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 Sep
2020

Government committed to the agriculture sector

first_imgGovernment has reaffirmed its commitment to the agriculture sector in Dominica.Hon. Matthew Walter (file photo)Agriculture Minister Mathew Walter told Parliament last week that from as far back as 2008, the government has been making significant investment, to cushion the rising cost of imputes to farmers on the island.He said “subsidies for the budget year 2008/09 amounted to $546,354.88, in 2009/10 $469,000.00, 2010/11 $506, 674.50, 2011/12 so far amounts to $194,286.91. Total to date for the past financial years amount to $1,716 316.29. Government pays forty cents of every dollar spent by farmers for fertilizers”.According to Walter, the government is providing support to the farmers brought about by the increased cost of external imputes are having on the farming community.“This is absolutely beyond the control of small states like ours and the government is ensuring that agriculture plays a fundamental role in achieving economic growth for its people,” he said.Walter noted that government has also provided resources for staff and certification in the citrus agriculture.“Citrus orchards have been undergoing complete rehabilitation for a while now. A lot of resources went towards the setting up of the infrastructure for the propagation. This is in direct response to the citrus virus that almost wiped out the industry a couple years ago,” he added.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet LocalNews Government committed to the agriculture sector by: – February 29, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Donald Sterling agrees to sell Los Angeles Clippers, drop NBA lawsuit

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Marking another drama-filled day for Los Angeles Clippers fans, owner Donald Sterling on Wednesday agreed to sell the franchise and drop his lawsuit against the NBA.Sterling’s attorney Maxwell Blecher said in an email that Sterling reached an agreement with his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Donald Sterling’s apparent change of heart comes just days after he filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, challenging the league’s demand that he sell the basketball team he’s owned since 1981 after disparaging remarks he made about African-Americans were made public.Representatives for Shelly Sterling and Ballmer declined comment Wednesday. As of late Wednesday, Donald Sterling’s lawsuit against the NBA had yet to be withdrawn, according to online court documents.If Donald Sterling indeed drops his lawsuit and sells the team, the move would be unusual for the 80-year-old billionaire, who has a lengthy history of court battles, said Cari Grieb, an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.“He usually litigates until the end,” Grieb said. “Until at least there is some sort of settlement.”Still, a sale would end the drama sparked by the April release of audio capturing Donald Sterling’s racist remarks, in which he told a female companion he didn’t like her bringing black people to games. The comments prompted the NBA to fine Donald Sterling $2.5 million and begin proceedings to oust him from the league and initiate a sale of the Clippers.The NBA’s action also prompted Shelly Sterling to quickly find a buyer for the team, to avoid the forced sale. Last week, the NBA tentatively approved Shelly Sterling’s pick of Ballmer to own the franchise after the Seattle-based former executive bid $2 billion. The NBA must still approve the deal, a move expected by the end of July.center_img As part of the agreement between Ballmer and Shelly Sterling, the NBA last week said it was withdrawing its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team. Shelly Sterling also moved to indemnify the league against any lawsuits, including those brought by her husband.Despite Blecher’s statement Wednesday that Donald Sterling would drop his lawsuit, the real estate magnate has given conflicting statements to the media over the last month.Weeks after the scandal broke, Donald Sterling reportedly signed a document allowing Shelly Sterling to sell the team. Then, last week he apparently changed his mind, and filed a lawsuit against the NBA. Attending a charity event Tuesday night, Donald Sterling told KNBC (Channel 4) that he was ready to “move on.”“I feel fabulous, I feel very good,” Sterling said. “Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently, but it’s good.”The Sterlings were under increasing public pressure to sell the team. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a “clean break” from the Sterlings, while Clippers coach Doc Rivers said last month that it would be “a very hard situation” if Shelly Sterling retained an ownership role going forward.Shelly Sterling ultimately pushed for a quick sale because “she didn’t want to tear the city apart, tear the fan base apart, and tear the Clippers apart,” her best friend, Kathrine Baumann, said in an interview with the Daily News this week.Baumann, who said that the Sterlings’ grandchildren were heckled at school after the Donald Sterling audiotape surfaced, praised her friend’s handling of the sale. “She put this together and delivered it in a neat package to the NBA,” Baumann said.Since the scandal broke, Donald Sterling’s legal moves have been “confusing,” Grieb said. But he is selling now for financial reasons, she surmised.“There comes a point in time when you think, ‘Do you want to keep fighting and incur more legal fees or do you want $2 billion?’” Grieb said.last_img read more

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