The US-based medical organization, Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA), recently donated a 40-foot container of assorted medical items to three major health facilities in the country.They are the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) and Redemption both in Monrovia, Montserrado County and Phebe in Bong County.The items valued at US$703K include surgical, diagnostics and consumable medical goods.According to Mr. Kenety Gee, Executive Director of CGHA, another shipment of a similar value is on its way with supplies to distribute to other health facilities in the country. “This amount is just for the items within the container and does not include the cost of shipment and other expenses,” Gee added. He stated that it was his organization’s way of identifying with the hospitals, adding: “We hope the donation will help to solve some of key health issues and go a long way to help people.”Mr. Gee said that in 2013 he came to Liberia along with Dr. Adam Burphy, the board chair for CGHA and a Urologist, and they were allowed to do surgeries at the JFK hospital. He recalled that during their work, they found out that some clinical and diagnostic equipment that were needed for some of the procedures were unavailable at the JFK. “Some of the important equipment were not here at JFK so we were told to go to Phebe. We went to Phebe and they did have the equipment that we needed but they didn’t have many,” Gee said. He, stated that despite that setback, “some procedures and some work were done. All of the procedures couldn’t be done either, so we went to Ganta United Methodist Hospital. We found that there was also a shortage. We came to Redemption and there were also shortages.”Because of these impediments at those health facilities, Gee, who is a Liberian, said they decided that upon their return to the US, they would gather as many equipment as they could to bring back to Liberia. In addition to the consignments of equipment, he disclosed that his organization is also bringing back the medical team in order to perform surgeries on patients. Speaking on behalf of JFK, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, thanked Mr. Gee for the “substantial” donation to JFK and the other facilities. He said the items would be very helpful to JFK. He reminisced that it was two years ago that Gee made them the promise of the medical supplies but he never thought it would happen. Adding up the appreciation to CGHA, Mr. Kerson Saylor, Phebe Hospital representative, said it is only Liberians who can help in solving their country’s problems. He said looking at the manifest, he noticed on the list “some very important equipment” that they lack at Phebe. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President George Manneh Weah, calling out all his phrasal nicknames and declaring tuition-free for all public university and college students, received another rain of applause on Wednesday, October 24 in the auditorium of the University of Liberia and other public places.The declaration, however, affects only tuition of those public universities including the University of Liberia, Tubman University and community colleges across the country. The President’s action is predicated upon his empathy for students who are finding it difficult to enroll universities and colleges because of financial constraints. According to him, education makes one to think logically and therefore he feels disenchanted when he sees students put out of class and refused entry at universities and colleges.The declaration is welcoming if not for anything more than the allure of a free education. Once again, the President has raised hopes but, how and whether his promises can be actualized is the question which remains unanswered especially given the country’s current dim economic outlook.A cursory review of the budget shows that recurrent expenditure accounts for more than two-thirds of the national budget, with administrative costs accounting for 30 percent of the budget. The total projected resource envelope for 2018-2019 is put at 488.2 million.The statistics also show that public spending on education has been on a steady decline, from 7 percent in 1978 to 2.8 percent in 2012. Resource mobilization has proven to be a challenging task. With the reported disappearance of billions of newly printed banknotes, it can be imagined that donor receptivity to Liberia’s quest for support to its development programs will hit a snag.President Sirleaf once said, Liberia’s educational system was/is a mess although she did little to change it. Conditions in public elementary, junior high and senior high schools around the country leave much to be desired.From Cape Mount to Cape Palmas, the story is basically the same — lack of educational and instructional materials including textbooks, chronic shortage of qualified teachers, lack of science laboratories and libraries, lack of desks, chairs and poor salaries for teachers.A top Ministry of Education official addressing himself to concerns about high fees being charged in public schools admitted that in the absence of adequate support to public schools, school administrators have been asked to find creative ways to address the problem of financial support to public schools. Such “creative ways” simply imply the imposition of fees which parents must bear but which they can ill afford. Thus, many students, by no choice of their own, are compelled to drop out of school because their parents cannot afford the cost of their tuition.It is in consideration of all the above that this newspaper welcomes President Weah’s with caution, being acutely aware of the implications of the problems he may likely face if government proves unable or incapable of raising the funding required to support a tuition-free policy in public colleges and universities. Nearly all such institutions are struggling, barely able to keep their doors open to the public. The case of the Bong County Community College is a typical case in point where the inordinate greed of public officials have undermined the development and growth of the institution.Speaker Bhofal Chambers, for example was indicted in an audit report showing that he owned shares in a company hired to construct the college, but the company failed to complete the project even after estimates had been revised upward, thus providing room for unscrupulous officials to squander public funds. The pronouncement at the University may have earned the President rounds of applause and perhaps temporarily distract attention from burning issue of the day which is the missing billions.Further, the continued depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar does not portend favorably for the implementation of a tuition-free scheme at public universities and colleges. Moreover, statements by Representative Yekeh Kolubah charging that legislators are placing in the budget huge sums allocated to some obscure schools where they will benefit from or share the allocation in a two-way split is a matter which should claim the urgent attention of President Weah, not to speak of integrity watchdogs such as the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC).Honestly, this newspaper empathizes with President Weah, challenged as he is with a myriad of problems but surrounded by a corps of seasoned and greedy opportunists who will spare no effort to line their pockets and risk drawing the Weah administration into a cobweb of corruption that may eventually prove his undoing. Policy makers in this government would do themselves well to go back to the drawing boards to figure out how they are going to increase the resource envelope that will lend to the successful and sustainable implementation of the President’s tuition-free program in public colleges and universities.In so doing, President Weah should be aware of the fickle nature of young, impulsive students who may today cheer the announcement but who will, the next day, be mounting street protests. They must be told the truth rather than building false hopes in an attempt to placate what might be their revolutionary fervor. What would have been a better idea than to engage the students in get them involved, along with others, in examining the economy and proposing ways in which this tuition-free program can be financed?In this regard, this newspaper makes it clear that it supports free education from elementary to college, however, such an endeavor must be studied and carefully worked out to avoid failure. Ghana has done it; Sierra Leone has also done similarly. But the difference is, those were policy decisions made by conscious, deliberate design and planning, not a rather knee-jerk response to student agitation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We’ve got journalism in the blood,” Murdoch said in a recent interview. “I’ve tried very hard to imbue my own children with the same thing. It carries special responsibilities.” His hope is that the Bancrofts will at least agree to hear him out, and possibly meet him and his grown children. Murdoch is in frequent contact with his children – just as he seems to be with each outpost of his business – and has discussed his ambitions for Dow Jones with them. Parlor game Current and former company executives have speculated that if the News Corp. is successful in acquiring Dow Jones, it could set the stage for either Lachlan, 35, or his brother James, 34 – or both – to return to the company in senior roles, a new wrinkle in the continuing parlor game. After Lachlan left, Murdoch said he hoped his son would return to the company one day. A person close to News Corp. said Rupert mentioned the possibility of bringing James back to headquarters when laying the groundwork for a Dow Jones bid last year. Two people close to James, however, said he was committed to running the British pay-television service BSkyB and had no immediate plans to move to the United States. Neil Chenoweth, a journalist with The Australian Financial Review who wrote a biography of Murdoch in 2002, said, “The children have always been very close to each other and to their father.” There’s no question that for Murdoch’s children, particularly the three from his second marriage – Elisabeth, Lachlan and James – media is all in the family. Elisabeth and Lachlan both worked for their father but left the company after clashing with other executives and yearning to strike out on their own. Elisabeth, 38, who is known as Liz, owns a burgeoning television production business in London and is credited with urging her father to buy the U.S. rights to the show that became “American Idol” – which is broadcast on the News Corp.’s Fox network and is the most popular program on television. Lachlan, who grew up at the company’s Australian newspaper arm, is on its board and has begun investing in his own media ventures. And James, chief executive of BSkyB, is considered the most likely Murdoch to succeed their father atop News Corp., a $26 billion conglomerate. Others in the family also play roles. Prudence, 48, Murdoch’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, is married to a senior executive in the company’s Australian newspaper business. And Murdoch’s wife, Wendi, who was born in China, has taken an interest in its ventures there and helped negotiate the introduction of the company’s MySpace Web business with Chinese partners. Elisabeth Murdoch seconded her father’s characterization of how family members were brought up, saying that as children they would read the newspapers around the kitchen table and discuss issues and ideas with him. “It’s about what media can do in terms of empowering individuals and being aspirational and democratizing – that’s what’s always motivated my dad,” she said, adding that criticism that he has taken serious papers like The Times of London down-market after buying them are untrue. “I think it’s nonsense about this dumbing down. He has respected media assets across the board and imbued life into them.” Bound by a trust So far, beyond an initial statement on May 1 that family members controlling 52 percent of Dow Jones voting stock opposed Murdoch’s offer, the Bancrofts have been quietly mulling their intentions. Murdoch made his offer in the belief that some of the three dozen family members who own a stake in the controlling block can be persuaded to come over to his side – particularly since the family has not played a hands-on role in running the company for decades, and professional managers have struggled to translate its world-class journalism into a world-class business. What the News Corp. might look like once Murdoch is no longer at the helm is unknown, but Murdoch’s four older children are bound by a trust to keep the company together for decades, according to people familiar with its terms. “It’s easy for the kids to be united right now,” Chenoweth said, “but give it 10 to 20 years as their interests diverge and the reality of shared power becomes more restricting.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last August, a management conference for senior executives of the News Corp. in Pebble Beach featured a range of attention-getting speakers, like Prime Minister Tony Blair, former President Bill Clinton and the rocker-humanitarian Bono. Less noticed was the presence of all six children of Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp.’s billionaire chairman and chief executive. A year earlier, Lachlan Murdoch, the oldest son, left his executive role at his father’s company and moved back to Australia. Around the same time, a dispute over its future control surfaced as Rupert Murdoch tried to have his two young children with his third wife, Wendi Deng, added as equal partners to the Harris Trust, the entity through which the family controls around 30 percent of the company’s shares. The reunion of the far-flung Murdoch clan that weekend was an unspoken sign that a rift in the usually tight-knit family was on the mend. In addition to dining privately one night as a family, Murdoch’s four grown children, all of whom have children of their own, mingled at a tea party for Grace, 5, and Chloe, 3. “We have come through some tough tests,” Rupert’s second daughter, Elisabeth Murdoch, said in an interview last week. “Not only have we come through it intact, we have actually solidified our position as a family – both on a professional level and a private level.” Family under scrutiny The family’s cohesion has been under new scrutiny in the three weeks since the senior Murdoch, 76, offered $5 billion to buy Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Murdoch has long wanted to add the newspaper, America’s second largest behind USA Today, to his global assemblage of publishing, film, television, satellite and Internet businesses. Murdoch has been making his pitch in a series of letters to members of the Bancroft family, who control 64 percent of Dow Jones voting stock and who have been stewards of the paper for nearly a century. One of his arguments is purely economic – a hard-to-beat 67 percent premium to where Dow Jones stock had traded. But it may take more of Murdoch’s considerable powers of persuasion to convince the Bancroft family that one of the most important institutions in journalism will be in the good hands of another media family for years to come.
Jon Walters scores for Stoke against Tottenham 1 Another home defeat, another woeful performance from Tottenham.Weeks after Newcastle left north London with all three points, Stoke City took a very poor Spurs side apart with ease as the Potters moved into ninth place following a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.Bojan Krkic’s brilliant opener and a Jonathan Walters strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead, with Nacer Chadli pulling one back for the Lilywhites, who ended the game with ten men.Before kick-off home fans were in buoyant mood upon hearing striker Harry Kane would start his first Premier League game of the season and he came close to opening the scoring in the first few minutes of the game, but could not steer his header into the goal.It was not a sign of things to come, however, as Krkic broke minutes later and ran through the heart of the Spurs defence before placing the ball beyond Hugo Lloris from 20 yards out to put the visitors in front.Then 10 minutes before the break they doubled their lead and Walters will not have had an easier opportunity to score as he was inexplicably left on his own with just Lloris to beat.Stoke were rampant as Spurs appeared to surrender and if the players were in any doubt about how bad they were, boos were heard around the stadium from the White Hart Lane faithful at half-time.Off came Christian Eriksen and Andros Townsend and on came Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele.And it was the former’s free-kick that led to Kane going close to pulling Spurs back into the game, but his header went just wide of Asmir Begovic’s post.An hour gone and it was at least an improvement on the first half.Stoke, though, continued to overrun Tottenham’s midfield and eventually the poor Etienne Capoue was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.As the game entered the final 15 minutes, a fantastic Begovic save kept Lamela’s free-kick out.But moments later Tottenham finally found a way through when Chadli volleyed Danny Rose’s cross in from close-range, almost ripping the net in the process.There was to be no repeat of the comeback against Aston Villa when, in the final 10 minutes, Kyle Naughton was shown a straight red card for wiping out Victor Moses and bringing the Stoke man’s surging run forward to an abrupt halt.When the full-time whistle went the fans who had decided to stay until the end in north London booed their team off again.
Sir Bobby Charlton 1 Old Trafford’s South Stand will be renamed in honour of the Manchester United’s record scorer, Sir Bobby Charlton.The Red Devils announced on Monday that the South Stand is to become the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand as a mark of respect to one of the club’s all-time greats.Charlton joined United in 1953 and made 758 appearances, scoring a record 249 goals. The 1966 World Cup winner won the league four times during a 17-year career at Old Trafford and was part of the 1968 European Cup winning side.Now a director at the club, the 78-year-old – who was also England’s record goal scorer until Wayne Rooney beat his milestone of 49 goals last year – said: “This is a great honour and I am very proud – for myself and my family – that the club has chosen to name the South Stand after me.“Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams.“As a player, I remember the goals and the marvellous players I played with.“As a director, I have seen some outstanding matches and players. It is a special place indeed.“I would like to thank everyone connected with Manchester United. So many people work so hard to keep us at the top; their effort should never be forgotten.“But most of all, I would like to thank Norma, my wonderful wife and my family for the support and encouragement they have always provided. This is for them.”The renamed stand will be officially unveiled prior to Manchester United’s clash with Everton on April 2.And executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was delighted to reveal the honour, he said: “Bobby is, quite simply, the most iconic figure in English football history. A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United.“It has been a privilege to know him and humbling to work alongside him for the last 10 years. Renaming the South Stand, which contains both the Directors’ Box and the old players’ changing rooms, is a fitting tribute to all that Bobby has contributed to the club both as a player and a director.”
Presidents Prize at RosapennaMr John Sweeney’s Presidents Prize took place on Saturday the 6th over the Old Tom Morris Links.There was a large turnout on the day and the winner with a fine score of 41pts was Michael Bradley Jnr (11). The runner up was Seimi Connor (5) with 40pts. The gross winner was Enda Kennedy (+1) with 30 gross pts.Third place was Eddie McGinley (15) with 38pts bot.The front nine winner was Paul Travers (15) with 20pts and the back nine winner was Michael Bradley (5) with 21pts.The visitor section was won by Donal Callaghan from Portsalon with 40pts. The Senior section was won by Jim Gallagher (16) with 31pts.Two’s – Denis McBride, Damien O’Connell, Tommy Ferguson, Liam Breen, Michael Bradley, Seimi Connor, Michael Bradley Jnr & David Forbes €13.50 each credit in The Pavilion Golf Shop.The 2014 Golfer of the Year table is now as follows –1.Charlie McBride 23pts2.Michael Bradley 22pts 3.Frank Casey Jnr 20pts4.Paul Travers 19pts5.Eddie McGinley 18pts6.Pat Boyce 17pts 7.Mark Lenny 17pts8.Sean Boyce 15ptsA full table is on display on the notice board in the members area outside the Pavilion Golf Shop.The remaining Golfer of the Year events –•Sunday 21st September,•Sunday 5th October,•Saturday 25th October (Seiko) &•Sunday 23rd November (Christmas Hamper).Please note these may be subject to change.The club competition on Sunday the 7th of September was sponsored by The Singing Pub, Atlantic Drive.The winner with 38 pts was Danny Sweeney (18).Commiserations to the Rosapenna Mixed Foursomes team who were beaten by Waterford Castle in the All Ireland semi final at Warrenpoint G.C last Thursday the 4th.The tie was indeed very tight with Waterford winning 3-2 to reach their first All Ireland Mixed final where they would meet Castlecomer G.C who had accounted for Portumna.In the final on Friday the tie was set 2-2 and Waterford Castle would win the last match 3&2 to lift their first green pennant in the Irish Mixed Foursomes.Many thanks to all the Rosapenna players for their dedication and commitment to the team all summer long and congratulations on winning the Ulster title for the second time in three years.A special thank you to the team captains Bernadette North & Peter Smyth for their tireless effort and organisation, they have captained the team over the past three years and have done so to the highest standard.The Rosapenna Over 50’s team traveled to Ballyliffin last Sunday and were unable to overturn the 3-2 result from the home leg.Many thanks to the panel that played for the team in all legs and to the team captain Mark Bradley for his leadership this season.There will be a club competition on Sunday the 14th (St Andrews Cup), 21st (G.o.Y) & the 28th (Starters Cup) over the Old Tom Morris LinksThe Mulroy Links outings for 2014/15 have been scheduled as follows –•Sat 11th October – Portsalon•Sat 18th October – Rosapenna•Sat 8th November – Portsalon•Sat 22nd November – Rosapenna•Sat 13th December – Rosapenna•Sat 14th February – Portsalon•Sat 28th February – Rosapenna•Sat 14th March – Rosapenna•Sat 28th March – Portsalon•Sat 18th April – Portsalon Captains DayAll tee times for the first outing will be taken by the Golf Shop at Portsalon on 074-91-59459.The timesheet for the second outing will be available on the day of the first outing.Save the date – Rosapenna G.C Dinner Dance,Saturday the 1st of November 2014.The Friday nine hole stroke competition is now finished for the season.Any uncollected prizes from the recent presentation are available for collection from the Pavilion Golf Shop and should be collected as soon as possible.GOLF NEWS: MICHAEL BRADLEY JNR WINS THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE AT ROSAPENNA was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfNoticesROSAPENNASport
What time is kick-off?This Nations League clash is being held on Friday, October 12.Kick-off at the Ernst Happel Stadion is at 7.45pm.The last time these two sides met was in 2005, when Austria ran out comfortable 2-0 winners during World Cup qualifying.How can I listen on talkSPORT?We will have live commentary of this game on talkSPORT 2 from 7.30pm.Tune in using the mobile app, our web player, or on your DAB radio. Getty England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Northern Ireland travel to Austria as the Nations League continues in Vienna.Neither side enjoyed a positive start to the competition as they both lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their opening fixtures. O’Neill’s side were beaten 2-1 by Bosnia & Herzegovina FOOTBALL LATEST RANKED REVEALED BEST OF Confirmed team newsAustria: Lindner, Lainer, Prodl, Hinteregger, Ulmer, Lazaro, Ilsanker, Zulj, Sabitzer, Burgstaller, ArnautovicNorthern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, McNair, Cathcart, Evans, Lewis. Norwood, Davis, Saville, Dallas, Magennis, Ferguson Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware
MOST retailers in Co Donegal reported a superb trading weekend – as people stay at home to shop this Christmas.Higher prices in the North and a falling euro against sterling has made the journey across the Border less attractive this year.And sales have also been boosted by relatively good weather. Last year temperatures had dropped to -15C! With milder weather for the week coming up to Christmas, retailers are confident that sales will be much higher than 2010.There has even been an influx of shoppers from the North back into the county with quite a few Derry cars in Letterkenny yesterday.Marie McKinney, 21, from the city told us: “The shops here have always been more varied than Derry but it just got too expensive the last few years.“But now we’re getting €1.20 for the pound it makes it much cheaper. The real reason for being here however are things you can get here that you can’t get in Derry.” Her friend Sharon McDaid agreed. “You wouldn’t go into Next in Letterkenny because we have that (in Derry). But we do go into other shops to look at clothes. After this we’re going to McElhinneys in Ballybofey because we love the clothes there! It’s a bit of a day out.”Whilst people are being more cautious this year with their spending there is little doubt that towns like Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Donegal Town are having a better Christmas this year.Car parks were packed over the weekend – and are expected to continue like that right up to Christmas Eve this Saturday.Stores are being cleverer too – offering huge discounts on a range of goods to attract Christmas shoppers.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com JINGLE ALL THE WAY FOR DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:christmas shoppingdonegal
Opening the debate on Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence in the government this evening the party’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty said budget 2013 marks the total betrayal of the election promises of this Fine Gael and Labour government.Speaking during the debate Deputy Doherty outlined the reality of the respite care grant for carers he has spoken to and met personally describing their situation as the human face of this Fine Gael and Labour budget.The Donegal TD later spoke on Prime Time about cuts in Respite Care grants. Below is the full text of Deputy Doherty’s speech:SF No Confidence PMB – 11.12.12 – Pearse Doherty“The motion tabled by Sinn Féin tonight is very simple.“It says that this house has no confidence in the government because Fine Gael and Labour have failed in their obligations to make political decisions and choices that benefit the citizens of this state. “When this Government was formed there was enormous hope and expectation that things were going to be different.“In the months that followed the formation of the coalition that hope has slowly been dashed.“As Fine Gael and Labour started to break their election promises and programme for government commitments one by one, public confidence in the Government started to ebb away.“But what the Government did last Wednesday has opened the floodgates of deep disappointment and burning anger.“Today, across the state, people of all political persuasions and none have lost confidence in this Government. “Sinn Féin’s motion tonight is simply an echo of the frustration and disillusionment felt by hundreds of thousands of ordinary people across the state.“It is a reflection of the anger of ordinary people who are asking themselves why Fine Gael and Labour lied to them. Why the parties now in government made pre-election promises on child benefit and property tax only to break those promises within months of taking office.“Pre-election promises may mean little to politicians like Pat Rabbitte or his colleagues in cabinet. But for voters they are the reason why they chose one candidate over another or one party over another.“For almost a week now my offices in Leinster House and Donegal have been inundated with calls from angry and upset people; not just constituents of mine, but people from all across the state. “Some of them want to vent their anger; some want to explain the human impact this budget will have on their lives; all of them feel that this government has let them down.“Budget 2013 marks the total betrayal of the election promises of this Fine Gael and Labour government.“I could give countless examples of why TDs from both sides of the house should vote no confidence in this government.“Tonight I will focus on just three – the cut to the carers respite grant, the cut to child benefit and the family home tax.“Last Wednesday a woman from Co Sligo rang. She was in tears.“As a blind pensioner who lives alone in a rural area her telephone and broadband are her lifelines to the outside world. They are not a luxury. They are vital for her to live.“She said that if the cuts to the telephone allowance went ahead she could not afford her phone and internet service.“She would be cut off, isolated, her quality of life destroyed.“This is the human face of this Fine Gael and Labour budget.“Today I had the great privilege of talking to the carers who gathered in front of the Dáil calling for the reversal of the Carers Respite Grant. They are all remarkable people.“Each of them told a different story of how this cut would impact on them and the loved ones they care for.“As the protest came to an end and after many hours of carers standing in the freezing cold I invited a couple of them to come in and warm themselves with a cup of tea before they headed home.“One of the women was Caroline from Dublin. She told me her own personal story. Caroline in wheelchair bound. She lives with a debilitating and progressive disease. Yet she is a woman with remarkable strength and courage.“I initially thought that Caroline was the person being cared for. But in fact Caroline was the carer. She lives alone with her 75 year old mother who suffers with Parkinson’s disease and is a diabetic.“Caroline administers her mother’s dialysis at home. She talked about the challenges she has being wheelchair bound, getting her mother out of bed, wash and shower and dress her.“While she started telling the story with the kind of humour that comes naturally to a daughter talking about caring for her mother, quickly her eyes welled up and she broke into tears.“She asked why the government valued her so little. She said that she hated the way this government made her feel about herself.“Caroline is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week carer. Her mother could not function without her support.“And every day she has the strength and courage to carry out the countless invisible tasks of a carer so that her mother can live with dignity.“This is the human face of Budget 2013. This is the real consequence of Fine Gael and Labours proposal to cut the respite care grant.“And for every cut to a vital support there is a story like Caroline’s.“This is what Fine Gael and Labour are doing to the people they promised to protect. This is a budget that attacks carers, the sick, older people, children and families.“It is a budget that will increase financial hardship and poverty for tens of thousands of families.“The cuts to child benefit, the cuts to the back to school clothing and footwear allowance and the taxing of maternity benefit are all anti-child measures.“During the general election campaign Eamon Gilmore said there would be no cuts to child benefit under his watch, that it was a red line issue.“I don’t need to explain to anyone in the Labour Party the impact that this will have on children and families.“You know only too well. It is why you made this issue a central part of your election campaign.“How do you expect those families who are going to be affected by this cut, particularly those who voted for you on the basis of this promise, to have any confidence in you?“And then there is the Family Home Tax. The government claim it is a property tax but that just isn’t true. It is a tax on the family home.“170,000 families are in serious mortgage distress. Hundreds of thousands more are in negative equity. Tens of thousands paid huge sums in stamp duty at the height of the boom. 1.8 million households have less that €100 per month after paying essential bills.“Fine Gael and Labour campaigned on a promise to assist those who are struggling to pay their mortgages, to ease their burden.“And what have you done? You have slapped a tax on their family home on top of all the other stealth taxes and charges contained in the budget.“The Government could have introduced a wealth tax; making those with the most pay the most.“They could have cut the lavish pay of politicians, senior civil servants and bankers.“They could have introduced emergency legislation to claw back the massive pensions to the bankers and cabinet Ministers who wrecked the economy.“But no – Fine Gael and Labour chose to hit carers, the sick, children and families. They chose to behave just like Fianna Fail.“And these are just three of the reasons why the public has lost confidence in this government.“They have lost confidence because you made a choice, to make ordinary people pay for the bad decisions, the failed policies and the stroke politics of Fianna Fail and their crooked banker and developer friends.“This is what Budget 2013 is about. There is no doubt that Fine Gael and Labour have broken their contract with the people. They have ridden roughshod over their election promises.“They have torn to shreds their programme for government commitments. They have destroyed the hopes and expectations of the entire population.“This is the reason why Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government tonight.“Not because you do not have our support, but because you have lost the support of the people.“I urge the House to support this motion.”TD DOHERTY OPENS ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ DEBATE IN DAIL was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TD DOHERTY OPENS ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ DEBATE IN DAIL
Sinn Fein Councillor Diarmaid Doherty has warned rate-payers in the Bundoran, Letterkenny and Buncrana town council areas they face massive rate increases when the councils are abolished next year. Cllr Doherty said that, after speaking with people in the finance department of Donegal County Council it, has become clear that Bundoran and Buncrana are facing up to 15% rate increase and Letterkenny are facing up to 9% increase.Under the Local Government Bill 2013 harmonisation of rate, rates must be adjusted until the rates converge. Given the present financial state of Donegal County Council there is little hope that the top rate of A.R.V €69.70 will come down.Diarmaid has also warned that vacant commercial properties will no longer be entitled to 100% refund.From next year vacant commercial properties anywhere in the 26 counties have to pay 50% of their rates.“This change will cause great hardship in an already struggling sector and will hit the boarder counties the worst particularly Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim,” he said. RATEPAYERS IN LETTERKENNY, BUNDORAN AND BUNCRANA FACE HUGE HIKES WARNS CLLR DOHERTY was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranabundoranDiarmuid DohertyHikesletterkennyrates