Action needed on gang violence

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories  by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK TD Niall Collins is calling on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to come to Limerick to speak with frontline gardaí and business and community groups about their fears of gangland violence returning to the city.The Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson revealed that there is growing concern in Limerick’s business and tourism sectors about how the city’s image could be affected by the recent shooting of Christy Keane in the University of Limerick.He told the Limerick Post: “I’ve been contacted by people involved in business, hospitality and tourism in Limerick and they are very concerned about the image of Limerick.“The Limerick brand has recovered strongly from the height of the gangland activity, and they are worried that the city’s image will slip back if that activity was to return.”Deputy Collins said he has also spoken to gardaí who say that garda resources across the county have suffered as so many members of the force have been deployed to investigate the Keane shooting.“The official line coming from An Garda Siochána is that they have enough resources to deal with this, but the facts are different. We lost over 100 gardaí in Limerick in the last three years, that’s a big drop.“Unfortunately, response times have been affected. A lot of gardaí have been sucked into the investigation into the Christy Keane shooting, and that has affected other parts of county Limerick. It’s been said to me that gardaí have been pulled from various parts of the county,” he explained.Deputy Collins added: “Looking at Limerick’s former gangland experience in the early noughties, the government put in strong legislation and resources, but now unfortunately the resource side is not there.”Meanwhile, gang boss Christy Keane has been transferred to Cork University Hospital, where he remains under armed garda protection.A man and a woman who were arrested in connection with the shooting, which took place on Monday June 29, have been released without charge. Linkedin TAGSchristy keaneDeputy Niall CollinsJustice Minister Frances Fitzgeraldlimerick Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article80% increase in patients on trolleysNext articlePlan has potential to make Cork link a reality John Keogh Print WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsAction needed on gang violenceBy John Keogh – July 9, 2015 646 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

President touts open-door-policy to unions

first_imgLabour Day 2018With a message that Government will not shut its door to unions representing the workers, President David Granger and his entourage spent Labour Day visiting a number of unions based in Georgetown.President David Granger along with several Ministers, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, greeted by Guyana Teachers Union membersGranger was received with open arms by union members when he arrived at the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Woolford Avenue. At the GTU, the President insisted that his Administration has an open-door approach to union issues.“Earlier this year, I met with [Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union] GAWU. The important thing is the future of Guyana is in the hands of the workers and also the Government. We have to work together. This is my message to all workers.”“This Government is a listening Government; this Government is learning, and this Government is caring,” Granger informed media operatives. “No union leader can say the doors to the President are closed.”The President went on to visit the Guyana Local Government Officers Union (GLGOU) at Upper Woolford Avenue. There, he had lunch and interacted with union members.The Guyana Public Service Union, the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union and the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union were also featured on the President’s schedule.On Tuesday, thousands braved threatening rain to march across the city and while there was a show of unity on Tuesday, Government has not had the best of relations with the unions over the past few months.With the dismissal of sugar workers, GAWU at one point was mulling taking the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to court over its decision to pay thousands of dismissed and retrenched sugar workers part, and not all, of their severance purportedly this month end.In addition, Government relations with the GTU deteriorated to such a point that there was a walk out from a meeting between union officials and the Government. The issues of concern to the Union had included the stagnated negotiations between the GTU and the Education Ministry for increased teachers’ remuneration and outstanding payments among other matters.Additionally, the Union had expressed concern about a memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period. The Union had accused Government of side-lining and disrespecting it, resulting in the Union threatening a countrywide strike if the Government failed to take decisive action to address the concerns of the representative body.That strike was aborted after conciliatory measures from Government. A task force was also set up to examine outstanding problems, with a view to their timely resolution and to propose a new, multi-year agreement between the Government and the GTU.last_img read more