Tag: Fine Gael

Poverty is the reality of the recovery

Poverty is the reality of the recovery

| August 16, 2017

JOB security is scarce, wages are low, contracts are short, and quality of work is poor. That’s the reality of the much-heralded recovery, according to Social Democrats Limerick representative and party chairperson Sarah Jane Hennelly. Commenting on a recent homelessness statistic, which shows that 17 per cent of people experiencing homelessness are currently working, she accused the government of […]

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Gang of youths causing havoc in Caherdavin

Gang of youths causing havoc in Caherdavin

| August 11, 2017

DESPITE increased Garda patrols and the installation of CCTV cameras, Caherdavin residents are being subjected to anti-social behaviour by a gang of almost 40 young people. “We can get over the loitering, but they are kicking cars, kicking balls at house windows. People have been beaten up and stabbed,” said one resident who did not […]

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Verbal abuse claim will be referred to council boss

Verbal abuse claim will be referred to council boss

| July 13, 2017

FORMER Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan claimed at a local authority meeting this week that independent councillor and barrister Emmett O’Brien referred to him as a “fat f***er”. Cllr Sheahan told members of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District at their monthly meeting that he was not happy at being subjected to verbal abuse on […]

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‘Forgiveness’ will be key to Keary’s mayoralty

‘Forgiveness’ will be key to Keary’s mayoralty

| June 29, 2017

“I WILL be a mayor for all the people of Limerick”. These were the words of new Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Stephen Keary on his elevation to the mayoral office this week. During his speech at County Hall on Monday, the Fine Gael man expressed his ambition to harness the positive and […]

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Keary wants cameras in Rathkeale by Christmas

Keary wants cameras in Rathkeale by Christmas

| June 23, 2017

“IT is time to get off the benches and into action”. That was the rallying cry from Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary to Limerick City and County Council as he urged the local authority to have CCTV cameras in operation in Rathkeale in time for next Christmas. “We were told we would have them for June […]

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Widespread condemnation of Mayoral favourite’s ‘racist’ comments

Widespread condemnation of Mayoral favourite’s ‘racist’ comments

| June 21, 2017

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been called upon to condemn comments made by Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary after he referred to Eastern Europeans and non-nationals living in Ireland as a “major drain on the State”. Speaking at last week’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, Cllr Keary – who is expected to be elected Mayor of Limerick City […]

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Council opt for consultants ahead of its own engineers

Council opt for consultants ahead of its own engineers

| May 27, 2017

IT is a poor reflection on the local authority when it has to pay out €2,000 in consultancy fees for a design to repair Ballysteen flood embankment while there are senior engineers in-house who are perfectly capable of doing the job. This was the view expressed by Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale […]

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Noonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next election

Noonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next election

| May 18, 2017

MICHAEL Noonan is to step down as Minister for Finance and will not seek a seat in the next General Election nor will he seek a seat at the next cabinet table. After Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the Fine Gael party, the Limerick TD of 36 years […]

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Text alerts could cut Limerick hospital lists

Text alerts could cut Limerick hospital lists

| May 13, 2017

LIMERICK Fine Gael TD Tom Neville has called for all hospitals to use a text alert system to remind patients of their hospital appointments. Speaking in the Dáil last week, he said that this would help avoid wasted hours due to non-communicated no-shows and contribute to a reduction in waiting lists. “In the private sector, […]

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Varadkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiatives

Varadkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiatives

| May 6, 2017

FIANNA Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Willie O’Dea has called on Minister Leo Varadkar to spell out the basis for his claim that his initiatives tackling social welfare fraud will save half a billion euro. The call came amid claims that the actual figure could amount to significantly less than the Minister’s estimate. “As part of his […]

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