Suspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – Collins

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WATER charges should be immediately suspended until there is a complete review of the workings of Irish Water and how it is to be funded, according to Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins.The Limerick deputy said this Wednesday that Fianna Fáil will force a special debate on Irish Water during its private members business in the Dáil this week.The opposition party is calling on the Government to fully review the funding model at Irish Water and immediately cease the payment of bonuses at the company.“There must now be a full and frank debate on the future of Irish Water. Since its inception there have been a number of high profile controversies at the organisation, including highly damaging revelations about the bonus system being constructed within the company.“Any public trust with the operation of Irish Water has been broken. People I talk to in Limerick are enraged at the bonus culture in the company along with the utter confusion as to what families will actually have to pay when the first bills land in January. The series of damaging mishaps – from the outrageous set-up and consultancy costs that only emerged under media questioning to revelations about five figure bonuses for senior managers – have left people in Limerick frustrated and angry.“Disgracefully, when Fine Gael and the Labour Party forced through the legislation setting up this quango, they did not allow any debate in Dáil Éireann. Indeed, at that time Fianna Fáil led a walk-out from the Dáil in protest at the Government’s strategy.“It is clear that the time has now come for an honest and fundamental debate about the role of this quango and what part it is going to play in the country’s future. We are using our Private Members’ time to call for a full review of Irish Water, with a full suspension of charges while that review is ongoing.“Fine Gael and Labour rejected debate in the past and we can now see the full damaging impact of their decision to push ahead with flawed Irish Water plans. This week they have the chance to press the pause button on that process and facilitate a fundamental review of the organisation. I would urge FG and Labour backbenchers in Limerick who privately claim to despair at the damage Irish Water is causing to take a stand and support Fianna Fáil in our attempt to force honest debate.” Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Email Twittercenter_img Print Advertisement NewsSuspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2014 717 Previous articleOvercrowding crisis at animal sanctuaryNext articleLimerick woman in LGBT top 100 business leaders Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Aftermath of the storm

first_imgThis is an Old Mill in Mt. Vernon and tin man with a fishing net. (Jim Dwinal)Flying Pond in full foliage color. (Jim Dwinal)This is one of the stone bridges in Vaughan Woods in Hallowell, Maine. (Jim Dwinal)Last of the grasshoppers until spring. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Porter Lake in autumn splendor. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Porter Lake framed for fall. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Readfield farm under cover of fall. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Readfield dressed in orange. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Cairn on granite. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Choke berries. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Hanging on. (Photo by Jane Nalibof)Mt. Vernon farm. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Magnolia seed pods. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Bird house inn for wintering bees. (Photo by Jane Naliboff) One leaf falling. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Twilight, Parker Pond marsh. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Twilight, Parker Pond. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)From the top of Bald Mountain. (Matt Frank)Sharing the flower. (Karen Dalot)It was a cool day, they stayed close together. (Karen Dalot)A hive hidden in all the leaves. (Karen Dalot)A bee. (Karen Dalot)A bee enjoying the flowers. (Karen Dalot)A bee and a butterfly. (Karen Dalot)Two deer in Jay. (Karen Dalot)Two bees. (Karen Dalot)Enjoying the sunshine. (Karen Dalot)All kinds of critters on this flower. (Karen Dalot)At the edge of a field. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)While we all sit in our homes and watch the rain come down and the wind take down trees, one can not help but think of the wildlife. All of a sudden when it all calmed down I noticed someone made it through it all: a Barred Owl. Is that a smile on its face? (Jim Knox)White-tailed Deer in western Massachusetts. (Tom Oliver)(Tom Oliver)(Tom Oliver)(Paige Plourde)Grasshopper. (Paige Plourde)Fall Bradbury. (Paige Plourde)Lone yellow. (Paige Plourde)Mosher Hill Road. (Paige Plourde)Fall tractor. (Paige Plourde)Mosher Hill falls. (Paige Plourde)Mountain views on Mosher Hill. (Paige Plourde)(Linda Rungi)The beauty of Maine. (Linda Rungi)last_img read more

Several players on both sides of ball miss Syracuse open practice Tuesday

first_img Published on April 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse opened up practice for the first time of the spring on Tuesday and the numbers on both sidelines were slim.On the defensive side, the Orange was without two major contributors in the secondary. The offense was missing a handful of promising young playmakers.Cornerbacks Wayne Morgan, Brandon Reddish and Joe Nassib, wide receiver Corey Cooper, running back Devante McFarlane and guard Seamus Shanley all missed SU’s first open practice of the spring due to a variety of injuries. Cornerback Chauncey Scissum and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley also missed time during practice due to injuries sustained during the session.“Our limbs are in pretty good shape for the most part, just banged up,” head coach Scott Shafer said.The laundry list of injuries accompanies the series of concussions that ended guard Kyle Knapp’s career earlier this spring.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe injuries in the secondary were the most glaring during practice, as Syracuse’s offense was able to score a handful of long touchdowns. Morgan watched from the sideline with a large brace on his right knee and a significant limp, but Shafer said there’s nothing structurally wrong with the knee and that it’s just a bruise. Reddish also missed the practice due to a lower-body injury.The critical injuries on the offensive side were to Cooper and McFarlane. Cooper sat out the practice due to an ankle injury, he said, but he’s hopeful that he will be able to play in the Spring Game.Shafer didn’t give specifics on the severity of McFarlane’s injury when he was asked — he said “he’s been out for a few days” — but he is optimistic that the running back will return for the end of spring practice.Neither Scissum’s injury nor Gulley’s are being viewed as significant. Shafer said Gulley, who is the top running back on the depth chart, tweaked his back and was held out for precautionary reasons. Commentslast_img read more