Calls for Garda presence in Ballingarry

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up INDEPENDENT councillor Emmett O’Brien has called for a Garda to be assigned to Ballingarry Garda Station in County Limerick.The people of Ballingarry and surrounds, he said, had for the last number of years been blessed with the presence of a very approachable and active Garda who has recently retired.According to the Adare-Rathkeale representative, the reduction in Garda numbers in County Limerick clearly highlights the lack of foresight being shown by the Fine Gael and Labour government through their persistence in not properly funding and recruiting to An Garda Síochána.“We, in rural Limerick, have now been left an overstretched Garda force to serve our communities,” O’Brien commented.“Over the last number of months there has been a spate of break-ins, into cars and vans in particular, and fuel thefts from businesses, farms, houses, quarries and national schools. It is now increasingly clear that the Fine Gael led government’s policy not to recruit to the Gardaí over the last four years has direct daily consequences for the people of Limerick.”As a member of the Joint Policing Committee, Cllr O’Brien has repeatedly called on the government to properly recruit to the Gardai while highlighting the heroic work the Gardai in County Limerick are doing against “continuing levels of danger”.“I have spoken with numerous people in Ballingarry and they have advised me that they will not tolerate not having a Garda assigned to their area.“It is essential that a Garda is assigned to Ballingarry to allow continuity in the area and to ensure that the people of Ballingarry and surrounds do not feel abandoned by this government,” he concluded. Email Facebook Twitter Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Previous articleCounty Limerick residents see redNext articleRocket science on the curriculum for Limerick primary schools Alan Jacques center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsCalls for Garda presence in BallingarryBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 1063 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin TAGSAn Garda SíochánaBallingarryCllr Emmett O’Brienlimerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Professor named as consultant

first_imgLaw professor Richard Garnett, recently named a consultant to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, said the appointment is an opportunity to help protect religious freedom in America. “I am deeply committed, as a citizen and as a scholar, to the importance — indeed, the centrality — of religious freedom,” he said. “The opportunity to assist the Catholic bishops of the United States, and the Church more generally, in understanding, protecting and teaching about this freedom, is an honor.” The committee aims to “address the increasing threats to religious liberty in our society so that the Church’s mission may advance unimpeded and the right of believers of any religious persuasion or none be respected,” Bishop William Lori, chair of the committee, said in a press release. While he is uncertain what his specific responsibilities will be, Garnett said he believes it will have to do with religion and the law. “I teach and write about church-state relations, religious freedom and constitutional law, so the work of the ad hoc committee is very closely connected to my own scholarly work, and … to the distinctive Catholic character and mission of the University,” he said. Garnett said the subcommittee will approach the issue of religious freedom from an interfaith and international perspective. “I sense that [the committee members] are sensitive to the importance of educating Catholics about the centrality of religious freedom: religious freedom for all, not just Catholics, and not just for Americans,” he said. Garnett said some people underestimate the level of religious persecution in the modern world. “In many places, Christians suffer outright persecution, and I think the bishops want to remind Catholics of the need to pray for and support these victims of persecution,” Garnett said. It is crucial citizens understand that religious freedom is a basic right, he said. “There is also the important need to help not only Catholics, but all Americans, understand that religious freedom is not just a matter of ‘special pleading,’” he said. “It is not a ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ concern, but a human rights concern.” The way governments approach the issue of religious freedom has ramifications for its overall human rights policies, he said. “Other freedoms are not secure in a political community that does not protect religious freedom because, at the end of the day, a government that respects religious liberty is one that acknowledges limits on its power and reach,” he said.last_img read more