WhatsApp “This government has failed our nurses and midwives” says Limerick TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPoliticsMEP says that action must follow ISL recognitionBy Staff Reporter – December 15, 2017 1203 Liadh Ní RiadaSinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has given a guarded welcomed to the news that Irish Sign Language (ISL) is expected to be given full official language status in the coming days.The Ireland South MEP said it was a welcome development but warned that equality does not stop at recognition and that action must follow.“I’m delighted that the Dáil is to finally get around to debating the ISL Recognition Bill, albeit a year and a half after first being introduced to the Seanad,” she said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is tremendous news for the 50,000 plus ISL users in Ireland and a long overdue step to acknowledging the deaf community as a full, integral part of the wonderful tapestry that makes up our nation.“This is as issue I have been campaigning for not just in Ireland but in Europe where I was able to use my position on the Culture and Education Committee to put forward a successful amendment that saw the inclusion of Sign Language translation in the EU 2018 budget.“Most recently I raised the issue of ISL recognition at our party’s Ard Fheis last month.“The ISL Recognition Bill is a victory not just for the deaf community but for all groups seeking equality. All members of society deserve the same access to services and opportunities.“Deaf people face unique challenges in participating fully in society in both the public and private spheres.“In particular, as I met with various groups representing deaf people, I was horrified at the disadvantage and danger they are put in by barriers to accessing legal and healthcare services, as well as occupation health and safety alerts in their workplaces.“The ISL Recognition Bill is fantastic news but it must be about more than just recognition; real efforts must be made to instigate tangible change; genuine equality does not stop at recognition, action must follow.“It is crucial that ISL users are able to access all public services and in particular the Government must work with members of the deaf community to create a mechanism that would allow them full and timely access to public services. Deaf people must no longer be disadvantaged in the work place either, and Government must act to vindicate their rights to dignity, safety and equality at work.“This is not just a communication issue; it is an equality issue, an issue of workers’ rights and a human rights issue,” she declared.See more political news here Facebook Minister Harris “missing in action again” as crisis in University Hospital Limerick is raised in Dáil says Limerick TD Print Previous article#BREAKING Man pinned under van after warning of black iceNext articleLimerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDailDeaf CommunityEqualityIreland SouthISLISL Recognition BillLiadh Ni RiadaMEPSinn Fein Email Advertisement Call for rent controls and a ban on economic evictions Limerick TD calls for more resources for mental health services Twitter Fianna Fáil secures changes to Jobpath says Limerick TD Linkedin Limerick TD advocates for The Sale of Tickets Bill
The 32-year-old came through the ranks at Villa before moving to Manchester City and now plies his trade at Goodison Park after a transfer deadline-day loan agreement was struck. Everton boss Martinez, who also brought in Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku on a temporary deal, reckons Barry has been a great individual to have in and around the club. Press Association Roberto Martinez has praised the impact loan signing Gareth Barry has had on the Everton dressing room as the midfielder prepares to return to former club Aston Villa on Saturday. “It is not just in the games, it is in having him around,” he said. “From the first day that he arrived he has been an incredible influence with the youngsters and an influence on the standards we have in training. “Just with that alone you realise what a figure we have at the club. He is someone who breathes the game and brings the experience he has had from his career. “He is playing with the desire and enthusiasm of an 18-year-old and has been a great player for us and I just want him to keep enjoying his football at Everton for as long as we can.” Despite being happy with Barry’s start at the club, Martinez refused to be drawn on whether he would be looking to make the England international’s move a permanent one. “It is not the right time,” he added. “I wouldn’t put that in his mindset at the moment, all I want him to focus on is to keep enjoying his football and push for a start at the weekend and develop that competition behind the scenes – that is the only thing that matters at the moment.” One player whose long-term future at Goodison Park also appears to remain in the balance is that of Leighton Baines. The left-back was subject to bids from Manchester United during the summer but, unlike former team-mate Marouane Fellaini, he was not sold to ex-Everton boss David Moyes at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old Baines has started the season in great form for club and country but Martinez confirmed no negotiations have opened with the former Wigan man, who has under two years remaining on his current contract. Asked about a new deal for Baines, Martinez replied: “There is no train of thought on that at the moment. “At the moment all that matters is to see Leighton fully fit and enjoying his football. All his performance stats have improved from last season and that is important to me. “That is what matters, everything else is just trying to find an issue from the outside to see what we can comment on.” Moyes’ United side currently sit one place and four points below Everton in the Barclays Premier League table with the Toffees just one point off a place in the top four. Martinez feels it would need a monumental effort from his players to end the season with Champions League qualification but he reckons his ever-improving side are in with a shout. “I think it [the close table] shows that there are six clubs that all are expected to be fighting for the Champions League spots,” he said. “Anyone who wants to break into those top four positions it is going to take an important effort. “I look at the six points we dropped earlier in the season with the three draws where we were really good in everything we did and six points now would make a big difference in the table. “In the manner that we have been consistent game after game allows me to think that the squad is ready to be pushed, challenge each other and is ready to hit good heights and that is what we are going to do. “Game by game we will become better, become stronger and when we get around April, March we will know where we are and what we can fight for in the league.” Fit again Steven Pienaar will be challenging for a start after scoring just seconds after coming off the bench in last weekend’s win against Hull. Martinez also confirmed Darron Gibson has responded well to surgery on a cruciate knee ligament injury and expects defender Antolin Alcaraz to be available after the next international break.