WhatsApp 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 AUTHOR 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 Linkedin
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Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) has started the third inter array cable installation campaign for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) off the Caithness coast.The cable laying vessel Seaway Aimery supported by the cable support vessel Siem Barracuda and cable trenching vessel Grand Canyon will undertake the work.The CLV Seaway Aimery will install 41 inter array cables during the third cable installation campaign.Three trenching trial cables have been surface laid and secured by clump weights. These trial cables will be trenched/recovered during the third cable installation campaign during July/August 2018, the company explained.Sixteen cables were laid and buried during campaign one in Nov/Dec 2017 with a further thirty four laid and buried during March-May 2018.The CLV Seaway Aimery will be supported by the TSV Grand Canyon I (or III) for cable burial.The CSV Siem Barracuda will support inter-array cable installation activities in the Northern portion of the Beatrice wind farm, conducting cable pull in, testing and termination activities, working in parallel with the CLV Seaway Aimery.The Siem Barracuda will undertake the following work scopes: personnel transfer to WTG foundations and OTMs by Ampelmann gangway, crane operations to transfer equipment to/from WTG foundations and OTMs, work class ROV activities at the seabed in the vicinity of WTG foundations and OTMs, and survey activities along the planned inter-array cable routes linking the appropriate WTG foundations/OTMs.The Beatrice offshore wind farm will be operated from a base in Wick and capable of providing enough energy to power up to 450,000 homes, when fully operational by the end of 2019.
After a rough start to Big Ten play, where the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost four of their first five conference matchups, UW has managed to win two games in a row and improve their conference record to 3-4 (11-9 overall).Now, the Badgers will welcome red-hot Indiana (17-3 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) to the Kohl Center Tuesday, where they will look to avenge a 59-58 defeat they took in early January at the hands of the Hoosiers.Last time outUW’s most recent game was a victory on the road against Penn State. That win did not come easily for UW — after holding a 17-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the second half, the Nittany Lions came roaring back thanks to great three-point shooting and the Badgers missing some crucial free throws down the stretch.Penn State cut the lead down to three points with 30 seconds remaining, but after a missed layup on the following possession and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ making three of his next four free throws, Wisconsin was ultimately able to hold on.Wisconsin’s keys to victoryContinue to feed Happ: Happ – who was just honored with his second consecutive Big Ten Freshmen of the Week award — gives the Badgers a legitimate offensive presence in the post, and when they have fed the big man this season, they have found success as a team. In the seven games this season where Happ has scored at least 15 points, the Badgers are 6-1, with the lone loss coming in the heartbreaker against Maryland. He’s combined to record 34 points and 19 rebounds in Wisconsin’s past two outings, and he should be in line for another big day against Indiana’s weak defense.Prevent dribble penetration: In Wisconsin’s most recent losses to Maryland and Northwestern, the Badgers fell after giving up driving lanes to their opponent’s guards and allowing them to make play after play as a result.Terrapin point guard Melo Trimble scored 21 points and dished out five assists, while the Wildcats Bryant McIntosh managed 28 points and five assists of his own, all because UW made it too easy for them. Indiana boasts an elite scoring point guard of their own in Yogi Ferrell, so it will be on Wisconsin’s perimeter defenders to limit his effectiveness.Opposing player to watch: Senior guard Yogi FerrellFerrell is one of the best point guards not only in the Big Ten, but in the entire country. He’s smart, quick with the ball and does essentially everything a team would want out of their floor leader.In 20 games this season, the senior is averaging team highs in 17.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from behind the arc. Ferrell is the clear focal point of Indiana’s high-powered offensive attack, as his 236 field goals attempted are 70 more than any other Hoosier player.In the team’s first meeting against the Badgers this season, Ferrell scored a team-high 19 points in 36 minutes as he lead the Hoosiers to victory.