• Galway East Independent deputy Seán Canney says it’s a very welcome move by Minister Denis Naughten  to make €700,000 available to remove stock piles of tyres from farms.

    The collection point for tyres in this region is Athenry Mart, Co. Galway and the date for collection is Saturday the 13th of October.

    The tyres will be collected by the Irish Farm Film Producers Group and they have agreed to the removal of tyres from farms through four Bring Centre collection points. Farmers must bring their herd numbers to these collection centres for verification purposes.

    Deputy Canney is encouraging  all farmers who have stock piles of tyres to bring them to Athenry and they will be disposed of. The cost to the farmer under this heavily subsidised scheme is 15 euro per tonne, for the first 3 tonne and after that the market price of 160 euro per tonne applies.

    The vast majority of tyres collected will be recycled in Ireland which will support Irish jobs’

    Full details are available on www.farmplastics.ie

  • As Road Safety week continues, today has been designated "Tyre Safety Day", when all road users are urged to check their tyres.

    Defective tyres are a contributing factor in an average of 14 road deaths per year.

    Every month, 8 and a half thousand vehicles are found to be dangerously defective because of the condition of their tyres.

    Free tyre checks are being offered at Irish Tyre Industry Association dealers across the country this week.

    Gardai and the Road Safety Authority, based in Ballina, have teamed up for tyre safety day, to remind motorists that driving on dangerous or under-inflated tyres puts their lives and the lives of other road users at risk.