Galway farmers meet with Coveney at Tullamore Show

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Farmers from County Galway met with Minister Simon Coveney on Sunday morning last prior to Tullamore Show, where they raised a variety of issues affecting farmers in the west of Ireland.
The farmers, who are Fine Gael members, attended a meeting organised by East Galway Fine Gael T.D. Paul Connaughton and County Councillor Peter Keaveney from Glenamaddy. The meeting was also addressed by MEP Mairead McGuinness.
Speaking following the meeting, Paul Connaughton T.D. said, ‘Issues raised at the meeting included beef prices, young farmer issues, the new Glas scheme and issues with the Sheep Grassland Scheme. I asked Minister Coveney to take on board the concerns of these west of Ireland farmers and particularly the issues relating to county Galway because the industry is currently at a low ebb and something needs to be done.
‘I organised this meeting so that these farmers could convey their anger and frustration to Minister Coveney and will continue to work with farmers to raise these issues.
‘Issues to emerge from the meeting include the prospect of legislation for beef producing organisations, which would be a very welcome development for farmers dealing with factories and I would like to see that rolled out as soon as possible and I would also like to see a new scheme included in TAMS whereby farmers could access grants towards the purchase of on-farm weighing scales which would allow them to be in a better position for finishing cattle for the factories. I would like to see both of these plans implemented in the short term.’
Mairead McGuinness, MEP for Galway and Midlands North-West welcomed the opportunity to meet farmers from Galway with her colleague Deputy Paul Connaughton and Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, ‘The meeting dealt with a number of issues, including the crisis of confidence in the beef sector and in particular the need to find a solution to the current difficulties with cross border trade in animals, which if not resolved could have serious consequences at marts in the west this Autumn,’ she said.