O’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrapped

first_imgNewsPoliticsO’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrappedBy Alan Jacques – March 8, 2018 1088 Facebook Linkedin TAGSFianna FáilFine GaellimerickProject Ireland 2040Senator Maria ByrneStrategic Communications Unit (SCU)Taoiseach Leo VaradkarWillie O’Dea TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMore arrests due as evil web spreadsNext articleBad Wolves’ Zombie is No.1 in Europe – proceeds destined for Dolores O’Riordan’s children Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea.THE Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) has the potential to damage public confidence in the media and should be disbanded immediately.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD, Willie O’Dea, who has called for “the blurring of the lines between Fine Gael and Government propaganda” to end.The former Defence Minister believes that in order to preserve and protect the independence of Irish journalism, the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit needs to be disbanded.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s as simple as that. Taking out double page spreads in local newspapers promoting Fine Gael General Election candidates, including in Limerick, is a disgraceful abuse of tax payers money,” Deputy O’Dea declared.He also feels that the Government were slow to help pensioners last week with an extra weeks fuel allowance and “yet Leo can have his vanity project funded to the tune of €5 million by the taxpayers of Ireland. He should not be preying on the financial difficulties in the Irish media industry to garner attention for his party’s election candidates.”He went on to say that Irish journalism has served our country without fear or favour since the foundation of the State.“It has helped us mark important milestones in our nation’s history and it has acted as a backstop against malevolent behaviours and activities in Irish public life. However, Irish media is under severe financial pressure from online digital advertisers and they are under constant financial pressure. Fine Gael saw an opportunity, through the SCU and the Ireland 2040 project, to increase their presence and promotion in communities up and down the country,” he concluded.Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Maria Byrne hit back at O’Dea and claimed that Fianna Fáil kept people in the dark throughout all their time in Government.“And we saw where that ended! Do Fianna Fáil even know what the function of the SCU is? When you can’t compete with the content or the plan such as Project Ireland 2040, it seems Fianna Fáil is intent on shooting the messenger,” Senator Byrne told the Limerick Post.“Project Ireland 2040 is a very positive project for Limerick. Limerick city as a driving force for the Mid-West region, supplemented by key players such as Shannon and the Shannon-Foynes Port, are key to the future progression of this city and region.“Fine Gael, who in Government has brought the country back from the brink to a position where we are a leading economy in Europe, has laid out a future progressive vision for Limerick in Project Ireland 2040.“Have Fianna Fáil had a single original thought or plan to improve this country? Calls to scrap the Strategic Communications Unit show Fianna Fail is devout of an original thought. Fianna Fáil wasn’t able to criticise that plan whatsoever and it’s absolutely clear they offer no alternatives,” she concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

REVEALED: What we want in a home according to our clicks

first_img“Waterfront” is very popular in our real estate searches.One curious omission from the top 10 was something that many Queenslanders would consider a necessity, airconditioning. “That may not be a keyword search because I think a lot of people have just come to expect it,” Ms Hetherington said. “Shed” was the 10th most searched term, which she said could be because they were more popular a generation ago, but current real estate buyers favoured indoor living. Top ten Queensland real estate keywords.When they moved in seven years ago only a handful of their neighbours had a pool, but today, all except two of the houses in the street have their own pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it is a family thing, and Coorparoo has a lot of families,” she said. She is selling her home, but she is certain that her next home will have to have a pool. Director and buyers’ agent at Property Pursuit, Meighan Hetherington, said although pools were heavily searched for, they were not always an advantage when it came time to sell.“People are entirely invested in having a pool or not having a pool,” Ms Hetherington said.“It is either ‘we have to have a pool’ or ‘I don’t want to have a pool because of the maintenance’.” Adding a pool, she said, might attract the type of buyer that has to have one but it may not increase the value of the property. Other common search terms were “waterfront”, “granny flat”, “dual living”, “view”, “furnished” and “duplex”.“Nras”, which is short for the National Rental Affordability Scheme, a federal government program to subsidise rents for lower to middle income workers was the second highest search term. Sally Bird believes a backyard pool is essential in Queensland, and the data backs her up. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Queensland’s love affair with the suburban backyard swimming pool shows no sign of ending, at least according to what we search for when looking at homes online.Data from realestate.com.au reveals that we are a picky bunch when it comes to looking for a home, with pools at the top of the list. “Pool” was the most common keyword for people looking at property to rent and buy in Queensland in searches on realestate.com.au in the six months to May 31. And with warm weather across much of the year, the simple backyard (or frontyard, or rooftop) swimming pool might be that luxury that thousands of Queenslanders cannot imagine themselves living without. Coorparoo resident Sally Bird said a swimming pool was essential when she was looking for a home for their family. “Everyone said to me ‘don’t get a pool’ because it cost so much to maintain,” Ms Bird said. But with solar panels on the roof and simple water testing available at shops like Bunnings, she had not found the pool to be costly nor a chore. “It takes five minutes to clean,” she said. center_img Sheds might not be as popular with millenials as they were with Baby Boomers.last_img read more

La Liga: Messi assists three goals as Barca return to winning ways at Betis

first_img Their lead lasted just three minutes, though, as De Jong chested down Messi’s superb ball over the top and volleyed past Joel Robles from six yards. Fekir rounded off a swift counter-attacking move with a fine low strike from 18 yards past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to restore Betis’ advantage just before the half-hour mark. Messi was again the provider for Barca’s equaliser in first-half stoppage time, his deep free-kick turned in by Busquets from eight yards. Clement Lenglet then headed home Messi’s free-kick 18 minutes from time to ensure Barca remain three points behind leaders Real Madrid after their 4-1 win at Osasuna earlier in the day, although the Frenchman blotted his copybook by picking up a second yellow card soon after Fekir’s dismissal. Betis opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Canales stroking home from the penalty spot after Lenglet had handled Fekir’s strike inside the penalty area. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona ended a tumultuous week with a pulsating 3-2 LaLiga win over Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday. The Catalan giants were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao in midweek, while Messi has been involved in a public spat with technical director Eric Abidal after he questioned the work ethic of some players under previous boss Ernesto Valverde. Quique Setien’s side got off to a terrible start against his former employers, with Sergio Canales’ penalty putting the hosts ahead early on, but a wonderful goal from Frenkie de Jong pulled the champions level soon after. Nabil Fekir – who was later dismissed for two bookable offences in quick succession – restored the hosts’ advantage with a fine finish, before Sergio Busquets scored a second equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Read Also: La Liga: Bale returns as Real Madrid come from behind to beat Osasuna Messi was twice denied by Robles after the interval but he was central to Barca’s winner, floating in a free-kick that was headed home by a towering Lenglet. Fekir saw red 14 minutes from time, picking up quickfire bookings for a foul on Lenglet and dissent, while Barca’s French defender also received his marching orders three minutes later after catching Joaquin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

BetConstruct launches peer-to-peer betting product from Wiseodds

first_img BetConstruct has strengthened its portfolio of partnerships after confirming a new deal with sports betting supplier Wiseodds.The agreement makes BetConstruct the first partner to integrate the Wiseodds peer-to-peer betting product onto its platform.Aris Gabrielyan, Head of Regional Business Development at BetConstruct, said. “Wiseodds has launched a game-changing and risk-free product that combines elements of sports betting and poker, and taps into the growing popularity of social gaming.“We have a great appetite to partner with innovative companies that have similar mindsets to ourselves, so are delighted to be joining forces with Wiseodds.”As part of the Wiseodds’ solution, punters will ‘take a seat’ at one of the available tables in an online lobby by placing a bet on the outcome of sporting events.When every match featured in the selected room comes to an end, all cards are revealed and the player with the highest winning odds coupon claims all the money on the table. Losing players are then removed from the table, allowing new users to join.Players will have the opportunity to bet on a number of sporting markets, including ‘major football and basketball matches’.As part of the deal, the service will include markets on all major football and basketball matches with four separate table choices – Over Tables, Under Tables, Bet Poker Tables and Bet Poker System.Lilit Nikoghosyan, Head of Operations at Wiseodds, said: “We’re thrilled to have signed our first partnership agreement, which presents a fantastic opportunity for us to fast-track the reach of our exciting new sports betting product to operators worldwide.“BetConstruct are an enthusiastic partner who have embraced our innovative new concept, which offers a new way of betting for players. We look forward to working with them in the coming months.” Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Share Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020last_img read more