4 Jun

Give closed garda stations back to community

first_imgEmail by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] Garda stations should be given back to the communities they served and not be sold off for “paltry sums”, according to a county Limerick barrister and local election candidate.Independent candidate for Limerick west, Emmett O’Brien said Garda Stations were like post offices and the Government should stop its assault on rural Ireland and offer them to community organisations for local activities until such time as they are re-opened for their intended use.The former Fianna Fáil national executive member said on his canvass in the Askeaton, Kilcornan and Adare areas he was alarmed at the amount of people asking why Askeaton Garda station was now only open for an hour a day.“It was totally wrong that Askeaton Garda station, serving such a large area, was reduced from a Garda district headquarters to a Garda station with no appointed sergeant. We led a successful campaign to keep Pallaskenry Garda station open and this was achieved by a strong community campaign”.He added that the people in the Askeaton area needed a strong Garda presence as there had been a spate of burglaries in the area in recent weeks and the elderly are living in fear.“The decline of rural Ireland is worrying. In Limerick alone, 11 banks, 116 pubs and 6 Garda stations have closed since 2008. We need active voices in our communities to stop this decline.“I have seen the loss of vibrancy in our communities. The feeling on the ground continues to be disappointment with the main political parties and the people are looking for an alternative”, he declared. Print Twitter TAGSgarda stationsjusticeMusic Limerickshatter Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsCommunityCrime & CourtGive closed garda stations back to communityBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2014 1175 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedincenter_img Facebook Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick roller girls get Ireland’s callNext articleSearch to resume for missing county Limerick woman Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

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20 Sep

Top sides will take note of Japan upset – Johnny Sexton

first_img Japan’s 34-32 victory over double World Cup-winners South Africa in Brighton lit up the opening weekend, shrewd coach Eddie Jones masterminding the greatest upset in the competition’s history. Fly-half Sexton believes Ireland’s 50-7 victory over Canada in Cardiff looks even more impressive in the context of Japan’s stunning triumph. Press Association “Our game was really good and we got the result we deserved, but we maybe saw the flip-side of what can happen if you maybe take your eye off the ball and the gap is narrowing.” Ireland motored north from Cardiff to their new base of St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Sunday, at the Football Association’s purpose-built facility. Team manager Mick Kearney declared an injury-free squad following the Canada battle, save for the hamstring trouble Robbie Henshaw continues to fight. Connacht centre Henshaw remains in contention to be fit to face Romania at Wembley, but is yet to return to training. “Thankfully in relation to yesterday apart from the normal bumps and bruises associated with Test rugby we’ve got a clean bill of health which is good news,” said Kearney. “Robbie is progressing very well through his rehab and the expectation is that he’d be available for selection for the Romania game on Sunday. “He hasn’t trained yet but the expectation would be that would train this week.” Ireland lost their final two warm-up matches against Wales and England, but almost flicked the switch back to grind back into top gear against Canada. British and Irish Lions playmaker Sexton said Ireland are starting to feel match-hardened now, and just when it matters most. “That’s what those games are for really, to make sure we’re ready,” said Sexton of the warm-up fixtures. “That’s why we play them and they are badly needed. “You can’t get match-fit training hard. “We trained really hard in the summer, but the fitness you need in the match is totally different. “I felt a lot better at the weekend. “We’re all starting to get our match-sharpness and match-fitness and that’s what we want at this time now.” Ireland face Romania at Wembley Stadium next weekend, with Sexton calling on Joe Schmidt’s men to maintain their focus. “That victory for Japan has given the sides that are the so-called minnows a boost, to see Japan do that,” said Sexton. “You saw Uruguay do that against Wales, they put it to them for the first 20 minutes and made life difficult for them. “Argentina were obviously making life tough for New Zealand too. “It gives everyone a boost to know anything can happen. “And it’s given us an alarm call I suppose. “It was great to watch Japan win like that, and it made our performance and our result over Canada a lot better, seeing them beat a team like South Africa. “We obviously could have been on the end of something similar a couple of hours earlier. Johnny Sexton believes Japan’s shock victory over South Africa has handed Ireland a World Cup “alarm call”.last_img read more

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