Facebook LIMERICK Spring, a political festival which is the first of its kind in this region, is underway and the six-day event has drawn some of the country’s best-known political commentators to Limerick for debate and creative discussion.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Vincent Browne, economist David McWilliams, ‘Ear to the Ground’ Presenter Ella McSweeney and comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan. Limerick Spring also welcomes filmmakers Lelia Doolan and Donnacha O Briain to present their work this week at two film screenings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Festival coordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state. However, many citizens feel disconnected from politics. This five day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2014.”The festival kicked off on Tuesday April 8 with a film screening of ‘Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey’ that also featured a Q&A with director Lelia Doolan. Tonight (Wednesday 9) there will be a night of music that inspired political change around the world with The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified upstairs in Dolans. This will feature a number of local musicians performing their own original protest songs, alongside renditions of some classics too.On Thursday 10 there are two events, the first of which begins at 2:30pm in the Exhibition Hall of City Hall and will engage a group of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a workshop on representation and democracy.Later that night, the public is invited to Salon Du Chat, hosted by Roisin Buckley in Fitto Cafe, a conversational cafe where the menu is filled with sumptuous morsels of conversation.Friday 11 sees the return of David McWilliams and Leviathan Political Cabaret back to Limerick for what will be a lively debate entitled ‘Constitution or Revolution: Towards 2016’. Mr McWilliams will host a panel including Dr Peadar Kirby, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Liadh Ni Riada, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of the Cork Independent and Diarmuid O’Flynn of Ballyhea Says No. There will also be some comedy from Abie Philbin Bowman and satirical music from White Cholera.Saturday 12 promises to be an eventful day with an early start at the Limerick Milk Market where Ella McSweeney will lead an expert panel to look at the Politics of Food. This event is organised in collaboration with the Limerick Community Grocery.That afternoon sees the premiere of Donncha O’Briain’s new film ‘Peripheral Vision’ with a Q&A with the director and panel of experts following the screening. This film follows a number of protest movements in Ireland over the last two years including Ballyhea Says No, Anglo Not Our Debt Campaign and the Occupy movement.On Saturday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, Limerick’s own Vincent Browne will act as Speaker of the House at the first ever Limerick Spring Assembly at the Crescent Hall, situated beside the statue of Daniel O’Connell. This event invites 11 citizens of Limerick to put a motion to the House and the audience will decide whether it gets passed and therefore included in the Limerick Spring Assembly manifesto.All events encourage very lively audience participation, in particular the final event on Sunday April 13 where comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan launch the first ever Speakers’ Corner in Limerick. This gives all members of the public the opportunity to stand up and tell the world what’s on their mind. It will take place on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street in Limerick city centre and will be followed by a comedy gig at 8pm in The Blind Pig on Thomas Street.The Limerick Spring festival is the culmination of the efforts of more than 15 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 1,000 hours across four months. Advertisement Des Bishop celebrates his mother with ‘Mia Mamma’ Previous articleYear long wait for results of inquiry is unnaceptableNext articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrants Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Print Directly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Standup and take a punchline at UCH Limerick NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick political festival underwayBy Liam Togher – April 9, 2014 629 Farmer Michael and Kathleen: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is back and you’re invited! Two Limerick shows for comedian David O’Doherty TAGScomedyDavid McWilliamsdebatediscussionElla McSweeneyFestivalfilmLimerick SpringpoliticsscreeningsVincent Browne Email
TriggerPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) –A year-long review into how the Archdiocese of New York was handling sexual abuse allegations has prompted some recommendations but found that overall they have been following the rules.Barbara Jones, a former District Judge, was asked by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to conduct the review which was pegged to whether the archdiocese’s policies were in line with those put forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, which was called the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.“Overall, I have found that the Archdiocese has complied with the Charter in all material respects. It has faithfully followed its policies and procedures and responded appropriately to abuse complaints, and is committed to supporting victims-survivors of abuse,” Jones wrote in a summary of her findings which was released Monday morning.The most significant of the recommendations that Jones called for was the hiring of an individual whose sole job will be to oversee how the archdiocese responds to sexual abuse allegations, and to increase safe environment training both in terms of who goes through the training and how often.She also called for improvements to an existing database that would allow for easier updating and tracking of individuals’ information which “will help [the] communication and information flow between the parishes and other organizations,” Jones said at a news conference Monday. “This is vital.”Dolan was also at the news conference and said he had been almost holding his breath for the findings of the report.“I’ve asked them… not to leave a paper unread and I’ve held by breath. I’m very grateful and very relieved,” Dolan said of the findings.“I’m trying my best to serve my people. I love them and my main job is to serve them,” Dolan said.Zach Hiner, the executive director of The Survivor’s Network, also known as SNAP, told ABC News that “it is good” that Jones “feels confident in her assessment” and he said that they are glad that Dolan, “to the best of Judge Jones’ knowledge, has been transparent with her efforts.”“I truly hope that she did receive full access to personnel files,” Hiner said.He did take issue with some of the language in the report summary, however.“In terms of Judge Jones’ recommendations, it is distressing to learn that reports of ‘sexual abuse from non-consenting adults’ – carefully sanitized language for the crime of rape – or allegations of abuse by church staff or volunteers are not already included in the Archdiocese’s reporting requirements. These are obvious crimes that should be reported, and it is disappointing that it took a legal review by a judge in 2019 to make this plain. To us, someone who is in ‘full compliance’ with the charter would already have gone the extra mile to include these crimes underneath the ‘zero-tolerance’ umbrella,” Hiner said in his statement to ABC.The review of the archdiocese’s policies comes at a turbulent time in New York, in particular, as a year-long window opened in August that allows for any victims of child abuse to file civil complaints against accusers regardless of any statutes of limitations in those cases. Hundreds of such lawsuits have been filed since the New York’s Child Victim’s Act window opened on Aug. 14.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Jamaica’s Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, says she’s confident that the future of Jamaica’s track and field is in good hands following “the exceptional performances of the national team at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships” which ended on Sunday in Tampere, Finland.Jamaica finished second on the medals table with four gold, five silver and three bronze for a total of 12 medals. Kenya finished at the top of the medals table with six gold, four silver and one bronze for a total of 11 medals.Particularly please with Brianna Williams performance Grange said she was particularly pleased with the performance of 16-year-old Briana Williams who secured the sprint double on Saturday after winning the 200M in a championship record of 22.50. Williams had earlier won the 100M in a time of 11.16.“Briana is just 16 years old and she has been able to dominate athletes who are older than she is and deliver so well for Jamaica. She is already an extraordinary athlete and we look forward to watching and supporting her for many years to come. I had the opportunity to speak with Briana’s mother to offer sincerest congratulations on behalf of the nation and I look forward to welcoming home Briana and all the members of this very good youth team,” said Minister Grange.Williams has emulated Jamaica’s track superstar Veronica Campbell Brown in becoming one of the youngest athletes to take the sprint double at the prestigious championships.Continues to world’s sprint capital“There is no doubt that Jamaica continues to be sprint capital of the world. The performances of our young team solidify that position. I am happy to see that we are reaping rich dividends from the investment of resources, energy and time that has been put into our track and field program by all our stakeholders,” said Grange.She also congratulated Kai Chang winner of the Discus Throw; Damion Thomas who won the 110M Hurdles; Orlando Bennett silver medalist in 100M Hurdles; Britany Anderson silver medalist in 100M Hurdles; Shiann Salmon silver medalist in the 400M Hurdles; the men’s 4x100M team who got silver in their event; the women’s 4X400M team who got the bronze; Wayne Pinnock bronze medalist in the Long Jump; and Chantz Sawyers bronze medalist in the 400 meeters.The Minister offered special encouragement to rising star Christopher Taylor who finished second in the 400 meters:“Christopher is a young athlete, a very special athlete who has been having a wonderful season over 100 and 200 meters, especially. I am very proud of his performance in the 400 meters and this experience will help to propel him as he continues to shine for Jamaica.“I take this opportunity to commend all members of the Jamaica team that represented our country so well in Finland. We are proud of you and anticipate even greater performances in the future.”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly clearly stated his desire on Saturday not to revisit the decision on which Game 2 of the NLDS series against Atlanta hinged.Then he did it anyway.“No matter which way I go, it could be questioned,” he said. “So it’s one of those things that if the move works, if the matchup works, it’s good. If it doesn’t, it’s bad. But obviously I’m going to go back through and look at every game, but I don’t look at it like we did anything crazy or something we haven’t been doing all year long.”The Game 2 move for which Mattingly has received the most criticism was calling for rookie left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez to walk right-handed Reed Johnson to face left-handed Jason Heyward. The move is certainly by the book, but understandably questionable considering the 6-foot-5 Heyward is one of the Braves’ most feared hitters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The appearance was the 22-year-old Rodriguez’s first in a playoff game. It certainly didn’t help that the first four pitches he threw were intentional balls. Walking Johnson, whose slugging percentage is 86 points lower than Heyward’s, wasn’t something Rodriguez questioned, but he wouldn’t have had a problem pitching to a right-handed hitter.“I have no problem facing righties and it’s just a matter of what the stats say,” Rodriguez said following Game 2. “I’ve been better against lefties and that’s fine, but I have my confidence facing lefties or righties, so it doesn’t matter.”Rodriguez was one of the Dodgers’ most dependable relievers all year but struggled in September, during which opponents hit .308 off him. He didn’t allow opponents to hit more than .185 in any of the previous five months. The only other left-handed pitchers in the Dodgers’ bullpen Friday night were J.P. Howell and Chris Capuano, neither of whom was warm at the time.“I’ll take Paco Rodriguez against any left-handed hitter in baseball,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “You’ve got to give Jason Heyward credit for making a play.” Injury updateAndre Ethier, who has been hampered by an ankle injury, doesn’t appear to have much of a chance to appear in the outfield in this series. One of the Dodgers’ biggest offensive weapons during their run to the NL West title drew a ninth-inning, pinch-hit walk Friday, but pinch-runner Dee Gordon replaced him on the basepaths.“It would be a great surprise,” Mattingly said, “if we get (Ethier) in the outfield this series.”Hanley Ramirez, still nursing an irritated nerve in his back, acknowledged on Thursday he wasn’t 100 percent, but is there reason for concern moving forward?“No, no, I feel good,” Ramirez said. “I’ll be in there (today) and I’ll be ready to go from the first pitch until the last out.”