WhatsApp Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended NewsBreaking newsBusinessStrike to hit Limerick and ShannonBy Bernie English – February 28, 2014 651 TAGSairport Shannon Limerickfeaturedfull-image Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin Facebook Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Email Previous articleEU project gets to the ‘art’ of the matter in LimerickNext articleFlood of concern over Abbeyfeale zoning Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. STRIKE action is set to threaten travel plans at the start of the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend in Shannon, in a row about pensions.SIPTU, the union representing ground handlers at the MId West airport, as well as workers at Dublin and Cork, has this week served strike notice on the Shannon Airport Authority.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Notice has also been served on the other two airports.Union members plan to stage a stoppage from 5am to 9am on Friday March 14.The dispute has been in the pipeline for several years and so far, attempts by the trustees of the pension fund to come up with a solution acceptable to staff have failed. No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Print
Twitter WhatsApp NewsCommunityGood design could save €1 billion for new Colbert Quarter residentsBy Staff Reporter – March 5, 2021 1827 Linkedin Facebook Advertisement Computer-generated image of how a car free Colbert Quarter might look.Limerick native John Moran is chairman of the Land Development Agency which is involved in an ambitious plan to develop the area around Colbert Station for housing and community use. In this article, he outlines a strategy that could have major benefits for the people who will make up the Colbert Quarter community.FREEDOM of choice! That’s a key result I want from the designs for the multi-billion euro plan to transform more than 100 acres of State-owned land at the Colbert Quarter in the heart of Limerick City.Leaving the car at the dealers could mean €150,000 more for prospective residents to spend on the home of their dreams or other priorities for the family.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up So why not have the designers help make car ownership less of an imperative for those living in the area?4,000 new residents could save up to a billion euros over 40 years of a working life. It also goes a long way to making housing affordable.Too often, for “affordability” we focus on cheaper bricks and mortar – reducing sizes, cheaper lands, even reducing quality – or using “free” state land.Yet right there under our design pencils is a major factor much overlooked.The secret is to eliminate car dependency.Many people at some time calculate what they might do with “extra” money from giving up on takeaway coffee, the weekend pint, or even a pack of 20 cigarettes. But who considers the huge savings from handing the car keys back to the car dealer?Money to improve their family’s quality of life while benefiting wider society and future generations.Spent locally, imagine the amenities Limerick City and County Council could provide with the extra VAT alone. Imagine the jobs boost we would get. It could help pay for a larger home or even to switch from renting to owing in the first place.We are facing some stark realities here in Limerick. Recently, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) reported, because of high costs of building, the cheapest new apartment in Dublin would cost €375,000. Building one in Limerick is not likely to be much cheaper.To buy that home, requires €37,500 in savings and annual income of €96,000. No surprise then, large funds are buying so many.Here in Limerick, it is worse.Less than 12 per cent of households earn €100,000. The median income is only €35,313. In Limerick, a single person on €35,313 could only borrow about €124,000.To not leave 88 per cent of friends and family behind, requires a new approach.Certainly, we should not have to accept poorer quality just because we live in Limerick. Using state landbanks helps decrease housing delivery costs but not enough for most to buy an apartment and running that car.So back to that steel box in the driveway (or the two of them!).Adjusting data from the AA to reflect living in Limerick suggests the annual running cost for a second-hand Renault Clio is around €6,100 per year. Over 35 years, that would make up €214,000 in mortgage payments. Enough to justify borrowing an extra €150,000 today.For two car families, that is an extra €300,000 to spend on the home of their dreams.With residents jettisoning the car, there are other benefits too. Less public space for car parking means more parks, walkways, trees, more liveable neighbourhoods. It means less air and noise pollution and active healthy walking. It means bumping into friends and neighbours for chats.This idea is not to ban cars. People can choose a car if that is how they prefer to spend their hard earned cash. Others for whom a car is essential for work or family reasons should still be accommodated.But in this new approach, infrastructure to support car-free living is prioritised. It might seem like an impossible dream but it is well within our grasp with leadership from organisations like the Land Development Agency, Limerick City and County Council, CIÉ and the National Transport Authority can lead.Neighbourhoods thrive when housing is affordable for all and they are designed for quality living.Given its size and topography, Limerick is a very walkable and cyclable city.As Chairman of the Land Development Agency, I make no apologies for advocating for reduced car dependency at Colbert – which after all is right at our main train station and a short walk from O’Connell Street.4,000 of the new Colbert Quarter residents, could choose to save a billion euros of payments for car taxes, insurance, repairs, car payments over 40 years of a working life.That is a billion euro reason to design Colbert with 5-minute neighbourhoods so that residents can choose not to own a car but can still get to work in Raheen, Castletroy or indeed Shannon.Then, let’s think about what we could do with the open space and some of that billion euros – 100,000 new trees at Colbert (one for every resident in the city), new sports facilities the size of Thomond Park, new hospital facilities, more quality public housing and certainly better public transport links from Colbert to our other county towns and villages.The future is ours to decide and with our new five-minute neighbourhoods we have many more futures to decide. 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Hovis is to make at least 115 workers redundant as it attempts to reduce its debts.Owner Premier Foods will close the rolls line at its bakery at Aspull in Wigan later this month, resulting in more than 90 job losses, while 25 staff lost their jobs when the Martland Mill distribution depot recently closed.As reported in British Baker (26 February, pg 5) Premier Foods was forced to review its morning goods business earlier this year, following rumours that it had lost a large crumpet contract. Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union organising regional secretary, Ian Hodson, blamed the supermarkets for the problem. “We all want cheap food but we want it provided by skilled workers,” he said. “In their search for cheaper contracts, the retai-lers should consider what their actions are doing.”Hodson said he was disappointed with the way Premier had handled the redundancies and the fact staff were being encouraged to sign compromise agreements. “Some of them may not sign and could decide to go to an employment tribunal instead.”The closures will cost Premier Foods £4m, but will go some way to reducing its debts by £100m this year, said the company.It follows the announcement of buoyant figures in its interim management statement, showing Q1 value growth for Hovis of 4.7% and volume growth of 8.5%, with market share up 0.5% to 25.6%. Total branded sales increased by 1.6% in the quarter. More promotional activity from its competitors was expected to result in lower market share in Q2, said Premier. However, it was confident that its own marketing and promotional initiatives would return Hovis to share growth in the second half of the year.Premier chief executive Robert Schofield said: “Assuming no adverse change in the trading environment, we expect the benefits of our strategy to result in further progress in 2010.”
Press Association Dual National winner Walsh broke his arm at the Cheltenham Festival, leaving stable number two Townend to take the ride on a horse that has missed the last two runnings through injuries of his own when he would have been a leading contender. “Touch wood he jumps well at home, he’s never run over the National fences before and has missed the last two when it’s been his aim,” said former Irish champion Townend, who bagged a Grade One prize at the meeting on Boston Bob on Friday, in the same colours of Graham Wylie. “Clearly he has deteriorated since his days of beating Kauto Star and Denman in the Gold Cup, but he has been handicapped accordingly. “All you can wish for is a clear run and then take it from there.” Henderson is four-handed as he seeks to win the great race for the first time with Hennessy winner Triolo D’Alene, Hunt Ball and Shakalakaboomboom completing his party. “It’s a good little squad to come in with. It’s a race that has eluded us, we’ve had a few close shaves but not for a bit,” he said. “We’ve not quite had the right kit for it, but this year there are four boys that fit the bill and we’re entitled to be here.” Tony McCoy chose Double Seven, trained by Martin Brassil, ahead of Ted Walsh’s Colbert Station as his mount for his boss J P McManus. “Everything seems to have gone well with him and we’re happy to be here,” said Brassil. “I just hope they don’t get too much rain. The ground is very important to him and if it went heavy there’d be no point in even running him. Hopefully it’s no worse than good to soft.” Teaforthree gave connections a huge thrill when third 12 months ago and ran a respectable race in the Gold Cup. His trainer Rebecca Curtis thinks he heads to Aintree in even better shape than last year. “He took to the Grand National fences last year,” said the Newport handler. “I thought he ran a blinder in the Gold Cup, it was the ideal prep run. We didn’t want to go seven weeks after his run at Ascot and I think it put him spot-on. “I’d have to say I think he’s in better form than last year. Wylie has a second arrow to fire in Tidal Bay, now a 13-year-old, is one of the most popular horses in training and has been given a sporting chance by the handicapper – even though he must shoulder top weight. “His form off top weight in his last three handicaps has been very good,” said trainer Paul Nicholls, who also saddles Rocky Creek and Hawkes Point. “He is in good shape. I am looking forward to him running. The thing to do is to drop him out and not to rush him.” Paul Townend, so often in the shadow of Ruby Walsh, gets his big chance to make headlines of his own tomorrow with the potentially plum ride on Prince De Beauchene in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree. “The trip is a bit of an unknown, but I think he will stay. “He ran a nice race in the English Hennessy but faded out of it with a big weight, and was running well in the Lexus until he made a mistake. “He brings a touch of class, has a lovely racing weight and if he gets into a rhythm you never know. “He’s a good horse in his own right and it’s nice to have a ride in the race with a nice squeak like he has. I’m hoping to get a nice ride off him.” Owner Robert Waley-Cohen and his jockey-son, Sam, have enjoyed great success over the Aintree fences but it could all pale into insignificance if Long Run wins the first £1million renewal. Long Run is searching for his own piece of history as no horse as ever won the King George at Kempton, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the biggest race of them all in Liverpool. The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old may not be the force of old but there is no doubt he has been given a chance by the handicapper. “Myself and Sam have enjoyed plenty of luck over the fences in the past, but I still get a tingle ahead of the National as it’s a great race,” said Robert Waley-Cohen.