4 Jun
2021

All roads lead to City for newly merged local authority in…

first_imgPedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Email Ballyneety Community Development Association (BCDA) ‘Sod turning’ held on June 12 TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyCllr Tom NevillelimerickLimerick City and County Council Facebook NewsPoliticsAll roads lead to City for newly merged local authority in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2014 797 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleRed Ribbon offers free HIV rapid tests in LimerickNext articleLimerick clamper wants no bonus from Special Olympics Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Council row over funding for Ballingarry and Askeaton Rathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer services Twitter Print WhatsApp Cllr Stephen KearyCOUNCILLORS in the new municipal district of Adare-Rathkeale have proposed that the newly merged Limerick City and County Council reconsider moving its planning, environment and roads departments back to the County Hall in Dooradoyle.Speaking at the first Adare-Rathkeale area meeting this Tuesday, Cllr Stephen Keary (FG) expressed disappointment over the recent “carving up” of the three related services, with the relocation of the planning department to new city offices on Patrick Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Keary called on the Council to reconsider reversing its decision and move all the departments back to County Hall to facilitate people from County Limerick with planning issues.“There was a triangle that worked well between these three departments in Dooradoyle. Planning, roads and environment go hand in hand and now it’s been made more difficult for people from the County by carving them up,” said Cllr Keary.“It’s disgraceful that there isn’t even a public toilet for customers at the new Council office in Patrick Street. Ye talk about putting people first, but ye are putting them last,” he said.The Fine Gael councillor also stated that he had “major difficulty” that promises made by the Council executive 18 months ago, before the merger, to bring all services under the one roof in Rathkeale, had not been honoured.“We were told it would be like a mini County Hall, but the office hasn’t changed,” said Cllr Keary.Cllr Richard O’Donoghue (FF) seconded Cllr Keary’s motion to have the three planning departments reinstated in County Hall. The first-time councillor reminded the Council executive that it was tasked with serving the people of County Limerick and not just the city.“The County has looked after the City long enough. You’ve made it harder now for people in the country to get to ye. The system that was in place in Dooradoyle was perfect and its time to put it back the way it was,” he said.Cllr Ciara McMahon (SF) agreed that all the local authority offices were based in the City and did not serve those living in rural areas.“A return journey from Ballyhahill into the city is 74 miles. What happens if I don’t drive and need to conduct business with the planning department?” she asked.Council director of finance and director of the new municipal district of Adare-Rathkeale, Tom Gilligan told councillors that he was “disappointed” to hear their comments. He said that the newly merged local authority was at the “birth stage” and insisted that “putting people first” was at its core.Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Kevin Sheahan (FF), told council members that there was nothing said at the historic first meeting that he didn’t disagree with. He also predicted that teething problems within the newly merged local authority would “come right eventually”.Newly elected Cathaoirleach of the Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, Cllr Tom Neville (FG), said it was vitally important that all services were retained in the area. Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale Proposal for Adare affordable housing pilot projectlast_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Lecture explores oral culture in digital age

first_imgWilliam Butler Yeats and Federico García Lorca may have been writing 100 years ago, but English PhD candidate John Dillon suggests their works from near the turn of the 20th century reflect a moment of change similar to today’s cultural upheaval.Dillon, the Notebaert Graduate Presidential Fellow in the Department of English, delivered a lecture Friday titled “From Oral Culture to Open Access: Yeats, Lorca and the Digital Turn.” He argued that the current digital or information revolution mirrors the Industrial Revolution that catalyzed European Modernism at the turn of the 20th century, and that by examining the work of writers like Yeats and Lorca today’s readers can better understand the current cultural climate.Explaining the fascination the writers had for the folklore of their respective Irish and Spanish cultures, Dillon said both were immersed in folk culture and for them, the artistic event of a folk tale was far more remarkable than written word.“If folklore, as Yeats and Lorca would insist, is not what is kept in the archive but in the heart, then one should reconsider their engagement with folklore based on how they encountered it rather than what they collected,” he said.Dillon said Lorca especially was “highly suspicious of the written word” and had a deep commitment to creating a “living art” as “alive and pulsing as a frog.”Because of Lorca’s upbringing in southern Spain, Dillon said the poet was immersed in the rural, folkloric culture throughout his early life.“For Lorca, any sort of cosmopolitanism is completely a second language,” he said. “Growing up in Fuente Vaqueros, a folk way of life would have been as natural as the ground beneath his feet.”Lorca’s early works, notably “Poema del cante jondo” and “Romancero gitano” reflect this deep-rooted identification with Spanish folklore, Dillon said. Similarly, Yeats’ understanding of the organic nature of art allowed him to think of literature as an activity or a game being played, he said. Because of this, Yeats created a “potent” and “ephemeral” art.“This is a living art; it’s stitched into life,” Dillon said. “This is perhaps the critical characteristic of the art … in this way, the awareness that what one is doing is art flickers in and out, which makes it spontaneous, organic and undefinable.”The intersection of folk culture and European Modernism in Yeats’ and Lorca’s writing is important because it affects the way today’s scholars view literature, he said.“If the aesthetic catalyst at the beginning of the 20th century was the Industrial Revolution, then the digital or information revolution bookends this century,” Dillon said. “We can hold up the former as a foothold for perspective to see the latter.“It seems to me that with the digital turn … we are moving towards a form of art which is quite like the type of living art I have been describing. It’s strange; we are moving forward in time but we’re aesthetically regressing.”Dillon said the digital revolution creates a type of “gold rush,” where people anxiously attempt to preserve and archive today’s culture.“We have to digitize everything. Everything must be in an archive,” he said. “We are the contemporary folklorists… [and] this rush of anxiety parallels the development of new tools for recording and preservation.“More can be recorded, so more must be recorded. We also see an obsession with metadata, taxonomy and classification.”In the midst of a moment of cultural change, Dillon said both writers and readers must resist the marketability of art and remember that content is not created for the market.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Netanyahu vows relief as Israelis fume over virus-battered economy

first_img“This support, this grant, is not dependent on legislation and we have instructed that it be put into effect today. The button will be pressed and the money will reach accounts in the coming days,” he said.  He also announced a broader aid package for workers and small business owners would advance through Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, over the coming days.The influential columnist with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Nahum Barnea, said Saturday’s demonstration reflected the breadth of suffering in the Jewish state. “The protest ran the entire gamut, from owners of small businesses that had collapsed, to unemployed people from the entertainment industry, musicians, stage hands and people from the tourism sector,” he wrote.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged immediate financial aid to Israelis whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus, as his government faces mounting anger over its pandemic response. Thousands of protesters turned out in Tel Aviv on Saturday to voice frustration at Netanyahu, who won praise for his early response to the outbreak but has come under criticism amid a resurgence in cases. Netanyahu did not mention the Tel Aviv protest ahead of his weekly cabinet meeting, but promised that financial help was on the way, starting with cash disbursement of up to 7,500 shekels ($2,170) to the self-employed. Barnea argued that Netanyahu has a history of showing disdain for protests against his leadership, but said he expected the premier to increasingly open the government coffers to quell public anger. “A protest that is about money can be placated with money,” he said. Netanyahu has conceded that Israel’s broad re-opening was premature, but also cautioned against renewed lockdown measures that would again bring economic activity to a halt. While restaurants remain open, new restrictions targeting bars, event venues and places of worship are being implemented. Israel, a country of some 9 million people, has recorded more than 38,000 coronavirus cases, including 358 deaths. The Jewish state last week registered more than 1,000 new cases in a 24 hour period multiple times last, a major spike compared to daily figures that typically hovered below 50 before the economy reopened. Topics :last_img read more

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