OPW urged to provide farmers with with emergency funds after flooding
Farmers all over the country have been left counting the cost of high winds and flooding as Ireland was battered by storms.
Gale-force winds knocked down trees, power lines and damaged farm buildings in almost all counties over the past week, while heavy rain flooded large tracts of land.
Data from Met éireann showed that rainfall levels reached more than three times normal last week, while several more inches of rain are forecast for the coming days.
Weather stations in Oakpark in Co Carlow and Roches Point in Co Cork recorded between two and three inches of rain, equating to more than 300pc of normal levels for the time of year.
However, stations at Valentia and Cork airport recorded even more rain, amounting to three-and-a-half inches last week.
Farm buildings in the Abbeyknockmoy and Killererin areas of north Galway were flooded and livestock evacuated to neighbouring farms and sheds in recent days.
Farmer Joe Fahy from Killererin lost his year's supply of turf when his sheds were flooded and he was forced to move his cattle from the slatted house as the floodwaters rose. He is now travelling two miles twice a day to a slatted shed donated by a neighbour.
Galway county councillor Peter Roche has called for flood relief measures or compensation to be made available to farmers whose sheds and slatted houses were damaged.