‘Wouldn’t swap him for Suarez!’ Liverpool fans excited by new signing

first_imgThe best thing you can do as a new signing at Liverpool is score a winner on your Anfield debut in front of the Kop – and that’s exactly what Christian Benteke did.Some supporters were delighted when the Reds acquired the striker for £32.5million from Aston Villa, while others held reservations about his ability and how he might fit into the team’s style of play.In the end though all it took was a back post prod against Bournemouth to leave his new fans cooing as his first half strike gave them a 1-0 victory over the Premier League new-boys.You can see how thrilled Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter below… Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in action 1last_img

Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool: Who impressed for the Red Devils in their victory at Old Trafford?

first_img Michael Carrick: 7 – Controlled proceedings alongside Schweinsteiger the middle of midfield with some exquisite passes Manchester United beat arch-rivals Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday to pile the pressure on Brendan Rodgers. Daley Blind opened the scoring before Ander Herrera slammed home a penalty. Christian Benteke’s spectacular overhead kick gave Liverpool hope but teenager Anthony Martial scored a sublime individual goal on his debut to seal the win for the Red Devils. Check out our player ratings above and let us know if you agree by leaving a comment…  14 14 14 14 14 14 Morgan Schneiderlin: 5 – Came on for the last 18 minutes and helped to see out the win 14 Luke Shaw: 7 – The left-back continued his impressive start to the season with another solid display 14 Daley Blind: 8 – Superb finish for United’s opening goal and a faultless display at the back. Is growing into a crucial member of United’s back four 14 14 Chris Smalling: 7 – Another impressive display from the England centre-back. Apart from Benteke’s goal, he stifled the big Belgian forward Juan Mata: 5 – He sparkled against Liverpool last season, but the Spaniard had a quiet evening 14 Bastian Schweinsteiger: 7 – Controlled the game from the heart of United’s midfield and showed his big-game experience 14 Marouane Fellani: 6 – Was isolated up front on his own but often posed a threat with his height and aerial ability David De Gea: 6 – The Spanish goalkeeper was given a rapturous reception from the Old Trafford crowd before kick-off after penning a new four-year contract on Friday. Made one mistake which almost gifted Liverpool a goal but made then made acrobatic saves to deny Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne. Ashley Young: 7 – Provided much more energy and guile than Depay. Worked hard for the team going both ways. Matteo Darmian: 8 – Had a very strong game at right-back and kept Danny Ings quiet. Continues to look like a very astute signing Ander Herrera: 7 – Won the penalty and picked himself up to finish emphatically from 12 yards Anthony Martial: 8 – A dream debut for the £36m teenager. Took his goal superbly just 20 minutes after coming on. Have we seen a glimpse of the next Thierry Henry? 14 Memphis Depay: 4 – Despite United’s dominance, the winger struggled to make an impact and was substituted at half-time 14last_img read more

Redknapp: ‘Ditch the old guard and let England’s young stars shine at Euro 2016’

first_imgHarry Redknapp has called for Roy Hodgson to ditch England’s old guard and give the nation’s up-and-coming stars the chance to shine at next summer’s European Championships.A young Three Lions side comfortably beat Lithuania 3-0 on Monday night to ensure they finished their Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a flawless 100 per cent record.With injuries to a number of regular first-team players restricting his options, Hodgson’s starting XI for the Vilnius clash shared a total of just 140 caps between them.Captain for the evening Phil Jagielka was the oldest player in a white shirt at 33-years-old, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Butland, Dele Alli and Danny Ings, all under 23, getting minutes.While inexperienced at international level, Tottenham striker Kane, Everton ‘diamond’ Barkley and Swansea playmaker Shelvey in particular have all impressed for their clubs over the past few years and established themselves as regulars in the Premier League.And, with the heroes of the previous ‘golden generation’ now out of the frame, Redknapp believes England boss Hodgson should begin build his team around his starlets.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “We’re in a situation now where we’ve gone tournament after tournament and experienced disappointment after disappointment – let’s give some of the young lads a go now.“Let’s give players like 19-year-old Dele Alli a chance. He’s only just broken into Tottenham’s first-team, but he looks a real talent and he’s got a bright future.“We’ve gone with the old guard year after year, so I’d love to see us throw a few of the kids in there and get some experience at the top level.“If we go to the Euros and we don’t make it to the later stages, at least it would be a great experience for them, and they’ll come back ready to go again when the World Cup comes around.“There have been a lot of good positives [from their qualifying campaign]. Some good young players have broken through, so that’s got to be good for England.“Roy has a good young group of players, it’s encouraging when you look at the team. Sterling has been in there for a few years now, we’ve got a group of young full-backs coming through and Chris Smalling has established himself as one of the central defenders.“Barkley is a real talent, too. I think he’s the kind of player you have to build the team around, he’s got fantastic ability. I hope he gets a run in the first team now. Let him have a go and see what he can do. He can be a really important player for the next eight or nine years for England.“Overall, it’s a good looking young squad of players which looks good for the future.”last_img read more

These transfer targets are the perfect solution to Liverpool’s three main problem areas

first_img 4 4 4 Liverpool’s deficiencies were emphatically exposed by West Ham at the weekend leading to more question marks about Jurgen Klopp’s current squad.The 2-0 defeat at Upton Park left the Reds six point adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League football, while the Hammers duly leapfrogged their opponents with the three points.Klopp’s impact is undeniable but the results have dried up in the last month, particularly on the road where Liverpool have mustered just one goal in their last four games.The German is expected to announce the first signing of his reign imminently with Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic due on Merseyside on Monday to complete a medical.Danny Murphy joined the Sports Breakfast on Monday morning to deconstruct the Reds problems, and he earmarked three key areas where Klopp needs to improve his squad.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see what Murphy suggested and some potential targets who can offer solutions… 1. A new goalkeeper – If you ask any Liverpool fan, a new goalkeeper either in January or the summer would probably top their transfer priorities and Murphy seems to agree. Simon Mignolet does not invoke confidence, despite topping the clean sheet charts in 2015, while Adam Bogdan’s display at Watford recently points to an even flimsier deputy. A move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre-Ter Stegen has been mooted, although the Catalans would ask for up to £27m for the young German stopper. Jurgen Klopp’s influence in Germany could prove a telling factor in any approach for the 23-year-old. Click right to see where Liverpool hero Danny Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp needs to strengthen and who he should target to solve those problems… 2. A new centre-back – Another problem area for the Reds is in the centre of defence where they find their options severely depleted after the injury to Martin Skrtel. Skrtel is often regarded as Liverpool’s defensive rock but the Slovakian is culpable to rash decision making and his positioning isn’t always consistent. Dejan Lovren has improved in recent weeks while Mamadou Sakho is a bit of a cult hero on Merseyside, but a move for Schalke star Joel Matip would make sense for both parties. The Cameroonian is out of contract in the summer and therefore free to talk to other clubs this month. At over 6ft 3in, he is a commanding presence and is also comfortable in a defensive midfield role. 3. Someone with ‘pace’ – Pace is a commodity feared by defenders and yearned for by supporters for its ability to get people out of their seats. At the moment, Liverpool’s attack looks blunted while Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems continue to frustrate. Christian Benteke is undeniably gifted but, as illustrated by a turgid display at West Ham, his immobility doesn’t seem to fit in with Liverpool’s mantra. A highly ambitious target would be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) at Borussia Dortmund – the highest scorer in Europe’s top five leagues so far this campaign – but it would take over £40m and some serious seduction methods to lure him to Anfield. A more realistic alternative is Jese Rodriguez (right) at Real Madrid, who has grown tired of a lack of game time in the Spanish capital. Jese is young, quick and well worth a gamble in January given his current discontent. 4last_img read more


first_imgChristopher Duffy of Duffy Potatoes receives his overall award for Donegal’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Ciaran Brogan. Included in the photo are from left councillor Gerry McMonagle, Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Chief Eexecutive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Councillor Enda Bonner.The overall winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015 was Christopher Duffy of Duffy Potatoes who also won the Best Start-Up Business Category.Niall McGonigle from Ballyshannon who won the Best New Idea Category in the Donegal Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.Category Winners in the Donegal finals of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur were from left Niall McGonigle from Ballyshannon who won the Best New Idea Category; Christopher Duffy of Duffy Potatoes who was overall winner and also winner of Best Start-Up category and Aisling Cunningham from Carndonagh who won the Best Established Business Category.The Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Ciaran Brogan pictured with staff from Donegal Local Enterprise, Donegal County Council, members of the adjudication panel for the Donegal final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, category winners and competition finalists.Declan Bourke from Stranorlar owner of ‘My Wedding Planner’ app who was a finalists in the Donegal heats of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, pictured at the awards ceremony on Friday last with Carole Brenan of Enterprise Ireland who was on the adjudication panel.Jerome Keeny, Letterkenny, Aisling Cunningham, Carndonagh (Best Established Business Category Winner) and Paul Doherty (Kilmacrennan) Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition pictured at the awards ceremony on Friday.BUSINESS: Buncrana-based young entrepreneur Christopher Duffy has scooped the coveted title of Best Overall Young Entrepreneur in Donegal at the Donegal finals of the Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur competition.Christopher, from Duffy Potatoes who grow, pack and distribute all their own produce, beat off stiff competition from ten other finalists to win the overall award and the award for Best Start-Up Business.It was a good day for the Inishowen peninsula with Carndonagh-based entrepreneur Aisling Cunningham winning the Best Established Business section while Ballyshannon man Niall McGonigle won the award for Best New Idea. Friday’s awards ceremony heard Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office say that from over 70 expressions of interest and in excess of 50 applications were made this year.Twenty two businesses had been selected for the business mentoring bootcamp with 11 then progressing to the final stages of the competition.The Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Ciaran Brogan, praised all those finalists for their innovation and determination:“For me it is refreshing to see so many young people showing leadership in this area and going forward we want to work closely with you. “I really want to congratulate everyone here for being so innovative.“We are unique in Donegal, we have always been very driven and we need to see more innovation, I have no doubt that you will do that.”Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely urged all of those who had taken part in the competition to continue to engage with Donegal Local Enterprise Office and their partner agencies.“We’re at a time now, hopefully at the very end of what has been a very difficult time for business generally and it was during that time we have depended so much on the innovation of people who would start their own business and take what others would see as a challenge and turn it into an opportunity.“We are very anxious to understand what your needs are and we are anxious as a collective partnership, whether it is ourselves in the LEO and County Council or whether it is the team at LYIT or the team at Enterprise Ireland – whatever the partners. “We are very anxious to understand what your needs are, we are anxious that we know what’s best for the approach that you are bringing, so that we can reflect and accommodate for that.”Speaking afterwards, Christopher Duffy said he had been shocked to hear his name called out.“It was very unexpected, it was a tough category and winning it was very unexpected. I was so chuffed to win the category it was so tough, but to get the overall prize then, well that was unbelievable.”Aisling Cunningham who owns the thriving ‘Poweder ‘n’ Put’ salon in Carndonagh and who designed a new range of high-end make-up brushes, said she was also delighted to win the award. “It’s the first time I’ve ever entered a business competition so this was a whole new experience and it was brilliant to win it, but the whole experience has just been fantastic.“I said to myself today that no matter if I had won or not I have gained so much over the past few weeks and so much for the new idea outside of this competition even. I have just been making connections and focusing on my new idea.“Talking to all the other contestants, everyone said the same thing, everyone has found themselves progressing so much outside of the competition with their business.”Winner of the Best New Idea category was Niall McGonigle with an idea that he hopes will revolutionise patient care for those suffering from bowel cancer.“I studied product design in college and I came up with an idea to help cancer patients. My father had suffered from bowel cancer so that’s where the idea came from.Taking part in the competition was a huge learning curve for me, it redirected my thinking and to be honest between the start and the end of the process, it was the same idea but as if a different person was presenting it, somebody with a much clearer plan for the future.”All three of the Donegal finalists will now progress to the regional finals of the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.BUSINESS: BUNCRANA MAN CROWNED DONEGAL’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has slammed the budget – saying the government is repeating mistakes on the past.The Sinn Fein finance spokesman delivered the following speech. Here it is in full:Despite all the promises, the rhetoric and the spin of the last few weeks what you’ve presented today Minister is the epitome of the boom bust politics of the past. USC/CGT/CATThe cut to the USC and changes to PRSI will put more than three times more in the pocket of someone earning €70,000 a year compared to the average worker.  For those earning €25,000 you are giving them a meagre €227 annually yet for individuals earning over €70,000 you’ve put over €900 back into their pockets.By reducing Capital Gains Tax by 13 percentage points for some over night and reducing tax on wealth this government has hallowed out the tax base for the long-term. You truly have stolen Fianna Fáil’s clothes Minister.  This is the kind of giveaway Budget that Charlie McCreevy himself would be proud of.By reducing the USC in an unequitable way, cutting CGT and raising the threshold for CAT, and reducing corporation tax, you are hollowing out the tax base for the long term- reducing the state’s coffers by 882 million euro – and you are doing so in a manner that is deeply dishonest.Nuair atá tusa ag caint faoin faoiseamh seo atá á tabhairt agat do pinsinéirí nó do tuismitheoirí atá ag tabhairt aire do leanaí le míchumais diana, níl tusa ag insint dóibh an fhírinne ná nach bhfuil rún agat na tacaíochtaí seo a chur ar fáil go fadtéarmach.That is the folly of boom bust politics.You have set your face against meaningful long-term investment in Ireland’s infrastructure and frontline services.This means your growth policy is just not credible. Today you tell us that your ambition for frontline services is that they make do with what they have, and you stand over your policy to starve health, education and childcare of the resources necessary to deliver public services we can be proud of, and that are conducive to growth.Today’s budget hold no resemblance to the Proclamation or to the Democratic Programme.You have not delivered equal rights and equal opportunities to all Ireland’s citizens, in fact you have resolved to only pursue the happiness and prosperity of the top 14% – stuffing €181.9 million into her pockets through USC reduction throwing a few crumbs from the table to everyone elseThis is not the future that the women and men of 1916 envisioned for their country. Today’s budget offered this Government a real opportunity to finally break from the failed politics of the last 20 years, instead you have copper-fastened it.Taxation measuresYou’ve increasing the threshold of inheritance tax to €280,000, one of the few mechanisms in the taxation code to capture wealth.Let us be very clear about who benefits in the main from this budget.Fifty per cent of workers in Ireland earn €28,500.So when you tell us that your budget seeks to alleviate the taxation pressure on salaries of around €70,000 what you are in fact telling the people is that this budget is targeted towards the top 14 per cent of earners.There is a deep inequity in Ireland’s taxation system.€181.9 million of tax reduction are going to the top 14% of earners.The bottom 10 per cent of earners spends 30 percent of their income on direct and indirect taxes. The top ten per cent spend 29% of their income on direct and indirect taxes.This is the outcome of your previous budgets where you moved taxes on income to flat indirect regressive taxes.It is because of this deep inequity that Sinn Fein has committed to ending the water charges and abolishing the family home tax.Tá ceann amháin de na rátaí pá is isle againn anseo in Éirinn sa domhan forbatha, agus tá tearcfhostaíochta agus neamhshláine post le feiceáil go forleathan.The best you could rustle up for the low paid is a meagre increase of 50c in the national minimum wage and you remain mute on the need for a living wage.In real terms there has been no increase in the Minimum Wage since 2007.Sinn Féin would increase the Minimum Wage by €1 per hour bringing a full time minimum wage up to €19,572 a year, and we would increase employee and employer PRSI bands in line with this increase.We support the introduction of the Living Wage and as the largest employer the state should lead the way. We have provided for the introduction of a Living Wage across the civil service, and want to see this extended across the public sector as well as all commercial and non-commercial semi-state bodies.It is a nonsense for anyone on the government benches to claim that this budget is a budget with families and small businesses in mind.It is budget for the elites, for multi-nationals and high earners. It is anti-sustainable growth, it is anti-investment, and its anti-public services.Fiscally recklessnessIt is also fiscally reckless Minister. Ireland has one of the lowest tax to GDP ratios in Europe.That is why we have low investment in public services and higher costs of living. You like Fianna Fáil have increased out of pocket expenses for families and in many instances have placed basic services and fundamental needs out of reach for whole swathes of the population.What more basic need is there than a home.Last week a little girl was interviewed for a radio segment on family homelessness. In describing her experience of living in a B&B she said – “I don’t like it here. I’m not looking forward to Christmas. I don’t know how Santy is going to get in, and I dunno where we are gonna go.”The interviewer then asked her what it is like in her head when she wakes up in the B&B in the morning.The little girl replied, “Well, sad and worried. And I feel like, bad, cause when you are just going down for breakfast you’re just sitting there with your Da eating your breakfast with no friends or anything.”This little girl is not alone. There are 1,500 homeless children and their families who are living this experience every day.One in eight children are now going hungry, are without warm clothes or are homeless or living in substandard housing.So after waltzing in here Minister with a book full of measures that hallow out the taxation base and throw a few crumbs in the direction of our public services and infrastructure – spare a thought for this little girl, and the tens of thousands of children like her.She is the direct consequence of your policies.So what are the other outcomes of your policies Minister?Child poverty has risen under your watch.Income inequality has risen under your watch.Family homelessness has risen under your watch.You’ve even managed to bring the public health system to a new level of catastrophe.There are record numbers waiting for treatment with 401,000 patients on the outpatient waiting list and 69,000 are waiting for inpatient or day case treatment.300 patients are left languishing on trollies on any given day, and it is now the norm for children to wait two years to be assessed by a speech and language therapists, and there are up to 130,000 families on the housing waiting list.Inequality is your badge of honour Minister.Inequality is not just about the most vulnerable in society, it has a deeply damaging knock on effect for low and middle income families, as well as the wider economy.InvestmentTake the housing crisis.This crisis is a grand culmination Minister of a failed government policy pursued by this government and the last.You abandoned the provision of all housing to the private market with social housing completions as low now as they were in the 1930s.This astonishing failure has resulted in an upwards pressure not only on supply but also on the costs of homes in Ireland, for rental and purchase.Like so much of government policy you’ve failed to deliver a strategy that delivers a solution for all families, be they in need of social, affordable or private homes.Tchíonn muid na fadhbanna ceanna sa chorás sláinte, agus nuair atá soláthar seirbhísí oideachais do paistí le riachtanais speisialta nó míchumais i gceist,  tchíonn muid é seo arís maidir le curám leanaí inacmhainne agus inrochtana.You have no ambition, no vision, and no hunger to deliver the type of transformative change that will improve the lives of all our communities.On entering government you slashed the capital budget by €750 million, and despite the fiscal space available to you in 2015, and the economic environment to increase the tax base you have offered up a meagre €180 million  extra in capital expenditure in next year’s budget.Sinn Féin’s alternativeSinn Féin has set out a very different vision to the Government parties and Fianna Fáil.We want to deliver a fair recovery – one that invests in Ireland’s future for the long term and for the benefit of all.We will deliver a recovery that ensures all children experience equality of opportunity be it in their education, in their access to supports and services and in their career choices as they pass into adulthood.We want to grow an economy that is rooted in fair play. Where workers earn a decent wage and small businesses can flourish and expand.This cannot happen by chance, and without a stable and fair tax base we cannot provide the necessary investments in education, childcare, health and infrastructure to secure stability and sustainable growth.They’ll tell us they can take €882 million out of the tax base AND tackle hospital waiting lists, the prohibitive cost of childcare and provide long awaited mental health services.This is of course rubbish. It’s the politics of old. It is as dishonest as it is wrong.Sinn Féin’s Budget 2016 document sets out an ambitious alternative, because we are ambitious for what we can achieve in Government.Unlike the parties who have held the reins of power in this institution equality is the cornerstone of Sinn Féin’s political and policy choices.Societies that are more equal do better. Their public services are delivered more efficiently. Education is better. People are healthier. Income differentials are lower. Social cohesion is stronger. Taxation is fairer. Enterprise is more innovative.The list goes on.We want to stem the tide of mass emigration of our young people. A reduction in the USC will not in itself bring our young men and women back.It is the lack of decent jobs and secure career paths, access to affordable housing and accommodation and the costs associated with health and childcare that continue to act as a barrier to their return.And who could blame them.Sinn Féin wants to take this challenge head on. We want to invest €1.7 billion in public services in 2016.It is only by tackling the underinvestment in health, tackling childcare costs and delivering affordable housing that we can entice our emigrants back.CHILDCAREWe welcome the government’s decision to provide funding to deliver access to the free pre-school year for children with a disability, and the additional preschool year.The free pre-school year is universal in name only as children with special needs are prevented from attending as the necessary supports are not provided. That is why Sinn Féin in its budget proposals has provided for 1,000 SNAs for the pre school year.11 per cent of early-years services were forced to refuse a child with additional needs last year.Our budget proposals also provided for an additional six weeks maternity benefit that can be taken by either parent, as well as two weeks paternity leave and an increase in Child Benefit. We welcome the fact that the Government has followed our lead in these measures.EDUCATIONWe must put investment in education centre stage. The Minister for Public Expenditure has the nerve to come in here today and trump up new teaching posts. The reality is he jhas allocated just €24 million in new spending measures. Everything else is demographics.Year after year children and poverty agencies have highlighted the increased costs for parents to put their children through an education system that is supposed to be universal.The damage this government has done to the education system is far reaching.Over the course of your first three budgets you cut the education’s funding by nearly half a billion euro.Cuts to resource teaching hours and guidance teachers have been particularly regressive hitting vulnerable kids the hardest.You’ve hiked up the costs of third level education for struggling families by €750 a year; reduced the income thresholds for third level grants; you cut the back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance by a third for primary school children; introduced fees for apprenticeships and cuts funding to the third levels, VECs and a range of higher education bodies.Sinn Féin would reverse the cut to Guidance teaching creating 700 additional posts, restore resource teaching hours providing 1,183 extra teachers for children with special needs and reduce primary class sizes putting 250 additional teachers into the system.We would also increase funding to the school meal programme, the school book grants scheme and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.We would reduce the third level contribution fee by €500 going some way to ensure third level education remains within the grasp of struggling working families.HEALTHIn health you cut services by over €2.5 billion over the course of your first three budgets. Is it any wonder that the crisis has deepened across the system?You’ve targeted mental health, children’s services and disability services, increased the threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme by 20%, increased prescription charges for the least well off, and cut front line posts by up to 10% and slashed regional drugs related initiatives by 12%.Sinn Féin would invest an additional €383 million in health, ensuring this investment targets areas of most acute areas of need, above the amount needed to cater for demographic pressures.We have provided for over 1,900 additional frontline posts including consultants, nurses, midwives, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists.We also provided for an automatic medical card for children with significant medical needs arising from serious illness or disability, and invest in Emergency Departments, maternity care, mental health and disability services, dental care for workers and medical card holders, and increased emergency ambulance cover.You’ve provided just 18m in new health spend when demographics and the pay restoration measures of the Lansdowne Road Agreement are accounted for!!!!Garda numbersNot a single new Garda was trained between 2010 and 2013. A paltry 200 new recruits were taken in last year and the numbers for the last two years won’t even cover the retirements. So 600 gardai in 2016 sounds like a lot but as the Minister herself acknowledged retirements are roughly 400 each year.  Since entering Government the so called party of law and order has cut the strength of the Garda Síochána by nearly 10%. That is a shocking record by any standard.Closure of Garda Stations saved less than 1 million euro.Sinn Féin would invest in community policing by training an additional 1,000 Gardaí to ensure the strength of the force gets back to where it was before Fine Gael got its hands on the Department of Justice.Tá na postanna úra seo i dtaca le Foireanna Túslíne, 6,500 ar an iomlán, tá siad i dteannta le na postanna a bhí de dhíth sa bhliain 2016. Tá €300 milliún curtha san áireamh sa pácáiste infheistíochta Shinn Féin le haghaidh athruithe déimeagrafacha  a láimhseáil.HOUSINGWe also set out an ambitious capital investment of €400 million, two thirds of which is to be directed to tackling the housing crisis head on.The additional €69 million announced today for housing by government is miserly, making it roughly just under a quarter of what you cut from housing budget in 2012. Again in 2013 you halved funding to local authority housing, and another 10% in 2014.Minister, you and your colleagues have a neck to come in here with a tear in your eye after yet another homeless man has died on the streets of our capital city.What exactly is it going to have to take before you acknowledge the scale and depth of crisis in emergency and social housing?Sinn Féin understands the scale of the challenge ahead and that is why we have provided an extra €300 million investment for 2016 in social housing delivering 1,680 units in addition to existing government plans.It is incredulous, and quite frankly disgusting for any government Minister to suggest that the state has a minor role to play in tackling the housing crisis.This is not even an issue of EU fiscal restraints. If you declared a Housing Emergency flexibilities could and would be secured with our EU partners to enable the state increase its investment in social housing and emergency accommodation keeping us within the debt and deficit rules.How many Jonathan Corrie’s have to die before you declare an Emergency Housing Crisis?Rent certainty/Mortgages/NAMAYou haven’t even announced Rent certainty as part of the package today. In the meantime while you’ve fiddled around landlords have hiked up rents and 1,500 children and their families are now homeless as a result.It is telling that despite all the fist waving and threats that again today we see the bank levy is not to be touched. Nor are we to have legislation to let the Central Bank set a cap on rip- off mortgage rates.The message today for the 300,000 thousand mortgage holders with Standard Variable Rate mortgages is “you’re on your own”.When I proposed legislation to allow the Central Bank cap mortgage rates you said “let’s wait and see”. Well, we have waited and we can see that the banks have barely nudged.  You called in the troops to vote down my Bill but promised action would be taken. It hasn’t been. The bank levy will not be touched despite the increased profitability of the banks.Only one lender has made meaningful reduction in its SVR. Now the Minister has given up and said people should shop around. You said if the banks didn’t budge you would increase the levy or legislate for a mortgage cap to be implemented by the Central Bank. You have done neither.How can a family in negative equity just change lender?As always the banks win, the people lose out. It is still Frankfurt’s way.NAMAYou’ve announced a plan for NAMA to build houses like you’ve discovered the earth is round.Welcome to what the rest of us have been calling for for years.What is presented today illustrates another failure to tackle in full the housing crisis. There is no plan except to rely on developers. It appears that what is being proposed makes no provision for social or affordable housing.Maybe you’ll listen to us now on the other policy measures we are proposing to deal with the housing crisis.And then there is the crisis in domestic violence supports, which the government has not highlighted in its announcements.Sinn Féin has also provided an extra €20 million for emergency homeless accommodation and €5.45 million for women’s refuges.In July of this year Tusla reported that 80 per cent of women fleeing domestic violence were turned away from Dublin refuges in the first three months of this year.Without these services, such as the Cuan Álainn refuge in Tallaght due to close by the end of the year due to a lack of funding by government, women and their children are forced into a stark choice of returning to an abusive and violent partner or become homeless.INCOME INEQUALITY/SOCIAL PROTECTIONIncome inequality has also deepened under Fine Gael and Labour. Of course we expected this of a Fine Gael government but for it to happen under a Labour coalition is astounding.Labour has abandoned average workers and the vulnerable in equal measure.We have a Labour Minister for employment who has refused to take action on low hour contracts, on the high levels of low paid insecure work,A Labour Minister who has refused to even acknowledge the scale of bogus self-employment in the construction sector and has limited the work of the Low Pay Commission to focus almost solely on the minimum wage and not on the wider issues surrounding low pay and income inequality.And then there is the Labour leader, who in her role as Minister for Social Protection regularly lectures us all on the deserving and undeserving poor.She has set her sights on lone parents and the unemployed youth for particularly punitive cuts.Unlike the Labour party Sinn Féin believes the vulnerable, the unemployed and low income households need support if they are to improve their circumstances in life, and that is why we have invested €289 million in tackling income inequality and providing employment activation measures that actually work.Restoration of the Respite Care Grant cut is welcome but why did families have to endure the cut, and the myriad of cuts to social welfare and disability cuts in the first instance.SUPPORTING BUSINESSIreland is a nation of small and micro-businesses with the majority of workers employed by these companies.Government takes an either or approach to indigenous and FDI enterprise, and its enterprise and innovation policies lean heavily towards the multinationals’ at a cost to small business.Microsoft Ireland is one of the largest exporters in the state producing €18.22bn in software exports, and it employs roughly 1,200 people in Ireland.Irish food and drink exports were approximately €10.5 billion in 2014, yet this sector employs about 102,000 people.Sinn Féin supports growth and investment in the FDI sector, however we need to ensure Ireland’s enterprise strategy accurately reflects where the potential jobs growth is.Sinn Féin called for a €500 tax credit for the self-employed introducing a level of fairness for businesses be they farmers, carpenters or young entrepreneurs.We welcome the government’s decision to introduce this credit.We have doubled the trading online voucher scheme, dealt with the unfair exclusion of the self-employed from the Start Up Relief for Entrepreneurs, eased the administration of the tax system for businesses, provided support for Ireland’s indigenous craft beer sector and set out improved access to public procurement contracts for small and micro businesses.We are the only party on the island pursuing a strong island economy to deliver greater cross border and export trade for Ireland’s small indigenous businesses, as well as the creation of a border economic development zone.ConclusionI’ll conclude with this Minister.It is remarkable that after four and half years of deep cuts to education, to health, to social protection and increased unfair taxes targeting struggling families it is only in recent weeks that Labour has finally found its voice.Not one of ye has had the courage of your party’s founding principles to stand up to Fine Gael’s conservative Tory agenda since entering government.Instead you have become their greatest champions, and not for the first time.What a difference a term in government makes.In the closing days of the 2011 election Labour strategists reduced their entire campaign to a single message – elect us and in government we’ll soften the sharpest edges of Fine Gael.Who can forget the Every Little Hurts advertisements?Far from putting manners on your coalition partners ye have become more Fine Gael than Fine Gael themselves.That is until it was your own head on the block – and lo and behold your glorious leader, Labour’s very own Countess of Grantham, is throwing her weight around like there is no tomorrow.It appears your demands most moderate are, you only want to save your own hides.Thousands of families have no roof over their heads, homeless people are literally dying on our streets, the health system is on the verge of collapse, child poverty is on the rise and a Labour coalition government has managed to deepen inequality on a scale not seen for decades.Sinn Féin has set out a detailed and ambitious political alternative that puts investment centre stage – investment in services, in infrastructure, and in small businesses. All of this can be delivered through fair and sustainable taxation.We hold dear the values and aspirations of the 1916 leaders, and we are committed to seeing them delivered upon in 2016.BUDGET 2016: PEARSE DOHERTY’S SPEECH IN FULL – ACCUSED MINISTER OF ‘BOOM-BUST’ POLITICS was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budget 2016Pearse Dohertyspeech in fulllast_img read more

Mom wants to help others deal with loss

first_imgNow she is trying to use that pain to help other parents. “I realized that this could become what I’m all about – this woman who lost a child to a terrible illness,” she said. “I could do that, or I could be someone who does something about it, someone who uses this experience for good.” – Melissa Evans 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahni Davies’ daughter would have been 13 on Jan. 3. Even though her daughter is gone, a mother never stops being a mother, remembering birthdays, thinking about Christmas gifts. The pain has subsided substantially since Willow died of a brain tumor six years ago. The support she received through TrinityKids Care – she was the first mother to enroll when the pediatric hospice program began in 2001 – and at The Gathering Place, a bereavement support program, was crucial, she said. “It’s taken a long time to get back on track, but we were lucky,” the Torrance mom said. “We got to hold our daughter in our arms until her last breath.” Her experience with hospice care, which allows families to care for their dying children at home, was so powerful that Davies changed her career path. She is two years into a master’s program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, studying marriage and family therapy. Davies hopes to work with grieving families, either in a hospice program or in a hospital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I think it helps to know exactly what they are up against,” she said. Initially, the feeling is shock and disbelief, she said. Her daughter was 5 when the family got the news that she had a brain tumor. Like most parents, she moved into a place of frenzy, desperately trying to find an experimental drug, a second, third or fourth opinion. She acknowledges she “fought it tooth and nail,” but finally put Willow in hospice, where the nurses made sure her daughter wasn’t in pain. She and her son received counseling to deal with their pain, too. After a year in a support group talking to other parents who have lost children, “I finally started to see in color again,” she said. “I didn’t even realize that the world had become black and white.” The hope that she could actually get through something like this became a reality – a day at a time. The ordeal consumed her life, but Davies was determined not let it destroy it. last_img read more

Letterkenny Chamber issues warning after their account is hacked

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber has issued a warning after their email address was hacked.The warning was sent by CEO Toni Forrester warning business owners in the Cathedral Town not to open attachments on an email claiming to come from the organisation.The warning reads “There is a fake /spam email coming from one of our email addresses mentioning an attachment statement. “Letterkenny Chamber does not send out statements unless specifically requested.“We have disabled this address. However, I would urge everyone to check the full email address when opening any attachment.”Letterkenny Chamber issues warning after their account is hacked was last modified: October 5th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accountsemailshackedLetterkenny ChamberWarninglast_img read more

Job Vacancies: Kelly’s Toyota launch exciting team expansion

first_imgKelly’s Toyota has announced two vacancies in their professional, motivated and innovative team in Co. Donegal.Management at the leading dealership are hiring a Service Manager for the Mountcharles branch and a Qualified Mechanic in Letterkenny.Service Manager – MountcharlesImmediate start in our Mountcharles branchSalary commensurate with experience Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in Service Management and working as a member of a Service Department within a busy dealership.Over 18 years of age. Experience essential.The primary functions of the Service Manager are as follows:Monitor/manage workshop loading systemMonitor/manage job card systemMonitor/manage service reception to maximise booking efficiencyRegularly monitor workshop productivity, profitability and financial performance and take corrective actions if necessaryAssign work to relevant employeesAdvise on diagnostic problemsDevelop and maintain relationships with distributors, suppliers and other relevant contactsMonitor equipment use and maintenanceManage all warranty related paperwork and procedures in accordance with company and/or distributors policyMonitor estimating systemEnsure accurate and up to date invoicing Promote associated products and services including VHC and ServicePlanManage workshop Health and SafetyMonitor quality customer service programme and improve overall customer service levels within the Service DepartmentTo Apply:Forward CV: by post or by email to [email protected] Kelly Sales & Service, Drumbeigh, Mountcharles, Co DonegalClosing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2019Qualified Mechanic – LetterkennyWe are looking to hire a qualified motor mechanic to join our team in Letterkenny.The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of vehicle servicing, diagnostics and be capable of producing quality work in a fast paced environment.Applicants will ideally: Be fully qualified as a motor mechanic.Will have experience in all aspects of vehicle serving and diagnostics.Be capable of producing quality work in a busy environment.Work well under pressure, while maintaining efficiency and productivity.Hold a full driver licence.Have a flexible approach to work and be willing to work overtime if required.Be computer literate.Key Tasks & Responsibilities:To service & repair vehicles.To make written and verbal reports on service and repair activity to work shop foreman.Perform work as outlined on the job card with efficiency and accuracy.Maintaining a clean and neat workspace and adhering to all company policies, procedures and safety standards.To Apply: Forward CV: by post or by email to [email protected] Sales & Service, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Closing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2019Job Vacancies: Kelly’s Toyota launch exciting team expansion was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Job VacanciesKelly’s ToyotaletterkennyManagerMECHANICMOUNTCHARLESservicinglast_img read more

Sprint Educational Supplies announce closing down sale

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most well-known school book and stationery stores will enter its final chapter with a large closing down sale, beginning this week’s.Sprint Educational Supplies is a shop which many children and adults fondly remember as the place where they would stock up on school books, pens, paper, arts and crafts.Located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, the stores have had a loyal customer base since the company was first formed by the late Tom Gallagher three decades ago. The closure of Sprint Educational Supplies was first announced to school principals last week. In a statement, company director Angela Gilligan said the decision to close was made ‘with deep regret’, adding:“As you would have been aware that my husband Tom Gallagher founded the company over thirty years ago and he was the main driving force behind it. lndeed, he was our front man and would have personally known all his customers. Unfortunately following his untimely death in 2017 it has not been feasible for us his family to continue to give the heavy commitment required to continue trading. To this end we have taken the difficult decision to close the business.”Yesterday marked the end of an era as the two Sprint outlets begin closing down sales. Everything must go, with 50% off stationery, arts and crafts, learning resources, toys and games.There is 15% off school books and revision books. Plus, there is 25% off ink cartridges.This sale, on a cash and carry only basis, will continue at Spring Market Centre Letterkenny and Sprint Glebe Shopping Centre Donegal Town until all stock is gone.Sprint Educational Supplies announce closing down sale was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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