Limerick Council urged to help tackle crime in Askeaton

first_imgEmail Cllr Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Cllr Kevin Sheahan has called on Limerick City and County Council to introduce a programme to help deal with criminality in Askeaton.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, the Fianna Fail councillor claimed there was a section of the local community who never worked a day in their lives, living off social welfare benefits, while the remainder of the population “suffers”.He suggested that “work, training or learning” would be beneficial and called on the local authority to draft a proposal to help alleviate antisocial behaviour in the town.“The issue of antisocial behaviour and criminality is one that the people in Askeaton are facing every day and every night. It is being ignored by local government and I would like to see the council putting together a programme,” Cllr Sheahan suggested.He later took umbrage at the fact that none of his council colleagues seconded his proposal and he told them that he was “devastated”.However, fellow councillors informed Cllr Sheahan that he had not put a formal proposal to the floor.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien then called for an amendment to be added, indicating that they were working to “unify the community” and avoid any perception of “driving a wedge” between people.“We need to have the community working together,” said Cllr O’Brien.“It is our responsibility to ensure that everybody is treated equally and with fairness so we are all working together for the betterment of the town. Anything else would be borderline stupid”, he added.Cllr Sheahan then accused Cllr O’Brien of saying he was stupid and called on him to withdraw his comment.“Borderline incorrect,” Cllr O’Brien responded.Sinn Fein councillor Ciara McMahon asked that the community traveller liaison officer be party to any such draft proposal. TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtantisocial behaviourAskeatonCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanCrimeFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Advertisement Previous articleRusangano Family line up a busy 2016Next articleDream of a City: poem for the day Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Linkedin Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Print Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale center_img Gardaí to teach lesson on dangers of scramblers WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council urged to help tackle crime in AskeatonBy Alan Jacques – December 21, 2015 793 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Adare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voicelast_img read more

Marijuana conference to pitch investment ideas to Cayman Islands

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands on Thursday, welcomed investors  healthcare professionals  and others working in the first CanEx Cannabis Investment Summit in this jurisdiction.The summit is part of a series of conferences around the region,  during which experts will be offering an overview of the legal ganja industry, examining both challenges and opportunities.The Cayman Islands’ Misuse of Drugs Law was changed in 2016 to enable doctors to prescribe cannabis oil for medical use in certain circumstances, but that is as far as legislators have been willing to go to date.However, global attitudes are changing rapidly with the legalization of marijuana use in Canada for both recreational and medical use; it has also been legalized in some US states at varying levels  and Jamaica has amended its laws and is seeking to become the central hub for the medical supply.This summit  – that ends on Friday, include a panel discussion, with investors speaking about the global opportunities as well as regional ones and how the industry is developing.last_img read more

Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises over $24,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

first_imgOver $1,700 of that came from top fundraiser Morgan Armstrong, along with a silent auction for two airline tickets anywhere WestJet flies, that raised an additional $1,500. Bert Ambrose won the school challenge, having raised over $2,800, and Moose FM won the media challenge, raising $1,200 through its “Rent a DJ” campaign. All the money raised through the fun bowling event will go towards core operating costs for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters.- Advertisement –last_img

West Ham target Atletico Madrid midfielder but face battle with Napoli

first_img1 West Ham will face stiff opposition from Rafa Benitez’s Napoli for the signing of hot property Mario Suarez.The Atletico Madrid midfielder has fallen out of favour at the La Liga side, starting just six league matches and being subbed off in two of those.The 27-year-old already has a glittering CV with top and second tier Spanish titles with Madrid and former club Valladolid, as well as Copa del Rey and Super Cup medals.Arsenal and Manchester United have both been accredited with having an interest in the defensive midfielder but the Hammers are believed to be the most committed at this time.Any of the Premier League sides interested will not get an easy ride as Napoli are hunting a holding midfielder and Suarez is high on their agenda, along with Liverpool man Lucas. Mario Suarez last_img read more

Toronto unveils interim safe injection site 3 permanent sites being built

first_imgTORONTO – An interim safe injection site in Toronto — the first such officially-sanctioned facility in Canada’s most populous city — will save lives as the city grapples with a spike in suspected overdoses, public health officials said Monday as the temporary location opened its doors.The site, which can accommodate three people at a time, is at Toronto Public Health’s downtown harm reduction facility, known as The Works. It launched a day after receiving approval from Health Canada and about a week after harm reduction advocates set up an unsanctioned injection site in a city park.“Today is very good day because we’re able to offer this service to our clients,” said Shaun Hopkins, manager of facility. “They really need it and we think they’re going to use it and hopefully we can save some lives here.”The city is currently constructing three permanent supervised injection sites, but they won’t open until some time this fall.The current interim facility — where people can use illicit drugs under the supervision of a medical professional —will operate between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The facility has one table, three chairs, three desk lamps and three containers for sharp objects. Nurses and counsellors are also on site to monitor and answer questions.Toronto received approval for three permanent facilities in June. Recently, however, the city sought approval from Health Canada to open an interim spot due to a worsening overdose crisis, which many officials blame on the deadly opioid fentanyl making its way into the drug supply.Health Canada inspected the small facility late last week, said Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa, with the approval announced on Sunday.“It provides a safe environment for people who are going to use drugs to use their drugs because we know both through research evidence and through lived experience that it’s a very, very high risk — and in fact it’s the highest risk for overdose and for deaths related to overdose — when people use alone,” de Villa said outside the facility.“That’s why we’re creating this safe space — we provide a safe environment for people to use their drugs safely so that they minimize harm to themselves and to others.”Health Canada echoed de Villa’s thoughts in a statement announcing the interim site’s approval.“International and Canadian evidence shows that, when properly established and maintained, supervised consumption sites save lives and improve health without increasing drug use or crime in the surrounding area,” it said.There have been 325 suspected overdoses in the four weeks leading up to Aug. 13, according to the most recent data available from the city’s Toronto Overdose Information System.Police and health officials have warned of a spike of drugs tainted with fentanyl in recent months.For Hopkins, the last year or so has been difficult, she said.“We’re relieved that we’re going to be able to provide this service,” Hopkins said. “We want to be able to offer people a safer, more dignified place to use drugs in an area where can monitor them. We’re tired of hearing about our clients overdosing and dying.”In response to the growing crisis, harm reduction workers set up an unsanctioned safe injection site in Toronto’s Moss Park, citing the city’s growing string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths as the catalyst.Nick Boyce, a harm reduction advocate who has been volunteering at the so-called “pop-up” safe injection site, said five people have been revived from an overdose at or near the area.“This is an emergency situation … and the pop-up site shows the need for this kind of service,” he said.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday that the force has no plans to take down the illegal site.There are safe injection sites currently running in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Montreal with clinics under review in many other Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.last_img read more