Monthly Archives: June 2021

Funds flow to fix County’s water system

first_imgWhatsApp Email Linkedin Facebook Advertisement MORE than €3mn is to be spent in Co Limerick on replacing 23km of watermain to avoid water being lost through the current leaky system. It comes a week after the Limerick Post reported that the city council was to spend more than €5mn on replacing 19km of watermains. This week, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, approved Limerick County Council’s proposals to carry out extensive rehabilitation works in the County at an estimated cost of €3.065mn.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Hogan’s stated: “It is difficult to justify major capital expenditure on new water supply infrastructure unless we also tackle high unaccounted for water levels in the existing supply systems. I expect local authorities to commence mains rehabilitation and replacement works with a value of over €320mn nationwide.”The Council intends to carry out the work to replace 22.865km of watermain along with 624 associated new individual services.According to the Minister’s department, common backyard services will also be replaced in accordance with the relevant Departmental Circulars.The rehabilitation works will tackle pipes that are ranked poorly in regard to age, condition, burst history and that have experienced level of service problems.“The Council’s priorities for water mains rehabilitation are to enhance the water quality, prevent mains failure, identify service pipe defects, improve pressure and flow, reduce interruptions to supply and address leakage and operational serviceability,” a Department of Environment statement said.The Minister’s approval now allows Limerick County Council to prepare contract documents for its water conservation proposals with the view to seeking tenders and having the works commence as soon as possible.center_img Previous articleMcManus ‘embarrassed’ at latest honourNext articleCattle moved from farm under garda escort admin Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsFunds flow to fix County’s water systemBy admin – August 15, 2011 661 last_img read more

Home alone elderly woman confronted by 22-year-old

first_imgNewsLocal NewsHome alone elderly woman confronted by 22-year-oldBy admin – July 31, 2012 835 A PROBATION report has been ordered for a convicted drug addict who kicked open the bedroom door of an old age pensioner in search of money while she slept.  Ray Tully of O’Donnoghue Avenue, Janesboro, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to the burglary of the home of his 86-year-old neighbour on June 3, 2011. Tully pleaded guilty to burglary and to criminal damage at the address after he gained entry to the house by breaking a downstairs window.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up State evidence was given where an elderly lady was home alone on the night in question, when she was confronted by a raider who kicked open her locked bedroom door before he fled the scene.The pensioner contacted her nephew who, in turn, contacted Roxboro Garda Station.Tully was arrested two days later and made admissions to breaking the window and causing the damage valued at €500 and entering the property in search of money to feed his drug habit.“I was stoned out of my head,” he told gardai when questioned about the incident, “but I wish I could apologise to that lady now”.The woman, who suffered no injury only the trauma of the frightful experience, it was said, had locked her bedroom door for security reasons as she lived alone.Tully told gardai that he thought the house was unoccupied and that there might be something contained in the locked room.The court heard that the accused had previous convictions for criminal damage, possession of drugs and public order incidents. He also had convictions for the possession of a knife and certain implements as well as for theft.22-year-old Tully received a short sentence for a similar burglary matter, Judge Carroll Moran heard, and that he was on remand since December 11 last.Mark Nicholas, defence counsel, said that the accused fell into heroin addiction when he was 15 and that issues developed connected to his drug taking.The court heard that Tully immediately left upon finding the pensioner inside and that it was not a “clever” crime and something that was more “spontaneous” than anything else.He added that Tully was dealing with his addictions, and a letter from his drug counsellor was furnished to the court.Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the matter until October 2 next, remanded the accused in custody and asked for an updated report from the Probation Services. Twitter Facebook Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleStored over 90,000 cigarettes for ‘sinister group’Next articleHijacked taxi driver tells court of panic attacks adminlast_img read more

Sub-machine gun stored by creche worker for cash

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK creche worker will be sentenced in the New Year after she admitted having a sub-machine gun stored in her home because she had financial difficulties and needed the money.Celine O’Riordan with a former address at Cliona Park admitted having the weapon and 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition in a bin outside her home in July of last year.During the sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that the mother of one was approached by an unidentified person and offered €300 to store the gun for a short period.Ms O’Riordan hid the weapon and ammunition in her bedroom wardrobe after it was dropped outside the door of her home.She was told that someone would be along to collect the gun a few days later.She removed the Mac 10 gun from her bedroom wardrobe, wrapped it in a pillow case and a Supervalu bag and put it in the bin outside her home.When it was found by Gardaí executing a search warrant, she explained her version of events. However, detectives didn’t believe her as it was clear to them that the gun was being stored in the bin and was not discarded.The court heard from Ms O’Riordan’s father who said she was vulnerable, had no previous convictions and that this was not in character.“I took her out of that situation and she is not a danger to anybody or never was”, he said.Adjourning the case to February 12, Judge O’Donnell said that “given the bizare set of circumstances, he wanted a probation report to “get the full picture before finalising the matter”. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Printcenter_img Email TAGSfeatured NewsCrime & CourtSub-machine gun stored by creche worker for cashBy Staff Reporter – December 28, 2014 1105 Previous articleHomeless man died two days after seeking refuge at priest’s houseNext articleNeighbour rescues woman from house fire Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus last_img read more

Young offenders benefit from restorative justice in Limerick

first_imgby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A STUDY of Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick has shown that restorative justice should be a preferred option for young offenders.Ireland’s first and only non-statutory youth restorative justice service provides a range of services to young people who have been involved in crime and are engaged with the Probation Service.The study carried out by Quality Matters found significant benefits not only for young people but also for the families and the victims of crime. The evaluation revealed that young people displayed a significant increase in empathy towards victims after engaging with the project, as well as better family relationships and less contact with the Gardaí and court system.Parents also reported positive outcomes for family life and improved relationships while victims of crime found that restorative justice (RJ) was a far better experience than the traditional criminal justice system. They stated that by participating in the project, they had a meaningful voice and found it more respectful and inclusive than the traditional court process.The project, established in 2010, works with young people on probation using a range of RJ models including face-to-face meetings, proxy victims, victim empathy programmes, and reparation.  The RJ project is part of Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services, which provides volunteer mentoring as well as RJ, and family support services to young people who offend. Previous articleLimerick Council hears passionate call for marriage equalityNext articleMajor rally against water charges planned for Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSLe Chéile’s Restorative Justice ProjectlimerickProbation ServiceQuality Matters Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Facebook Linkedincenter_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsLocal NewsYoung offenders benefit from restorative justice in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – January 30, 2015 1053 Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of Childline

first_imgNews‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of ChildlineBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2016 752 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleMajor media names for LimerickNext articleGarda move over asylum centre attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THIS Saturday three university students from Limerick will be running a one-day tag rugby tournament in aid of Childline.The ‘Tag Time’ event will be held in Garryowen FC and will commence at 10am, and organiser Michael McInerney is urging people to get involved as it is for a very worthwhile cause.“The tournament itself will host 20 teams of 10 players and we want to attract as many people as possible to play or support on the day. Tag Time is all about getting together with friends to enjoy the festivities. There will be entertainment and craic to be had with an all day DJ, live band, raffles, prizes and much more. So even if you have no interest in the rugby, there will be plenty of activities to keep entertained”.Lunch will be available on the day with Garryowen running a BBQ and all facilities will be available so that participants can relax and enjoy themselves with friends and colleagues.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each team of 10 players must have a minimum of 3 girls per team. Tags will be provided on the day. There is no need for specific team kits but if this is achievable then it will not be discouraged.The cost of entering a team is €200 and you can register on https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tag-time-tickets-20426574434, or email [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Print Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Facebook Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGScharitychildlinelimerickRugby Twitter Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Jan considering Labour leadership bid

first_imgEmail WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jan O’SullivanFORMER Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has told The Limerick Post that she is “seriously considering” an entry to the race for the leadership of the Labour Party.Following the resignation of Joan Burton, four front-runners have emerged from the remaining seven Labour Party TDs with Deputy O’Sullivan joined by Wexford’s Brendan Howlin, Tipperary’s Alan Kelly and East Cork’s Sean Sherlock.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Labour Parliamentary party is set to meet next Tuesday and Deputy O’Sullivan said that she may “throw a hat in the ring”.The Limerick TD, who won a 1998 bi-election following the death of Jim Kemmy, said that the political landscape can change in a very short space of time so she would consider her position over the coming days.“Well it’s true to say that a week is a long time in politics and things have turned right around. I remember that it was a very solemn walk in to the count centre at the University of Limerick Sports Arena after the General Election and I was on the cusp of losing my seat.“But thankfully, the fat lady didn’t sing then and I went on to retain my seat and indeed a seat for the Labour Party.“I will give this next option some very serious consideration.Deputy O’Sullivan “bucked the trend nationally” when she secured 11 per cent of the Limerick vote at the February 26 election – and the last Dáil place in the four seat constituency of Limerick City.“The Labour Party is strong in Limerick and it is around the rest of the country that we have to work on or rebuilding.“It’s fair to say that I am one of the four, along with Alan, Sean and Brendan and I feel that I have a lot to offer the Labour Party through my experience.“There’s plenty of fight left in this old dog”, Deputy O’Sullivan said as she recalled that just 24 votes separated her from a possible elimination in GE2016.The race for the last seat eventually came at a cost to former Fine Gael TD and now Senator Kieran O’Donnell who was eliminated on the final count NewsJan considering Labour leadership bidBy Staff Reporter – May 11, 2016 777 Print First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSAlan KellyBrendan HowlinfeaturedJan O’SullivanLabour PartyleadershiplimerickSean Sherlock Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Linkedin Previous articlePics – Corbally Community GamesNext articleCollopy lawyers seek exclusion of probation report Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment last_img read more

30 million hits so far for virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel

first_imgTwitter Print TAGStommy emmanuel Email Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Judge to consider sentence for knifepoint robberyNext articleEight year sentences for Limerick Collopy brothers Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. News30 million hits so far for virtuoso Tommy EmmanuelBy Eric Fitzgerald – July 20, 2016 718 Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24Tommy Emmanuel, Australia’s legendary guitarist, has a professional career that spans almost five decades. His virtuoso playing has earned him two Grammy award nominations. Tommy plays more than 300 concerts a year, gathering hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, bringing him from international jazz festivals to shows with the Sydney Philharmonic, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to performances for the Masai people in remote areas of Kenya.Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The YouTube sensation has more than 30,000,000 views and you can witness the master in person in full flight at the Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24.Tommy answered  Limerick Post’s questions this week.After 30 million views … Has YouTube and your videos had a positive impact and revolutionised the amount of fans worldwide that are now aware of your music?Youtube and the Internet have had an amazing effect on many artists’ careers. Personally, I have been amazed by the coverage that I get from social media. My career in Europe really took off because of Youtube and then China, Russia and other Asian countries followed.I’ve enjoyed working with creative people making videos and capturing live performances in the hope of reaching into people’s lives and surprising them.Since the ’50s the guitar has been at the forefront of mainstream music evolution. A look at the singles charts today revealed no guitar sounds in the top 10. Will the guitar sound lead the way again in mainstream popular music culture?I think the guitar is still the coolest instrument on the planet. I also think there are more players than ever out there. Perhaps pop music is not as riff-driven as it used to be but there is still a lot of great players taking their music all over the world. We are all thankful that people still love to come and see live music being performed by passionate artists.Lookin’ forward to at the Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24?I haven’t played in Limerick for quite a few years and I’m looking forward to the concert on Sunday. I have a lot of fond memories of playing my first shows in Ireland to really enthusiastic music lovers. Ireland is one of the birth-places of great music.Tommy Emmanuel performs at Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24. Linkedinlast_img read more

O’Dea will ‘push like hell’ to abolish mandatory retirement age

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Dragons Breast Cancer Survivor support groupNext articleSearch on for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Willie O’Dea TDA UNIVERSAL pension payment should replace the State Pension and the mandatory retirement age should be abolished.That’s according to Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection that has recommended a major reform of how the State pension operates.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, who sits on the committee with six other TDs and four senators from across all parties, held meetings earlier this year with Age Action Ireland, with the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Congress and Active Retirement Ireland.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Deputy O’Dea said that he is “going to push like hell” to have the mandatory retirement age abolished as it is gone in other countries “so bureaucratic inertia must be the only reason the bills have not passed through”.“No employee should be contractually obliged to retire based on age if they are willing and able to remain at work.It was recommended that the disparity between the retirement age and the pension age needs to be addressed and that the gender disparity that exists in pension income is also addressed as a matter of urgency.”The committee found that the current averaging system is inequitable and a new type of contribution system should be devised.“I am told by the Minister that €250m extra is going to be needed just to accommodate those who have reached retirement within the last 12 months and that is before there is any increase in the budget”, Deputy O’Dea said.Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, is considering the introduction of a Total Contribution System to replace the averaging system, the committee noted.A universal pension payment to replace the State Pension (Contributory and Non-Contributory) was also amongst the recommendations put forward.Deputy O’Dea also highlighted that the discrimination against women had to be immediately addressed.“In 2012, changes were made to increase the number of bands and a doubling of the minimum number of required contributions was also introduced.This should be suspended immediately as they are negatively impacting and discriminating against women”.The committee went on to say that pension recipients deserve to have a feeling of stability and security about their incomes.“As people benefit from greater longevity, the ratio between those of working age continues to alter, from five to one in the 2011 census and projected to fall to half that by 2050.“This creates pressure on the existing pension system. There are also current consequences of historic inequity, such as the impact of the marriage bar on the contribution records of affected women”, the committee said.See more news here Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Twitter Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img NewsO’Dea will ‘push like hell’ to abolish mandatory retirement ageBy Staff Reporter – July 19, 2017 1380 Facebook Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSJoint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protectionlimerickmandatory retirement ageState PensionWillie O’Dea TD WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedinlast_img read more

Met Éireann issues Status Orange weather warning for Limerick

first_imgLimerickNewsMet Éireann issues Status Orange weather warning for LimerickBy Meghann Scully – January 12, 2020 1106 Email Advertisement Facebook Linkedin Previous articleRacing 92 prove too much for Munster in ParisNext articleCalls for a ‘Tall Buildings Strategy’ for Limerick City Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Storm Eleanor is about to make landfall in West MunsterMet Éireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for the entire country.Storm Brendan will cause high winds during the night that will bring rain during the day.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A statement on Twitter read “#StormBrendan Status Orange warnings are in force for all counties & Status Red in marine areas. Status Orange conditions may pose a threat to life & property. Dangerous driving conditions, risk of falling trees. Avoid coastal areas if possible,”. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostStorm Brendanweather last_img read more

Rents in Limerick city rise despite national rate cooling

first_imgFacebook Twitter NewsHousingRents in Limerick city rise despite national rate coolingBy Rose Rushe – February 14, 2020 686 WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSdaft.ie Q$ 2019Irish Property Owners AssociationProfessor Ronan LyonsRental Tenancies Board Print THE last quarter for which we have national statistics for the rate at which rents fluctuate in the 26 counties is Q4 of 2019. Daft.ie’s reports issued four times annually are met with interest, given the enormous database from which it collates statistics.This portal to residential (and commercial) rentals and sales is used by virtually all estate agents and by private landlords who eschew an agency to let and maintain properties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Note the Daft infographic that shows the biggest increase in rents charged in the country were in Limerick. This is true of the city especially, presenting an 8.3 per cent gain over Q4 2018. Properties in adjacent Clare were charging almost 8 per cent more than in the last quarter of 2018.The FG-FF coalition is deemed to have fallen on the twin spears of Housing and Health. Swathes of the electorate who voted were unmoved by a 95 per cent employment rate, years of slog for a stable Brexit and Ireland ranked by the UN in December as 3rd best country in the world for quality of life (pipped by Switzerland and Norway, tops).What is driving rents here up, vis a vis Dublin levelling off with household income maxed out in The Pale?Scarcity. Daft.ie’s analyst Prof Ronan Lyon of TCD makes the point that construction costs for apartments “make it unviable to build the thousands of new rental homes that are desperately needed.”Another factor is the thousands of private landlords bailing out of the sector due to steep taxes and the cost of refurbishment between tenancy turnovers.2019 closing data for rents: €1,402 national average €896 Limerick county€1,167 Limerick city( €667 average mortgage)Feb 2020 – 76 properties availableWith a burgeoning jobs market in the Mid-Wests biopharma, food, finance, tech and aviation sectors, there has been a major influx in professional workers and their families moving to Limerick. From Cook Medical to WP Engine, Johnson & Johnson to Regeneron, recruitment campaigns by locally rooted industry are bringing an educated populace to the Mid-West.For sure, new residential stock is coming on board in the suburbs, in city new builds and the remodelling of older properties. But in a market of rising residential values, owners of landbanks and builders know that their assets are appreciating all the time. Limerick City and County Council is backing a €12mn investment in public housing so future supply is being addressed.The good news is that available rental accommodation nationally has increased by 10 per cent in 2020 since last year. Much of this is driven by tax-friendly house sharing in a landlord’s principal private residence, such contracts being outside the remit of the Rental Tenancies Board. The most recent rental index for the Board is Q3 of 2019. The Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) had a big reaction  to news that there were 21,235 tenancies registered in Q3 2019 compared to 25,448 in Q3 2018.“There was a drop of 17 per cent in the amount of tenancies registered,” commented Stephen Faughnan of the IPOA. “Rent Pressure Zones limit the income of investors without limiting the cost of the provision of the accommodation.  Property owners who rewarded  good tenants by keeping the rent low have been unfairly and substantially disadvantaged.“A recent survey carried out by IPOA revealed that 31 per cent of landlords were sub-venting their mortgage from other income, and 71 per cent of landlords were letting below market rent.  25 per cent of landlords had rent [pegged at] 33 per cent below market rent.”Mr Faughan went on to state that “sadly, 44 per cent of landlords surveyed stated that they intended to leave the market in the next five years.”Another statistic: “Between 2016 and 2018 over 2000 landlords left the sector and over 12,000  rental homes are no longer available.” Email Linkedin Previous article€6m investment brings 50 new jobs to BallinaNext articleJoe Rooney: Shut up and laugh Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Postlast_img read more