By Dan Walsh at Killinick
It was a quite mid-July Sunday in the WexfordLocal.com newsroom. News stories were scarce. However, Wexford Fire Service successfully controlled a small gorse fire at Ballyboggan, close to the River Slaney at Ferrycarrig, which was noticed shortly after 2.30pm.
The ‘experts’ told us not to walk the dog because ‘the feet would burn off him/her’ – your pet would be miniature in a few hours even if he was a Great Dane in the morning (that’s a little humour for those who take the world seriously!) in the 24 degrees Celsius across Wexford this afternoon. Since I don’t own a dog, absolution on all counts!
Didn’t go to the beach because I can’t stand the bitching about poor traffic management, the stench from the toilets, and the pets left inside abandoned cars – but I can appreciate the concerns and they are genuine.
Instead, I ended up in the beautiful rural landscape of the Killinick area in south Wexford – and I watched the Big Match on the telly. So, it was leisure on a Sunday – as it should be for all of us.
And then I came across a field of wonderful cattle taking advantage of the fresh pasture and the soaring temperatures and they all looked happy and enjoying themselves in a natural habitat, but I heard rumblings about their future, and I reviewed the news of the day on arrival home. The following is the latest: The Climate Change Advisory Council has recommended carbon cuts of 22% to 30% of from the agricultural sector.
Green Party Minister Eamonn Ryan was asked if he was confident that he could persuade his coalition partners to agree a 30% cut. He replied; “I am confident we will get an agreement.”
Minister Ryan said some measures envisaged for agriculture will involve reducing the number of animals. “Some of the measures would increase income to Irish farming but would also see a reduction in animal numbers,” he concluded.