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Bishop says Limerick is not living up to its obligations to…

first_imgFacebook Bishop Brendan LeahyBishop Brendan Leahy has said that Limerick is not living up to its obligations to support asylum seekers, especially in terms of their living conditions.Addressing the congregation at Raheen parish in Limerick this morning, Bishop Leahy said that although there are a number of excellent local groups supporting migrants and refugees, “in some respects, not least in terms of living conditions, we are not living up to our obligation to support asylum seekers”.In his New Year’s ‘World Day of Peace’ homily, he said that migrants need to be allowed to participate fully in Irish society and we need to be particularly vigilant to avoid exploitation of women and children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am pleased the Limerick Social Services Council, set up by the Diocese, manages to offer support to migrants. There are others who also do good work, such as Doras Luimni. Our schools do great work in welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.“But we can’t deny there are many migrants and refugees among us looking for homes, friendship, help.“Asylum seekers are living in dire circumstances not far from us. For each of us, personally but also as a parish and as a diocese, Pope Francis’ message comes as a pressing invitation,” he added.Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s four pronged strategy – welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating – for addressing the refugee and migrant crisis internationally is equally applicable to us in Ireland.“This year, Pope Francis has chosen a topic very dear to his heart, a topic about which he often speaks and acts – the theme of migrants and refugees. They are constantly in his prayers. He reminds us there are over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. In Ireland we have a particular sensitivity to the theme of migration, emigration,” he said.“We need to do all we can to welcome migrants.  We need to be on the look out to make sure migrants, especially women and children, are not exposed to risks or being exploited.“In Ireland we need to support the human development of migrants and refugees, ensuring access to all levels of education for children and young people.  This will enable them not only to cultivate and realize their potential, but also equip them better in their turn to go out and encounter others in a spirit of dialogue rather than confrontation.“To welcome migrants means we also need to know how to allow them participate fully in our society. It is to the benefit of us all.”More news on society here Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSAsylum seekersBishop Brendan LeahyDoras LuimníeducationexploitationhomilylimerickLimerick Social Services Councilnew yearPope FrancisRaheenrefugeesschoolssocietyWorld Day of Peace COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community center_img Print Previous articleLimerick city building on dangerous structures listNext articleMan due in court over County Limerick murder Editor Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsSocietyBishop says Limerick is not living up to its obligations to migrantsBy Editor – January 1, 2018 2816 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standardslast_img read more

Press release: Flood protection event for North East town

first_imgPonteland has a history of flooding from the River Pont and currently the Environment Agency maintains a range of assets in the area, including flood walls, embankments and pumping stations.It is currently reviewing the condition of those assets and working with partners to better understand flood risk in Ponteland and develop a flood alleviation scheme to better protect properties in the town into the future.The scheme aims to: Residents are invited to a drop-in event which takes place on 23 January at Ponteland Memorial Hall, Darras Road, NE20 9NX. They can drop-in at any time between 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Seek opportunities to provide environmental benefits as a result of any scheme. Improve understanding of main river and surface water flood risk in Ponteland, with an improved model to support the scheme as well as the flood warning and incident response. Residents in a Northumberland town are invited to find out more about potential options for flood protection.The Environment Agency is carrying out an appraisal of flood defences in Ponteland and are considering a number of options to continue to protect properties from flooding as well as bring environmental improvements. The latest information about the scheme and the potential options are available on the scheme’s new online consultation website. During this year, working with partners and the community, the Environment Agency hopes to identify a preferred option for flood protection.Improving understanding of flood riskVanessa Collins, Project Manager for the Environment Agency, said: Reduce flood risk to homes and businesses in Ponteland, and reduce the impacts on roads and utility infrastructure. We are updating our flood modelling and investigating the existing flood defences in Ponteland to improve our understanding of flood risk and ensure the standard of protection can be maintained in the future. We are considering a number of options in more detail over the next few months and we would like to hear the thoughts of residents. We understand just how devastating it is to be flooded – we know there is a history of flooding in Ponteland – and we are committed to ensuring residents are protected. We want to work closely with the community throughout this process and would encourage people to come along to find out more.last_img read more

Andy Murray corrects reporter’s ‘sexist’ question

first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission Mom Judy Murray approves:That’s my boy. ❤️ https://t.co/ldZUQ2wbZj— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2017Despite the lack of recognition of their achievements, American female tennis players outperform American men in world rankings. In general, women in professional sports still receive less media coverage than their male counterparts.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning a point against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 3, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARITWhen top-ranked Brit Andy Murray faced reporters after losing to American Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, he still had his priorities straight.The reporter starts, “Sam is the first U.S. player to reach a major semi-final since 2009…”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “Male player,” says Murray.“Yes, first male player, that’s for sure,” the reporter responds, though Murray is far from amused.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sir Andrew Murray is NOT amused with your casual sexism! #wimbledon pic.twitter.com/a6pTpHCFSr— Jamie (@_JamieMac_) July 12, 2017 This is not Murray’s first time to interject a reporter for an oversight, and probably not his last either. In the 2016 Olympics, he corrected BBC reporter John Inverdale who congratulated him for being the first to win two gold medals in tennis.“Venus [Williams] and Serena [Williams] have won four each,” he said.My favorite genre is Murray doing this to reporters pic.twitter.com/CKs8HS0Fn7— Ashley (@ashcech) July 12, 2017While his chance of winning this year’s Wimbledon is gone, the Glasgow-born athlete is still ace in other aspects. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Murray refuses to blame injury for Wimbledon heartbreakMurray at world number one — how Twitter reacted LeBron-invested pizza place becomes fastest growing chain in US LATEST STORIES MOST READ Senate panel cites 3 BuCor officials in contempt PLAY LIST 02:55Senate panel cites 3 BuCor officials in contempt00:50Trending Articles01:21Dela Rosa on convicts’ early release: Why blame us?01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more