Appeal Court upholds ex-Policeman’s dismissal

first_img…fired after collecting $50,000The Appeal Court of Guyana has upheld the dismissal of a Policeman who received marching orders after he had been embroiled in accepting a $50,000 bribe more than 15 years ago.The Appeal Court of GuyanaThe decision was returned by Justices Dawn Gregory, Rishi Persaud and acting Justice Dr Arif Bulkan. They upheld the May 7, 2013 decision of High Court Judge Brassington Reynolds, who ruled that the June 15, 2002 dismissal of Police Corporal Patrick Austin was fair.Austin was dismissed via letter signed by then Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald. By disciplinary action, the ex-Police Corporal was found guilty of receiving the bribe. Austin was the subordinate officer-in-charge of the Licensing and Certifying Office in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast back then.According to the case file, the Police Force had received an anonymous concerned citizen’s letter in January 2001, claiming that Austin had solicited a bribe in regard to a driver’s licence in the year 2000. Investigations later revealed that Austin had obtained $50,000 from Abdul Khan to secure two driver’s licences for Abdool Wazim Kamal and Abdool Aswezeem Kamal.The ex-corporal implicated in the illegal act was informed of the investigation in November 2001. During an inquiry which was held, Abdool Kamal testified that Policeman Austin had solicited a bribe from him in the sum of $25,000 to obtain a driver’s licence for his son, Abdool A. Kamal.He said the money was paid to the appellant, Austin, by his nephew Shazad, also noting that he gave Austin a further $25,000 to pay for another driver’s licence. The man was cross-examined by the Police rank, and the witness denied that he was being untruthful.Further, Abdool Wazim Kamal also testified that his father Abdool Kamal had given Shazad $25,000 to pay Austin to obtain a driver’s licence. Kamal outlined that he obtained a driver’s licence for a motorcycle without taking the required written examination.Meanwhile, Abdool Aswazeem Kamal outlined that his father Abdool Kamal gave him $25,000, and he gave this sum to Shazad. Abdool Aswazeem said he also obtained a driver’s licence without taking the required examination.Shazad Ali stated that he collected a total of $50,000 from Abdool Kamal, which he paid to Austin at the Anna Regina Police Station in a wrapped parcel. Ali said Austin checked the money in his presence. He, however, claimed he did not know for what purpose the money had been paid.Court documents also disclosed the testimony of Inspector Deane, who was attached to the Office of Professional Responsibility. He said that, after receiving instructions, he contacted the four witnesses, and thereafter sought legal advice.Inspector Deane detailed that when he checked the licensing book, he found that Corporal Austin had issued two driver’s licences to persons whose addresses were listed in Georgetown.After the conclusion of the inquiry, Austin objected to the Force’s dismissal, and he took his case to the High Court. However, after Justice Reynolds ruled against him, he then filed proceedings in the Appellate Court. However, according to the Appellate Justices, while there may have been procedural lapses in the conduct of the investigation, the purpose of the Police Discipline Act was exercised in Austin’s matter.The Appeal Court therefore affirmed Justice Reynolds’s May 2013 decision. Attorney-at-law Roysdale Forde appeared for the Appellant, while State Counsel Judy Stuart-Adonis appeared for the Respondent, the Commissioner of Police.last_img read more

Timehri logger acquitted for 2014 murder

first_imgFamily members of 50-year-old Rajesh Roopnarine, called “Popo”, erupted in tears of joy on Thursday as a 12-member jury was directed by Justice Navindra Singh to return a formal not guilty verdict, thus acquitting the accused of a murder charge. He was accused of setting David Campbell alight back in 2014.Rajesh Roopnarine exiting the courtroom a free manThe trial had commenced and concluded on Thursday after a number of witnesses testified during the first session.Roopnarine earlier this week had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. He was represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Ronald Daniels, while the State was represented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed, in association with Tuanna Hardy and Abigail Gibbs.On conclusion of the series of testimonies on Thursday, Justice Singh had ruled that the poor Police investigations had produced insufficient evidence in order to convict Roopnarine on the charge, thus he instructed the empanelled jurors to return the not guilty verdict.On informing Roopnarine that he is now a free man, Justice Singh told him that he hopes he had learnt his lesson, while advising him to stay clear of future incidents of this nature.“I hope you learnt your lesson, I can only hope that you live a proper law-abiding life,” Justice Singh stated.According to reports, at about 17:30h, Roopnarine along with other employees, including Campbell, were imbibing at their work site, when shortly after it is alleged that he set alight a mining camp with four occupants.While three persons managed to escape, Campbell was trapped in his hammock and sustained third-degree burns. A badly burnt Campbell died seven days after he was reportedly set alight in the mining camp.The now dead man was employed as a chainsaw operator at the said logging concession. Steve Campbell, brother of the deceased, is said to have witnessed the scene of his brother being burnt but did not make attempts to put the flame out.last_img read more

Updated: Flights already cancelled out of FSJ to Vancouver

first_imgAC8181AVancouver10:23Cancelled AC8182DVancouver14:10Cancelled CMA748DPrince George Kamloops Kelowna14:05Rerouted AC8183AVancouver16:49Cancelled CMA743DFort Nelson12:50Cancelled AC8184DVancouver10:55Cancelled AC8185AVancouver20:54On-Time CMA792DEdmonton Calgary13:10On-Time CMA791DFort Nelson Dawson Creek Vancouver09:35Departed CMA792AFort Nelson Dawson Creek Vancouver12:35Cancelled AC8186DVancouver17:20Cancelled CMA743APrince George Kamloops Kelowna11:05On-Time CMA791AEdmonton Calgary09:10Arrived Flights several flights from Vancouver to Fort St. John in both directions have been cancelled.The first 3 flights of the day operated by Air Canada Jazz from Vancouver to FSj and in the oposite direction have already been cancelled.  So far the flights this evening are still a go.  You can also add Central Mountain Air to the list.  Their flight from Vancouver and Dawson Creek has been cancelled as well as this afternoons flight to Fort Nelson.For updated info on the Fort St. John Airport visit http://www.fsjairport.com/scheduledflights/current- Advertisement -To re-book your flight call 1-888-247-2262.  To check on your flight you can call 1-888-422-7533 or Click HereCurrent Flight Schedule at the Fort St. John Airport as of 12pmCurrent Flight Information CMA748AFort Nelson12:50On-Time AC8187AVancouver13:39Cancelled AC8188DVancouver21:25On-Timelast_img read more

Keeping tabs on speeders

first_img• Photo Gallery: Speed limit changes WHITTIER – Cruising down Colima Road at a cool 67 mph Monday, Terry Esparza failed to see the police officer with his radar gun trained on her car Monday morning – until it was too late. According Whittier Police Department Officer Sergio Lopez, she had been driving a full 12 mph above the new 55 mph speed limit for a stretch of Colima north of Mar Vista Street. The speed-limit change, from 45 mph to 55 mph, went into effect Monday along Colima between the area just north of Mar Vista to the city limits near Hacienda Heights. “I think \ is a good idea because now we can enforce the speed on this road,” Lopez said. “We couldn’t before, since the posted limit was inconsistent with the survey speed.” Colima slopes steeply and curves coming south toward Mar Vista, where it turns into a 40 mph residential area. Minutes after Lopez let Esparza drive away, he tore after the driver of a pickup truck speeding at 73 mph toward the sharp turn. Lopez said the nature of the road causes motorists to pick up speed coming down the hill. “Hopefully \ will decrease accidents, because drivers will see us out here and they’ll slow down,” Lopez added. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I didn’t think I was going that fast because I had my coffee in my hand,” Esparza, 47, of Hacienda Heights said as Lopez wrote out her citation. “But he had the \ gun, so he’s probably right. I didn’t know the speed limit was 55. I drive down this road every day.” After three young people were killed April 3 in a traffic crash on Colima, city officials turned up the heat on drivers Monday, ahead of other plans to install a solar-powered radar speed warning sign on the road. The $10,000 sign should be installed within 10 weeks, city officials said. It may seem counter-intuitive to raise a speed limit on a road where motorists already drive dangerously fast. But Lopez said surveys done by the city to measure speeds on that section of Colima showed 85 percent of drivers averaging 53 mph. The city then used that average to establish a new speed limit, he added. Under California law, cities are required to undertake such surveys before officers can use radar to enforce speed limits. Therefore, the previous 45 mph limit was not radar-enforceable, Lopez said. last_img read more

4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP

first_img4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueResults & Reports 15.06.14DPD Division 1 Results Letterkenny Rovers Res. 4 1 Drumkeen Utd. Res.Fanad Utd. Res. 1 1 Swilly Rovers Res.ReportsLetterkenny Rovers Res. 4 Drumkeen Utd. Res. 1A strong Letterkenny Rovers team overcame a youthful Drumkeen Utd on the opening day of the reserve League season at Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon in a game which saw the visitors finish the game with 9 men following a double sending off on the hour mark.Following early efforts by Peter McNamee and Jerome Duffy for the visitors it was Rovers who almost went ahead on 7 minutes. Kevin McGrath with some good work on the right set up Stephen O’Donnell and his thunderous shot hit the post much to the relief of Michael Gibson in the Drumkeen goal. The relief was short-lived though as O’Donnell secured the opening goal on 13 minutes. The always lively Stevie Okakpo played the big Manor man through on goal and his low shot easily beat Gibson to put Rovers ahead.Further efforts by O’Donnell and the returning Christopher Malseed followed before Drumkeen got a deserved equaliser in a wonderful counter attacking move..Letterkenny lost possession on the edge of the visitors box which fell to Kevin Bonner. His angled pass led to Peter McNamee nicely beating the offside trap before rounding the advancing Letterkenny net minder Jason Quinn outside his own box and coolly finishing to the bottom corner. Indeed McNamee was a thorn in the side of Jonathan Minnock and John Doherty in the first half and had a couple of other chances to put the visitors ahead shooting narrowly over on a couple of occasions.Rovers dominated possession though for most of the half and had a great chance on 42 through a super pass and move between Okakpo and Neil Lloyd which led to Okakpo just missing the target from 12 yards. Rovers domination was emphasised when they took the lead right on the stroke of halftime. After man of the match Okakpo had a rasper of a shot cannon off the bar the rebound fell to Kevin McGrath on the right. He played O’Donnell through and his cross was headed home by Darren McElwaine to ensure the hosts held an interval lead. The second half started in much the same vein with excellent chances spurned by O’Donnell and McGrath before the games big talking point on 61 minutes. An incisive pass through by McGrath found Stephen O’Donnell he played the ball across the edge of the 6 yard box to McElwaine who scored with the Drumkeen defence shouting offside from the initial pass. While Rovers were celebrating the goal ref Stephen Toner brandished a red card to dismiss Chris Kyle for dissent. Lee Guthrie then showed dissent and was also sent off to reduce the visitors to 9 men. From then on it was only a matter of playing out the game and numerous chances came and went for Rovers with Okakpo and O’Hagan both having efforts narrowly wide before Rovers scored their 4th goal on 76 minutes. Gibson did well to save Okakpo’s shot but could only parry it into the path of Glenn Gallagher and he made no mistake keeping his composure to coolly slot home from 12 yards. Drumkeen had a couple of half chances through Lee Kennedy and Kevin Bonner to reduce the deficit while Letterkenny substitute Gareth Doherty had a couple of chances which flew narrowly wide. It was always going to be a tough battle for the young Drumkeen team against a very strong Letterkenny side but they battled hard especially when reduced to 9 men.Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Glenn Gallagher, Neil Lloyd, Jonathan Minnock, John Doherty, Aaron O’Hagan, Kevin McGrath, Christopher Malseed, Darren McElwaine, Stephen O’Donnell, Stevie Okakpo. Subs; Ryan Gildea for Minnock 63, Gareth Doherty for O’Hagan 63, Kieran Doherty for McElwaine 81Drumkeen; Michael Gibson, Sean Lapsley, Kevin Boyle, Chris Kyle, Paul Bonnar, Lee Guthrie, Eunan Doherty, Liam McGill,Kevin Bonner, Peter McNamee, Jerome Duffy. Subs; Ebe Philips for Duffy 30, Lee Kennedy for Doherty 58, Conor Laverty for McGill 82.Referee; Stephen Toner  Fanad and Swilly Open With DrawFanad Utd. Res. 1Swilly Rovers Res. 1Fanad United and Swilly Rovers shared the spoils in this opening fixture in the Ulster Senior League Reserve division. Fanad started the stronger and had the first opening in the 10th minute when a deep cross from Glenn McNulty was just missed by Oisin Hasset in the box. In the 14th minute a long clearance from Fanad keeper Joe Coll found Conor Matthewson who shot straight at Caolan Bolton in the Swilly net. A minute later Bolton saved well from a Dean McCarry free kick. Swilly started to come into the game and in the 18th minute Gorey McCahill shot over when well placed. Fanad took the lead in the 25th minute when Conor Matthewson went on a mazy run into the box. His initial shot was well saved but Oisin Hasset was on hand to score from the rebound. 10 minutes later Swilly had Kyle Black to thank when he made an excellent tackle in the box to deny David Edwards who was through on goal. A minute later a Daniel O’Donnell cross was met by Brian Pyper whose header was easily saved by Joe Coll.Swilly started the 2nd half strongly and in the 50th minute Johnny Logue made an excellent block in the box from a Kyle Black shot. In the 60th minute substitute Oisin Duffy sent in a dangerous deep cross into the Fanad box which Joe Coll did well to palm away at full stretch, with a number of Swilly players waiting. Swilly’s pressure paid off in the 70th minute when Ryan McDaid cut in from the left to score at the near post. Fanad almost took the lead again in the 76th minute when Conor Blaney’s pin point cross was met by Oisin Hasset who hit the post with his header. Fanad were reduced to 10 men in the 85th when Jordan McBride received a 2nd yellow card following a clash with Oisin Duffy. Kyle Black had two more chances in the closing stages but shot over then wide on both occasions. Best for Fanad were Johnny Logue, Glenn McNulty and Oisin Hasset. Best for Swilly were Oisin Duffy, Kyle Black and Conor Gormley.Fanad United Res: Joe Coll, Ronan Sweeney (Conor McGonigle 79), Mylie McBride, Dean McCarry (Jaydee Azawiye 57), Glenn McNulty, Johnny Logue, Conor Matthewson (Conor Blaney 65), Jordan McBride, David Edwards, Oisin Hasset, Adam Serrinha  Swilly Rovers Res: Caolan Bolton, Ryan McDaid, David Fisher, Anthony Fisher, Conor Gormley, Kyle Black, Kevin Coyle (Cathal Diver 57), Daniel O’Donnell, Gorey McCahill (Glenn McElhinney 55), Brian Pyper (Marty McDaid 65), Cormac Toland (Oisin Duffy 55) Ref: Vincent McLaughlin FixturesWednesday, June 18th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLFinn Harps Res. v Swilly Rovers Ref. S. TonerDonegal News League CupGroup BDerry City Res. v Fanad Utd. Ref. T. McAree Saturday, June 21st at 2pmDPD Division 1Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Fanad Utd. Res. Ref. T. McAreeSwilly Rovers Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. Ref. P. Duddy Sunday, June 22nd at 2pmDonegal News League CupGroup ABonagee Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. S. TonerGroup BFanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. Duddy Wednesday, June 25th at 7:30pmDonegal News League CupGroup ADrumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. T. McAreeGroup BLetterkenny Rovers v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. CollWednesday, July 2nd at 7:30pmKnockalla Caravans Cup Semi-final (e.t. & pens)Swilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic Ref. TBCDonegal News League CupGroup BFinn Harps Res. v Derry City Res. Ref. V. McLaughlin4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 15th, 2014 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:4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UPlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN JOHN NAMED IRISH AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

first_imgLeft to right Cuisle Mc Namara – Secretary AIWB, MaggieBradley (John’s Wife), John Rodden, Eamon Naughton – President AIWBA BIG-hearted Donegal man has picked up a prestigious award Down Under – after being named The Irish Australian of the Year.Kilmacrennan native John Rodden works tirelessly for his community in Melbourne and was part of the team which helped take the Sam Maguire around Australia earlier this year.“The Irish Community has a reputation for looking after it’s own, the culture was set by those that arrived in the late 1940’s they all cared for each other, welcoming new arrivals with information re digs and work. Each generation since has continued the tradition,” said Marion O’Hagan from the Australian Irish Welfare Bureau “John has served the Australian Irish Community and the broader community admirably. Not everyone is community minded.“The generosity of this years’ recipient is well known only to those who have been fortunate enough to be assisted through difficult times.“The uncertainty of travelling to a new land is dispelled with the knowledge that on arrival they will be welcomed and looked after. John is one of the first people I met at the Bureau when I started there 15 years ago. The way in which he goes about his volunteering not only at the Bureau but also the broader community is inspiring to those around him.“No matter what the situation, and believe me I have presented him with some rare situations, he manages at all times to take it in his stride with good humour and most definitely in a quiet, unassuming manner not expecting reward or favour.” She said John has a passion for assisting those less fortunate, has a respectful and caring attitude toward the elderly and a welcoming and patient demeanor with children.As an active member of the Donegal Association which was formed in 1977 he has given many hours along with other dedicated committee members in the organisation of the Mary from Dungloe Ball and selection of the Melbourne Mary, the annual community picnic and the Yea race day.“Melbourne was abuzz recently with the visit of the “The Sam Maguire”. Believe me, the time and effort involved in making it all happen was astronomical,” said Marion.“I believe the visit of the Sam ticked all the boxes, but for me to see so many people overjoyed at it’s presence at a function and hundreds of people having their photo taken holding the Sam was brilliant. That such a massive job was done by a handful of people; John being one of them was brilliant.”John said he was delighted to lift the award. “Beside every good man there is a great woman. My wife Maggie is brilliant. She supports me in all I do,” he said.“She was Secretary of the Donegal Association for many years. When Maggie says she is gong to do something you can bet your life it gets done,” he said.Local people here will get a chance to congratulate John in person shortly.He arrives back home in Donegal on September 16 with children Aoife and Eoin for a month long holiday!. Award presented by Eamon Naughton…President A.I.W.B. &Cuisle Mc Namara…. Secretary A.I.W.B.Announcement…Marion O’Hagan Administrator A.I.W.B.DONEGAL MAN JOHN NAMED IRISH AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 6th, 2013 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:donegalIrish Australian of the YearJohn Roddenkilmacrennanlast_img read more

DRY, WINDY, MILDER: TODAY’S DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: Overnight showers have largely passed but the rest of the morning will remain dull. It will be very windy at times. It will brighten up from the west of the county in the afternoon, giving bright sunny spells at times and temperatures climbing to around 13C or 14C, with the  best of the weather in the north and west, especially over Inishowen.Temperatures will drop to around 8C after dark this evening, before some showers overnight. These will clear before dawn tomorrow.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann.DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. DRY, WINDY, MILDER: TODAY’S DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 9th, 2014 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:clouddonegaldonegal daily weatherletterkennyMount Errigal Hotelsunshinewindylast_img read more

Great crowds expected for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club open competition

first_imgNarin and Portnoo Golf Club will host its annual open week from the 1st to the 7th of August.The golf course is in fantastic condition this year and great crowds are expected to take to the fairways next week.Online booking is now available at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club or alternatively you can book by calling 074-9545107 Great crowds expected for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club open competition was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:golfNarin & Portnoo Golf ClubOpen weeklast_img read more

Minister commits to lasting solution for families affected by MICA

first_imgHousing Minister Damien English says he is committed to a lasting solution for the families in Donegal that have been affected by Mica defective concrete blocks in their homes. Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed the reassurances from the Housing Minister.Senator Mac Lochlainn was speaking after participating in a Sinn Féin delegation led by the party’s Housing Spokesperson, Eoin O’ Broin TD, meeting with Minister English in Leinster House, to push for a Mica Redress Scheme for the affected homeowners in Donegal and Mayo. Also in attendance was Mayo Senator Rose Conway Walsh.Speaking following the meeting, Senator Mac Lochlainn said “I attended the meeting last December in Carndonagh where the Minister outlined to the Mica Action Group, affected families and local public representatives the actions that he had taken since the publication of the Expert Panel Report in June, 2017. We all left that meeting hopeful that the Government would move towards a Mica Redress Scheme and that the affected homeowners would be supported by the State in making their homes safe and sound”“At this evenings meeting, I conveyed the serious frustration in Donegal with the slow progress in implementing the first two key recommendations from the Expert Panel Report (the establishment of a simple standardised protocol for assessing the damage to homes and recommending remedial actions and need for this to be carried out by a competent registered professional).”He added that himself and his colleagues reiterated the absolute necessity of a Mica Redress Scheme. The Minister outlined that he expects to have the draft protocol from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) on his desk soon and that he would then seek to fast-track the next public consultation process to a period of weeks rather than months to reflect the delays in the process this year.Engineers Ireland will then train up a panel of qualified professionals so that they can apply the agreed protocol when assessing the damage to the affected family’s homes and recommending remedial measures.In tandem, the Minister advised that he is ensuring the progression of legal measures and advice required to move to the stage where family homes in Donegal and Mayo can be made safe.Senator Mac Lochlainn concluded “I welcome the reassurances from Minister English this evening. But there will no complacency from me and the people of Donegal. We will not accept anything short of a full Redress Scheme”.Minister commits to lasting solution for families affected by MICA was last modified: May 3rd, 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:blocksdonegalMICAredress schemeSolutionlast_img read more

Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis after Ireland’s creches were dealt with a blow this week.Ironshore Europe, one of Ireland’s biggest insurers for childcare, is reportedly set to withdraw from the Irish market, leaving just one main company operating from January 2020.Deputy Doherty said that childcare providers who were insured with Ironshore Europe could face closure if they cannot get alternative cover or their premiums rise with the switchover and a lack of competition. He called on the Taoiseach to immediately set up and lead a task force with key Ministers to deal with the impending crisis.Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said: “Without exaggerating, this has become a full-blown crisis across several sectors. Not just childcare, but community and voluntary groups, the leisure sector and small businesses.“The Government have failed to take the failure of the insurance market, and its impact on businesses, seriously. The Minister responsible for the insurance sector doesn’t even sit at the Cabinet table.“From the opposition benches Sinn Féin have called for immediate reforms in the insurance sector; from the set up of a dedicated Garda Insurance Fraud Unit to the banning of dual pricing by insurance companies. My Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which would strengthen the position of consumers in their contracts, is due to pass all stages in the Seanad this week.” Deputy Doherty said the issue cannot be ignored any longer: “I am calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis; not as just another talking shop but to take immediate action. This Task Force should include the Minister for Finance, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Ministers representing the most affected sectors, including the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.“This Task Force should meet with the industry and affected sectors, find solutions and deal with this crisis before it ends with the mass closure of businesses and childcare providers across the State”. Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure was last modified: December 9th, 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