Community officers to make Travellers feel at home in Rathkeale

first_imgTwitter Previous articleThe Shaker Hymn this weekendNext articleShunya: Manchester’s highly rated electronic/jazz act has Limerick roots Alan Jacques Send a bar of Cadbury chocolate for free! Email Facebook Print NewsLocal NewsCommunity officers to make Travellers feel at home in RathkealeBy Alan Jacques – November 16, 2017 8979 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Delicious Wiltshire Farm Foods brightening your days in Autumn TAGSChristmasCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Stephen KearyFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick Traveller CommunityNewcastle West District Garda StationRathkeale center_img Cllr Kevin Sheahan.COUNCILLORS this week called for extra Garda patrols in Rathkeale over Christmas with an influx of more than 2,000 Travellers from the UK expected to descend on the West Limerick town.However, one local representative felt that extra Gardaí on the streets of Rathkeale might not be the best solution to deal with antisocial behaviour during the festive period.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan suggested that instead, a number of community officers should be out on the streets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Maybe in other places visitors are made feel welcome. These are people, human beings with some connection to Rathkeale. Rathkeale is to them what the beach is to English people in the summertime,” Cllr Sheahan told council members at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale area meeting.The Askeaton man went on to say that many local businesses would not survive without the revenue brought into the town each year by the huge numbers of Travellers from England that visit the town for Christmas.“I feel there is only one signal that goes up the flagpole before they arrive. People get up in arms against them.“It is not an invasion and they are not all hostile. Some are more a nuisance than hostile. Two vehicles blocking up the road when they stop to greet one another annoys us all, but that is not a crime, it’s an offence.“There is a significant economic benefit to the town. This is their Galway Races,” he declared.“There’s no horses though,” one councillor replied.Mayor Stephen Keary took issue with Cllr Sheahan’s comments about the revenue brought into the town every year by members of the Traveller Community. He said that one local employer with a staff of 50 people and paying €45,000 a year in commercial rates, had an illegal business set up outside its premises selling furniture last Christmas.“People from Rathkeale and the hinterland won’t even come into the shops in the town over Christmas and do their shopping elsewhere,” Cllr Keary claimed.Cllr Sheahan accused the Mayor of “having a bee in his bonnet about the Traveller community”.“Be very careful,” Cllr Keary warned before insisting Cllr Sheahan withdraw his remark.“Withdraw your foot,” Cllr Sheahan replied.The New Superintendent of Newcastle West Garda Division, Eamon O’Neill, told councillors that supplementary resources from the divisional unit would be available in Rathkeale at “critical times” during the Christmas Alan [email protected] Linkedin WhatsApp Missing you this Christmas Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Advertisement Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deallast_img read more


first_imgThe total amount of wheat milled in the UK has increased by 2.2% for the crop-year to date, according to the latest national statistics released by Defra. The figure for the 43 weeks to 25 April 2009 stood at 5,032 thousand tonnes (tt), compared to 4,923tt for the comparable period last year. However, figures for the four weeks to 25 April, showed the total amount milled fell by 3.4% to 477tt compared with the figures for April 2008.The total home-grown wheat milled in the UK increased by 2.8% to 4,058tt for the 43 weeks to 25 April 2009, but was down by 4.7% to 375.8tt for the four weeks to 25 April 2009. The total amount of imported wheat milled stood at 101tt, up 1.9% for the same four-week period.In terms of flour production, the total amount stood at 4,007.4tt for the 43 weeks to 25 April 2009 – up 3.4%. The crop year-to-date figures show flour production for biscuit-making has increased by 10%, but cake flour and flour for food ingredients both fell, by 4.4% and 14.8% respectively.Total production of bread flour stood at 2,309tt for the 43 weeks to 25 April 2009 – down 1.4% – 1,970tt of which was white flour (-1.0%), 93.9tt brown flour (-13.5%) and 245.1tt wholemeal (+1.4%).last_img read more