Welfare officers told to show leniency towards struggling Limerick families

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Previous articleSubstance misuse on the rise in LimerickNext articleChristmas joy for Limerick City flood victims Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Willie O’Dea TDCOMMUNITY Welfare officers in Limerick have been told to show leniency to people who cannot find rental properties which are below the rental cap, which is currently €400 or less for a married couple.According to Limerick Fianna Fail TD, Willie O’Dea, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been in touch with the regional manager to stress the need for flexibility in relation to rent caps in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy O’Dea, who is his party’s spokesman on social protection, insists that the rent caps in Limerick are completely unrealistic and from now on Limerick people should see a change in approach from welfare officers.“Community Welfare Officers in Limerick must now show flexibility as they do in Dublin already. I represent Limerick city and I am dealing with cases week in and week out. My experience is that no flexibility is being shown in the Limerick area,” he claimed.At the moment in Limerick, the rent cap for a married couple is €400 per month. There is no place suitable for a married couple in the Limerick city area available for €400 per month.The cap for a married couple with one child is €500 per month. Deputy O’Dea points out that there is nowhere in Limerick city with accommodation suitable for a married couple and a child available for €500 per month.“Such accommodation would cost at least €800 per month and if one asks any auctioneer in Limerick, he or she will confirm that. There is a real problem. In some cases, people are paying rent top-ups or under the counter payments which are, strictly speaking, illegal.”“In future, when for example, a married couple comes into a CWO and say the only place available to them is above the rent cap of €400, it will be up to the CWO to investigate the matter and show flexibility if appropriate,” he explained. NewsLocal NewsWelfare officers told to show leniency towards struggling Limerick familiesBy Alan Jacques – December 18, 2014 825 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGScommunity welfare officersDepartment of Social ProtectionFianna FáillimerickMinister for Social Protection Joan BurtonWillie O’Dea TD last_img read more

Jazz Fest Round Two Kicks Off With Widespread Panic And George Porter, Jr. [Photos]

first_imgWidespread Panic At Jazz Fest | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/2017 | Photo: Dave Vann Jazz Fest Weekend 2 | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/2017 | Photo: Dave Vann Yesterday, on May 4th, the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival officially kicked off with a band. The Fairgrounds were packed Thursday with fans eager to help kick off round two of Jazz Fest and to see the bountiful performances by the dozens of acts slated to grace its twelve stages. A majority of our afternoon was spent at the Fairgrounds’ Acura Stage, where George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Widespread Panic, and the supergroup Voice of the Wetlands, featuring Tab Benoit, Anders Osbourne, Waylon Thibodeaux, Johnny Sansone, George Porter Jr., and Joh, all put on stellar performances for the jovial crowd.George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners set the stage for the afternoon with their performance at 1:30. Around 3 p.m., Voice of the Wetlands treated the crowd to an all-star performance, eventually departing to make way for Widespread Panic’s massive festival set that spanned from 4:30 to 7. During Widespread’s performance, in addition to some of their more crowd-pleasing and festival-friendly classic numbers, the group worked in choice covers at the start and end of their set, with their widely performed versions of James Taylor’s “Knockin’ Around The Zoo” kicking off their set following “Pleas” and J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” winding down their set with its rumbling tones—a popular festival closer for the group.Their set at also saw an extended jam segment in its middle started by “Gimme.” The slowed down and spacier song made way for a soulful “Proving Ground,” before moving into a “Surprise Valley” sandwich, which housed “Tie Your Shoes” and an extended drum solo by Duane Trucks, before finally moving into “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues.” You can check out the setlist for Panic’s Jazz Fest set yesterday below, as well as check out pictures from Day 1 of Jazz Fest’s second weekend below, courtesy of Dave Vann.Setlist: Widespread Panic | New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/2017Set: Pleas, Knockin’ Around The Zoo, Conrad The Caterpillar, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Diner > Pilgrims, Can’t Get High, Up All Night, Gimme > Proving Ground > Surprise Valley > Tie Your Shoes > Drums > Surprise Valley > Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Heroes, Make Sense To Me, Travelin’ Light Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Brown wins Sacks Award for research

first_imgThe National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) has presented the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research to Emery N. Brown of MIT and Harvard. The annual award, named in honor of Jerome (Jerry) Sacks, the founding director of NISS, was established in 2000 to recognize “sustained, high-quality cross-disciplinary research involving the statistical sciences.”Brown is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on the development of signal processing algorithms to characterize how the patterns of electrical discharges from neurons in the brain represent information from the outside world. Brown will receive $1,000.last_img

Former NYPD Lawyer Lawrence Byrne, Long Island Native Whose Brother Was Killed by Drug Dealers, Dies at 61

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s former deputy commissioner for legal matters, died on Sunday at age 61. The Long Island native had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier and died at a Manhattan hospital.Byrne’s brother, Edward, a rookie NYPD officer, was killed while on duty in 1988, and Byrne spent his life honoring his memory and shaping police policy.“We send our condolences to his family and share in their grief,” Sgt. Edward Riley, an NYPD spokesperson, said in a statement. “The Byrne family is one with a tradition of service to the NYPD, and one that has already borne the burden of the line of duty death of Larry’s brother.” Edward was killed by drug dealers at age 22. The murder made national headlines; President Ronald Reagan called to offer the family his condolences, and George H.W. Bush carried Edward’s badge during his 1988 campaign for president.Byrne testified to ensure that the four Queens men convicted in his brother’s murder remained in prison when they were up for parole. Each year on Feb. 26, the day of his brother’s death, he attended a vigil at the site of Edward’s murder in Jamaica, Queens.“Commissioner Byrne was a good friend and a fierce fighter, especially when it came to his hero brother’s memory,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association wrote in a statement. “He worked tirelessly to ensure that his brother’s killers – and all cop-killers – never escaped justice. We will carry on that fight in his name.”Byrne was the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters from 2014 to 2018, when he retired and returned to a private law practice. In those four years, he led a team of about 100 lawyers in the police department’s legal bureau and defended the NYPD on some of the most controversial cases in that time.Visitations for Lawrence Byrne are scheduled for Thursday at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday at St. James Church in Seaford.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more