Mayor of Mabaruma, in Barima-Waini (Region One), Henry Smith, has said the slated landfill which aims to provide a sustainable approach to sanitation management for the region is being delayed as the municipality looks for a suitable site for its establishment.Mayor of Mabaruma, Henry SmithDuring a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), the mayor said the administration had encountered “some problems, where residents were objecting to it (landfill) being stationed at its set location”.The mayor stressed that, at this moment, there are talks about acquiring alternative sites which would not only be approved by the administration, but the residents for their benefit.According to the mayor, for health purposes, the administration would be looking for locations away from persons’ homes.Last year, the Communities Ministry signed a $6.5million contract for hydrogeological and geotechnical investigations at proposed landfills in Region One (Mabaruma and Port Kaituma). The work is to be undertaken by E&A Consultants Limited.Mayor Smith has said that these efforts to establish the landfill sites are in keeping with the Government’s ‘Green Economy’ agenda. He also highlighted that despite the pause on the landfill, there was tremendous improvement regarding the region’s healthcare services, teachers being trained, and educational opportunities being available. He also noted the ongoing lessons being provided to secondary school students at the Mabaruma Settlement, to improve students’ knowledge now that more qualified teachers are resident in the region.“Things are looking up for us, really looking up for us; and you can see in the surroundings (that) people are more conscious about their environment. Even all of the lands are being taken up, as everyone wants to be in this development,” Mayor Smith has said.
Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, says a fully funded and equal CAP programme is essential for Donegal farmers.Senator Ó Domhnaill was speaking after a sizeable meeting on CAP reform was held in Dunfanaghy, Donegal last night, attended by almost 200 people.“The meeting was very constructive and there were quality contributions from many farmers who are genuinely very concerned with the implications of the CAP reform,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “The farmers were informed of the different proposals that have been put forward for CAP reform from the Minister for Agriculture and the EU. The feeling coming from the meeting was that there should be a fair and equitable distribution of CAP for all farmers. It is important that CAP negotiations go well for Irish farmers as agriculture is crucial for the economic recovery of Ireland.He added that farmers should not be unfairly penalised for living in an area of poor land and the Minister should take this into consideration in the CAP negotiations.“I am totally opposed to the idea that there would be land abandonment in marginal land areas due to the low return from the land, this would lead to an ecological disaster in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the country.“We must make agriculture attractive to the next generation and a package of measures should be introduced to encourage and help young people take up farming. 70% of farmers receive less than €10,000 in Single Farm Payments and it is essential that smaller farmers are not penalised in order to protect the 2% of farmers who are in receipt of 12% of the payment. “We need a better deal for smaller farmers in Donegal and I will continue with meetings throughout the county to gauge the view of farmers. The next meeting will be held at the Highland Hotel in the Glenties on November 29th where party Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív will be the guest speaker.”EQUAL CAP PROGRAMME VITAL FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – MEETING TOLD was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL