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

Not so friendly skies for drug runners.

first_img Share Share US aerial drones to monitor Caribbean sea lanes for drug traffickers.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 25, 2012 – More famously known for their targeted assassination techniques in the Middle East, the United States “Predator drone” technology is now being brought into the drug-trafficking fight in the Caribbean.Reports coming out of the US are that the Department of Homeland Security has been testing its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the Bahamas for more than a year and is ready to go operational over areas used by smuggling boats in the sea lanes of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.US Customs and Border Protection has reportedly asked for US$5.8 million in additional financing to further push its drone operations into the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.The US military is also said to be establishing a new control station in Corpus Christi, Texas this month, a base that will allow Predator drones to perform flights over a larger portion of the Gulf of Mexico; while in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a single new drone will be added to the military’s fleet to monitor water over the Caribbean.The Los Angeles Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security already has nine Predators, most of which are assigned to the Mexican and Canadian border areas. Adding the Gulf and Caribbean to the patrol area will more than double the square miles currently covered.This move has reportedly come about because, while the United States has been operating several high-tech aircraft in the area, those flights have apparently failed to fight speed boats and other craft used to smuggle drugs into the United States.However, some scepticism remains as to whether this new technology will be any more effective. Officials told the LA Times the Predator has not proven particularly successful at detecting small boats on the open sea.The technology being deployed in monitoring drug trafficking routes over the Bahamas border agents reported used a special variation of the Predator B UAV known as “The Guardian”. The UAV was equipped with a SeaVue radar system that is capable of scanning large areas of open water. The Guardian is able to check a ship’s unique radio pulse through a database which can identify the boat’s owner and ship type.Caribbean 360 News 48 Views no discussions Tweetcenter_img LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Not so friendly skies for drug runners. by: – June 25, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Etebo doubtful for Benin Republic, Lesotho ties

first_imgRelatedPosts Benin Republic man defrauds Nigerian couple of N5m to solve spiritual problem How we come from Benin Republic to rob in Nigeria, took N500,000, others from couple — Suspect COVID-19: 13 more Nigerian from Canada, Germany, France arrive Seme Border Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo’s return to the Super Eagles line up may take a little longer, if reports from England is anything to go by.According to reports, the midfielder suffered injury relapse in a Championship tie against Sheffield Wednesday.The midfielder, who returned from injury against Fulham at the weekend, was pulled out after 21 minutes of action.Etebo was involved from start to finish for the Nathan Jones’ men as they secured an impressive 2-0 win over Fulham at the Bet 365 Stadium.In Etebo’s absence, Nigeria would bank on Glasgow Rangers sensation, Joe Aribo, Wilfried Ndidi, Ramon Azeez of Granada FC, Spain and PAOK Salonica’s Anderson Esiti.The three-time African champions will host Benin Republic on November 11 and play away to Lesotho in Maseru on November 19.He missed Nigeria’s friendly against Brazil in SingaporeTags: benin republiclast_img read more