Minister of State and Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, was delighted to host a productive public meeting “Working for Rural Ireland” with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD on Tuesday May 23 in the Athenry Community Hall.

The meeting was a productive session in which various topics were discussed and concerns of farmers and their families in Galway were addressed by Minister McConalogue and Minister Rabbitte.

The presence of two Ministers was greatly appreciated by the public, who were eager to voice their opinions on issues around farming and other key concerns, such as housing.

One of the main issues that was addressed was the CAP (common agricultural policy) regulations of the EU, and what this means for Irish farmers in terms of tackling climate change.

Another key issue was the rewetting of bogs under the Peatland Climate Action Scheme, which aims to rehabilitate and restore approx. 33,000 hectares in over 80 bogs.

Minister McConalogue reassured the farmers that this was a voluntary act.

Furthermore, the increased difficulties facing sheep farming in terms of viability were discussed and how specific grants might assists in this, and other issues. (Find an overview of available grants for farmers here.)

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The public expressed their satisfaction with being involved in local planning and receiving local information.

They expressed their desire to continue to be involved and stay well-informed on key issues affecting them on a day-to-day basis.

The public meeting “Working for Rural Ireland” in Athenry was considered a positive informative event by all present.

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Pictured: Councillor Gerry Finnerty, Councillor Shelley Herterich Quinn, Councillor Ivan Canning, Councillor Michael Connolly, Minister Anne Rabbitte, Minister Charlie McConalogue, Councillor Martina Kinane, Cillian Kane, Councillor Joe Sheridan