Labour candidates go on solo run on Limerick doorsteps

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RESIDENTS in City North and City East are bewildered with Labour Party local election candidates who they claim have been canvassing on their doorsteps under the guise as independents.Sinn Féin candidate for Limerick City East, Séighin Ó’Ceallaigh, has accused a Labour rival in the same ward of “masquerading as an independent”. According to Ó’Ceallaigh, Derek Mulcahy has been distributing election material with no mention of his candidacy for the Labour Party.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “He describes himself as a peace commissioner but makes no mention of the Labour Party. Residents of Garryowen drew my attention to this leaflet while canvassing in the area. It really is quite a bizarre document and speaks volumes for the level of embarrassment that Labour candidates must feel about their parties performance in government,” said Mr Ó’Ceallaigh.In response, Mr Mulcahy denied that his election flyers do not reference the Labour Party.“All my canvassing leaflets have the Labour Party logo on them and I am a peace commissioner. If people need a document signed I am more then happy to accommodate,” said Mr Mulcahy.“Garryowen is one of the oldest communities in Limerick that does not have its own community centre. The letter I put out in Garryowen is letting the people know that if I am elected to Limerick City and County Council I will make this a priority,” he explained.Meanwhile, Anti Austerity Alliance candidate for City North, Cian Prendiville, has also accused Labour rival Frankie Daly of “pretending to be an independent”. A campaign leaflet issued by Mr Daly, who is standing in Limerick City North, makes no reference his party, and the AAA claim many who he has talked to believed he was an independent.“Labour are running scared. The fact that their leaflets don’t mention the Labour Party is a further sign that this party are trying to scam working class people. They know they are facing a wipe out and are trying every trick in the book to avoid that. Labour are obviously well trained in lying during elections, but this is a new low,” said Mr Prendiville.According to Frankie’s campaign manager Richard Fahy, 300 campaign posters, 10,000 flyers and 6,000 leaflets were distributed in City North in the run up to this Friday’s local election all with the Labour party logo.“Frankie did put together a low quality leaflet, a bio, for people who asked for a little more information. Maybe you could ask Cian Prendiville to clear up the confusion on whether he’s a member of the Anti Austerity Alliance or the Socialist Party,” Mr Fahy concluded. Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook Linkedin Previous articleThings get dirty in last leg of election race in LimerickNext articleKiller tells trial Dundon ordered murder from prison cell Alan Jacques Email TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceLabour PartyMusic LimerickSinn Fein WhatsAppcenter_img Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Advertisement NewsPoliticsLabour candidates go on solo run on Limerick doorstepsBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2014 951 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

Budget shift forces EIOPA to cut back work on risk frameworks, solvency

first_imgChanges to the 2015 work programme for the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has seen cuts to work on risk-evaluation frameworks for pensions and solvency requirements.The European Commission and the Council both supported budget cuts and staff freezes at all the European Supervisory Authorities, of which EIOPA is one.After a 7.6% reduction in budget, the authority has made amendments to its work plan for 2015.Areas completely scrapped by EIOPA include providing technical advice on the IORP II Directive and in particular the areas around risk-evaluation frameworks for pension scheme board remuneration. The Directive is currently sitting with the European Parliament after MEPs named former Irish junior minister Brian Hayes as rapporteur, who will now lead negotiations between the Parliament, Commission and Council.Other areas reassessed by EIOPA include advice to the Commission on solvency requirements for pension schemes – not currently included in the IORP Directive but being worked on by the authority in the form of its holistic balance sheet.It will also scale back work on the transferability of pension rights and forcing information disclosure, in a raft of reductions affecting its consumer protection programme.EIOPA said changes to the work programme did not just mean cuts and some policies saw either a reduction in allocated resource or were relegated in priority.Overall, across its insurance and occupational pensions responsibilities, the authority said 31 products were reduced in scope, 12 downgraded in priority and 27 cut entirely.A spokesman said: “The limitations faced from human resource and budget perspectives have led to difficult choices, where even high-priority products had to be postponed or even cut.“Products that are severely hit are to be found in, for instance, the areas of financial stability and consumer protection.”EIOPA said it would continue working on its overall impact assessment for the IORP Directive despite cuts to its advice.It said it still planned to run stress tests for pension schemes in 2015, with it remaining a high priority and accounting for 2.8 full-time equivalent employees (FTE).It said the development of the holistic balance sheet would also remain a high priority, accounting for 0.6 FTE.EIOPA’s funding has become a contentious issue in recent times, with the European Commission and Parliament set to remove taxpayer funding entirely and introduce an industry levy.It is currently funded through Commission grants and contributions from national regulators.Last month, Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) said the new funding regime should be agreed by 2017.Jonathan Hill, commissioner for Financial Stability and Financial Services, told IPE in an interview in March that, despite the funding shifts, there would not be an overhaul of the way EIOPA functioned.He said a Commission review showed EIOPA worked well and that no overhaul was foreseen.However, he added: “It should be possible to achieve [private funding] in a simple way, although it is a bit too early to speculate on any concrete proposal at this stage.”In November, EIOPA, alongside its fellow ESAs, said budget and staff freezes would hamper policy implementation and did not reflect the additional workload being added simultaneously.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Imam ul Haq ton, Shaheen Afridi 6/35 give Pakistan bittersweet win vs Bangladesh in World Cup 2019

first_imghighlights Pakistan crashed out of the semi-final race in 2019 World Cup.New Zealand, India, Australia and England became the four semi-finalists.India will take on Sri Lanka in the last league game on Saturday. New Delhi: Pakistan was faced with an impossible mathematical requirement to enter the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ahead of their clash against Bangladesh. They had to score in excess of 400 to have a remote chance. Pakistan could manage only 315/9 thanks to Imam ul Haq’s maiden World Cup ton. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side needed to bowl Bangladesh out for seven or less to secure a miraculous qualification. However, in the age of modernity, miracles were not possible and Pakistan crashed out of the semi-final race and handed New Zealand the fourth spot. Shakib Al Hasan continued his record-breaking run but Shaheen Afridi’s brilliant 6/35, the youngest to take a five-wicket haul and the best by a Pakistan bowler in the World Cup helped Pakistan avenge a 20-year pain by beating Bangladesh by 94 runs in Lord’s as their tournament ended in a bittersweet manner.Imam and Shaheen’s performance ensured Pakistan’s roller-coaster journey ended on the ultimate high. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat which ensured that they stayed in contention. However, Fakhar Zaman struggled against the discipline of the Bangladesh bowlers and struggled to get going. Zaman fell to Saifuddin but that brought together Imam and Babar Azam, Pakistan’s in-form batsman.Azam started well with a couple of fours and together with Imam, strung a solid partnership. With both batsmen settling in, Azam and Imam rotated the strike brilliantly but they could not score at a rate which required them to reach 400. In the 28th over, Azam showed his intent by slamming a couple of boundaries off Mosaddek while he thumped three boundaries off Mustafizur as he neared a century. However, he missed a chance to reach his century when he was trapped LBW by Saifuddin for 96 and he could not reverse it on review.Imam was joined by Mohammad Hafeez and both batsmen looked to go after the Bangladesh bowling in the death overs. Imam notched up his maiden World Cup ton but he was undone by the extra bounce of Mustafizur and ended up being hit-wicket for exactly a 100. Pakistan lost their way in the death overs, with Mustafizur taking his 100th ODI wicket and it took some big blows from Imad Wasim to help Pakistan reach 315/9, a total which was not enough to help them reach the semis. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur underlined his class with back-to-back five-wicket hauls, having taken 5/59 against India in Edgbaston.When Bangladesh went past seven runs, Pakistan was eliminated and the match was a matter of pride for both nations. Mohammad Amir dismissed Soumya Sarkar after a brisk start but Shakib continued his magnificent form. Shaheen Afridi, though, was in fine form and he ended Tamim Iqbal’s poor tournament with a slower ball. Shakib, though, looked in fine touch but once he was undone by a pacy ball from Wahab Riaz, Bangladesh faced an uphill task.Shakib notched up his seventh fifty-plus score and became the third person after Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden to go past 600 runs in one edition. His partnership with Liton Das, worth 58 runs kept Bangladesh in the hunt but once Shaheen sent back both Liton and Shakib in quick succession, the writing was on the wall. The tail struggled to put up a fight and Shadab Khan also helped Shaheen secure a big win.The victory helped Pakistan eliminate the pain of 1999 in which they had lost to Bangladesh in Northamptonshire. However, the win will forever be bittersweet as they missed out on the last four due to net run-rate, thus denying them a chance to repeat the 1992 heroics.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more