Mary shows spark of Solidarity in council debut

first_img TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook Linkedin Newly co-opted Solidarity councillor Mary Cahillane with party colleague Paul Keller.NEWLY co-opted councillor Mary Cahillane, who replaces Solidarity’s Cian Prendiville in the City North district, used her first day on the job to propose a motion on the Cervical Check scandal.Speaking at this Monday’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Cahillane announced herself with a bang as she hit out at Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for the privatising and outsourcing in the health service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A greedy, ideological decision ten years ago by Mary Harney, Health Minister in a Fianna Fáil-led coalition, has now killed 21 women in Ireland,” she declared.“The current Fine Gael Health Minister Simon Harris and the HSE continue to sell our smear tests to private laboratories abroad. Private companies’ priorities are to make profit, not to protect women’s health. The real costs of privatisation in our health service cannot be measured in euro and cents, it costs lives.“It is our duty to demand on behalf of people a free, publicly funded, properly resourced, democratically accountable health service that meets the needs of everyone and not just those who can afford it.”Following the meeting, Solidarity councillor for City East, Paul Keller welcomed Ms Cahillane’s confirmation as a councillor and warned other parties that there was “more to come”.“Mary is a trade union activist of long standing and a formidable fighter for working class people. I have been hugely impressed by her politics, energy and capability since she returned to Limerick from living and working in Belfast for many years.“She has helped organise important protests in Limerick around the Cervical Cancer scandal and, as you can see today, she’s prepared to take that fight into the council chamber,” Cllr Keller commented.Councillors took the opportunity to welcome Cllr Cahillane to County Hall this week.“Your predecessor is a tough act to follow. I wish you well,” said Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan.Also wishing her well for the remainder of the term on the Council, Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan said: “I didn’t always get on particularly well with Cllr Prendiville, but that’s politics.”Independent councillor Brigid Teefy felt it was “nice to see another female” in the council chamber. NewsPoliticsMary shows spark of Solidarity in council debutBy Alan Jacques – December 3, 2018 1245 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleLimerick goes wild for tourism campaignNext articleTen thousand names expected to go up on remembrance tree this year Alan Jacques Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Lockdown not yet an option for Indonesia, says President

first_imgRead also: Stay home, President saysThey said a lockdown should be in place ahead of the Ramadan fasting month in April and the Idul Fitri holiday in May, arguing that mudik (annual exodus) during the major Islamic holiday might heighten the risk of a nationwide epidemic.The Jakarta administration on Monday imposed a restriction on the operational hours of public transportation to contain the virus’ spread, but the policy appears to have backfired with large crowds and long queues at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations throughout the capital.City-owned bus operator Transjakarta is operating only 13 of its 248 routes, with an estimated 20-minute headway per bus. As a result, long lines that stretched onto streets and sidewalks formed at bus shelters, while the shelters became filled with waiting passengers.Crowds and long lines of passengers were also seen at MRT Jakarta stations. The operator was operating a reduced number of cars per train from the usual 16 to just four cars, which slashed the maximum passenger capacity from 300 to 60 people per car.”All major policies at the regional level should first be discussed with the central government before they are implemented,” Jokowi said.Indonesia reported on Monday a total of 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. Regional heads in several areas – including Jakarta, Banten and West Java – have decided to temporarily close schools and public areas in an effort to contain the outbreak. (vny)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted on Monday that imposing a lockdown was not in the works for Indonesia or any of its 34 provinces, saying that citizens should instead practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of COVID-19.As Indonesian authorities scrambled to prevent wider transmission of the novel coronavirus that has spread to at least eight provinces, Jokowi stressed that the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy” at this time.”I have to emphasize that issuing a lockdown policy, either at the national or regional level, is under the authority of central government. Such a policy cannot be issued by regional administrations,” he told a press conference on Monday. The President said what important was for the public to implement what infectious disease specialists called “social distancing” to curb the spread of disease – in the case of COVID-19, maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters to minimize close contact. He also advised the public to work, learn and worship from home. Jokowi said that all public transportation, including buses and trains, would continue to operate as normal to accommodate those who needed to venture out and to avoid passenger buildup.Experts and scientists earlier called for the government to impose a lockdown and restrict the movement of individuals in areas that had been deemed hot zones of the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent wider spread of the disease.last_img read more

Former Black Stars’ skipper now a Political tool in Ghana

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World The 34-year-old striker arrived in Parliament to witness the fourth State of the Nation Address of the President. Neatly dressed in a black suit, Gyan entered the House in the company of some members of his entourage.Advertisement The former Sunderland and Al Ain forward has been in the country for some weeks now, having suffered an injury. Gyan had been on a good run of form after joining NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League. He netted five goals in his first eight games for the side and provided one assist, before being sidelined through injury. Read Also:Why Indian outfit snubbed Obafemi Martins for Gyan Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo is expected to speak about the gains and other plans for the sports industry at the State of the Nation Address. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, has now become a political tool in Ghana. The former Under-23 player has been spotted in Parliament for Ghana’s  President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). Loading… last_img read more