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

Zero Deposit claims to be leading cash deposits alternative market with 11,000 tenancies

first_imgLeading cash deposits alternative platform Zero Deposit has signed a deal with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to be its exclusive supplier, giving it access to the organisation’s 41,500 member landlords.The NLA says it picked Zero Deposit after looking at other suppliers in the market and that its products’ regulated status with the Financial Conduct Authority helped clinch the deal.“We looked very carefully at this market and considered the various products available,” says the NLA’s CEO Richard Lambert (pictured, above).The deal follows a similar agreement with the other main landlord member organisation, the Residential Landlords’ Association, announced last month.Zero Deposit also recently revealed that it had signed up senior industry figure and former ARLA President Peter Savage as its spokesperson and ‘champion’.“Landlords have had a tough time of late and have found themselves having to navigate through a pretty hostile market, with ever more changes to regulation and the tax regime,” says Zero Deposit CEO Jon Notley (right).“One area offering some respite is the burgeoning deposit replacement market.”Zero deposit has also revealed that its deposits alternative product now covers 11,000 tenancies in the UK and is being offered through 2,100 letting agency branches, putting it just ahead of its key rival Flatfair, which covers 10,000 tenancies.”Its CEO Franz Doerr told The Negotiator that the company has processed 12,000 tenancies so far of which 2,000 have ended, leaving 10,000 still running.“Adding the NLA to our list of partners is an exciting next step for us as we continue to expand and make Zero Deposit the go-to product in the sector,” says Notley. August 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Zero Deposit claims to be leading cash deposits alternative market with 11,000 tenancies previous nextProducts & ServicesZero Deposit claims to be leading cash deposits alternative market with 11,000 tenanciesClaim is made as it inks deal with National Landlords Association, giving it access to over 41,500 property investors.Nigel Lewis1st August 20190471 Viewslast_img read more

David Byrne To Release ‘True Stories’ Complete Soundtrack For First Time Ever

first_imgToday, David Byrne has announced that he will release the complete soundtrack to his 1986 foray into feature filmmaking, True Stories, for the first time ever. In addition to Byrne, True Stories stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Grey, Annie McEnroe, and more. True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will be released on Friday, November 23rd, via Nonesuch Records.David Byrne starred in and directed the film, which is based on real stories from tabloid newspapers. He once described the film as being “like 60 Minutes on acid.” Predominantly comprised of music by Byrne’s band, Talking Heads, several songs from the film went on to be featured in the Talking Heads album of the same name, which was released later that same year. Byrne also went on to release Sounds From True Stories: Music For Activities Freaks, which features a small selection of cast recordings from the film alongside several instrumental tracks.The forthcoming True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will mark the first time the music from True Stories will be released as it appears in the film. As Byrne notes in a tweet about the coming release, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way.”The complete True Stories soundtrack will feature 23 songs from the acclaimed film, collected in one package in film sequence. The complete soundtrack set includes cast performances of “People Like Us” by John Goodman and “Dream Operator” by Annie McEnroe, among many others.David Byrne True Stories Complete Soundtrack Announcement Video[Video: David Byrne]To find out more information on David Byrne’s upcoming release of the complete True Stories soundtrack, or to pre-order the album, you can head over to his website here.last_img read more

English FA Top Officials to Face Inquiry over Eniola Aluko

first_img BULLYING AND HARASSMENT ALLEGATION Senior English Football Association (FA) executives are to face a parliamentary inquiry over the investigations into England women boss Mark Sampson’s alleged “bullying and harassment” of Eniola Aluko.According to BBC Sports yesterday, striker Aluko and ex-England midfielder Lianne Sanderson have also been invited to give evidence.A select committee hearing is planned for mid-October.Sampson, 34, was cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies the allegations.AShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Blaze Destroys Home on Bamm Hollow and Red Hill Roads

first_imgThere were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention Bureau. The house sustained major fire and smoke damage. The blaze heavily damaged this home at 321 Bamm Hollow RoadSeveral times during the 4 hours that the MTFD was occupied with this fire, mutual aid units from the Red Bank and Holmdel Fire Departments were called to respond to other calls for fire emergencies in the Township. The blaze heavily damaged this home at 321 Bamm Hollow RoadMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to the corner of Bamm Hollow and Red Hill Roads last Tuesday afternoon at 1:37 p.m. following a report of smoke coming from a house in the area.Police who reported to the scene found a working structure fire in a two-and-a-half story home at 321 Bamm Hollow Road.Approximately 40 firefighters from 7 companies of the township fire department (Middletown, River Plaza, Old Village, Independent, Port Monmouth, Belford Engine and Community Fire Companies), under the command of Chief Andrew Spears, used several master streams of water to douse the fire from inside and outside the structure.Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly two hours before bringing it under control.The township fire department’s Air Unit, Fire Police, Field Communication and EMS units also assisted at the scene.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs finish on winning note at weekend house tournament

first_imgNelson Leafs finished seventh overall at the Peewee House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Callum Cutler scored twice while Pax Arrowsmith and Seamus Boyd added singles to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 victory over Kelowna Chiefs in consolation round action.Josh Marsden registered the shutout in goal.The tournament was won by Creston, which defeated Grand Forks Grizzles in the final 7-2.The Grizzlies advanced with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in semi final action while Creston blasted Grand Forks Bruins 8-0. Nelson opened the tournament Friday with a 4-1 loss to Castlegar Giants.The game was tied 1-1 before the Giants scored three times on Leafs goalie Ben Thast.Cutler scored the lone goal for Nelson.The Leafs bounced back Saturday by stopping Tri-Cities Thunder 4-1.Nikko Lazier, Haydu, Jack Centrone and Cutler each scored singles for Nelson.Marsden was in goal to register the win.In the final round robin contest, Nelson lost a heartbreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision to Kelowna.Haydu, Boyd, Centrone and Cutler scored for Nelson.Thast, who began playing between the pipes this season, was in net for Nelson.last_img read more

Christian Eriksen stat shows a player in red hot form

first_imgChristian Eriksen is a man in form, judging by this latest statistic.The Tottenham and Denmark playmaker scored twice to give his country a comfortable 2-0 win against Wales in their Nations League game. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Most popular football news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack MONEY smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ADVICE How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware And ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash against Liverpool at Wembley on 15 September, Opta showed just how vital Eriksen has been to his side.The 26-year-old has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark, scoring 14 times and providing five assists.center_img impact Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 19 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark, scoring 14 times and providing five assists. Pride. pic.twitter.com/yBUgJHdRDK— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018“When you give Eriksen that space on the edge of the box you are in trouble. We kept him quiet but he has quality and makes the right decision and the right execution,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs said.The Danish public were no doubt relieved to see their senior squad back to full strength again after a row between the country’s FA and player’s union over image rights, which embarrassed them during the last week.Denmark had fielded lower league and futsal players in their 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday, with temporary manager John Jensen revealing he had to ask who his players were and what position they played in ahead of the defeat. possible standings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED highlights Eriksen scored twice in Denmark’s 2-0 win against Wales BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Alli hails special HeungMin Son

first_imgTottenham forward Dele Alli has praised teammate Heung-Min Son as “a special talent” after the South Korean scored a beautiful curler in their 2-0 win at Leicester.Son sent a curling shot to the top left corner of the post to break the deadlock in the first half and Dele Alli’s diving header ensured Tottenham all three points at the King Power Stadium on  Saturday.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it’s at times like that you need someone to produce a little magic and Sonny certainly did that,” Alli told the club’s website when asked about Son’s goal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s something he works on every day after training, that exact finish, coming in off the right and whipping it in. No-one was surprised when it went in.“It’s a special talent. A lot of players don’t have that. A lot of players are very one-footed but Sonny is someone who can do it.“It’s difficult for defenders because you don’t know which way to send him because as he showed tonight if you put him on his left foot he can hit it sometimes better than his right, so it’s difficult.”last_img read more