Abbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissance

first_imgPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement NewsCommunityVideoAbbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissanceBy Rose Rushe – July 19, 2019 597 Linkedin Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat center_img The Rev William Casey memorial, Abbeyfeale.Photo: Cian ReinhardtWHAT Abbeyfeale has as its backbone is ‘the good of the people’ to haul it into this prospering era. The most signal example of this vigour is the Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) which works with a dozen stakeholders – State agencies, voluntary and private enterprise – to advance the town.Maurice O’Connell, a North Kerry native who put his roots down in the town 20 years ago, has served as council chairperson since this voluntary body was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am very clear about being chairperson and not chairman as that brings it home that the  position is open to everyone,” Maurice jokes, hoping to clamber off this lofty perch soon enough.The Council’s hard work has brought immense reward to the hinterland and feeds into many regional bodies.“The town is going through a multi million euro transition with a new traffic plan. As part of that, Limerick City and County  Council (LCCC) have bought the building next to where the E-Hub is going to go. That will be turned into a car park and a new civic space,” he reports.“Then in about five years from now, there is a plan for a ring road from town to Newcastle West. This will take the heavy traffic off and allow people a safer, more enjoyable life.“It won’t be a full blown bypass and that’s important, to distinguish the difference. We are keeping it close to the town if people want to come in.“Last year, we were overall runners up in the JP McManus-sponsored Going for Gold competition and this year, Abbeyfeale has been shortlisted for Pride of Place. We will know later on in the year how we have done in that.”Abbeyfeale is shortlisted by LCCC for one of the categories in this 26-county competition that rewards incentivised communities.“We will go forward to the national awards of Pride of Place.“That follows through then as ACC was closely involved with a project with the City and County Council’s Healthy Limerick initiative. We were shortlisted for a national award there for a project we did around Abbeyfeale health with them.”There’s more ‘best in practice’ to report, evidence of the town’s rising profile and fortunes, with Abbeyfeale Town Park’s win this Wednesday 17 of worldwide status – the Green Flag Award for excellence in presentation.Continue reading below…The International Green Flag Award  sees this park added to a list around the world that are deemed to be of exceptional standard.“It was Abbeyfeale Community Council that helped them with the application and to source some funding to prepare for same,” Maurice confirms.“I am absolutely thrilled with Green Flag win as for me, it represents all the hard work of volunteers over the past 20 years, the committee and obviously those in the Community Employment Scheme, without whom it would not be a success.“Tidy Towns is involved with all the groups, along with ourselves. And the town is a fantastic example of the work and the effort they put in over the last number of years.”“A lot of the progress that is ongoing and planned for Abbeyfeale is down to the very good relationship between ourselves and LCCC, Innovate Limerick and West Limerick Resources. We’ve done quite well.”“Do you know about the Greenway? Because another few million is after being released for the people of Kerry.”The Greenway has been magnetising tourists for a while now. It used to be called the Great Southern railway line, the 40km that used to run from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.“Kerry County Council has now been awarded around €3million to extend it into Listowel, which is the next extension and eventually it will extend back to Tralee. The old railway tracks have been taken up and it is already a major tourist attraction for cyclists and walking groups but the connection to Kerry is important.” WhatsApp TAGSAbbeyfealeabbeyfeale town featureCommunitylimerick city countyNewsSpecial Featurevideo Previous articleNew folk direction for Danny VaughnNext article101 Limerick announced as Finalists for the 2019 Bar of the Year Awards Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

Supreme Court Stays Uttarakhand HC’s Contempt Proceeding On Alleged Non-payment of Rent By Ex-CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Stays Uttarakhand HC’s Contempt Proceeding On Alleged Non-payment of Rent By Ex-CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Oct 2020 11:22 PMShare This – xSupreme Court on Monday stayed the Contempt proceedings initiated by Uttarakhand High Court in the case concerning alleged non-payment of rents by former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (present Union HRD Minister)A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman stayed the contempt proceedings on a plea filed by the Union minister of Education.The Uttarakhand High Court on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court on Monday stayed the Contempt proceedings initiated by Uttarakhand High Court in the case concerning alleged non-payment of rents by former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (present Union HRD Minister)A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman stayed the contempt proceedings on a plea filed by the Union minister of Education.The Uttarakhand High Court on 15th October) issued show-cause notice to a top official in a civil contempt petition to ascertain as to how he lowered the amount to be recovered from present Union HRD Minister and Ex-CM of Uttarakhand, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.The Bench of Justice Sharad Kumar Sharma was hearing a contempt petition, wherein the Judgement of the Division Bench in Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) Vs. State of Uttarakhand & Others Writ Petition (PIL) No. 90 of 2019, and the direction, contained therein was sought to be complied with.BackgroundNotably, in the afore-mentioned Judgment, the Division bench of the High Court had directed, among others, Union HRD Minister and Ex-CM of Uttarakhand, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to deposit the entire penal rent and other amount due (Rs. 41,64,389.00) for the amenities availed by him as a Chief Minister of the State.Directions were given to the State Government authorities that the amount be recovered from him (and other Ex-Cms of the State), against whom (among others) the PIL was drawn [RLEK v. State of Uttarakhand & Others].Further, it was directed that the amount (Rs. 41,64,389.00) be paid within a period of six months.The Court had ascertained the said amount (Rs. 41,64,389.00), based upon an affidavit of Additional Secretary/Estates Officer of the State dated 12.02.2019, which was referred to in the Division Bench Judgement [RLEK v. State of Uttarakhand & Others], in which the details of liabilities to be met by each of them (Ex-CMs of the State) was detailed, by quantifying the amount.Court’s 15th October OrderIt was informed to the Court by the counsel for the petitioner that the so-called compliance affidavit, filed by the respondent and the deposit, as projected in the application of compliance to have been made by the respondent (Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank), in fact, was not in consonance to the determination, which has now been made by Mr. Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, Additional Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand.In other words, it was argued that the Additional Secretary to the Govt. of Uttarakhand had directed the respondent No. 1 (Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank), to remit an amount as determined by him to be of Rs. 10,77,709/-, instead of Rs. 41,64,389.00, which was payable according to the Division Bench Judgment of 2019.To this, the Court said,”This determination (of amount Rs. 10,77,709/-) which has been made by Mr. Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, the Additional Secretary, on 10.09.2020, runs contrary to the prior determination, which was considered by the Division Bench of this Court, which was submitted by way of an affidavit by the then Additional Secretary/Estate Officer, by an affidavit dated 12.02.2019, where the State itself in compliance of the earlier order passed by the Division Bench on 16.02.2017, had calculated the respective liability of rent for the use of an occupation of the premises and other dues towards amenities and the said affidavit as submitted by the State, itself earlier on 12.02.2019, had shown the amount of liability payable by the respondent 1 (Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank), to be Rs. 41,64,389/-” (emphasis supplied)As far as Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank’s case was concerned, the Court noted that he was communicated by the Additional Secretary/Estate Officer of the Govt. of Uttarakhand, of the amount of liability due to be paid, and consequently, whatsoever amount was demanded, he remitted the same.Hence, according to the argument of the counsel for the respondent (Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank), the judgement stood complied with, on his part.But the petitioner’s counsel submitted that the determination of the amount, made by Mr. Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, Additional Secretary to the Govt. of Uttarakhand, would in itself amount to be a contempt of a criminal nature for the reason being that he sat upon a determination, which was made by the Division Bench of this Court and that too when it was based upon the state’s own stand taken in their affidavit filed by the then Additional Secretary dated 21.02.2019.To this, the Court said,”Recalculating the amount and that too contrary to the statements of account which were submitted in pursuance to the order of this Court, it would amount to be a deliberate and an intentional contempt and rather it would be an attempt to mislead the Court also by portraying different liabilities than what has been considered by the Division Bench in its judgement.” (emphasis supplied)Further, the Court said,”This Court is of the view that it is an act of an intentional contempt, hence Mr. Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, Additional Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand is liable to be noticed for committing a wilful contempt.”In these circumstances, the Court, suo-moto took cognizance and directed the petitioner to implead Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, Additional Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand as party respondent No. 2 to the contempt petition.Importantly, the Court directed that notice be issued to him “to show cause as to how and in what manner he has determined the amount, payable by the respondent No. 1 (Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank), contrary to affidavit, which was placed before the Division Bench of this Court dated 12.02.2019 and was the basis of the judgement dated 03.05.2019.”Notably, in June 2020, the Uttarakhand High Court had declared that the ‘Uttarakhand Former Chief Ministers Facility Act, 2019’ which allowed former Chief-Ministers of the State to stay in government bungalows without paying market rent, WAS “ultra vires”.The Division Bench comprised of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe had held that a Chief Minister, once he demits office, is on par with the common man and is not entitled to any preferential treatment, other than security and other protocolsSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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