Calls for €10 ewe payment to be made in one amount

The IFA is calling on Agricultural Minister Michael Creed to pay out the full amount of €10 per ewe under the Sheep Welfare scheme in one go on November 1st.

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy ays it makes no sense to split the payment into two tranches as was the case last year.

He adds that this is second year of the scheme and that the Department has all the information it needs to make the full payment in one sum.

Mr Dennehy says Minister Creed must also insist that there is a €5 top up to the sheep welfare scheme in the October budget.


NeighbourWood Scheme

Meanwhile, Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine today announced a series of nationwide events to promote his Department’s NeighbourWood Scheme.

This scheme provides funding for the establishment of neighbourwoods, which are “close-to-home” woodlands developed through local partnerships for recreational use by local communities.

The NeighbourWood Scheme forms part of department’s Forestry Programme 2014-2020 and provides funding for local communities, local authorities and others to develop woodland amenities.

A total budget of €1.75m is being made available by the Minister’s Department with the aim of establishing up to 20 neighbourwood projects by the end of 2020.

Neighbourwoods can also link in with wider walking and cycle trails, complement other visitor attractions,

The nearest NeighbourWood Scheme information event in this region is on Thursday 27th September in Balla Community Centre, Balla, Co. Mayo from 10 am and concluding at 2pm. It will include a visit to Balla Town Park Woodlands