Ru­ral crime the focus of meet­ing

IFA TOP BRASS AND GARDA AD­DRESS PACKED MEET­ING

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THE Bal­ly­cul­lane branch of the IFA held their AGM at Powers lounge on Mon­day night last, with a very large at­ten­dance from the farm­ing com­mu­nity present, along with se­nior mem­bers of County Wex­ford IFA and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from An Garda Siochana.

The guest speak­ers were IFA County Sec­re­tary Ger O’Ma­hony, IFA Beef rep­re­sen­ta­tive JJ Ka­vanagh and Garda John Paul Scallan of Bal­ly­cul­lane Garda Sta­tion who gave use­ful in­for­ma­tion and sug­ges­tions on how the record­ing of tools and equip­ment should be car­ried out on farms, as well as li­cens­ing in­for­ma­tion and gen­eral safety tips. Chair­per­son of the Bal­ly­cul­lane branch Anna Ke­hoe thanked ev­ery­one for at­tend­ing.

Ms Ke­hoe said; ‘While it was a very tough year in farm­ing – hav­ing been hit with all weath­ers from Storm Ophe­lia last au­tumn to Storm Emma in March, and The Beast from the East and then the drought in the dry spell dur­ing sum­mer months – farm­ing went from the fry­ing pan into the fire in April, April be­ing the fry­ing pan and July be­ing the fire. Farm­ers were hit with a year of many ex­tremes from wind dam­age, flood­ing, frozen pipes, fod­der cri­sis and to fin­ish it was the drought.’

Ms Ke­hoe and Sec­re­tary Mary Fitzhar­ris said they were de­lighted with the in­for­ma­tion pre­sented by the speak­ers. They thanked Amy Stafford for the light re­fresh­ments pro­vided at the close of the meet­ing.

Mary Fitzhar­ris, Bal­ly­cul­lane IFA sec­re­tary; Jer O’Ma­hony, IFA county sec­re­tary and Ban­now IFA chair­per­son; Garda John Paul Scallan, JJ Ka­vanagh, IFA beef chair­per­son Wex­ford and Anna Ke­hoe, IFA Bal­ly­cul­lane chair­per­son.

Nor­man Fitzhar­ris, Bo­ley and Thomas Kin­sella, Tin­tern.

JJ Mur­phy, Yo­le­town and John Kin­sella, Gar­rycullen.

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