More ‘chicken houses’ than social houses built in West Limerick

first_imgFacebook Email Previous articleCalls for closure of Foynes direct provision centreNext articlePutting the focus on 163 homeless children Alan Jacques Print Linkedin Liam Galvin, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMORE ‘chicken houses’ have been built in West Limerick over the past five years than social houses.That was the claim of Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin at this month’s meeting of the Newcastle West Municipal District.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Abbeyfeale man urged the council executive to “put a plan in place” to deal with the urgent need for housing in rural Ireland. He called for a briefing to be organised on the issue as a “priority” with both the Housing and Planning departments.“It is about time we built housing in small towns and villages. We need to get round the table and deal with this disaster. We are getting people on the phone in tears every day,” Cllr Galvin commented at last Wednesday’s local authority meeting.“We need to get a plan in place to give people the opportunity to get  a chance in life. They have the right to live in the parishes they grew up in. This is not a lot to ask.“Unless someone drives this, it won’t happen. We need the infrastructure and we need to get people up off their backsides so we can find out where we can build houses. See where there is the capacity and infrastructure to build, but let’s just get on with it.“We’ve taken our eye off the ball. We are the lead agency in providing housing for the district. I don’t think we have built one house in the last few years. We are a million miles away from it,” he claimed.Director of Services for Newcastle West, Gordon Daly, promised that he would facilitate a meeting between councillors and the Planning and Housing departments early in the new year.Cllr Galvin urged Mr Daly to prioritise rural County Limerick for housing.“More chicken houses have been built in the district than we’ve built social houses in the last five years. That’s a frightening statistic,” the Fine Gael man replied.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement NewsHousingPoliticsMore ‘chicken houses’ than social houses built in West LimerickBy Alan Jacques – December 21, 2019 312 last_img read more

Palestinian author promotes nonviolence

first_imgEven in countries torn by longterm conflicts and stifled by oppression, Palestinian author and peace activist Jean Zaru said nonviolence is the only acceptable counter to oppression. Zaru delivered a lecture titled “A Journey of Transformation: Nonviolent Resistance to Structures of Domination” at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Thursday morning. “Non-violence is a way of opposing evil without becoming evil in the process,” Zaru said. Zaru addressed the need for non-violent resisitance to oppression, especially in her native Palestine. In Gaza and the West Bank, Zaru said the current situation is one of suppression by the government, military and media. “Normal life for Palestinians living in occupied territories has ended,” Zaru said. She added that withdrawal from the problem will never solve the crisis of oppression. Palestinians who withdraw from public life or move overseas are too distant from the problem to bring about change. “Withdrawal cushions us from the full impact of our situation,” Zaru said. “Our perceptions are lost.” He added that non-violent resistance, however, achieves the kind of change that will eventually bring piece to the region, and to resist is to be human. “We continue to resist because something is more sacred to us than comfort and convenience,” Zaru said. “That something can be anything. It could be God, love, respect for human life, a sense of justice or many other things.” Zaru defined resistance as the refusal to obey structures of control. “We need to mobilize people not with fear, anger or blame and not through a sense of shame,” Zaru said. “We need to move them to act from a feeling of hope in service of things that they love.” She said people must avoid feeling morally superior and must recognize that oppressors are often driven by fear. “Oppressor and oppressed both live in fear and do not have peace,” Zaru said. She said she believes that to solve the problems of the outside world, one must look inward and act justly toward others. “Let us look into ourselves,” Zaru said. “The outward experience is a reflection of inward state … God’s reign cannot just be inner or outer. It must be both or neither. Where I am in my inner struggle, I am in my outward actions.” Zaru said she has faced structures of domination and injustice throughout her life, but her religious beliefs have sustained her. “My experience was rooted in and filtered through my identity as a Palestinian Christian Quaker woman,” she said. Recognizing God’s presence in the enemy is an everyday challenge, Zaru said, but God’s will makes loving her neighbor necessary. “I recognize the divine in everyone, all without exception” Zaru said. Upon reflection, Zaru believers her travels have showed her that the modern world is all intertwined. “Common needs, desires, fears and hopes bind us together,” Zaru said. In a similar vein, he added that all people should recognize the universal values of mutual trust, compassion, ethical priorities and justice. “We cannot live a single day without deciding between yes and no, life and death, war and peace,” Zaru said. “There is no escaping the question, and answering it is our challenge.”last_img read more

The Wiz Live! Looks Flashier (& Greener) than Ever

first_imgSo you wanted to meet the Wizard? Here she is! December 3 will be a brand new day as The Wiz Live! finally airs on NBC. And while 2013’s The Sound of Music had a house opening up to reveal a church and last year’s Peter Pan had a flying Marnie Michaels, this year’s musical telecast looks to be flashier, grander and more electrifying than ever. Take a look below at the latest promo, which features glimpses of a positively emerald Queen Latifah and Common, some fabulous Winkies, a literally radiant Uzo Aduba as Glinda and more. With those sets and those powerhouse vocals that we’ve already gotten a taste of, we’re more than ready to ease on down the road. View Commentslast_img read more

Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg & More Set for White Rabbit Red Rabbit

first_img(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments This is some lineup! Tony winner Nathan Lane, EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson and more have been tapped for White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Tickets are now available to Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, which will make its New York Premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre from March 7.No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The rotating cast will each perform the show once.Lane is set to appear on March 7, Goldberg on March 14 and Wilson on March 21, along with Brian Dennehy on March 28 and Mike Birbiglia on April 11. Other artists tapped on dates soon to be announced (pending availability) include Tony winner Christine Baranski; Tony Winner Alan Cumming, Ramin Karimloo, Tony winner Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Tony winner Donna Murphy, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, Tony winner David Hyde Pierce, Tony winner Martin Short and Allegiance’s George Takei. Additional casting will be announced later.Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not—distilling the experience of his isolation in a non-traditional new play. The show had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since been translated into fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide. A portion of the play’s profits will go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. Related Shows Nathan Lane White Rabbit Red Rabbit Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Nation building

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