A rift in the fellowship of the chamber

first_imgPrint Facebook LimerickNewsA rift in the fellowship of the chamberBy Alan Jacques – September 12, 2020 345 WhatsApp Adam Teskey, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHERE was evidence of a major rift between the six councillors of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, who have always prided themselves on working together.Changing the venue for their monthly meeting from their base in Rathkeale to County Hall in Dooradoyle, appears to have been a bridge too far for some with serious cracks in the fellowship between council members being clearly visible.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Before this Tuesday’s meeting commenced, Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary wanted to know why the meeting had been moved out of the Rathkeale office and if office staff had been consulted about the change of venue.He asked the council executive what they believed the risk was and who posed the risk if the meeting had been held in West Limerick.Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey (FG) refused to discuss the matter with his party colleague.“I’m not going there”, he said,  and refused to engage any further on the matter before the meeting started.Cllr Keary then left the council chamber.Cllr Teskey told council members that an email was sent to all councillors ten days earlier about the change of venue and nobody took issue with the change.”Over the last number of years we’ve had meetings all over the district in places such as Ballyhahill, Ballysteen and Pallaskenry. What’s the issue with having our meeting in the council chamber in Dooradoyle?” he asked.He explained that it was decided to hold the meeting in County Hall as it was a bigger venue, and made it easier for social distancing.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan said he felt the issue was being used for political advantage that the six members  were “not on the same page”.He went onto claim that he had been told by two “honourable” Fine Gael members that one of the six area representatives had alleged the other five members were working in opposition to him.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien raised concerns over whispers in the municipal district of an “anti-Rathkeale” sentiment from some area representatives. He described it as the spread of “political misinformation” by one member.”I’d dance a jig down the middle of Rathkeale. I’ll go out there anytime,” Cllr O’Brien declared.Fianna Fáil councillor Bridie Collins felt it was an insult to council members to suggest the meeting was moved to a bigger venue for any other reason than health and safety grounds.Before the meeting concluded, councillors called for a solution to be found to the issue.“The six councillors need to put their heads together for the good of the community,” Cllr Sheahan said to Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey.”I can’t get a whip and make anyone carry out their mandate,” Cllr Teskey replied.”I am nominating you to get this sorted,” said Cllr O’Brien interjected.In a statement issued after leaving the meeting, Cllr Keary referred to the council chamber as being a democratic forum that is now “being run like a dictatorship”.“I worked long and hard with the community to have the Rathkeale area office retained and for the name of the town to be retained in the name of the municipal district. Now the elected representatives and the executive won’t even meet there for their monthly meetings. This is an insult to both the office staff and the people of Rathkeale,” he added. Emailcenter_img Twitter Previous articleAnnacotty Maintain 100% Winning RecordNext articleFairview Rangers Eye FAI Junior Cup Glory Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

Farming Seafood.

first_imgIt’s OK with Downer, though. He already has most of them sold long before harvest. Mostof them, he said, will wind up on dinner plates in Webster County.Burtle said the key question for any farmer interested in growing freshwater shrimp isthe amount of shrimp they can produce. “Can you move from selling it to local freshmarkets,” he said, “and sell it wholesale?” He doesn’t know the future offreshwater shrimp farming in Georgia. But Burtle expects high interest in the appealingenterprise over the next few years. John Downer looks over his first “crop” of freshwater shrimp. Photo: Joe Courson Hundreds of miles from any coastline, John Downer is trying to make sure shrimp loversget all they want. The Webster County farmer is growing shrimp in fresh water in hishomemade tanks in southwest Georgia. “It should take between 160 and 170 days,”Downer said, looking forward to his first shrimp harvest.Growing freshwater shrimp has caused a new wave of interest as farmers look forsomething they can grow to make a profit. It looks simple enough from an equipment pointof view. But University of Georgia expert Gary Burtle tells farmers it takes a new way ofthinking.”You have to be a management-minded producer to get above-average yields,”said Burtle, an Extension Service aquaculture scientist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. Production Promise May Be UnrealisticBurtle has been interested in growing shrimp for the past 20 years. Now, he has hisfirst shrimp-growing demonstration at the National Environmentally Sound ProductionAgriculture Lab in Tifton, Ga.The freshwater shrimp industry has been hyped with big promises of as much as 1,500pounds of shrimp per acre, Burtle said. But he tells farmers not to believe theadvertisements. His research shows Georgia farmers are more apt to make about 600 pounds.”Prices range from $7 to $10 per pound at the pond bank for live, large shrimp,”he said.Consumer acceptance of freshwater shrimp could be a determining factor, along withconsistent production at the farm, in deciding whether farmers make money growing shrimp.”Freshwater shrimp are very similar when they’re fresh — that is, to fresh saltwatershrimp,” Burtle said.Shrimp Farmers Must Be MarketersFarmers getting into the fresh shrimp business must keep in mind that most shrimp comefrom Latin America and Asia. American producers compete on the world market. Burtle saidfarmers have to do more than just grow the shrimp. They have to market what they grow, andthey have to promote freshwater shrimp. And many farmers don’t feel comfortable doingthat.center_img They look like their ocean kin, and experts say farm-raised freshwater shrimp taste like them, too. Photo: Joe Coursonlast_img read more