Ireland: Donegal potato grower battles to save his livelihood

A farmer who has battled for days to save his €300,000 potato crop after the Donegal floods is hoping he has done enough to save his livelihood, writes Stephen Maguire. Seamus Lynch was left devastated when he arrived at his 125 acres of crops at Porthall in Lifford early on Wednesday morning. A combination of a spring tide and the torrential rain which lashed the north-west left many parts of his lands on the banks of the River Foyle waist-high in water. The experienced farmer knew there was no time to waste and set about sourcing water pumps to get the water off his land in a bid to save his crops which also included barley and corn. He erected seven pumps which have been working around the clock to get the water off the land. A team also dug trenches to allow the water get back into the River Foyle. More