Huge drop in social housing refits in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenMaurice Quinlivan TD with John Nugent, Sinn Féin Representative at the Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonHOUSING Minister Eoghan Murphy has been criticised for a whopping 86 per cent drop in the number of vacant social housing units being brought back into use in Limerick.Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan this week hit out at the government’s housing policy, criticising the huge number of local authority houses lying idle in Limerick, as they await central government funding for refurbishment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “My constituency office is inundated with working families with nowhere to live. This government has completely failed to get a handle on the homelessness and housing crisis, and their policies in housing have been a complete failure. There are now 2,725 people on the housing waiting list in Limerick, yet if you look around the city you will find a large number of local authority houses boarded up and lying idle,” Deputy Quinlivan told the Limerick Post.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleeson“This is a source of great frustration for so many people, who rightly can’t understand why these houses are boarded up and left empty in the midst of a homelessness and housing crisis.”The problem, the deputy maintains, is that the Fine Gael government is not providing the capital required by local authorities to refurbish these social housing units, and get them into use.“Limerick Council has informed me that they are awaiting funding approval from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for void houses.“Last month I wrote to Minister Murphy outlining my concerns about this, and asking when funding will be provided for these houses. Unfortunately, the Minister or his Department failed to reply to any of my questions.“In 2017, just €215,520 in funding was provided to Limerick Council to return vacant social housing units to use, down from €915,969 in 2014. As a result, the number of void units returned has substantially dropped from 94 units in 2014, to just 13 last year, a whopping 86 per cent fall,” he declared.Boarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenBoarded up houses at Sarsfield Avenue, GarryowenPicture Brendan gleesonThe Limerick politician went on to invite Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to come to the city to see for himself the huge number of boarded up social housing units waiting for funding.“Time and time again we hear the Minister and this government say funding is not an issue for local authorities. This is complete nonsense, and these figures prove funding is desperately needed.“These homes are sitting idle, while thousands of people in Limerick wait for a local authority house. It’s a ridiculous situation. The buck stops with Minister Murphy, and if he can’t manage to do the job, we need an election now to let the people decide who should.”Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Kieran O’Donnell told the Limerick Post this Wednesday that he has received confirmation from Minister Murphy that funding is being provided to the Council to refurbish 70 voids owned by the local authority and bring them back into use.“These are much-needed homes here in Limerick and the total cost of this refurbishment programme is €1.4m. Having this funding approval in place will enable the local authority to bring these vacant homes up to standard and back into use as quickly as possible,” Senator O’Donnell commented. Advertisement TAGSHousingNewspolitics NewsHousingPoliticsHuge drop in social housing refits in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 23, 2018 5401 Facebook Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Previous articleMunster will look to take learnings from Exeter with bigger tests aheadNext article‘Eye Scream’ Mural vandals condemned Alan Jacques Email Print Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Linkedin Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Remembering The Who’s John Entwistle On The Anniversary Of His Death

first_imgSome called him “The Ox.” Some called him “Thunderfingers.” No list of the best bassists in rock and roll history would be complete with a mention of John Entwistle, who held down the low end of The Who from their earliest days in England until his death on June 27th, 2002. The Ox was an integral component of The Who’s sound, pioneering a new style of bass that would go on to influence just about everyone to follow.One of Entwistle’s earliest contributions to rock lore was on the song “My Generation.” It’s impossible to listen to that classic Who song without picking out Entwistle’s iconic bass groove, as his solos define the instrumental sections of the rock anthem. Entwistle’s role only expanded on The Who’s more ambitious works, like Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.[Video: The Best Of – Home Of Classic Music]On stage, Entwistle provided the ever-important anchor for The Who’s wild performances. While singer Roger Daltrey would twirl his microphone and belt vocals, and guitarist Pete Townshend and drummer Keith Moon rocked to the point of instrumental destruction, it was Entwistle that steadied the group. Bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones called him “the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage.” He would rarely talk, though Entwistle did write a series of great songs that includes “My Wife,” “Boris The Spider” and more.[Video: Grafietstift]Entwistle often dressed in a full-on skeleton suit for live performances, only adding to his undeniable charm on stage. Still, Entwistle’s biggest claim to fame is his unparalleled abilities on the bass guitar. No one played the instrument like him. His lines often act as leads for various songs in the Who’s repertoire, and some isolated bass tracks showcase his talent. Be prepared for some serious bass work on this isolated track from Quadrophenia classic, “The Real Me.”[Video: trax]Unfortunately, Entwistle’s story came to a sad end on this day fifteen years ago. Just one day before a major Who tour in 2002, Entwistle passed away after a night of partying in his hotel room. Coroners confirmed that it was a cocaine-induced heart attack that killed the bassist, putting an end to an incredible legacy of rock music.Fifteen years later, Entwistle’s tone and technique still stand out as some of the best bass playing in all of rock and roll. We’ll leave you with a personal favorite, The Ox’s bass solo in the band’s classic song, “5:15.”JOHN ENTWISTLE — 5:15 BASS SOLO by SALTME3last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers sign coach Doc Rivers to five-year contract extension

first_img“Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports,” Rivers said. “We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title.” Rivers is entering his 16th season as a head coach, having held that position with the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.With 644 victories, Rivers, 52, joins Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) and Flip Saunders (Minnesota) the only active coaches with at least 600 wins.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN reported several sources said the deal pays Rivers more than $10 million a year. The Clippers on Wednesday announced Doc Rivers, head coach and president of basketball operations, has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard-core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”Rivers, who in 2013-14 led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 victories in his first season, has been impressed with the energy brought by Ballmer, who recently purchased the team from Shelly Sterling after her husband Donald lost control of the team following his highly publicized racist comments. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Patrick Beverley sets the tone for Clippers, the ‘best team in L.A.’

first_imgLOS ANGELES — As this season was just getting going, Patrick Beverley shared a prediction with rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.“(There) was seven people in here media day, I remember like it was yesterday, and I told Shai, ‘Shai, look at the room, there’s seven people here. Watch at the end of the year,’ ” Beverley recalled after Monday’s 113-105 victory over the Lakers, whom the Clippers now have defeated 23 times in their last 27 meetings.Beverley was confident media interest would swell before the season’s end because he was confident the Clippers would be good – better, in fact, than the team with the significantly higher profile down the Staples Center hallway.He told Clippers fans as much in August at one of the team’s Playbook events: “I’ll tell y’all right now, we are the best team in L.A. for sure.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img “I asked for the assignment yesterday, our defensive coach Rex and of course Doc had a hell of a game plan,” Beverley said. “I knew it was going to be hard but I wanted to accept the challenge and get our team ready from the start, especially the first unit. And we took care of business.“I enjoy competing at the highest level against the best player, against the best teams,” he added. “They’re fighting for something, I understood they’re going to come out with a punch and they did. You understand LeBron’s gonna be LeBron, but we tried to weather the storm, and we were fortunate to come up with a win.”Asked whether most players would request such a daunting assignment, Beverley’s response: “I don’t know, I’m not most players.”He was, however, the player drafted by the Lakers, who traded him to the Miami Heat, where he almost was a teammate of James, before being cut prior to the start of the 2010 regular season.“I remember like it was yesterday,” Beverley said. “So yeah, it’s a chip on my shoulder.” He said it again Monday.“Like I said about us being the best team in L.A., a lot of people don’t believe me, it’s fine,” Beverley said. “Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t.” That may be so, but Beverley’s numbers – which Monday, were plentiful: 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, five steals in 36 feisty minutes – don’t usually tell his whole story. His Clippers teammates will, however, tell you: The 30-year-old guard is their instigator, their soul, and on Monday, their “MVP,” Danilo Gallinari said.“He embodies everything,” Coach Doc Rivers said of his fellow Chicagoan. “Being from Chicago, his spirit, his toughness, and he holds everybody accountable.”“Man, he gives me energy, he turns me up,” said new teammate JaMychal Green, who, like Beverley, made a point to show he wasn’t intimidated by LeBron James. “His facial expressions, the way he gets into it with people. I love it.”“It’s trickled down, our whole team, when me and Pat are out there, JaMychal’s out there, we’re playing with that toughness, Lou (Williams) is out there doing his thing that he does, it flows throughout our whole team,” said forward Montrezl Harrell, plenty tough himself. “We have guys starting to come off and play with that free-playing, free-flowing spirit, and that’s the type of team we always want to be.”Beverley’s season-high five steals all came during the tone-setting first half, and the total didn’t even include his pre-jump swipe, when he intercepted the pass from a referee to James in an attempt to interrupt the superstar’s routine.The Lakers’ JaVale McGee won the opening tip, but a streaking Beverley – who said he took two naps Monday in preparation for the game – pounced on the ball and drove for a layup and the immediate lead.And then the 6-foot-1 Beverley got to work harassing the 6-8 James (who entered the game needing 40 points to surpass Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s career scoring list; he shot 9 for 18 and finished with 27).Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more