French encampment the real veal in West Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Print NewsCommunityPoliticsFrench encampment the real veal in West LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 13, 2019 290 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Advertisement Kevin Sheahan, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian ReinhardtFORMER Mayor Kevin Sheahan believes there is no reason a troupe of French Travellers who set up camp illegally in a field in West Limerick last month shouldn’t be welcomed on their return to the area.The Fianna Fáil councillor explained at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District that he visited the site in Croagh with an engineer from the local office. According to Cllr Sheahan, the encampment was not a “threat to the community or environment”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He told council members that the Evangelical group travel across Europe to pray with Traveller communities, and warn against excessive consumption of alcohol and using physical violence as a means to settle disputes.“I spoke to their leader through an English interpreter on the Monday morning who told me they were leaving the site on the Thursday to be in Monasterevin by lunchtime. I didn’t see the need to get a court injunction to have them moved on as they would already have left the site by the time we got it,” he explained.“I saw them cooking what I thought to be large pork chops, but it was veal, the real veal, the light-coloured kind that looks like pork. They were very pleasant people and were not a threat to the community or environment.”The former mayor went onto reveal that the French troupe plan on coming back to the area in December or March next.“As EU citizens, they are perfectly entitled to come here and as long as they obey planning laws there is no reason we shouldn’t welcome them. I didn’t see as much as a teaspoon on the ground. These people are Evangelical Christians,” he added.Independent councillor and barrister Emmett O’Brien told Cllr Sheahan that his “instinct” was 100 per cent right in not seeking a court injunction.“It would have been completely daft after they had already upped and left the place,” he said.Independent councillor Richard O’Donoghue was also glad to see “common sense prevailed”.Cllr Sheahan’s Fianna Fáil colleague Bridie Collins also visited the site and told council members that there wasn’t “as much as a sweet wrapper” left behind.Cllr Sheahan described the main tent in the camp to his council colleagues to that of a circus tent.“There was enough clowns there alright,” Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary claimed.He also took issue with Cllr Sheahan’s knowledge of the geography of the area, insisting the encampment was in Rathkeale Commons and not Croagh.Keary’s party colleague Adam Teskey then took the opportunity to praise Cllr Sheahan for his stand on national radio last month over a Satanic heavy metal band performing in King John’s Castle.“People who tear up Bibles in the name of the fun are just sick. The Bible is very dear to my heart and I must compliment you for your stand on the Matt Cooper show over this concert,” the Deputy Mayor commented.In response, Cllr Sheahan said he was “very annoyed” that Satanists were allowed perform in a public space in Limerick. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick lose ground in play-off race following Bray defeatNext articleWatch: Limerick Pride marks 50 years of Stonewall Riots with ‘World Pride’ theme Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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Subsea 7 Buys Out Solstad Farstad from Normand Oceanic JV

first_imgSolstad Farstad has agreed to sell its 50% of the shares in the 50/50 owned joint venture company Normand Oceanic AS to Subsea 7.Normand Oceanic is the vessel owning entity for the flex-lay and heavy construction vessel “Normand Oceanic” which is being managed by Solstad Farstand while under long-term charter to a third party. The vessel is employed under a long term contract for operations in Mexico, and SOFF will remain ship manager for the vessel at least until end of this contract.Following this transaction, Subsea 7 will own 100% of the shares in the joint venture (JV), and will assume all rights and obligations entered into by the JV.Subsea 7 will assume all obligations related to an outstanding loan of approximately $100 million.Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7 CEO, said: “Our agreement to acquire Normand Oceanic reflects our strategy to own high-specification vessels that differentiate our market leading engineering and construction services to the offshore energy industry. We are focused on actively managing our fleet composition to meet our clients’ requirements and market conditions.”“We have found a solution to the benefit of both JV partners. Subsea 7 has been a long term partner and client, and we look forward to continue this important relationship,” says CEO Lars Peder Solstad.The sale of shares has no cash effect for SOFF, but will give a book loss of approximately NOK 144 million.last_img read more

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Indiana Mourns Loss Of State Rep. Phyllis Pond

first_imgPhyllis Pond passed away on Sunday.Phyllis Pond, a former State Representative and the longest serving state representative in Indiana history died Sunday.Rep. Pond was elected to the state legislature in 1978. She was the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row in the House Chamber, which is reserved for House leaders or representatives with the most seniority.“Today, the State of Indiana mourns the loss of a leader and a friend to all Hoosiers. Phyllis was a revered colleague, a strong voice for her district and a compassionate conservative who always stood by her principles,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).Prior to being elected to the legislature, Rep. Pond worked as a kindergarten teacher. From this experience, she authored the Primetime Education Bill which capped kindergarten through third grade classroom sizes at 18. During her 35 years of service in the House, she was also instrumental in crafting many other key pieces of legislation to improve the livelihood and education of Hoosier students.Reminiscent of her days in the classroom, for her last few years as a legislator, Rep. Pond cast her votes with a ruler. This allowed her to vote without reaching across the desk to push the buttons – an idea which she couldn’t believe took her 30 years to think of.She was also very passionate about giving back to those who have served our country. During the holidays, she always encouraged people to send cards and words of encouragement to the service men and women fighting overseas. To her, it was the least she could do to say thank you and show her support.“Phyllis has been a steadfast leader in our caucus and has forged a new path for women legislators in Indiana. Her dedication and service will continue to be fondly remembered by all. She will undoubtedly be missed,” said Speaker Bosma.last_img read more

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NSC Three-Stage Cycle Race Greaves cops third stage, but Agard wins overall

first_img—Cornelius, Newton win junior and veteran categoriesAFTER enduring a one-year ban from the sport he loves, Alonzo Greaves bounced back to win the final stage of the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) sponsored Three-Stage cycle road race which culminated yesterday around the outer circuit of the National Park.Greaves,who just completed a one-year suspension for using banned substances during last year’s `Ride For Life’ Five-Stage race, placed second in the first stage on Saturday; a 65-mile road race from Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, to Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara and back.He was then among the top eight finishers in the 3.5 miles individual Time Trial on Saturday also before leading the challenge during the final stage which was reduced from 30-laps around the outer circuit of the National park to 20 laps.Despite barely edging Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman to the line by the width of a bicycle tube in winning the final stage, Agard was adjudged the overall winner.Agard went into yesterday’s final stage as the race leader and only had to stay with whosoever launched an attack and he did just that and in the end, registered an overall winning time of four hours 40 minutes 25 seconds.Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony was placed second overall, while Greaves, Eastman and Walter Grant-Stuart occupied the other top four places respectively.Christopher Cornelius won the junior category of the event by virtue of him placing second among the juniors in the first stage and finishing third in the final stage yesterday,in addition to riding outstandingly in the individual time-trial on Saturday.Cornelius’ overall time for the event was four hours 43 minutes .07 seconds. Second in this category was Andrew Hicks and finishing third was Raphael Leung.The veterans’ category was dominated by Raymond Newton who completed the three-stage event in four hours, 43 minutes 33 seconds.Second in this category was Paul Cho-Wee-Nam and placing third was Junior Niles.After being sent on their way for the start of the third stage yesterday by Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Greaves made his presence felt by establishing a lead in company with Eastman who subsequently was sucked in by the peloton.Silvio Inniss and Junior Niles then joined Greaves at the head of affairs and remained in front for the next three laps.It was during the fifth lap that Williams, Eastman, Paul DeNobrega and Michael Anthony joined Greaves at the head of affairs and together the group worked in tandem and established a sizeable lead over the others.After completing seven laps, Williams went to front but was wheeled in two laps later and Greaves and DeNobrega separated themselves from the remainder of the riders and at the conclusion of the 14th lap, they enjoyed a 65-second lead on the others and from there it was felt that the race was all over, but the peloton had other ideas as they made a connection with six laps remaining.However, their effort was short-lived, as Greaves, Eastman, Anthony and Agard took advantage of a Williams’ punctured back wheel,which he changed but had too much to do to reconnect and Greaves went on to edge Eastman by the width of a cycle tube to win the stage, but still had to settle for fourth overall.last_img
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