Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Minister needs to help farmers out of plight

The extremely adverse weather conditions since last Friday morning have been causing major and widespread problems in my South Down constituency – particularly in rural areas around Slieve Croob, Clanvaraghan, Dromara and Leitrim.

Many roads are impassable due to flooding, snow and fallen trees, as well as damaged power lines and telephone lines.

I wish to appeal to the Minister for Agriculture, Michelle O'Neill, regarding the ongoing snow, which has been causing major difficulty for the rural farming community in South Down.

I am urging both the minister and DARD to intervene and help farmers across South Down and other parts of Northern Ireland badly affected by the recent adverse conditions.

I am appealing directly to the minister to act quickly, giving help and financial support to farmers everywhere. I would like to thank the ongoing rapid response from all the emergency services, as well as Roads Service, Northern Ireland Electricity, NI Water, BT, Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and Down District Council.

CLLR PATRICK CLARKE (Alliance)

Down District Council

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