Antisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in Limerick

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSantisocial behaviourHenry Street Garda StationlimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinthomondgate Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsAntisocial behaviour spikes as Community Garda numbers drop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2018 1326 Emailcenter_img Previous articleEclectic mix and free gigs to Limerick Literary FestivalNext articlePlunge into Limericks latest event Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan.A 48 per cent decrease in the number of Community Gardaí in Limerick since 2010 is causing “chaos” in parts of the city as antisocial behaviour spikes.That’s according to Sinn Féin’s Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan who has expressed his deep concern over the fact that there are now only 38 Community Gardaí on duty, compared with 73 eight years ago.And he claims that gangs of 50 to 60 young people often more than 100 strong are congregating playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These gangs are causing huge stress, fear and annoyance to local residents, many of whom are elderly.“The number of Community Gardaí has fallen from 73 in 2010 to only 38 in 2017, a decrease of some 48 per cent. This is shameful and shows that the Government have no interest in investing in Community Policing,” Deputy Quinlivan claimed.“It is clearly leading to a poor Garda response and leaving residents feeling deserted and let down. The last number of weeks, since Christmas have seen a huge spike in anti-social behaviour in parts of the city.”He maintains that the decline in Community Gardaí is especially stark in some divisions with Limerick particularly badly affected.“In 2007, there were 330 Gardaí in the Henry Street District; today there are only 307.“Similarly the Roxboro Road Garda District has dropped from 134 to 128 despite the Fitzgerald report in 2007 saying Limerick will need ‘a minimum of 100 additional Gardaí’.“As a local elected representative, I know from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area and to individuals and families is huge. It can be transformative,” he declared.Deputy Quinlivan believes Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally. I have seen the difference that Community Gardaí can make in various local community and voluntary groups there are involved in Limerick.“Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years. It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have zero interest in Community Policing and is unwilling to invest in it. The fact that the number of Community Gardaí has fallen off a cliff, and indeed is still falling, is proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start addressing these decreases, people deserve better policing and to feel safe in their own homes,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Poultry Science Grant

first_imgThe USPOULTRY Foundation recently awarded a $23,292 student recruiting grant to the University of Georgia. The grant will be used to strengthen the UGA Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which has a long and successful history of partnership with the USPOULTRY Foundation. Funds will be used to help recruit students, furthering the program’s significant influence on the future of the poultry industry in Georgia and around the world.”We very much appreciate the USPOULTRY Foundation’s support of our recruitment efforts and look forward to continuing to expand our poultry science and avian biology programs,” said Todd Applegate, head of the Department of Poultry Science. “The outreach and recruiting programs for students entering the poultry and allied sectors are keenly reliant on the generous support of the USPOULTRY Foundation and its supporting donors.” The USPOULTRY Foundation board recently approved student recruiting grants totaling $275,663 to 26 colleges and universities across the U.S. with a poultry science department or industry-related degree program. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants are made possible by gifts to the Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production and Processing Expo. The USPOULTRY Foundation’s mission is to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.For more information about the UGA Department of Poultry Science, visit poultry.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Colombian Military Forces Neutralize ELN Guerrilla Leader

first_imgBy AFP July 15, 2020 The Colombian Military Forces neutralized a National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish) leader believed to be the right-hand man of the main commander of this guerrilla group, known as the last insurgency in the country, President Iván Duque said on July 4.“Security forces have neutralized alias Dumar or alias Culebrito, the right-hand man of alias Pablito, an ELN military leader and commander of the Efraín Pabón front, who was also in charge of the Domingo Laín Sáenz [front],” the president said during a virtual event.Jhon Fredy Cortés Buritica died in a military operation in Norte de Santander department, which borders Venezuela and is the epicenter of a violent war between the ELN and criminal gangs over coca leaf crops, the raw material for cocaine.“This has been a successful operation against the mafia, against terrorism, against crime,” Duque added.Authorities were offering a reward of up to $22,500 for information leading to Cortés Buritica’s capture.According to the president, Culebrito was the right-hand man of Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, also known as Pablito, a fearsome guerrilla commander who authorities and experts say is also the highest-ranking military officer in the ELN.A member of the Central Command, the top governing arm of the Guevarista organization, Pablito is hiding in Venezuela, the Colombian military high command said.Known as the last remaining guerrilla group following the 2016 peace agreement that disarmed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), the ELN has 2,300 combatants and a strong support network in urban areas.Created in 1964, the armed group operates in 10 percent of Colombia’s 1,100 municipalities, independent investigations revealed.last_img read more