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Public opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish Aid

first_imgEmail Twitter TAGSIrish Aidlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleCouncil to put brakes on dangerous driving in RathkealeNext articleLimerick Chamber members to benefit from new digital strategy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPublic opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish AidBy Staff Reporter – September 18, 2017 1595 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Printcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp The Irish Aid offices in Limerick The Irish Aid offices in LimerickPUBLIC submissions on the Irish Aid programme, headquartered in Limerick, are being sought by the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence.Under its review of the Irish Aid programme, the cross party committee wants to hear people’s views on the work carried out by Irish Aid abroad.In 2017 Irish Aid accounts for over €485 million of voted expenditure. That accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Ireland’s official development assistance (ODA), with the remainder disbursed by other Government Departments (a total of €651 million).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Aid office moved to Limerick in 2009 and retains 90 jobs throughout its continued existence in the city centre.Now, the committee is seeking to hear the voice of the people on the work of the State body and committee chairman Brendan Smith TD said that “the review will focus on expenditure and value for money, but will also focus on results and impact, including in a number of specific policy areas, including climate change and the development and humanitarian aspects of the migration crisis.“Despite improvements in levels of extreme poverty, there remain huge development challenges in the most impoverished regions of the world.“Humanitarian crises are on an unprecedented scale. This review will provide an opportunity to highlight some of those very serious challenges and how the Government is responding.“As Ireland’s economic recovery continues, it is also timely for the Joint Committee to take a closer look at the proportion of Gross National Income (GNI) being allocated to overseas aid and how Ireland is meeting its international commitments in that regard.The Joint Committee is now seeking submissions from interested parties and stakeholders.Details of how to make a submission are available by clicking here and the closing date deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, 13 October.See more news here Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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The Wright View | Give locals a chance

first_img Any objective individual, who is apprised of this fact, would realistically surmise that the architects of this seasonal failure would either walk away from administration or be removed from office by local leaders who had a scintilla of national pride and who want the best for Jamaica’s football. Not so. Not here in ‘Jamdown’. Those at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) charged with the responsibility for charting the future of national football, hunkered down, refusing to accept responsibility for defeat. Those local leaders who decide the identity of the JFF power brokers were also aware of the facts of failure, yet doggedly refused to change the trajectory of the local programme, placing more emphasis on the amount of money garnered from their local sponsor than the future of Jamaica’s football. SAMEOLD SAMEOLD NO RESPONSIBILITY The football season in Jamaica is on in earnest. The two main crucibles of the future of our football got under way – the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions for schoolboys and the Red Stripe Premier League for adult males are truly up and running. This year’s competitions carry added significance because, as of the last week in August, the nation’s football appears to be in a freefall. The ignominious exit from the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018 – losing to neighbours Haiti at home, in ‘The Office’ – continued a distressing trend that began in 1999, failure to qualify. Therefore, same old, same old … defeat and a look at the preparation for the World Cup in 2022. Football in Jamaica is at a crossroads. We can either continue as we have done since 1999, or we can take the fork in the road that will eventually lead us to relevance in world football. To date, there has been no indication that any change is contemplated. Our erstwhile leader, Captain Horace Burrell, has retreated from his usual “meeting at 0100 hours” to “the JFF will decide”. The coach of the Reggae Boyz, Wilfried Sch‰fer, has publicly stated that he is going nowhere, convinced that an acceptable excuse for failure is ‘oops’; and the parish association presidents, who knows? The prospect of sponsorship withdrawal from their parish league continues to be the ‘attention grabber’ that renders them impotent from making any ‘masculine’ decision. Therefore, now that we are at the crossroads, which road will our football leaders take? I submit that the road to take is the one that leads to the development of LOCAL talent. Begin with field improvement, one pitch per parish and then identify a group of 30-40 players who will train together, play together and raise our international profile together. Jamaicans have shown, decade after decade, that the talent and skill to perform at the elite level in sports resides right here at home. Just give our young men in football a chance. That is all I ask. That is all that is needed.last_img read more

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