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Local councillor expresses dismay at lack of compensation for Funshinagh

Jun 28, 2023 13:21 By Shannonside News
Local councillor expresses dismay at lack of compensation for Funshinagh
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Councillor Ward says he received no correspondence on this occasion and in recent months renewed his call.

A Roscommon Councillor says he's hugely disappointed there's no plans for a compensation package for farmers around Lough Funshinagh.

Tony Ward with support of council colleagues first wrote the Agriculture Minister two years ago calling for a scheme for those impacted by flooding on their lands.

Councillor Ward says he received no correspondence on this occasion and in recent months renewed his call.

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In a response from the Agriculture Department read at this month's meeting of the local authority it stated Minister McConalogue acknowledged there have been challenges and this has created difficulties however there's no plan to introduce a scheme.

Speaking to Shannonside FM News the independent representative says the Government is completely ignoring the situation facing farmers around Lough Funshinagh.

"The compensation package is very simple. It's about the loss of income which there's a huge loss in relation to farm payments and stuff like that. I've farmers telling me that the department would be out with their measuring tape, measuring the land that was underwater and the more land that was underwater, the less income those farmers had to get. There's no regard for people living and trying to make a living from land in Co.Roscommon".

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