Limerick TD worried over decrease in Community Gardaí

first_imgTwitter Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCommunityCommunity GardaígovermentMaurice Quinlivan Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Quinlivan urges support for Motion on Student Rents center_img Previous articleIrish Cement plant in Limerick back on environmental agency’s watch-listNext articleSemi finals of Dell VEX Robotics takes place in Limerick today Staff Reporter Sinn Fein TD warns of impending “tsunami of addiction” when lockdown ends, as gardai seize €50,000 in drugs and cash in Limerick city estate Email Linkedin Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan has expressed his deep concern at the 48% decrease in Community Gardaí in recent years.The Limerick City TD said: “The number of Community Gardaí in the force has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017. This is shameful and shows that this Government and its predecessor have had and continue to have absolutely no interest in investing in Community Policing. It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down.“The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the City In parts of Thomondgate we see, every night, gangs of 50-60 young people with often more than 100 congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs. They are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents many of whom are elderly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions across the state with Limerick particularly affected seeing a drop from 73 to 38.“These figures follow from recent figures which showed other reductions, that in 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District, today there are only 307. Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need “a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí.’“I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally.. I have seen myself the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years.“It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes.” He concluded.More about politics here. Print NewsPoliticsLimerick TD worried over decrease in Community GardaíBy Staff Reporter – February 1, 2018 1515 Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matterlast_img read more

Boost for Palm Coast Flood Control Project

first_imgThe St. Johns River Water Management District is providing $700,000 in cost-share funds to the City of Palm Coast for a project to rebuild aging flood control structures.The project will help protect residents and property in a 1,739-acre area of the city.“This project demonstrates how the St. Johns River Water Management District and the city of Palm Coast continue to work together to protect people and property from flooding, which is particularly meaningful with Hurricane Matthew as a recent memory,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “The St. Johns River Water Management District’s cost-share funding program allows the city of Palm Coast to complete important flood mitigation projects designed to protect lives and property,” said Palm Coast Stormwater Manager Mike Brennan.The L-1 and K-1 flood control structures were built in the 1970s and will be rebuilt to today’s standards. The L-1 is located near Sentinel Trail, and the K-1 is near September Place, south of State Road 100 in Palm Coast.Both structures provide flood mitigation for the S and U sections of Palm Coast.[mappress mapid=”24357″]last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Amidst ‘irrelevant’ politics, India’s Orange Jersey revealed for England clash

first_imgThe unveiling of the jersey highlighted the irrelevance the current political opposition has in the country after they accused the Narendra Modi government of ‘saffronising’ the country. Anti-BJP parties, red in the team India’s new jersey colour and said that the ruling government was behind the decision and that it was part of the ongoing saffronisation in the country. “Modi ji wants to saffronise the entire country. A Muslim was the one who designed the Indian Tricolour. There are other colours in the Tricolour, why choose only orange? It will be better if their jersey is based on the Tricolour,” Abu Asim Azmi, a Samajwadi Party MLA, said.Former Maharashtra minister and Congress MLA Naseem Khan also echoed Azmi’s sentiments and said that the Narendra Modi government was indulging in saffron politics. “Ever since the Modi government has come to power, it has been playing saffron politics. The Tricolour should be respected, and national harmony should be promoted. This government wants to saffronise everything,” Naseem Khan said.“Colour options were given to BCCI and they chose the colour combination that looked the best to them. The whole idea is to be different from blue as England also wears the same shade of blue as India,” an ICC source was quoted as saying by ANI.“Also the design (orange) is taken from India’s old T20 jersey which had orange in it. The designers who are sitting in the USA designed this jersey from something that already existed and not something completely new that fans don’t identify with,” the source added.However, many other Congress leaders brushed aside the criticism saying that it was an unwanted controversy. The action now shifts to the field and England will be facing a do-or-die situation in Edgbaston. New Delhi: India is on the cusp of sealing a semi-final spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A win against tournament hosts and potential title-contenders England will seal their spot in the last four. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has performed brilliantly in all facets, be it the bowling, batting or fielding. They are the only undefeated team in the contest and they will be determined to continue their winning run as they gun for a third World Cup title. However, in the build-up to the clash against England, all the talk has been on the colour of the jersey which India will sport for the clash against Eoin Morgan’s side.Since England are the hosts, the onus is on the visiting team to change their jersey. According to ICC rules, all participating teams are required to provide two different coloured kits for televised ICC events. However, the host country enjoys the preference in the choice of colour and is allowed to provide only one coloured kit to be worn during all their matches. Since both sides have an almost similar shade of blue, India had to change their colour.On the official Twitter handle of the Cricket World Cup, the Indian cricket team released the jersey which was predominantly orange on the side and the back while the front had an indigo blue shade with India written in orange. Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami spotted the jerseys and their photos were shared. highlights India are one win away from sealing a semi-final spot in 2019 World Cup.England face a must-win situation in the 2019 World Cup.The orange and blue jersey is the away kit for the Indian team. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more