Limerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticism

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticismBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2015 1187 TAGSCllr Francis FoleyCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Michael CollinsCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestSinn Fein by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinLIMERICK City and County Council’s housing department came under heavy fire as councillors expressed their discontent with how it’s been run since the merger of the two local authorities last year.At this month’s Newcastle West municipal district meeting, Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin said it was “scandalous” that he had to put a motion on the agenda to get works carried out at a council house in Garravane, Mountcollins.“I’m not happy with how the housing department is being run. It’s not working. After exhausting every other avenue, I have had to put this on the agenda to try alleviate problems for a young family with young children,” he explained.Cllr Galvin said the house was damp and cold and had problems with leaks. An estimated €50,000 had originally been spent by the Council on works when it was purchased for social housing stock, but local councillors raised serious questions about the workmanship involved.He warned the council that he would address issues in regards social housing through motions at public meetings if the housing department didn’t up its game.“I’m a little perturbed that this issue had to be brought up at a council meeting and I’m disturbed to hear work had already been carried out in this house. Who signed off on the work?” Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan asked.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne said he was disappointed that Cllr Galvin was forced to take such drastic measures to get this work completed for a young family.“Our housing stock is deteriorating rapidly and has been for many years. The same standards in the private sector do not seem to apply to the local authority. There are houses out there with no insulation,” he claimed.Fine Gael councillor Jerome Scanlan told the council executive that their tenants were expected to pay local property tax, but didn’t get the same service as that expected by tenants from landlords in the private sector.“Rents in Newcastle West are around €135 a week,” he said.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley asked that the Council take inventory of its social housing stock and provide money to upgrade it.“Some of these homes haven’t been upgraded in over 20 years. House are freezing, people have no insulation, yet rents are going up,” he said.Cllr Michael Collins (FF), an auctioneer in Newcastle West, said that no one at the Council was taking responsibility for this problem. When his fellow councillors asked his opinion on the current value of council house in Garravane, Mountcollins, Cllr Collins estimated it to be worth around €30,000.Area engineer Ben Noonan said that contact had been made with the tenants to deal with issues of dampness in their home. Linkedin Mayor welcomes the re-opening of non-essential retail across Limerick Call for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closure Print Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Previous articleEstuary run to recall Larry’s community spiritNext articleLarge numbers at elevated Rás Luimní Alan Jacques WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New role for Cllr John Sheahan Plaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh Culture and Religion Twitter Limerick Council social housing policy in ‘tatters’last_img read more

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard named an All-Star starter

first_imgThe Clippers’ Fun Guy is going back to the All-Star Game.Kawhi Leonard’s first appearance as a Clipper will mark his fourth All-Star appearance overall, all of which have been as a starter. After representing the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors in previous All-Star Games, Leonard will become the seventh player in league history to appear on behalf of three franchises.The league announced Thursday that he joined Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis as frontcourt starters representing the Western Conference. The other starters – as selected by a combination of fan, media and player voting – are Houston’s James Harden and Dallas’ Luka Doncic.The Eastern Conference will be represented by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kemba Walker, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam and Atlanta’s Trae Young. Leonard might not have been keeping count at home, but he finished third in the Western Conference fan vote, with a total of 3,917,190 tallies, according to the NBA. George – who is averaging 23.5 points, but who missed the first 11 games because of rehab on his shoulders and has been sidelined for the past seven games with a hamstring strain – came in fourth among fans, with 1,505,691 votes.James led all Western Conference fan vote-getters with 6,275,459.Antetokounmpo got 5,902,286 fan votes, far and away the most in the Eastern Conference captain race. Like James, Antetokounmpo will captain his conference’s team for the second consecutive year after his side lost to Team LeBron last season. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img All-Star reserves chosen by the coaches from each conference will be announced next Thursday and the All-Star draft is set for Feb. 6, when James and Antetokounmpo will draft the starters and then the reserves. The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.Last summer, Leonard further increased his profile by leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, earning recognition as the Finals MVP for the second time. Then he opted to join the Clippers this offseason as a free agent, teaming up with Paul George, who arrived in a blockbuster trade.Leonard is averaging a career-high 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5 assists this season. He’s stuck to an injury management regimen, skipping half of every set of back-to-back games and which has, in part, limited him to appearances in 34 of the Clippers’ 45 games, during which they’re 26-8.“It’s great,” Leonard said recently in regard to the fan vote, of which early results had him consistently in third place among frontcourt players. “I’m happy that I have some fans or people that like to enjoy watching me play. I thank them. I love them for voting for me.“But,” he added, “I’m not keeping track (of the voting).” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more