Comment: It’s time farmers were saved from themselves
Young man (26) dies in quad bike accident while helping his father on family farm. Married father of two dies from serious head injuries while working with cattle on his farm. 70-year-old farther of five killed in accident involving a tractor.
Over the course of just three days recently, these three farm deaths happened. If this was in any other sector there would be uproar over the level of fatalities and an action plan would be commissioned.
Unfortunately, in farming, it's just another few days on the farm.
Worse still, across the country countless more non fatal farm accidents and near misses are likely to have gone unreported.
After the recent deaths, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed made a remarkable comment on farm safety in Ireland, that went under the radar.
Talking about farm safety and in particular the number of farm deaths, he said: “In truth we’re losing the battle.”
An extraordinary admission from the man in charge of a sector which has spent decades attempting to reduce the number of fatalities.
Tragedy has been too common in the news recently and the tragic loss of the crew of rescue 116 to the horrific attacks this week in London meant that the deaths on Irish farms were pushed off the front pages indeed hardly make any pages at all.