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€60,000 has been raised by Mayo IFA in conjunction with Aurivo and McHale Farm Machinery. The funding will go to Cancer Care West for the purchase of a bus that will provide a service for Mayo cancer patients travelling to Galway for treatment.

Pictured at the fundraising draw which took place on Friday March 1st in the Halfway House, Islandeady:

Back Left to Right: Pat Duffy Chairman Aurivo, Cathal Hughes Mayo Man of the Year, Martin Gilvarry Chairman Mayo IFA, Padraic Joyce Regional Chairman IFA, Richard Flaherty CEO Cancer Care West, John Kennedy Purchasing Manager McHale Farm Machinery, Roy O’Brien IFA Regional Executive.

Front Left to right: John Donnelly Former IFA President and Board Member of Cancer Care West, Maria Ryan Mayo IFA County Secretary, IFA President Joe Healy, Michael Ring TD Minister for Community and Rural Affairs and Sean Clarke Mayo IFA County Treasurer.

Commenting on the figures released today by the Health & Safety Authority, IFA’s Health & Safety Executive William Shortall said 2019 would see the rollout of IFA’s peer-to-peer farm safety learning initiative.

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The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin, who have held a successful partnership with IFA for a number of years, have launched a new Vascular Health Programme which offers a rapid and direct access to vascular diagnostic tests. The standard price for this testing is €267 however the offer for the first 100 IFA Members is €150.

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Speaking at the Women & Agriculture conference in Killarney today (Wed) IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair, Caroline Farrell said that a recent survey undertaken by the Association reveals that lack of time is the main barrier to women becoming involved in a farming organisation. 61% of respondents cited it as the main reason they did not get involved.

The survey, undertaken by the Association, sought feedback from people that live and work on farms across Ireland. The findings will inform the work of the IFA Diversity committee, which was established to increase women’s involvement in IFA. The survey builds a picture of the possible barriers to involvement and provides recommendations on how best to support women to get involved in the Association.

“It is encouraging to see that the important role that women play on Irish farms is recognised, with over 95% of the respondents valuing their contribution,” said Ms. Farrell.

She said that the results showed over half of the women surveyed would like to see more opportunities for women that wanted to get involved in the leadership of farming organisations, which clearly demonstrated the value of the work being undertaken by the committee.

“Women in agriculture are very busy, juggling family responsibilities, farm work, housework, off-farm employment and volunteer work but there are measures that need to be explored to enable more women to get involved,” said Ms. Farrell.

The IFA Diversity committee will be meeting with relevant stakeholders and focus groups in the coming weeks with the aim of presenting recommendations to IFA National Council at the end of 2018.

FA will launch a survey during the Ploughing Championships to identify ways of increasing women’s participation in IFA. The survey will build a picture of those that live and work on farms across Ireland, to provide recommendations to enhance women’s involvement in the Association.

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