2 February 2011
Making good progress at Balbriggan Maritime Museum group which met again this morning. Had a chat with the County Manager and delighted to say he is very supportive of our initiative.
From fisheries to farming, followed up on the critical state of guys in horticulture, who are being treated disgracefully by dominant supermarkets. Spoke with a member of the Horticultural Action Group in the Dept of Agriculture. Before we left Government, we made sure that €4 million in grants were in place and the deadline is the 18th of this month for applications. These grants may help but are not a solution to the below cost of production paid to farmers by supermarket buyers. I hope to meet farmers soon to set out a strategy for making horticulture viable again.
At Balbriggan train station, local Green supporters gathered to canvass my home town. With no other local candidate in the race apart fom myself, and my solid list of achievements and good track record of helping people, this canvass was by and large encouraging with a good number of SARGENT NUMBER ONE votes. A Dublin City FM reporter Peter Kearney on 103.2FM button holed me for a few words when we were in Lambeecher estate.
Quick bowl of soup and a cuppa with JJ in Molly’s Tea Room on Bridge Street before heading to canvass in Malahide. Meanwhile I’m glad we opted for those slimmer posters given the windy conditions developing. Not easy for the volunteers on the ladders securing them to poles. Some minor falls but no injuries so far thamk God.