Recovery has bypassed Limerick’s unemployment blackspots

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRecovery has bypassed Limerick’s unemployment blackspotsBy Alan Jacques – June 24, 2017 1216 Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Email LATEST unemployment figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that the economic recovery has bypassed many Limerick communities with the city and county topping the list of unemployment blackspots in Ireland.79 blackspots were identified by the CSO, with Limerick accounting for 18 of them, including Ballynanty, Kileely, Prospect, Galvone, Rathbane, Singland, Shannon Banks and Rathkeale.And, according to local Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan, the latest figures highlight just how out of touch Fine Gael is with what is going on outside of Dublin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There were 79 unemployment blackspots where more than 27 per cent of the workforce were out of a job last April. 18 of them were in Limerick and eight of the ten worst blackspots were in Limerick City,” he explained.“These figures are stark, and haven’t moved down in years. This is more than Dublin, Cork and Galway cities combined which is truly shocking. This paints a grim picture of the unemployment problem in many parts of Limerick, which is not being reflected by government statistics.”He said that while jobs were being created, it was clear that some areas were benefitting while others continued to suffer from a lack of jobs and opportunities.“The average unemployment rate in these areas of Limerick stood at 35.7 per cent, miles away from the national average of 12.9 per cent.“Last year Fine Gael’s campaign slogan was ‘Keep the Recovery Going’. These statistics show that no recovery has arrived in certain parts of the country. Many of those still unemployed are former construction workers, and this section of the workforce needs particular focus.”He claimed that apprenticeship scheme are limited and expansion is needed to allow workers to up-skill.“Clearly government intervention is needed, and the two newly appointed Ministers with responsibility for employment, need to get a grip on this and ensure the next set of figures show a marked improvement.”Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea believes that the Government needs to redouble their efforts in Limerick’s Regeneration areas to create more social programmes and get people back to work.“The Government will have to reexamine the regeneration programme and put more focus into the social aspect of the areas affected such as providing employment programmes to get people back to work. Increased housing and improvements in the physical infrastructure of Regeneration areas are very welcome, but there has to be a focus on providing people with employment and the Government need to redouble their efforts in this regard,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“With eight of the ten worst unemployment black spots in the country, we cannot ignore this problem and it should serve as a wake-up call for the government.“An inter-agency jobs task force should be established to work with Regeneration in Limerick to create jobs and provide education and training opportunities for people in these areas,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Print TAGSFianna FáilKeep The Recovery GoinglimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn FeinunemploymentWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Previous article#WATCH Summer solstice celebrated in dawn ceremony at Lough GurNext articleUL start-up scoops top prize at Enterprise awards Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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CRICKET: Cheema blasts Canada to opening day victory over Uganda

Canada captain Nitish Kuma and Uganda cricket captain Karashani hold the trophy pre-event. PHOTO ICCWorld Cricket League Division 3Canada 234/8 in 42 overs( Rizwan Cheema 91(44), Nitish Kumar 43(43), DN Pathirana 35(72), Henry Senyondo 1/48 in 9 overs, Charles Waiswa 2/42 in 7 overs) beat Uganda 168/10 in 38.2 overs (Mohammed Irfan 31(23), Deus Muhumuza 30(54), Cecil Pervez 4/44 n 8 overs, N. Dutta 2/14 in 6 overs) by 66 runsLugogo, Uganda | UGCRICKETcom| Uganda had set up a very strong display of bowling and fielding led by left arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo and a brilliant run out by Charles Waiswa but a costly drop of Canada’s Cheema reminded the hosts that no mistake goes unpunished at this level.Rizwan Cheema smashed 10 sixes to take the game away from Uganda after hosts had Canada in trouble on Day One of the World Cricket League Division 3 at Lugogo.Cheema was eventually caught at deep sqaure leg by Ukani Shehzad diving forward and the Canada innings ended for 234 in their allotted overs.Uganda’s run chase was dented early on by the swing of Cecil Pervez who picked openers Arthur Kyobe and Hamu Kayondo. Uganda eventually fell short by 66 runs. Share on: WhatsApp Uganda takes on Singapore in Entebbe today hoping for better luck.The eight-day tournament ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3  involves Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Uganda and USA. These are six of the 26 teams who still remain from the 83 Members on the road to the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Source: UGcricket.comREAD FULL STORY HERE (click) read more

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Steelers attempting to remain upbeat

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, conducts a practice session, at the Wasps rugby training ground, in London, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) by Dale GrdnicAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Their quarterback basically has a dislocated right index finger, their best remaining offensive lineman suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle and they’re 0-4.But the Pittsburgh Steelers remained a confident group Tuesday heading into a bye week.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit his right hand off a defensive lineman’s hand after a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the fourth quarter during Sunday’s 34-27 loss to Minnesota, but he didn’t expect the injury to be anything long-term.“The doc said it was a subluxation, whatever that is,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, as he only had tape on his right forefinger. “Yeah, it (hurt). It was kind of uncomfortable. It was pretty painful.”It’s a good bet that Roethlisberger won’t do anything too strenuous this week, and neither will left offensive guard Ramon Foster. An MRI Monday revealed that Foster suffered a minor sprain of the right pectoral muscle during the first half. Foster isn’t concerned about missing any time.Neither of those health issues, nor their worst start in 45 years, have deterred the Steelers. However, Roethlisberger still believed that as one of the NFL’s four winless teams — along with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Giants — the Steelers were among the league’s worst.“I was talking record-wise, and if I’m not mistaken we’re one of the — I don’t know how many teams are winless, and I’m a big believer in wins and losses and not numbers — but I would say that record-wise, we’re one of the worst teams in the NFL,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think that’s a far stretch.“I take pride in winning football games, more than any numbers. So, that’s what I’ve based my career on so far, wins and losses. So, it definitely stings. (And) it’s painful to lose games, but I’ll put that on myself.”So, is there anything to feel good about during this bye week?“The people that we have in here, they’re good players,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, we’re down, and we’re disappointed. It hurts, but I don’t think our confidence is low.”Maybe, but the Steelers find themselves in the unique position of playing second fiddle in their own city to the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates were to make their first postseason appearance in 21 years on Tuesday night against Cincinnati. Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, who has a pair of Super Bowl rings, advised the Pirates to “continue to do what you’ve been doing all year to get to this point. Don’t change the team that you have. Don’t change the way that you’ve been preparing. Just keep doing the things that you’ve done up to this point.”Was that his message to his own teammates as well?“I don’t know,” Keisel said. “We’re going to continue to work and find a way. We’re going to continue to fight. When you’re 0-4, you’re always looking for things to try to figure out how to get a win.“And we’re going to continue to do that around here.’__NOTES: Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in his first NFL game, said he “tweaked his (right) foot, but it’s not giving me any issues right now. And I don’t think it’s going to cause me any problems next week.” … The Steelers will practice Thursday morning before taking four days off. … Pittsburgh will return to action on Oct. 13 vs. the New York Jets.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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