Irish livestock trade hit as Turkey suspends live cattle imports

Ban to run for at least two months.

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Ireland’s livestock trade has suffered a setback with Turkey announcing a suspension of live cattle imports.


The ban will remain in place for at least a couple of months, according to An Bord Bia.

Turkey says the move aims to protect their country’s producers amid concerns about an oversupply of beef.

Ireland exported some 13,000 cattle to Turkey in 2018, a drop on the previous year’s figure of 30,000.

Meanwhile, the Lancet, a medical journal, has stirred up a wave of anger with a report that diets containing meat could prove as damaging as smoking to human health.

A bunch of food scientists have seemingly come up with the finding following which it has been recommended that people minimise their intake of beef, lamb, pork and potato.

However, the report is being regarded by some as over the top. A top American cardiologist has said meat should make up about one-third of the plate.

Perry among five candidates seeking a Fine Gael nomination for local elections

Selection convention this evening.

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Former TD and Junior Minister John Perry is among a number of Fine Gael candidates seeking a party nomination for the coming local elections.

Former Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister John Perry

The selection convention is being held in the Castledargan Hotel in Ballygawley this evening.

Others vying for a place on the party ticket include outgoing councillor Dara Mulvey, former council member Gerry Mullaney, Blain Feeney and Martin Connolly.

The convention will decide the number of candidates to be chosen.

Proceedings are scheduled to get underway at 7 pm

Meat crucial to balanced diet – cardiologist

‘World is full of recovering vegans and vegetarians who eventually burn out from a 100 percent plant-based diet’.

‘A beef hot dog from grass-fed cattle is perfectly healthy and packed full of nutrients’.

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After an afternoon in which the issue of meat consumption controversially dominated RTE’s Liveline programme, with TD Michael Healy Rae alleging the presenter “brought me on to the programme to insult me” and to “ridicule me”, it is worth considering what medical professionals have to say on the subject of meat as part of a balanced diet.

Jack Wolfson is an American certified cardiologist with over 12 years in practice. He was a senior partner with a large, multi-speciality cardiovascular group for ten years performing angiograms, pacemakers, and cardiac ultrasound. In 2012, he opened Wolfson Integrative Cardiology, a private practice where the focus is on using nutrition, supplements, and chemical avoidance/detoxification.

The following is his article on meat consumption:

Why I Tell My Patients They Can (And Should) Keep Eating Meat
By Dr. Jack Wolfson
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“Where’s the beef?” That was the slogan of a major fast food chain years ago. And after the new recommendations from the World Health Organization — which announced earlier this week that red and processed meat are carcinogenic — consumers may be saying the same thing.

But should we really kick meat off our plate? After all, meat has been part of the human diet for millions of years.

All mammals eat meat or insects. And almost every society in the history of the world has been meat or seafood eaters. People in the Mediterranean and other “Blue Zones” routinely live into triple digits incorporating meat into their diet. And breast milk, full of saturated fat, can represent the sole nutrition for a baby for one to two years.

Let me be perfectly clear: When I recommend eating animal products, I am referring to free-range, grass-fed cows, pastured-chickens, and wild seafood.

As an integrative cardiologist who follows a Paleo diet, I believe that meat is part of a healthy, nutritious, and well-rounded diet. It’s a fantastic source of saturated fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. (This is especially true for organ meats such as kidney, liver, and heart. Our ancestors prized these cuts. Best of all, they are the cheapest.)

It’s important to note that what the recent WHO report really condemns is processed meat. Presumably, this includes everything from chicken nuggets to pork bacon. Let me be perfectly clear: When I recommend eating animal products, I am referring to free-range grass-fed cows, pastured-chickens, and wild seafood. A beef hot dog from grass-fed cattle is perfectly healthy and packed full of nutrients.

One concern about meat has always been nitrates used as a preservative. Yet the contribution to overall nitrate load from processed meats to our diet is small. It represents only 10 percent, and the vast majority of nitrates actually come from vegetables. Of course, this is a good thing, as nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, a vasodilator and anti-inflammatory molecule. Vasodilators keep blood vessels open wide.

So what does this mean for you?

The amount of meat you choose to eat is really up to you. Some will prefer once per day; some once per week.

But I believe we need to incorporate some amount of meat and seafood into our diet for optimum brain and body health. The world is full of recovering vegans and vegetarians who eventually burn out from a 100 percent plant-based diet. Once the body runs out of fuel, symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, and low muscle mass arise.

The majority of our diet should be vegetables, but I suggest that meat make up about one-third of your plate. Organic veggies are the foundation of our Paleo pyramid. Paleo nutrition is vegetables, meat, seafood, eggs, avocado, nuts, seeds, olives, and a little seasonal fruit. It worked for our ancestors for millions of years — it will work for you.

Funding for North West men’s sheds

No announcement of industrial jobs for the region.

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The government is funding a stack of men’s sheds in the North West.

Aid has been granted for 32 places in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Nationally the government has allocated around half a million euro towards the development.

Donegal is down for over €30,000 for 21 sheds, Leitrim is getting just under €6,000 for four sheds and Sligo, where seven sheds are on the cards is receiving €13,000.

So far, however, there hasn’t been a hint of a new industrial enterprise for the region.

Cervical checks for men in the UK

No tests for women transitioning to men who have a cervix.

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Sign of the times – the UK health service is offering cervical checks to men.

The measure, it appears, is part of the country’s politically correct regulations designed to appease the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and Q part of the population.

Never mind that men don’t have a cervix, the NHS is seemingly still carrying on the service as if they do.

However, cervical tests are not being provided to women who believe themselves to be men and have a cervix.

The UK Telegraph reports an MP as saying “the NHS effort to be politically correct is putting the lives of women who claim to be men at risk.”

The MP is also said to have claimed the process is “wasting the time of men who claim to be women by offering them tests for organs they do not have”.

So there you have it! And, yes, in case some haven’t noticed, the homosexual LG acronym has now been extended to LGBTQIAGNC which, it’s understood stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and gender-non-conforming.

Parasite threat to health of South Sligo public water users

Council triggers boil water alert.

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Cryptosporidium is back in South Sligo’s public water supply. The parasite has seemingly either managed to dodge the extensive sampling and scouring works carried out under the direction of Irish Water less than a year ago or has newly arrived from some outside source.

A species of Cryptosporidium

In any event, its unwelcome presence is affecting a swathe of areas serviced by the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes.

Places named on Sligo County Council’s website include Curry, Killoran, Carrowcushely, Glenn-Kinnagrelly, Carrownacarrick, Kilmacteige, Bellahy, Achonry, Talt-Castleoye Trunk, Aclare, Tobercurry, Kesh, Achonry-Ballymote Trunk, Moylough, Templehouse, Ballymote, Muckelty, Rockfield, Annagh, Oldrock, Cloonacool, Quaryfield, Banada, Killavel, Branchfield-Collooney and, in Mayo, Cloontia, Quarryfield and Doocastle.

People taking their drinking supply from the schemes are being warned to boil the water.

The parasite is a nasty affair that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Symptoms include watery diarrhoea, dehydration, lack of appetite, stomach cramps or pain, fever, nausea, vomiting.

As the parasite is protected by an outer shell it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection. It is especially dangerous for young children, immunocompromised individuals and the elderly.

Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their general practitioner, says the council.

So, what has happened that last year’s scouring of the waters has failed to prevent the parasite showing up 11 months later? Is it of human or animal origin? The council’s website does not provide the answers.

Lough Talt ….home to State guarded white-clawed crayfish.

Councillors are heard to be complaining, with one even saying planning permission must be pursued for the provision of a new plant. All well and good, of course, but isn’t there some problem to do with the site of an EU protected snail population in the vicinity of the Talt?

Between the snails and the parasite then, it looks that the entire region of householders and businesses will have to suffer on yet again.

Not good enough by any measure.

What can be expected, however, is that TD’s will now come under pressure to have government get off their arses and finally deal with the ridiculous long-time danger to public health in the region.

People are advised to look up the county council website for more information surrounding the boil notices and the measures those reliant on the Talt and Ogham water schemes are being urged to observe.

Gardai investigating fire at hotel earmarked for asylum seekers in Rooskey

More than 80 scheduled to occupy the premises.

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A fire which damaged the Shannon Key West hotel at Rooskey is being investigated by Gardai. The building had been earmarked by the government as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

The cause of the blaze which broke out before 8 pm on Thursday has not yet been established.

It is understood the government proposed to house more than 80 asylum seekers at the premises, the second hotel to be used as a Direct Provision centre in county Roscommon. The Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen was contracted in 2017 to accommodate upwards of 240 Syrians and is now being mentioned as a location for a further 111 migrants from Lebanon.

Last year, the 39-room Rooskey-based building was the subject of a dispute in the High Court.

Recently a hotel in Donegal in which the government planned to accommodate 100 migrants was also damaged by fire days before the migrants were to have moved in.


Contrary to denials, accounts suggest that the number of refugees pouring into the country is at record levels. According to an informed source, centres are at present catering for a refugee population of about 7,000.

The asylum system is believed to be costing Irish taxpayers around €170 million a year and rising. Hotels converting premises to migrant reception centres are being compensated to the tune of millions of euros. The system is said to have accommodated some 60,000 asylum applicants in 2018.

Under measures announced by Charlie Flanagan, the Justice Minister, asylum seekers are now allowed to take up full employment in the State, a move which is expected to facilitate the employment of thousands of migrants. Migrants are also entitled to bring their relatives to live with them in Ireland.

As of now, it’s not known how many foreign migrants in the State are undocumented or illegal. Some have put the figure at several thousand.

Last month, Flanagan went on to commit Ireland to provisions of the UN Global Compact on migration, a new and highly controversial measure some countries argue will lead to increased immigration flows and erode the sovereignty of individual States over migration.

UN Conference

A UN Conference on immigration in Morocco which Flanagan attended before Christmas heard that some 30 countries, among them many EU States, flatly refused to endorse the pact.

The agreement or Compact is heavily backed by global banking and multi-national conglomerates. It identifies as priorities easement of border controls on the movement of migrants, basic services to economic migrants and ramping up of laws to make public criticism of migration a criminal offence. The Compact also discourages its signatories from funding organisations they consider to be racist.

Although represented before and at the Conference as non-binding,  it is being claimed that the pact is already de facto international law with the UN now discussing plans for a four-year check-up of pact endorsing countries, starting in 2022 to establish whether they are implementing the agreed policies or not.

Despite the apparent implications for the country, it doesn’t seem that the Compact has been agreed, even debated by the Dail.

Western train stations to be downgraded to unmanned status

Passengers will have to book online or obtain tickets from automated machines.

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Another cut-back in rural services is apparently on the cards as reports indicate that now train stations in Mayo are to be downgraded.

According to accounts, staff are being withdrawn from at least four
stations including Castlebar, Claremorris, Ballyhaunis and Ballina.

It is claimed no staff will be available to process ticket sales or
deal with passenger queries in the targeted stations. Instead, passengers will have to purchase tickets online or at self-service machines in the various staff downgraded locations.

Staff currently employed at the stations are to be relocated to other parts of the country.

The proposed new plans are expected to be implemented with effect
from March.

A Mayo TD is said to be questioning the move which some local interests say would be a significant blow to yet another rural-linked service.

Details of the plans have yet to be confirmed.