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

Students to be screened

first_imgStudents to be screened January 15, 2005 Regular News Students to be screened Before being allowed to work with state attorneys and PDs A draft of a procedure to screen law students who are certified to work for state attorneys and public defenders should be ready for the Bar Board of Governors to review at its meeting later this month.Board member Robert Rush, chair of the Committee to Study the Law School Practice Program, told the board last month that the committee has met with law school officials, Florida Board of Bar Examiners Executive Director Eleanor Hunter, and Bar General Counsel Paul Hill. It also met with Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, who raised concerns about the program with the Bar.The program certifies law students to work, under the direction of an attorney, in certain public service agencies, including state attorney and public defender offices.The problem, Rush noted, is there were no background checks of the students as part of the certification, and many had not finished their background checks with the FBBE. That resulted in some students with questionable backgrounds, and in some instances criminal convictions, being placed in the jobs, including with prosecutors.“We hope to have a rule ready at the next meeting,” Rush said.last_img read more

WCMF 15 days away…organizers say they are ready

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 69 Views   no discussions Events Director, Natalie Clarke-MeadeEvents Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Nathalie Clark-Meade says plans to host the 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival are going smoothly.The festival is fifteen days away from its grand staging and Meade told a weekly press conference this week that while sponsors must be recognized for their efforts and patronage, the staff of the DFC should not go unnoticed. She said there are several staff members who are working long hours and behind the scenes to ensure the success of the festival.Meantime a new activity surrounding the Annual World Creole Music Festival has been given two enthusiastic thumbs up from the officials of the Dominica Festivals Committee.Deputy Chairman, Sobers Esprit.Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee Sobers Esprit says Friday Dwivé which is held every Friday at the Krazy Kokonuts has been an excellent invention, creating a bigger buzz around the festival.“We are celebrating our culture and our music and we are letting the world know what the WCMF is all about. We have achieved a lot. I want to say in a big way a thank you to the Festival Dweevay. It is a great invention and in many ways has helped the festival and I want to say thank you. This weekend we will have the swinging stars so we want the rest of Dominica to join us,” he said.He said the festival is a team effort because it involves large number of persons working both behind and in front the scenes.Meantime Proprietor of Krazy Koconuts Frankie Bellot is calling for more appreciation for the annual event.“Everybody wants our festival but we have it and we don’t appreciate it. I don’t think government should be pushing the WCMF. Government should just be facilitating the way. It has to be the private sector. It’s about time we stop depending on government to do a festival that’s benefiting the entire country and the private sector.”He said the WCMF is an engine of growth and should be adopted by the private sector.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNewsWCMF 2011 WCMF 15 days away…organizers say they are ready by: – October 13, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

USC tops UCLA in UCI Invitational final

first_imgThe last time the Women of Troy found themselves in an overtime thriller, Anni Espar netted her second goal of the game to secure the Women of Troy the 2013 NCAA National Championship title in a triple-overtime sudden death extravaganza against Stanford. And though the national title wasn’t on the line Sunday evening, USC’s chances of defending its UCI Invitational crown — and bragging rights — were.Take the lead · Senior two-meter Colleen O’Donnell scored six goals throughout the four games of the UCI Invitational, including two goals in the championship game against UCLA, which put USC ahead 5-3. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanStanding in the way of retaining that title was crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA.After demolishing Cal State Bakersfield 21-1 in the opening round of the tournament Saturday morning behind a combined five-goal effort by the Haralabidis twins —  freshmen drivers Ioanna (3) and Stephania (2) — the Women of Troy found themselves in a rematch with No. 10 Cal State Northridge.In USC’s first meeting with the Matadors earlier this month, senior goalie Flora Bolonyai tallied 10 saves during a spectacular performance that led to the sixth shutout in program history in a 13-0 victory. Even though the Matadors were able to find their way onto the scoreboard this time, Bolonyai repeated with another stellar outing, recording 12 saves in just three periods of work as USC earned a 12-5 triumph.A strong Saturday in the pool earned the Women of Troy a spot in the semifinals, where they faced No. 4 California Sunday morning.Jumping out to a quick first period 4-1 lead, the Trojans never allowed the Golden Bears to gather any momentum. USC entered intermission with a 6-3 advantage and gave up no ground in the second half.Stephania Haralabidis — who logged her first career four-goal game — continued her offensive prowess as she scored four goals in USC’s 12-7 victory over Cal. On Monday, she was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week after leading the Women of Troy with 10 goals throughout the four-game tournament.“Stephania was excellent against Cal,” said 12-time National Coach of the Year Jovan Vavic. “She is a young player, but this girl is going to be an Olympian for sure. When she gets more comfortable in our system and starts playing more [freely], without too much thinking, she is going to be an unbelievable player.”After UCLA stunned No. 2 Stanford by registering a 9-6 sweep of the Cardinal in the other semifinal matchup, the stage was set for a dramatic finish.The Women of Troy entered the game with an unblemished record of 11-0, largely thanks to incredible offensive production throughout the season so far. But the dynamic Bruin play style turned the championship game into a defensive battle.The Blue and Gold got on the board first, gaining a 2-0 lead before senior two-meter Madeline Rosenthal ripped one in to close out the first period, number 15 of the young season for the Miami native.In the second half, senior two-meter Colleen O’Donnell propelled USC to a 5-3 lead with back-to-back scores of her own.As time was winding down in the fourth period, the determined Bruins cut into the lead with just under two minutes to play. As Trojan fans began to celebrate, UCLA plugged in another goal with just five seconds remaining in regulation to even the score and force overtime.“It was disappointing for us to have a two-goal lead with just a couple minutes to go and let them get back into it,” Vavic said. “We relaxed. We got the lead, and we stopped attacking. We made some defensive errors, and we just didn’t finish the game when we had a chance to do so.”With momentum in their favor, the Bruins continued their scoring streak — recording the lone goal in the first period of overtime to take a 6-5 lead. But this would not last long.In the second period, junior two-meter Eike Daube was determined to keep the undefeated season alive. Just 42 seconds in, Daube rocketed a shot across the goal, which found its way into the net to even the score. Daube’s day was not finished there.Just after the U.S. Junior National Team member tied it up, Daube tacked on another one with a skip shot to pull the Women of Troy ahead, 7-6. Terrific Trojan defense followed, giving USC the title of UCI Invitational champions once again.“Eike came through in the second overtime, and this is her best overall performance as a Trojan,” Vavic said. “Whenever there is a little bit of adversity, it’s great to see someone like Eike step up.”Daube’s stellar play throughout the tournament, which included three goals against Cal in the semifinals in addition to her late heroics against UCLA, earned the title of MPSF Player of the Week.The tournament was USC’s first tough competition of the year and Vavic treated it as a great learning experience.“I learned that we are really tough,” Vavic said. “We stayed together when we were challenged. We are going to be a tough team to beat this year.”Next up for the Women of Troy is a trip to Tempe, Ariz., where USC will face Arizona State in its first MPSF event of the season.last_img read more