Cavan County Council took the unusual step of hosting the November statutory monthly meeting in the historic location of Ballyhaise Agricultural College. Situated on 500 acres of rolling drumlins the centre of agricultural excellences has been home to an agricultural educational centre since 1906.
The council meeting heard that in the last 110 years of serving the educational needs of the farming community of the region the facility has had to change and adapt to many advancements from mechanisation to digitisation. The training school has a state of the art operational dairy training farm, is a leader in the field of forestry training and has a extensive beef and sheep intrests.
CEO of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan, said that it was fantastic to be invited to host the meeting in the historic building: “The Agri-Food sector is vitally important to this county, the region and indeed all of rural Ireland. In their role as educators this Teagasc play a crucial role in Cavan's continued success in this area. That will be even more important as Brexit looms.”
Over the course of the day, the council covered a wide range of topics. Thomas Cooney of the IFA made a presentation to the Chamber regarding plans for the development of the Greenway recreational rout.
Other topics that the councillors debated included Bank of Ireland Services in Bailieborough, Killeshandra primary Care Centre, Dún na Rí Forest Park, the maintenance of trees and hedges in the county, the proposed Digital Hub and the creation of a fair society for people with disabilities.
For a full report from the meeting, see this Wednesday's Anglo-Celt.