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

High-Heel-A-Thon supports hospital

first_imgJunior Libbie Gilliland sprinted 50 yards in her favorite pair of high heels Monday night. Gilliland, sporting the black heels decorated with silver bells and pearls, took first place in the second annual High-Heel-A-Thon sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon. The proceeds from the race benefit the Riley Hospital for Children, which has 19 locations throughout Indiana. Gilliland said the race is an innovative way to support the hospital’s work. “I did the High-Heel-A-Thon because I have medical conditions,” Gilliland said. “Even though I go to a hospital in the Chicago area, Riley Hospital still holds the same concept. It’s a great way for me to give back.” Dance Marathon president senior Becca Guerin said the High-Heel-A-Thon contributes to the overall goal of the marathon that will be hosted later in the year. Each high-heeled runner paid a $5 entry fee. “The people who ultimately benefit from our fundraisers like the High-Heel-A-Thon are the patients and families of Riley’s Children Hospital,” Guerin said. “It is gratifying to know that the funds we raise will make a direct impact at Riley.” The College hopes to increase its overall contribution to the hospital this year. Last year, the marathon raised over $63,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital, Guerin said. “This year, our monetary goal is to increase last year’s total by 20 percent,” she said. Juniors Kate Kellogg and Liz Kraig, co-executives for Dance Marathon fundraising, planned the race. “It’s a fun event to get the campus excited about Dance Marathon,” Kellogg said. “The idea is just to create awareness throughout the year. The High-Heel-A-Thon works perfectly in the ‘classy and fabulous’ atmosphere of Saint Mary’s.” Junior Nora Quirk finished second and junior Sarah Feeley took third. Students who attended to watch the event were aware of the impact made at Riley Children’s Hospital. Junior Christina Barra said many members of the College support the Dance Marathon in some way. “Dance Marathon is a great cause,” Barra said. “It’s great to see all the support from the Saint Mary’s community.”last_img read more

Mourinho defends Chelsea’s record

first_img “In any point of analysis in any criteria you can find, we are the best team or the second-best team. As simple as that,” the Portuguese said at a media conference to preview Wednesday night’s match against Leicester. “What is that? Style and flair? The way people now analyse style and flair is to take the goals out of the pitch. “It’s the football they play on the moon, and the surface is not good. Some holes. But no goals. “It looks like the goals are not there. Sometimes you speak about ‘boring’ and you consider boring a team that scores as many goals as we do, but you don’t consider boring a team that has 70 per cent of the ball possession and cannot win the game. It’s quite a big contradiction. “I ask myself if in the future, when I am a granddad and I am at home with my grandsons, and maybe the future of football is a beautiful green grass carpet without goals. “Football started a few centuries ago and the objective was one, but now it looks like the objective is another one. “For me, I am very simple in my analysis. Football is about putting the ball in the net of your opponent and stopping your opponent. “When football becomes without goals, you will say it’s boring. You will say bring the goals back.” Jose Mourinho has questioned those who value style over substance after attacking those who brand Premier League champions-elect Chelsea “boring”. For Mourinho, beauty is in performing to get a result. “The beautiful game is to go to every game and know exactly the way you have to play and what you have to do,” he said. “(At Arsenal) we were brilliant. Brilliant. A game where we were brilliant from the first minute.” It has long been suggested that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to watch a side akin to Barcelona of a few years ago, when Lionel Messi starred with Xavi and Andres Iniesta with a style known as tiki-taka. Yet so happy was the Russian billionaire with Chelsea’s display at the Emirates Stadium that he embraced the players afterwards as Chelsea neared a first Premier League title in five years. “I saw him hugging the players in the dressing room after the game,” Mourinho said. “I think he’s happy and I think every Chelsea fan is happy if we win the title. “If we win the title, we have a fantastic Premier League with everything.” The Blues boss immediately after Sunday’s draw criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for not trying to win the game and for the Gunners’ 11-year wait for the title. Put to him on Monday that Arsenal fans felt Chelsea were boring, Mourinho said: “I’m not sure of that. “I met an Arsenal fan this morning, a gentleman that lives almost next door to me, an Arsenal fan for more than 50 years and he congratulated me for my press conference, saying that I was spot-on.” Mourinho thinks the media and some rival managers are responsible for the perception of Chelsea. “If you tell the truth, people will read the truth, and people will listen to the truth. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “It’s about establishing the criteria: who scored the most beautiful goals in the Premier League? Is that a criteria? If so, Chelsea did it collectively. “If the concept is the number of goals, okay Man City scored more than us. But 18 (teams) scored less.” Mourinho also derided the suggestion that Barcelona’s brand of football under Pep Guardiola was the aspiration for Chelsea. “Barcelona beautiful game every week?” the former Real Madrid boss added. “When they were at their peak was when? When Real Madrid were champions (in 2011-12)?” Asked about the robust play of Atletico Madrid, who won Spain’s Primera Division title in 2013-14 and reached the Champions League final at Chelsea’s expense, Mourinho refused to be critical. He said: “They beat us, and reached the Champions League final. They were champions in Spain playing against Real Madrid and Barcelona. “But can you compare Chelsea with Atletico? You can’t. They are the best in the way they play. Full respect for them. “But tell me in the Premier League who plays better than us? No one? So tell that (to the public). “Do you think there is in the Premier League one manager who will say that Chelsea don’t deserve to be champions? “I think, out of 19 managers, a huge percentage will say Chelsea deserve to win the league.” Arsenal supporters chanted “boring, boring Chelsea” at the end of Sunday’s goalless draw at the Emirates which leaves Mourinho’s men 10 points clear and within two victories of the title. As he had on Sunday, Mourinho railed against the accusation that his side were boring, saying that “cannot be true”. Press Associationlast_img read more

State Lawmaker Wants Judge in Absent Juror Case to be Investigated

first_imgA state lawmaker from our area is asking the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission to investigate a Palm Beach County judge who recently sentenced a man to 10 days in jail for not showing up for jury duty.Democratic State Senator Bobby Powell, Jr. of West Palm Beach filed a complaint regarding Judge John S. Kastrenakes.The judge sentenced DeAndre Somerville to 10 days in jail, gave him him one year probation, and ordered him to complete 150 hours of community service and write an apology letter after he failed to appear for the first day of testimony in a civil trial last August. Kastrenakes says Somerville showed up in court more than a week later, after he was summoned and had already been sworn in to serve.When Somerville read an apology in court, the judge reduced the probation from one year to three months, with conditions.Last weekend, Kastrenakes announced that he had vacated his finding of contempt and rescinded further punishment of Powell. Senator Powell says in a statement, “The judge later rescinded his original punishment after succumbing to public scrutiny. According to Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct, a judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice and shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor, or fear of criticism. Judge Kastrenakes has evidently violated the Code of the Judicial Conduct and has engaged in misfeasance in his official duties as the 15th Judicial Circuit Court Judge.” He adds, “Judge Kastrenakes acted in an unprecedented manner to unfairly punish one individual for a minor transgression, singling him out as an example solely because of his race.”Powell is requesting that the Judicial Qualifications Commission investigate the judge and discipline or remove him from the bench.last_img read more

Lakers vs. Timberwolves: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

first_imgHow can I watch Lakers vs. Timberwolves on TV?The game will be broadcast on TNT.How can I stream Lakers vs. Timberwolves?You can stream the Lakers-Timberwolves game on fuboTV (7-day free trial).Where will Lakers vs. Timberwolves be played?The Lakers-Timberwolves matchup will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The Lakers and Timberwolves will face off Thursday in Los Angeles. The Lakers enter the game with a 25-23 record, good for ninth place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are also struggling this season at 23-24, currently occupying the 11th spot in the West. The Lakers and Timberwolves have played each other three times already this season, with Minnesota winning two of those contests.  WATCH: Lakers vs. Timberwolves live or on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Los Angeles has not been the same since LeBron James was ruled out with a groin injury in December. The Lakers have lost four of their last six games, and now point guard Lonzo Ball is down with an ankle injury. Rajon Rondo, however, is expected to return after missing 14 games. The Timberwolves have won their last two games, both victories over the Suns. The team is 4-3 since Ryan Saunders took over as head coach following the firing of Tom Thibodeau. The Wolves have been getting a boost from Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 22.5 points and 12.3 rebounds this season. Here is what you need to know to catch the Lakers-Timberwolves game:When is Lakers vs. Timberwolves?The Lakers and Timberwolves will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more