Limerick TD calls for Garda taskforces in every county to deal…

first_imgTwitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live The man was arrested near Colbert Station with the loaded gunA SPECIAL garda taskforce in every county is needed to clear over 32,000 outstanding arrest warrants, a Limerick TD has said.Figures provided by the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee show that there were 32,564 outstanding warrants nationally at the start of this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The figures suggest there is a hole in garda resources, according to Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue.“We haven’t got enough in our garda force, we haven’t enough of a targeted police force, and these figures are gong to be higher due to COVID-19, because all of our garda resources have been put into manning roads and COVID patrols,” said Deputy O’Donoghue.Almost two thirds of the country’s outstanding warrants (21,343) relate to the Dublin Metropolitan Region, while Cork had the second highest number (1,509), followed by Limerick (989), Cavan/Monaghan (892), and Kildare (868).“The only way we can deal with this issue is a garda taskforce, and every county should have (one) to deal with the issue, set up specifically to deal with especially the more serious warrants involving hardened criminals that are not appearing in the courts, not turning up, and are not being dealt with properly.”“It’s taking years upon years for people to be brought in front of the courts for serious crimes, but for minor offences, such as a speeding ticket or parking tickets, or whatever, they’re been put through the courts, and the more challenging cases that are putting communities at risk are not getting the priority that they need, and the reason being that we don’t have a large enough garda force.”Deputy O’Donghue said criminal were focussing on rural areas “because they know they have a wider area and they’d want to be unlucky to be caught because the resources are not in the counties”.“Its not the garda’s fault, it’s the same as everything else in this country, the investment is towards the Dublin area and highly populated areas, and when you work out along the regions of all those counties like Limerick, we are getting crumbs; we are not getting the garda resources that we need, we are not even getting the garda vehicles that we need, and gardai are not getting up to date equipment.”Deputy O’Donoghue described the amount of outstanding warrants as “frightening” and he urged the Minister for Justice “to prioritize the arrest of these individuals”.In a written response to the Limerick TD, Minister McEntee said “the Garda Commissioner is, by law, responsible for the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of Garda resources in respect of identified operational demands; as Minister, I have no direct role in these decisions”.“As the Deputy will appreciate, difficulties in relation to the execution of warrants, including bench warrants, are a long-standing issue for many police services around the world; notably relating to persons actively seeking to evade detection and where limited identification information might be available to support enforcement. I am assured, however, that An Garda Síochána execute warrants as expeditiously as possible, giving priority to the execution of warrants relating to serious crimes.” Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin LimerickNewsLimerick TD calls for Garda taskforces in every county to deal with 32,564 outstanding warrantsBy David Raleigh – March 1, 2021 894 center_img Previous articleAer Lingus announces temporary lay-offs at ShannonNext articleGardai investigating death of man in Limerick river David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebooklast_img read more

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The winning bidders of Hamilton Hill icon, Cremorne, have been revealed

first_imgThe winning bidders react at the auction of prestige Hamilton property Cremorne at Place, East Brisbane on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)THE winning bidders who paid $5.975 million for Cremorne at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton have been revealed as local business owners Galen and Lynda Gunn. The couple said they can’t wait to move in and start establishing their family in the home.The couple can’t wait to take possession and start establishing themselves as part of Cremorne’s story.“I’m looking forward to turning it into our home — personalising it and giving it our own touch,” Mr Gunn said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair Cremorne at 34 Mullens Street, Hamilton is one of Brisbane’s most significant homes.Mr Gunn is the director of Hawcs, an aerial surveying company that services powerlines and utility providers.He is also part of a Queensland grazing dynasty with his late grandfather, Sir William Gunn, a renowned wool and cattle identity.“We go back eight generations of running around with cattle — I’ve diversified into helicopters but my old man is still heavily into it and we’ve still got the cows running around on our property out west,” Mr Gunn said.The couple were overjoyed with their acquisition of the home at the October 7 auction.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoLynda and Galen Gunn are congratulated by Place Bulimba managing director, Sarah Hackett. Photo: AAP Image/Claudia BaxterThe iconic circa 1905 structure is a grand colonial residence with a contemporary architectural extension that perfectly suited the family’s requirements.“We had actually been looking for a modern home — but we just couldn’t fall in love with anything modern. It’s that beautiful character and that history behind a home like that which is just special,” Mrs Gunn said.center_img The home’s contemporary extension was an award winner.Mrs Gunn said their Brisbane move was prompted by schooling opportunities for their two sons, and she couldn’t be happier about their new purchase.“I was actually a little bit surprised and thrilled at the same time. It was quite emotional — we’re thrilled, just thrilled to get it,” Mrs Gunn said.Mr Gunn remained calm throughout the high-stakes auction, even unintentionally holding up proceedings when he left for a drink of water. Mr Gunn drew on his livestock market background at the event.“I’ve been to plenty of cattle auctions and thrown the paddle in the air mate, but we’ve never actually bought a house at auction — that’s always an experience. It was a bit of fun — I enjoyed it,” Mr Gunn said.last_img read more

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Softball: No. 25 Badgers travel to Happy Valley for second Big Ten road series

first_imgAfter a successful home opener against the University of Northern Iowa Tuesday, the No. 25 University of Wisconsin Softball team (24-5, 1-2 Big Ten) heads to State College, Pennsylvania, this weekend to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions for their second Big Ten series of the season.The 17-14 Nittany Lions have demonstrated inconsistent play while being able to beat tougher teams this year.Common opponents from the beginning of the season include Central Michigan and Villanova, who both UW and PSU defeated. The Nittany Lions, however, dropped a game to Pittsburgh early in the season, while the Badgers were able to prevail with two shutouts over the Panthers.Softball: Badgers put on pitching clinic in home opener, prevail over Northern IowaThe University of Wisconsin Softball team swept Northern Iowa Tuesday in their home opener following stellar pitching and an overpowering Read…The Nittany Lions most recently went 2-1 in their Big Ten opening series versus the Michigan State Spartans.One of Penn State’s biggest flaws is their inability to produce consistent offense. In all but one of their losses, Penn State scored two runs or less, making life much easier for their opponents. This will be something that Wisconsin will look to jump on this weekend.With Wisconsin’s dominant pitching so far this season, mainly from the duo of Haley Hestekin and Kaitlyn Menz, the Badgers will look to exploit Penn State’s lacking offense and take hold of the Nittany Lions defensively.The Badgers sit atop the Big Ten with a team ERA of 1.57 so far this season. Penn State sits in the middle of the pack, with a team ERA of 2.48.If the Badgers are unable to hold off Penn State defensively, Wisconsin will look to use their continued offensive firepower to out-duel the Nittany Lions.The Badgers have proved they love to use the long-ball to score. After three home runs in their last game against Northern Iowa, Wisconsin has hit a home run against nearly every opponent they have faced.Kayla Konwent leads the Badgers with nine home runs. Meanwhile, teammate Taylor Johnson isn’t far behind, with seven on the season. Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 35 team home runs.But the home run ball isn’t the only way the Badgers will look to score. Wisconsin sits second in the Big Ten for team batting average at .306, compared to Penn State’s .284 — good for eighth.Softball: Wisconsin drops Big Ten opening series against IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin Softball team (22-5, 1-2 Big Ten) kicked off their Big Ten season against Illinois (20-7, 2-1) Read…Konwent also leads the Big Ten with a .429 individual batting average.With a stacked lineup that leads the Big Ten in multiple ways and a pitching staff that has been overpowering over the past couple of weeks, Wisconsin will look to bring home a few more Big Ten wins and hope to improve on their rather disappointing conference opener in Illinois last weekend.Friday night’s game will start at 5 p.m. from University Park. View the game on BTN+ or follow live stats on uwbadgers.com.last_img read more

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