Remove obstacles to get emigrants home to Limerick

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook Previous articleFamily Fun at Co-Op Superstores Limerick this weekendNext articleLimerick chef cooks up recipe for electoral success Alan Jacques TAGSfeaturedFine GaelMusic LimerickTom Neville Print #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy NewsPoliticsRemove obstacles to get emigrants home to LimerickBy Alan Jacques – April 25, 2014 684 Tom NevilleSTUMBLING blocks should be removed to make the return home easier for Irish emigrants, according to local election candidate Tom Neville.The young Fine Gael candidate for the Rathkeale/ Adare area in the forthcoming local elections, maintains there are a number of obstacles an Irish emigrant experiences on returning to the ‘Old Sod’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He pointed out that, if they were out of the country for more than two years, that an Irish person will lose their no claims bonus on car insurance.“Regardless of how long they have been driving and demonstrating an impeccable driving record they have to start with insurance fees similar to an inexperienced driver. Coupled with this it is very difficult to get health insurance if it has lapsed for sometime as there are loading waiting times in place,” Mr Neville claimed.The Fine Gael hopeful insists those returning home to the Emerald Isle from overseas also face difficulties in acquiring a drivers license.“In Canada a lot of Irish construction workers need Canadian licenses to get jobs. The authorities their require you to give up your Irish license. On returning to Ireland within a certain time period an Irish person should be entitled to get their Irish license without having to give up their Canadian one,” he commented.“Irish construction contractors often stay in Canada for a number of months on a project to return home again for a number of months before going back to Canada again. The nature of the work is contract based. Irish FIFO (fly in fly out) contractors are now very much part of modern Ireland due to the challenging economic circumstances. When they return home they are unable to get an Irish license without giving up their Canadian one.”Mr Neville believes the momentum of economic recovery in Ireland has picked up and insists there is a need to build on this in trying to get our emigrants home. WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick last_img read more

Swift measures – new multi-stakeholder conservation project for Swifts underway

first_imgTwitter Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick NewsEnvironmentLimerickSwift measures – new multi-stakeholder conservation project for Swifts underwayBy Aoife O’Reilly – May 27, 2021 74 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook AN ambitious multi-stakeholder led conservation project to save Swifts – a small migratory bird is underway in Limerick.Swifts which weigh as little as a Cadbury’s Cream Egg are fascinating birds, they are built to spend most of their lives in constant flight only ever landing to nest.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A project that aims to entice these high-flyers to stay briefly and breed in purpose build nest-boxes at five locations in Limerick City is underway.In one of the first multi stakeholder projects of its kind in Ireland, Limerick City and County Council is collaborating with BirdWatch Ireland’s Urban Bird Conservation Officer, Limerick City Parish (Church of Ireland, Limerick City), The Hunt Museum, Shannon Heritage, St Mary’s Parish Men’s Shed, the Limerick Branch of BirdWatch Ireland and Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns to support the swift population in Limerick as part of Limerick’s European Green Leaf City legacy projects.Swifts have declined by approximately 40% across Ireland in the last 10 years and have moved on to the RED List, (highest level of conservation concern), in the recently released Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 2020-2026 (4th edition). Once common in Limerick City, returning to nest each summer in small recesses in occupied and derelict buildings, the numbers of Swifts have dropped, mirroring national declines.The new nest boxes have been installed at: The Hunt Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, King John’s Castle Exhibition Centre and the Louvres of St Michael’s Church on Barrington Street with a total of 39 possible individual nests for the newly arrived birds to use.The explanation for the unusual birdcall which can be heard at these locations is explained by the fact that each of the five sites has a National Parks and Wildlife Service licenced lure. The lure emits the sound of the Swifts call attracting birds to the site. This increases the chances of attracting ‘first time’ nesters to the sites. The volume on the lure is on a timer and set to normal birdsong levels.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins welcomed the project: “Great credit is due to all of the organisations involved and I wish this collaborative project every success and hope that a new generation of Limerick Swifts will fledge in the summer of 2021”.Ricky Whelan, Urban Bird Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland said: “Swifts only need to land to breed. They are summer visitors to Ireland from Southern Africa, arriving in May and remaining until early September. We cannot be sure that the nest boxes will be occupied in this year but fingers crossed they will occupy them in years to come. With wildlife projects you always need a little luck.”Limerick Branch of BirdWatch Ireland, Maura Tuner added: “We are thrilled to have helped get this project underway and look forward to monitoring the nest-boxes over the summer of 2021. It may take a number of years for the Swifts to take up residence but we are committed to the cause and will keep working to conserve Limericks breeding swifts.”Helen O’Donnell from Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns said: “A Swift nest box project was recommended in our 2019 Tidy Towns Report. We would like to give a particular mention to St. Mary’s Men’s Shed for building some of the boxes that are installed in St. Marys Cathedral. It is just wonderful to see a project like this come to fruition. Now, let’s hope the swifts like what has been built for them.”As part of the Limerick City Swift Nest Box project the Council’s European Green Leaf team along with the successful quoting contractor MP Joyce Contracting, Patrickswell, will be compiling a case study on the project which will allow other buildings in the city to build in Swift nest boxes as part of routine renovation works or as new builds.If you are interested in helping Swifts you can download the BirdWatch Ireland – Saving Swifts guide from their website here. Emailcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleAdapting to new norms and getting back to business at Castletroy Park HotelNext articleVilliers secondary school posts video voicing solidarity with LGBT+ community Aoife O’Reilly TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Cases of recidivism raise concerns about early release policy

first_imgThe government plans to release 50,000 prisoners and juvenile inmates eligible for early release and parole to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in crowded correctional facilities under a policy announced by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly on March 30. The former inmates will be under the continued supervision of the Correctional Board (Bapas).Read also: Overcrowded regional prisons release inmates early to limit contagionRegarding the 12 recidivists, Rika said the reduction to their sentences would be revoked and that they had been returned to their respective cells to serve their remaining prison time. If found guilty of new crimes, their sentences will be extended.Rika was quick to deny that a lack of supervision had led to recidivism. After being released to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in the country’s overcrowded prisons, a dozen inmates have found themselves incarcerated again for reoffending, in a blow to the government’s controversial early release policy.By Wednesday, authorities had sent at least 12 of the 37,000 inmates granted early release or put on parole nationwide back to prison for various crimes, including drug dealing and theft, according to the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General.”These 12 inmates could give a bad name to the others granted early release. However, we will carry on with the policy [of granting early release],” the Corrections Directorate General’s spokesperson, Rika Aprianti, said. “We [through local Bapas] regularly monitor them via virtual meetings and video calls,” she said. “And if they are caught reoffending, we will take stern action against them.”The corrections authorities, she said, had exercised prudence in deciding which inmates were eligible for early release or parole.However, analysts have warned the government not to make hasty decisions in this time of crisis, arguing that reducing chronic prison overcrowding was not as simple as granting early releases or parole. A rigorous overhaul of Indonesia’s correctional system and codifications in the Criminal Code, the Criminal Law Procedures Code and other related laws like the 2009 Narcotics Law was pivotal to developing long-term solutions, experts have argued, demanding policymakers consider alternatives to imprisonment, like probation or rehabilitation.The arrests have fueled anger toward the early release policy among some segments of the public. On Twitter, netizens highlighted the case of two inmates who were arrested by the police after mugging a woman in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday. Both criminals were released from Lamongan prison in East Java roughly a week prior.Read also: One inmate killed, 20 alleged provocateurs arrested in North Sulawesi prison riotIqrak Sulhin, a criminologist at the University of Indonesia, said that the early release order had created an additional cause for concern for an already anxious public facing a rising number of COVID-19 infections.Many people have expressed concern that the simultaneous release of inmates across Indonesia could lead to an increase in crime or increase the spread of SARS-CoV-2, despite the fact no inmates have tested positive thus far.Yet, Iqrak cautioned the public not to overreact to news of the reoffenders, saying it was a common problem and that the recidivism rates in Indonesia were arguably quite low. He cited data from the law ministry that showed that the country’s recidivism rates for people convicted of property crimes was 21 percent, 13 percent for drug offenders and 4 percent for people convicted of petty crimes.“Looking at the data, it’s too early to say that the policy has been a failure,” Iqrak said. “People were worried about the policy because they are in panic mode over the pandemic, so they tend to overreact over everything.”Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowdingHowever, he warned that financial pressures caused by the pandemic, coupled with the lack of Bapas officers, could lead to some released inmates reoffending.The Corrections Directorate General employs 613 parole officers in 75 Bapas offices across the country, which Iqrak deemed insufficient to monitor the 37,000 released inmates.Gatot Goei from the Center for Detention Studies (CDS) called for stricter monitoring involving house visits not just video calls.“In normal circumstances, those granted parole are obliged to report to the Bapas office once every two weeks. But during the ongoing pandemic, Bapas officers need to be more active by checking in at their homes at random times,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

O’Neill to name provisional squad for Euro qualifiers

first_imgAt 6, Liverpool are away to Bordeaux, and Ajax host Celtic while, at five past eight, Spurs welcome Azerbaijan outfit, FK Karabakh, to White Hart Lane. While an extended 37-man panel will be announced, all eyes will be on the availability of Seamus Coleman, who picked up an injury at the weekend. Meanwhile, there’s three British clubs in Europa League action tonight. The squad will be whittled down again before October 4th, with Germany and Poland on the horizon.center_img In last night’s Champions League action, Arsenal fell to a 2-1 loss away to Dinamo Zagreb, while Chelsea hammered Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard missed a penalty for the Premier League champions when the game was still scoreless and Jose Mourinho says this early setback was positive for the team.last_img read more