Anti-water charge protesters turn Limerick castle into a fortress


first_imgNewsLocal NewsAnti-water charge protesters turn Limerick castle into a fortressBy Alan Jacques – February 6, 2015 879 Facebook Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Email Twitter TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Maurice QuinlivanIrish WaterKing John’s CastlelimerickSinn FeinWater Charges Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK was transformed into a fortress for the non-payment of water charges last weekend as protesters across the city and county came out in force for the cause.The day of action, organised last Saturday as part of the Anti Austerity Alliance’s ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign, saw protests take place in 12 localities, including Dooradoyle, Ballinacurra Weston, Corbally, Abbeyfeale, Croom and Newcastle West.Protesters made their strongest statement of intent when a 13-foot banner was unfurled from the besieged walls of King John’s Castle.City North AAA councillor Cian Prendiville explained that the ‘we won’t pay’ banner was a direct message to the Government.“Limerick is going to be a fortress of non-payment. It is clear that the government are going to go ahead and send out these bills in April, but it is also clear mass non-payment can sink the charges,” Cllr Prendiville declared.“They have no weapons in their arsenal capable of breaking non-payment. They can’t take the charges from our wages, nor can they turn down the water pressure of non-payers. There are no penalties for non-payment until July 2016 — well after the next general election,” he claimed.According to Cllr Prendiville, people can boycott these charges up until the general election, safe in the knowledge they will not face any penalties. He insists that with mass non-payment the campaign can lay siege to the government, make this the key issue in the upcoming general election and force this or the next government to abolish the charge.“The government may talk big, and try to scare people, but it is a real case of ‘the emperor has no clothes’, and no way to actually break through the walls of non-payment,” he said.The events held in Limerick and across the country last weekend show that many remain totally opposed to the introduction of water charges. Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan praised the thousands who have “consistently taken part in peaceful, good natured protests against the water charges across the State”.“The Government was forced to change its stance by the will of the people asserted in mass, peaceful protest. The campaign will continue,” he insisted.“Ultimately the only way that water charges will be scrapped will be by a decision in government. Sinn Féin is pledged to do that. We stopped the imposition of water charges in the North and in government we will scrap them here. We believe that water is a human right. It has to be paid for but not as a double tax on hard pressed citizens,” he said.The City North representative went on to state that this “regressive tax”, coupled with the others already imposed by Fine Gael and Labour, is crippling households and families. The reality for many struggling families, he claims, is one of crushing austerity taxes, a health service in disarray, and the forced emigration of their children.“Saturday’s demonstrations across the country are an expression not just of opposition to water charges but to the government’s austerity policies as well,” Cllr Quinlivan concluded.center_img Advertisement Previous articleAbbeyfeale rescue group marking its first decadeNext articleLimerick students are on the ball Alan Jacques RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency WhatsApp Print Linkedin Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

Unai Emery snaps at questions over Arsenal’s dreadful away form


first_imgUnai Emery hits back at repeated questions over Arsenal’s dreadful away form Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Apr 2019 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link46Shares Arsenal have suffered back-to-back defeat ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery reacted angrily to repeated questions surrounding his side’s struggles away from home this season.Having worked their way into a commanding position in the race to cement a top four place, Emery’s side are now playing catch-up after back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Wolves.Leicester will be looking to consign Arsenal to a third league defeat in four away matches at the King Power, but Emery insisted his team are not suffering from travel sickness, citing the recent wins at Watford and Napoli as reasons to remain confident.Asked if he was worried about Arsenal’s away form, he said: ‘I don’t want to speak about the last matches we lost.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I don’t want to speak about the victory in Naoli and Watford. I only want to speak about the next match to give my players enough information to be ready to play.’When pressed on whether he was concerned he hit back, saying: ‘How many times are you going to ask the same question? Maybe I need to change my words to say the same [thing].’Arsenal have won only once at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League and Emery has noted Leicester’s improvement since Brendan Rodgers was appointed as Claude Puel’s successor in February. Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick on the only occasion Arsenal have won at the King Power Stadium (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘They changed the coach which not good news for coaches. Not changing a lot with the players ] but [they have] change[d] the system, and are doing something different in set pieces.‘They are in good confidence. They play with good combinations and have good players.’Arsenal were without top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the midweek defeat at Wolves but Emery is hopeful the Gabon international will return to action on Sunday.He said: ‘He trained today. If he can train tomorrow we can think he is ready for Sunday . If tomorrow he can train normally it is a possibility [whether he can start].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Aruna Quadri Nominated for 2016 ITTF Star Awards


first_imgThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has nominated Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri amongst shortlisted players for the prestigious 2016 ITTF Star Awards.The global table tennis ruling body announced the nominees for the 2016 Male & Female Table Tennis Stars & Star Point yesterday, with the winners to be crowned at the awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar on December 8, 2016. The fourth edition scheduled to hold at the Doha’s prestigious Sheraton Hotel is to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President & ITTF Deputy President, Khalil AL-Mohannadi said: “On behalf of QTTA, I am excited to be hosting the celebrations for the world’s best table tennis players in Doha, Qatar.“QTTA have very elaborate plans for the 2016 ITTF Star Awards and everyone in attendance and fans around the world watching on TV will surely enjoy the show we have planned to honour the most important people in our sport, the athlete’s and their achievements in 2016.”The nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star presented by DHS, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission include:*Quadri Aruna (NGR): First ever African Olympic Games Quarterfinalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world*Fan Zhendong (CHN): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Ma Long (CHN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Jun Mizutani (JPN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze Medalist and Team Silver Medalist, 2016 World Team Championships Silver Medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titlesUpon the nomination, world number one and 2015 Male Table Tennis Star Ma Long said of the award; “It’s an honour to be nominated again this year, and I am happy that table tennis has gained a lot of attention and popularity after the Olympic Games. I hope that this phenomenon will continue for our sport.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more