pranks with farm machinery for social media

IFA President, Tim Cullinan, has hit out at people who are recording pranks with farm machinery for uploading on the TikTok social media channel. β€œThis practice is grossly irresponsible and is an accident waiting to happen. I am disgusted that people could be so casual and have no regard for the dan

Teagasc mark World Bee Day by asking farmers to be β€˜bee friendly’

Bees need flowers and on World Bee Day, Teagasc reminds farmers to allow space for common wildflowers to grow and flower on farms.Β  Early in the year, bees get pollen and nectar from willow, hazel and primrose. Now, whitethorn, bluebells and dandelions are important, while later on blackberry, woodb

OPINION: Forests and timber provide multiple benefits for our society, economy and environment

Forests and timber provide multiple benefits for our society, economy and environment. Ireland’s forests are an ideal land use mix with our other farming systems and provide strong incomes in rural communities where forestry income is a safe and reliable option. Our forests also provide rural employ

National Ploughing trade exhibition in Carlow this September has been cancelled

The National Ploughing Association (NPA) have today, May 8, cancelled the National Ploughing Trade Exhibition due to take place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 15thΒ to 17thΒ but still hope that there will be an opportunity to run the ploughing competitions behind closed gates due to

Farmers are reminded that the BPS deadline is Friday, May 15

IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe has urged farmers to ensure that they make their 2020 BPS application on time, with the closing date of Friday, May 15. So far 75%, of farmers have made their application which is significantly higher than this time last year. Approx 95,000 farmers have made their ap

An extreme fire risk warning has been issued for Leitrim and surrounding counties

A Condition Red Forest Fire Danger Rating has been issued for Leitrim and surrounding counties and is valid until midday on May 7. A 'Type A' high pressure weather system combined withΒ Fine Fuel Moisture Code levels above 85 as well as the expectation that wind speeds are likely to exceed the critic

Next government must take on board climate learnings says IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan says the next Government must look at the way emissions are being calculated and accounted for before rushing headlong into environmental flag waving while ignoring scientific developments.Β  β€œI acknowledge the recognition in the response from FF/FG to the Green Party that

Manorhamilton Livestock Sales trial first completely β€˜virtual’ livestock sale

Manorhamilton Livestock Sales trialled their first completely virtual livestock sale on Wednesday, April 8. A 97% clearance was reached, with the system achieving higher prices for sellers of livestock than seen in marts recently. Manorhamilton Livestock Sales changed their software provider in June

Concern in relation to gorse fire dangers in Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo due to dry weather

The Department of Agriculture has issued a status orange fire warning in relation to wildfires. With very dry weather of late, the ground is drier than normal and there is a real danger of gorse fires. A number of major fires have broken out in the Wicklow area in recent days and there is concern th

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