Henry and Patricia Walsh farm in Oranmore, Co Galway along with their son Enda and neighbour and outfarm owner John Moran
In December 2016, having received an income tax demand from the Revenue in relation to patronage shares purchased in 2011, I wrote in the Farming Independent that I felt Revenue needed to be challenged on the demand but that no one individual farmer was in a position to take them on.
It’s springtime on the farm again and with it our hopes and expectations are refreshed for the year ahead. Preparations are complete, the calving has started, the grass is growing, the fertiliser is out.
As the old saying goes, what a difference a year makes. This time last year, Trish and I were enjoying a fantastic holiday in New Zealand. Today, we are advised to travel no more than 5km unless it is essential.
The worldwide response to finding a Covid-19 vaccine has shown the value of working together — now let’s hope the same levels of co-operation can be shown in solving the problems posed by Brexit and climate change.
In times like these we wonder will there ever be good days again. It is very difficult not to be influenced by the fear and anxiety in the air, especially when we see where complacency has landed Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
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