Collins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticket

first_imgLinkedin Print Fianna Fail Limerick City General Election Candidates, Cllr James Collins and Willie O’Dea TD.Picture: Keith Wiseman Previous articleGarda investigate assault and brazen handbag snatchNext articleArmed teen arrested in cash and drugs seizure Staff Reporter LimerickNewsLocal NewsPoliticsCollins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticketBy Staff Reporter – April 10, 2018 1098 Facebook Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSFianna Fáilgeneral electionGerry CollinsJames CollinslimerickMichael Collinsniall collins Email WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival IF you are a Collins and from Limerick, politics is sure to course through your veins and for newly selected Fianna Fail general election candidate James Collins, that is certainly very true.His father was a TD, his uncle a cabinet Minister and his first cousin a party spokesperson in three portfolios and now the Dooradoyle native is looking to elevate his political carer to capture a seat at the next elected Dail.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Addressing the recent selection convention, the married father of four wants to help mould “a city that works for you”.With Limerick claiming recent accolades at European level, James Collins feels that Limerick’s reputation is now soaring after it announced 2,500 jobs last year, something that can be built upon.“I got involved in local politics nine years ago when Limerick was in a much darker place. Job losses hit hard. I felt I could help. My friends, my neighbours, our community, they were all in a bad place. My business was in the middle of a neighbourhood that needed help to change. The economy of Limerick needed to change to survive the downturn and get back on the road to recovery.“The single biggest lesson I’ve learned in those nine years is that politics can help change people’s lives, so long as you have a long-term vision, and a strategy for getting there.“Limerick is a case study in how to strategically tackle economic issues; in how to put in place structures and cultures that allow businesses to flourish, generate employment, and in turn create opportunities for people to live in a city that works for them.The elected local authority representative said that brave decisions by local councillors “were the springboard for the strategic recovery of our city.“We took some tough decisions to stabilise the local authority’s finances, and this gave us the ability to buy strategic sites for development around the city.Noting that Limerick is the European City of the Future for 2018/19, Cllr Collins said that this was evident “because all around us we can see Limerick’s future taking shape – whether it’s hard-working families enjoying some leisure time in Mungret Park, or the young men and women in their 20s embarking on financially rewarding and diverse careers in IT, financial services, or the digital economy.”James Collins graduated from the University of Limerick and travelled before he and his wife Eileen returned to Limerick to settle and raise their family.In 2000 Limerick had few opportunities, but that has changed as “the Limerick of today is High tech, Fintech, Pharma, Life Sciences. It is Dell, General Motors, WP Engine, Regeneron, Uber, Vistakon, Jaguar, Stats, Edwards Life Sciences, Tekro, and Design Pro. It is Limerick for Engineering, Limerick for IT. It is Troy Studios. There is more to come.“We have diversified. We are thinking differently, bigger, better, smarter.The city’s progress will shine through developments like the Opera Site and Gardens International but we can be under no illusions: there are many social problems that remain, Cllr Collins said.“Life is about living, so while we build the economy, we also have to build the society around it.Selected on the Fianna Fail party ticket, James Collins said that he wants to help make sure that everyone has a fair chance, and an equal opportunity to access jobs and education, housing and healthcare.“The reason I want to take the next step now and represent Limerick City in Dail Eireann, is because the problems that still exist: the housing and rental crisis, overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick, social deprivation, crime, the lack of a proper 21st Century transport network for our city – these are problems that have to be addressed through national policy.Limerick needs political leadership to match this ambition and deliver Limerick’s future. That’s why I’m putting my name forward for election to Dail Eireann.James Collins joins sitting TD Willie O’Dea as the candidates for the next general election in a bid to gain a second seat for his party as the Limerick man feels “we need a government less focussed on trying to look good and more focused on doing good.”See more Limerick news here Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

The pearls of the twinset

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Dunne could make Ireland return

first_img However, he could play some part against Georgia in Dublin next Sunday if he proves his fitness, and manager Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted there is an outside chance he could line up against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium five days later. Trapattoni said: “Now is England and Georgia; the Faroes is a qualifier. He would have to be 100 per cent fit. Don’t forget, this injury has been 10 months, one year. It was a bad injury and then he had surgery. Only if he was very, very okay, 100 per cent. But there are two or three questions: he is without a club; he is many months without a game; and it’s a qualifier. But for us, he will be again important in the future.” Dunne has not kicked a ball in anger since Ireland’s final Euro 2012 finals clash with Italy in June last year and was conspicuous by his absence as Villa slid into Barclays Premier League relegation trouble before rallying to drag themselves clear. He has been missed by Ireland too with Trapattoni having to do without his most experienced defender for the duration of the Group C campaign to date, which has featured a 6-1 home defeat by Germany and a 2-2 draw with Austria in Dublin courtesy of a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors. However, the veteran Italian has vowed to take no risks with a man he believes still has a key role to play for his country. Trapattoni said: “I spoke with him and I clarified his position, his position with the club and his position for us. We need Richard in the future. “But he has no club at this moment. I said, ‘Richard, we will help you because you deserve respect, but you have no team at this moment and you must be careful because an injury could be for you very, very dangerous’. “We have more respect for him. I said we will go step by step. We have these two opportunities and we can assess his condition after the next two or three days. Sure, I want to help him. He will not start the game, but during the game depending on the score, we could give him an opportunity to play with us.” Press Association Richard Dunne could put himself in line for a shock World Cup recall after returning to the Ireland fold.center_img The 33-year-old Aston Villa defender has not played all season because of a persistent groin injury which required three rounds of surgery, but he has joined up with the Ireland squad ahead of their friendly against England at Wembley on Wednesday. Dunne, who is out of contract at the end of next month, will not figure against Roy Hodgson’s men despite training under the watchful eye of physio Ciaran Murray at Watford’s London Colney headquarters this evening as his team-mates went through their paces. last_img read more

NFL Training Camp in Egypt

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CAIRO — American football has made it all the way to the Giza Pyramids.A nonprofit group called American Football Without Barriers brought a slew of current and former NFL players to Egypt this week to promote the game while helping educate disadvantaged children and encourage them to live healthy lifestyles.The group was founded by New York Jets offensive lineman Breno Giacomini, Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge and Ahmed Awadallah, a friend who was born and raised in Egypt. It has previously held training camps in China, Brazil and Turkey.“We go to different countries where football is blossoming, and we use it as an opportunity to teach kids football, spread football,” said Browns safety Johnson Bademosi, part of the dozen players in Cairo for the training camp.“It’s kind of a humanitarian trip as well. We try to give back and try to engage with the community as much as we can.”The group has visited a school and a children’s cancer hospital, and is holding three days of free camps — basic, junior and advanced levels — for players aged 14-25, as well as a coaching clinic led by Giacomini.The players also visited the Pyramids, bringing a football with them to toss around.While soccer is Egypt’s biggest sport, and squash the one it dominates, American football is on the up, the group says, with about 700 players from the Middle East attending the training camp held at German University in Cairo.Other players on the trip include the recently retired Marshawn Lynch, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, Houston Texans offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron.“The journey in Egypt means a lot to me,” Aboushi said. “Being Arab myself, being from Palestine, this is an extension of my people, this is my religion for the most part.”Awadallah, a college classmate of Barnidge and Giacomini and now an engineer, had wanted to take the program to Egypt in 2013, but political problems in the country prevented the visit.last_img read more

Agony for Chile as missed penalty against Thailand costs place in last 16

first_imgShare on LinkedIn USA pass Sweden test to seal top spot in group as Spain await in last 16 Last 16 drawNorway v Australia Nice, 22 JunEngland v Cameroon Valenciennes, 23 JunFrance v Brazil Le Havre, 23 JunSpain v USA Reims, 24 JunItaly v China Montpellier, 25 JunNetherlands v Japan Rennes, 25 JunGermany v Nigeria Grenoble, 22 JunSweden v Canada Paris, 24 Jun match reports Quick guide Women’s World Cup: Route to the final Reuse this content Hide Three minutes after the interval, though, Thailand conceded their 19th goal of the tournament in calamitous circumstances as a low drive from Yanara Aedo cannoned back off a post, onto the legs of goalkeeper Boonsing and over the line. Ten minutes from time Urrutia made it 2-0, flicking a raking ball into the area from Paloma Lopez past the hapless Boonsing from 12 yards.Urrutia then came within inches of making it 3-0 three minutes later when she poked a goal-bound effort past Boonsing, only for Pitsamai Sornsai to hack off the line. Boonsing’s studs-high challenge on Urrutia, though, led to a VAR review, and the awarding of the penalty that Lara thundered against the woodwork. Despite seven minutes of added-on time, Chile could not find the goal they needed to secure their last-16 place, resulting in many of their players breaking down in tears at the final whistle. Women’s World Cup Show Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup 2019 Share via Email Francisca Lara blew Chile’s chance to dramatically claim a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup. Needing to beat Thailand by three goals in their final Group F game to set up a showdown with England, Chile were leading 2-0 courtesy of an own goal from goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and Maria Jose Urrutia when VAR awarded an 85th-minute penalty. With history beckoning for La Roja in their debut World Cup, Lara rattled her spot-kick against the crossbar, allowing Nigeria to claim the last of the four places open to the best third-placed sides. England will face Cameroon in the last 16, with a potential quarter-final against Norway or Australia ahead. Hosts France and defending champions USA are on course to meet in the last eight and are on England’s side of the draw.Germany are favourites to reach the final from the bottom half, but are joined by four other sides ranked in the world’s top 10 – although Sweden face Canada and Netherlands play Japan in the last 16. Thailand women’s football team Was this helpful? Lara’s missed penalty was one of a host of chances missed by Chile during a pulsating match in Rennes as they laid siege to the Thai goal for most of the game. In the first half, they twice struck the woodwork, with Urrutia’s goal-bound strike taking a slight deflection off Natthakarn Chinwong and onto a post. Four minutes from the break Rosario Balmaceda rattled the crossbar with a rasping right-footed drive from distance.Thailand, who were hammered 13-0 by the United States and 5-1 by Sweden in their opening two group matches, did mount attacks of their own in the opening 45 minutes. A low curler from Silawan Intamee was deflected inches past the post, while goalkeeper Christian Endler was forced to tip over the bar an attempted 35-yard lob from captain Kanjana Sung-Ngoen. Share on Twitter Topics Women’s football Read more Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Chile women’s football team Share on Facebooklast_img read more