Election candidate urges road users to be courteous to farmers on the roads

Independent Ireland local elections candidate Tommy Hartigan.

INDEPENDENT Ireland local election candidate for Adare-Rathkeale, Tommy Hartigan has called on road users across Limerick to be extra careful as the weather improves.

After almost constant rain for many months, the farming community, he said, will be busy in an attempt to make up for lost ground.

“As the countryside comes to life over the next few weeks, I would urge all road users to be patient with the extra agricultural machinery that will be on the roads of County Limerick,” Mr Hartigan said.

“Don’t rush. If it takes five minutes longer and it means you come home, it’s worth it. Be extra careful around countryside life at this time of the year.”

While out canvassing, Mr Hartigan says he has met lots of farmers, many of whom are feeling the pressure of fodder shortage, making the reasonable living they once had much more difficult.

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“Our government needs to do more to support the sector and do better to safeguard it from the factors causing a lot of farmers to choose between staying on the land or selling up. One elderly farmer told me that it was the longest winter he had ever farmed.”