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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

22 PROPERTY TOPIC •

22 PROPERTY TOPIC • 12 April, 2018, PROPERTY OF THE WEEK 73 COILL RUA MULLINGAR Co. WESTMEATH N91 E4AX Asking price: €189,950 A well presented semi- detached three bedroom family home with entrance hall, living room, kitchen and dining area, utility room, guest WC, landing, master ensuite, family bathroom, wellmaintained garden, and garden shed. Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt and Davitt are delighted to offer a wonderful opportunity to purchase this charming and tastefully decorated semi-detached home in Mullingar. The home has many features including spacious accommodation with excellent décor throughout, oil fired central heating, PVC double glazed windows and doors. THE PROPERTY The ground floor accommodation briefly comprises of a welcoming entrance hallway with timber flooring, fitted alarm, and a phone and internet point. A living-room overlooking the front garden and driveway contains a feature Stanley “Oisin” cream ceramic stove with timber surround and marble grid, semi solid JOHN COYNE ESTATES Auctioneers & Valuers €475,000 €275,000 MILLTOWN LANE, MILLTOWNPASS. A most magnificent 5/6 bed detached family home of over 3,150 sq.ft. on approx. 4.7 acres. Constructed only 10 years ago to the highest standards with Impressive “B” energy rating. €195,000 timber flooring television aerial point, internet point, and bespoke black and clear glass on double doors to the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen and dining area is most impressively fitted with eye and floor level cabinets, cooker and hob, dishwasher, fridge freezer, splash backs, with porcelain floor tiling and storage unit. All kitchen units have under unit lighting. Also downstairs is a utility room with porcelain floor tiling, built in units, washing machine, and tumble dryer. Upstairs, the first floor contains a spacious landing with hotpress, carpet flooring including underlay, access to the attic, and three bedrooms with the master being ensuite. The family bathroom has a bath with shower hose, fully KINNEFAD, EDENDERRY. Spacious 3 bed mid 80’s bungalow on 0.7 acres within close proximity to Edenderry and all its amenities. Dual heating system, double glazed pvc windows, walls re-insulated etc. Excellent value for money. tiled shower cubicle with electric shower, WC, wash hand basin, extractor fan, and wall and floor tiling. Master bedroom with carpet flooring including underlay, central heating temperature control and monitor, and ensuite with fully tiled wet room with electric shower, WC, wash hand basin, and extractor fan. Remaining two bedrooms contain semi solid timber flooring and built in wardrobes. FEATURES The property is heat - ed with oil fired central heating as well as solid fuel stoves, and is insulated with PVC double glazed windows and doors, and additional rockwool insulation in the attic. This spacious ideal family home is exceptionally decorated with excellent attention to detail and finish. A tarmac drive allows ample space for THE SYCAMORES, EDENDERRY. Immaculate 5 bed detached residence situated to the front of the highly sought after development of The Sycamores. Spacious living accommodation and finished to very high standards throughout €149,500 parking and the property benefits from mature landscaped lawns in front and behind. There is ample storage space throughout the home. Ideally located in town and close to all amenities including shops and stores, schools and churches, bus and train stations, pubs and restaurants, as well as the Royal Canal line, a beautiful location for walking and cycling. Included in the sale are carpets, curtains, blinds, light fittings, fixtures and fittings, all appliances, and garden shed. The property benefits from an excellent B2 energy rating. DIRECTIONS From Mullingar, travel out the Ballymahon Rd and turn right into Greenpark Meadows, Take the first left into Coill Rua and the house is on the left hand side. Viewing of this property comes highly recommended. For more information on this property and many more in the area, contact Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt and Davitt on 044-9340000, visit davittanddavitt.ie or daft.ie, or pop into the office on Dominick St, Mulli - ngar. ST. FRANCIS ST., EDENDERRY. ---------Price Reduced--------- Exceptional town centre detached property finished to the highest standards throughout. It also comes with substantial outbuildings (suitable for conversion) and a large rear garden. 087 2888363 / 044 9362500 M.I.P.A.V. (REV) I Licence no. 001013 KINNEGAD EDENDERRY www.coyneestates.com 6 - 9% RISE IN MIDLANDS HOUSE PRICES In Westmeath, house prices in the first three months of 108 were 9% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 15% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €189,000, 60% above its lowest point. Offaly has also seen a 9% rise above last year’s prices, compared to a 13% increase seen a year ago. The average Offaly house price is now €177,000, 46% above its lowest point. In Meath, prices in the first three months of 2018 were 6% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 13% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €251,000, 67% above its lowest point. Properties required for buyers in the market this week Apartments, Town Houses, Semi Detached & Detached Houses Required Urgently CML Auctioneers, Castle Street, Mullingar, Tel: (044) 9339933 ****** 3 & 4 bed properties in all areas of Mullingar, Collinstown, Delvin and Castlepollard - Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt and Davitt - 044-9340000 ****** John Coyne Estates urgently require 3 and 4 bedroom houses in the Kinnegad & Edenderry areas for ready to go cash buyers. John Coyne Estates 044 9362500 / 0872888363 ********* Properties of all types in particular 2, 3, 4 bedrooms homes in the Kinnegad, Killucan and Enfield areas, for ready to go buyers - Sherry Fitzgerald Tom Fox - 044-9379988 National prices House prices nationally rose 2.5% during the first three months of 2018, according to the latest House Price Report released last week by Daft.ie. The average price nationwide was €247,000, 7.3% higher than a year ago. Compared to their lowest point in 2013, prices nationwide have risen by an average of 50% or just over €82,500. In Dublin, prices rose by 2.3% in the first quarter of the year. This means that the average price in the capital is now €145,000 higher than five years previously. In Cork and Galway cities, prices rose only marginally in the first three months of 2018 (by 0.3% and 0.1% respectively) but New to the Market BALLYKILMORE, TYRRELLSPASS, CO. WESTMEATH Elegant three Bedroom Detached House on 0.75 Acre Site. Located close to Tyrrellspass Village with easy access to M6 motorway. Viewing comes highly recommended €185,000 - CML Auctioneers - Castle Street, Mullingar, Tel: (044) 9339933 26 RADHARC AN CHUAIN, MULLINGAR Spacious bright two-bedroom first floor apartment located in a prime, well established area of town with private entrance close to town centre and all amenities. €129,950 - Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt and Davitt - 044-9340000 2 GLENVIEW, CASTLEPOLLARD Three-bedroom semi-detached bungalow set on a large mature site of approx. one third of an acre within walking distance to the town centre. €120,000 - Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt and Davitt - 044-9340000 HEATHSTOWN, CORALSTOWN, MULLINGAR Spacious detached Residence on 0.5a site with detached garage €225,000 - Eddie King Auctioneers - 044-9342707 15 RAHANINE MANOR, ROCHFORTBRIDGE Lovely bright three bedroom semi-detached, overlooking green area with of- street parking and rear garden. €150,000 - Eddie King Auctioneers - 044-9342707 ******** Davitt & Davitt WEʼRE YOUR LOCALS Castlepollard, Collinstown, Streete, Finea, Coole, Fore, Crookewood, Lismacaffrey The Square, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath T: 044 966 100 E: jwalsh@sfdd.ie sherryfitz.ie PRSA: 01440 are now 59% and 70% higher than their 2013 lows. In Limerick and Waterford cities, prices rose by 2.1% and 2.4% respectively in the first three months of the year. Outside the main cities, prices rose by 3% in the same period, with the largest increases in Munster, outside the cities. The number of properties available to buy on the market nationwide continues to fall. There were just over 20,000 properties on the market in March. A significant increase in Dublin listings – up from 2,700 a year ago to 3,500 now, largely offset a fall in availability elsewhere. The number of properties on the market outside Dublin is now at 16,800, down 1,000 on a Jennifer Walsh Sales Negotiator 086 3946428 Aidan Davitt Managing Director 086 8235945 year ago and the lowest on record, for a series starting in January 2007. Commenting on the figures, Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft.ie Report, said: “The picture of the housing market in Ireland currently remains one of strong demand and very tight supply pushing up prices. There are some elements for cautious optimism, including an increase in transaction volumes countrywide and in stock on the market in Dublin. Nonetheless, during a five-year period when consumer prices did not change, housing prices rose by 50%. This is an indication of how inadequate housing supply is.” MILLTOWN LANE (BOG RD.), MILLTOWNPASS, CO. WESTMEATH. N91 P2NC John Coyne Estates proudly present this most magnificent 5/6 bed detached family home sitting on approx. 4.7 acres and less than 1 hour from Dublin City centre, Airport, M1 & M50. Asking Price: €475,000 Agent: John Coyne Estates 044 9362500 / 0872888363 74 ABBEYFIELDS, CLONARD, CO. MEATH. A83 XD92 Exceptionally finished 4/5 bedroom detached home on large corner site. Ideally located at the end of a cul-de-sac and opposite a large open green and is not overlooked to the rear. Asking Price: €285,000 Agent: John Coyne Estates 044 9362500 / 0872888363 78 ABBEYFIELDS, CLONARD, CO. MEATH 4 bedroom detached home situated in the heart of Clonard in a popular residential area. Acc includes 4 beds (1ens), kitchen, dining room, sitting room, study/playroom, bathroom and utility. Asking price €270,000 - Sherry Fitzgerald Tom Fox - 044-9379988

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 23 Interesting March meeting of Westmeath Executive IFA PENROSE CALLS FOR SUBSIDY FOR FARMERS IN FACE OF FODDER CRISIS Labour spokesperson on Agriculture, Willie Penrose TD, has called on the Government to provide a subsidy for farmers struggling as a result of the current fodder crisis to enable them to purchase alternative food stuff or import fodder for their livestock. Deputy Penrose last week said: “This has been an exceptionally long and harsh winter for farmers right across the country, with prolonged periods of bad weather. LAKELAND DAIRIES OPENS FODDER HELPLINE MID WESTERN FORESTRY www.midwesternforestry.ie • (068) 32266 ALL LANDOWNERS Forestry Premiums between €510 & €660/ha/yr for 15 years Native Woodland Establishment: €665 - €680/ha/yr/ for 15 years Agroforestry: €645 - €660/ha/yr for 5 years Wood for Fibre: €510 - €520/ha/yr for 15 years Grant covers establishment and maintenance Draw down your single farm payment Retain full ownership of land and timber Revenue from timber sales Tax free Income “By now, most farmers nationwide would typically have their livestock out, but are being hampered by the weather conditions, significantly reduced soil temperatures and an amalgamation of other factors, which has led to this current fodder shortage. “Even farmers in my own constituency in the Midlands would normally have around a five-week surplus supply and be in a position to assist others less fortunate, but are now struggling themselves and have less than two weeks available supply. “Farmers will now have to purchase alternative food stuff and feed, and in order to ensure the supply of roughage required, will have to import fodder from abroad at this stage. “With many farmers already financially stretched following the harsh winter, the Government must now engage in a collaborative way with all the stakeholders, including the farmers and their Lakeland Dairies has set up a dedicated fodder helpline for its milk suppliers on 042 969 4341. Lakeland Dairies are advising farmers to measure fodder stocks on the farm and to budget/estimate a fodder requirement to 1 May. Farmers should then quantify any shortfall or surplus and contact Lakeland Dairies to inform them of their situation and for advice and assistance. Lakeland Dairies will buy any surpluses from farmers for redistribution; they have sourced forage and fodder reserves at home and have also established a number of immediate fodder supply channels from the UK. A representative from Lakeland Dairies has said, “We have been in communication with farmers throughout the winter thus far on fodder availability and management. Our member relations, agri technical sales team and nutritionists are available to assist farmers and we advise them to make contact with us. Our fodder stretcher also continues to be available (at the lowest possible rates).” The helpline is dedicated for fodder enquiries only. General enquiries can be made as usual to Member Relations on 1890 47 47 20. representatives, to ensure that a financial subvention is forthcoming to help in this regard. “I would also urge the co-operatives to provide assistance, and in Bernard Kiernan Midlands Forester 087 2809774 Contact us for a free consultation and site visit this regard together with the main financial lenders to provide credit at competitive costs, and in effect, assist farmers in need by accepting lesser margins.” ICMSA want March milk pricesetting to take account of “near catastrophic” weather Against a background where the problems on farms seem to be growing by the day due, principally, to the atrocious weather conditions, the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee has said that the imminent round of March milk price announcements by processors will have to prioritise farm and farmer welfare. Milking for the first three months of 2018 in what Ger Quain described as “near catastrophic” conditions all over the country has taken its toll and adding to that worry, there is no end in sight. “Fodder is non-existent in many areas with many farmers sourcing supplies from anywhere possible to keep animals healthy”, he said. “ICMSA is receiving reports from members throughout the country in relation to their cattle having to be housed for months on end, reduced milk production, very poor grazing The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association has outlined to Minister Creed a number of options that, if taken collectively, can help farmers facing fodder shortages. Speaking on the current crisis INHFA National President Colm O’Donnell stated, “This situation has developed because the Minister refused to listen to those of us that have for months now been warning of an impending fodder crisis.” “While it is regrettable,” he continued “that our advice was not taken, what is of far greater concern is the impact that this is having on the mental health of farmers, who have endured enormous stress for the last number of months, not knowing how, or when they will be through this. For these farmers it is important that they discuss their problems with someone they trust, or maybe a professional, or if they want they can contact our office.” With recent media attention focusing on the need to bring fodder into the country, O’Donconditions - if any grass growth at all - increased concentrate feed bills and the sharp reduction in milk price which is being compounded by low constituents experienced over the last month. This is a daunting list of problems and it will have to be faced by everyone standing together and showing solidarity – the co-op’s role in sourcing fodder is hugely important and is appreciated,” said Mr. Quain. “But the area where our co-ops can - and must - show more support is milk price and the low constituents current are compounding the problem in that area. We want and expect co-ops to factor - in the undeniable range and extent of the pressures on farmers and to set a March milk price that is informed by that situation. That means, and we are saying this clearly, that the way to show farmers the support that everyone agrees is required right now is to hold March milk price at current levels. We have to go past declarations of support and into real tangible commitments – that means holding March milk price,” concluded Mr. Quain. Peter Burke T.D. Pictured at the March meeting of Westmeath Executive IFA where representatives from FBD Insurance Plc addressed the meeting on farm insurance, public liability, and pensions and retirement: From left to right: Joe Henson, Nigel Reneghan Ulster/North IFA Chairman, Barbara Allen Manager FBD Mullingar, Kenneth Bray Chairman Westmeath IFA, Willie Flanagan Westmeath IFA President, Paul Slevin Westmeath IFA Environmental Committee and Gillian Davitt FBD Life & Pensions. “NO SINGLE SOLUTION TO FODDER CRISIS” - INHFA Working on behalf of the Community Constituency Office Blackhall Court, Blackhall, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Tel 044 9385044 Mob: 087 7941888 Email: peter.burke@oir.ie nell stated, “While this is an option that needs to be explored it will take time which is what we don’t have. For this reason the following proposals we believe can have a more immediate impact.” MEASURES RECOM- MENDED BY INHFA Immediate roll-out of a meal voucher This recommendation was made by the stakeholders group last January and if im - plemented then would have played a major part in averting the current crisis. We now need to see measures around this put in place in the coming days. GLAS – TRADITIONAL HAY MEADOW Farmers in GLAS with Traditional Hay Meadow are required to close-up these meadows on the 15th April. This needs to be put out to the 1 May and if a derogation from Europe is required, it should be sought now with farmers notified this week of this proposal. This will give them time to plan their grazing. GLAS PAYMENTS Cash-flow for many farmers is now a major concern. Yet in GLAS we have some 4,000 farmers still waiting on their 2017 payment. This has to be sorted, but the Department seem to be incapable of doing so in any efficient manner. This is why another mechanism needs to be put in place. A payment directly from the State on a loan basis which would be refunded from the farmers GLAS payment when Department staff get around to the final validation of their payment will get these farmers paid. This was done in France a number of years back and we believe can be done here provided the will is there to do it. For the other 46,000 farmers there is a 15% payment still due which we are told won’t be paid until the summer. There may well be a need to engage with Brussels on this but we believe they will be sympathetic and accommodating in ensuring this gets paid out over the next two weeks. TRANSPORT SUBSIDY SCHEME From its announcement we had major reservations that this could deliver and unfortunately this was proven correct. However the scheme is there and with some changes can still have an impact, all be it quite low. With this in mind we are recommending that the 100km restriction be lifted and that registered hauliers be included as the co-ops seem uninterested in the scheme. The establishment of a fodder register by Teagasc is even at this late stage a help, which can be assisted by a simplified transport scheme. subsidy HOLD ON FARM INSPECTIONS The current stress levels for many farmers are at unprecedented levels. For this reason we are recommending that all inspections (with the exception of those on animal welfare grounds) be suspended until 15 May. Inspections are stressful for farmers when everything else is going well, but under present conditions may well be a tipping point for some farmers. O’Donnell concluded, “The measures outlined here can, if implemented in full, help alleviate some of the problems but needs to be acted on.”

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