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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Gardaí recover €96k worth of cannabis in barrel in rural village

Gardaí have recovered €96,000 worth of suspected cannabis from a rural village in Co Roscommon.

Gardaí in Castlerea and the Divisional Drugs Unit found the drugs in a barrel in a wooded area.

Cannabis in Roscommon

Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“As part of Operation Tara, the ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of controlled drugs, Gardaí have seized approximately €96,000 of suspected cannabis from a location in Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon.”

“Gardaí from Castlerea and the Divisional Drugs Unit recovered the drugs, which were hidden inside a barrel stored in a wooded area.”

“The drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis. No arrests have been made at this time. This investigation is ongoing.”

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Macra and RSA launch partnership to improve road safety behaviour

In other news, Macra na Feirme and the RSA (Road Safety Authority) have partnered to launch a campaign to encourage better road safety among young people from rural communities nationwide.

The partnership will focus on four key areas, including:

  • The dangers of mobile distraction;
  • The importance of wearing seatbelts;
  • Be safe be seen;
  • How to prevent driver fatigue

Furthermore, another element will be the education and awareness around farm machinery safety. There will be a special emphasis on knowledge around towing trailers and associated regulations.

The RSA will offer training to Macra youth leaders on creating a positive environment for educating their own members.

Mr Sam Waide, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, said:

“We recently released figures showing that 78% of road fatalities so far in 2021 have occurred on rural roads.”

“We cannot get complacent; early intervention with local communities can help us to tackle this.”

The RSA urges all vehicle drivers to:

  • Slow down;
  • Be mindful of agricultural vehicles on rural roads and vulnerable road users, particularly as the evenings get darker and driving conditions deteriorate in the winter months.

“We look forward to engaging with their members to raise awareness and provide essential training to help reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

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