Concerns raised in Limerick over plans for homeless refuge

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSAlan JacquesAssociated Charities Trust (ACT)Fianna FáilLabour PartylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilThomond HousethomondgateTom ShorttWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsConcerns raised in Limerick over plans for homeless refugeBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 870 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleLimerick leading nationwide campaign for rural recoveryNext articleOpinion – Insanity: Limerick Hurling Alan Jacques Twitter Facebook Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Willie O’Dea outside Collins’ Cottages in Thomondgateby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea outside Collins’ Cottages in ThomondgatePLANNING should not be granted for new homeless accommodation across from Thomond House in Thomondgate.That’s the opinion of Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea, who believes that the area cannot cope with another homeless shelter across from the women’s refuge on Brown’s Quay.He made the comments in response to a planning application by Associated Charities Trust (Thomond House) to build a multi-storey apartment building comprising 18 one-bedroom apartments, recreational space, parking facilities and ancillary accommodation together with associated site development works.“Local residents are already at their wits end dealing with anti-social behaviour caused by some of the residents in Thomond House, never mind a new facility being opened across the road in derelict houses known locally as Collins Cottages. As it is, it’s not unusual for children to come upon drug related paraphernalia, left strewn around by some of the residents of Thomond House,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“In recent years, Thomond House moved out all the older long time residents and replaced them with younger more volatile clients, and some of these have engaged in serious anti-social behaviour to the detriment of the neighbourhood.”While he concedes that there is a need for more homeless accommodation in the city, he maintains Thomondgate isn’t a suitable site due to the high concentration of homeless and sheltered accommodation in that area already.“In short, Thomondgate is overloaded with these facilities.“If local residents wish to object or make an observation on the planning application, they must do so in writing to The Planning Office, Limerick City and County Council, Patrick Street, Limerick by Wednesday July 22, accompanied by a fee of €20 and quoting planning reference number 15/432. The decision is due on the application by August 12, 2015,” he explained.Labour Party member Tom Shortt who lives 50 yards from the site, maintains that some of the opposition to the proposal is based on misinformation. He said that there is also support based on understanding that the Thomond House proposal is a opportunity to see badly needed development going ahead to reverse decades of dereliction and to improve the appearance and image of the area.“These sites at a busy entry and exit point to the city from Kileely, Moyross, Meelick and Parteen have been derelict for 25 years and the deterioration of both sites over such a long time is demoralising, particularly for the residents of Thomondgate who live close by, as they are an eyesore and project a negative image of the area,” Mr Shortt commented.“I have supported the project consistently, to see the development going ahead in order to improve the environment in the area, to provide jobs in construction and to provide homes during a period when there is a crisis in homelessness,” he added.Limerick City and County Council pointed out that it has a long association with Thomond House in terms of the delivery of homeless services to one of the most marginalised groups in the county. Vulnerable females have been resident in the emergency accommodation at Thomond House since the early 1990’s.“At Deputy O’Dea’s request, the Council and the HSE met with local residents to help resolve concerns in relation to Thomond House earlier this year,” a council spokesman explained.The proposed development at Brown’s Quay previously had planning permission, which was revised to take into account new guidelines issued by the OPW. The development is not classified as a homeless facility and Associated Charities Trust own and manage a number of such independent living units within the Limerick Metropolitan area.“Limerick City and County Council’s Home and Social Development Department supports the project in terms of developing a site which has been derelict for a significant period. The  new development will provide a major lift to the area in this regard.“The local authority feels the most important reason for supporting the project, and as Deputy O’Dea has himself has acknowledged in recent times, is the current lack of quality housing in the Limerick Metropolitan area. This project will deliver 18 one-bed apartments.”last_img read more

Harvard Kennedy School announces alumni award winners

first_img Read Full Story Three Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) graduates will be recognized May 20 during Reunion Weekend. The HKS Alumni Board of Directors will present the following individuals with awards:Frank Pearl MC/MPA 2011 will receive the Alumni Public Service Award. Pearl was a member of the team that negotiated the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC) that ended the 52-year civil war that killed 220,000 people and left six million people displaced.Rey Faustino MPP 2012 will receive the Emerging Global Leader Award. Faustino, who immigrated with his family to Los Angeles from the Philippines when he was eight years old, saw how difficult it was for his parents to navigate a byzantine system of diffused resources. This experience inspired him to found One Degree, which he started while a student at HKS.Jen Tutak MPA 2012 will receive the Julius E. Babbitt Memorial Alumni Volunteer Award. Tutak has shaped the lives of hundreds of students and alumni of the School by volunteering as a recruiter, a reader of admissions applications, and as a driver of the Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute (HGLSI), which she co-founded as a student at HKS.In addition, the HKS Washington, DC Alumni Network will receive the HKS Regional Network Engagement Award for strengthening ties among alumni in Washington, D.C., while advancing alumni’s connections with the school.last_img read more

Sigurdsson Signs New Four-year Swansea Deal

first_imgIceland’s Euro 2016 midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has signed a new four-year contract with Swansea City.The 26-year-old playmaker was linked with a £25m move to Everton but ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal with the Swans until 2020.It is a boost for Swans boss Francesco Guidolin, who has sold three strikers and is expected to lose Wales captain Ashley Williams to Everton this week. Sigurdsson, who had two years left on his deal, is in his second Swans spell.He rejoined from Tottenham in July 2014 and was part of the Iceland team which reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, scoring one goal.Chairman Huw Jenkins has already admitted Swansea need “at least two strikers” following the departures of Eder, Alberto Paloschi and Bafetimbi Gomis’ loan move to Marseille.The Welsh club do have Ghana forward Andre Ayew as an attacking option but his future is uncertain as Ayew is regularly linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Ham.Swans coach Alan Curtis admitted Seville striker Fernando Llorente was one of the players on Swansea’s wanted list but the World Cup winner wants to stay in Spain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more