Crunch time talks for Shannon Heritage jobs

first_imgFacebook Previous article“Filling up with drugs and Jesus” – New Music from John SteeleNext articleWarning for users of debit cards in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsBusinessHeritageCrunch time talks for Shannon Heritage jobsBy Bernie English – August 13, 2020 544 King John’s CastleINTENSIVE talks are to go ahead over the next few days to try to secure a continued opening for Shannon Heritage tourism sites, King John’s Castle and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.The site provides more than 300 jobs in peak season and are worth €20 million per annum in spin-offs to the local economy, but while they were able to re-open after lockdown restrictions were lifted, they are due to close again on August 31.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the continued commitment from Government to look at maintaining the opening of Shannon Heritage sites beyond August 31, describing the plan to close them early as “very short sighted.”“These are  a vital component of the tourism offering in the mid west. The Shannon Group have indicated in a submission to Government that the total funding cost of keeping the sites open from August 31 to year end is €3.9 million. However, I believe that we should also be looking at the incremental cost of keeping the sites open beyond August.“The €3.9 million gross cost is before taking account of the availability of the state Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme, and the fixed costs that would still be incurred by the group if the sites were closed which should clearly reduce the direct incremental funding cost requirements,” he said.“I am advised that discussions are intensifying this week between the Department of Transport and Shannon Group Management on keeping the heritage sites open beyond August. I have made repeated representations to government, Department of Transport and Shannon Group to ensure that action is now taken to protect these jobs and our tourism offering in the region.“These high-level discussions between the Department and Shannon Group follow on from the commitment made to me by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to examine funding proposals.“I have also raised this matter in the Dáil and held regular meetings with Shannon Heritage staff, and I appreciate the worry this uncertainty is causing to them and their families,” Deputy O’Donnell concluded.A meeting is also due to take place on Monday (August 17) between the union and workers’ representatives, and Shannon Group.Deputy O’Donnell said the Minister has also agreed to his proposal to undertake a thorough examination for the future viability and sustainability of Shannon Airport, including restructuring, financial supports and any other measures that may be necessary as part of a wider review of Shannon Group including Shannon Heritage.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TD for Clare, Violet Anne Wynne has said the minister must speed things up.Speaking on the recent announcement that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has ordered a review into the operations at the Shannon Group, Deputy Wynne said, “The minister confirmed to me in July that he ‘proposed to undertake a thorough examination of the future viability and sustainability of the group’.” Twitter Email Advertisement “It took a further three weeks for this review to be announced, this simply is not good enough. We have workers in Shannon Heritage that are just 20 days away from, possibly, being laid-off, and staff in the airport that are unsure of their future,” she said.last_img read more

West Babylon Crash Leaves 2 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men died after their SUV crashed in West Babylon early Saturday morning.Suffolk County police said Jose Edgardo Diaz, 23, of Brentwood, was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Little East Neck Road when he lost control of the truck, which struck two utility poles and a building at the corner of Park Avenue at 1:30 a.m.Diaz and his passenger, 53-year-old Brian Zatkowski of West Babylon, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where they were pronounced dead.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img

Virat Kohli: One8 Commune to provide 30,000 meals amidst lockdown

first_imgMUMBAI: One8 Commune, a brand that India captain Virat Kohli is associated with, has pledged to provide 30,000 meals to those in need during tough COVID-19 times. Kohli shared the story on his Instagram handle wherein there are photos of workers preparing food packets for the needy who are struggling to bring food to their table. Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB de Villiers and Kohli had put up equipments — that were used during their historic partnership against Gujarat Lions in 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) — on auction in order to raise funds for fight against coronavirus pandemic. de Villiers had taken to social media to upload images of the signed equipments and announced all the proceeds will go to both the countries in their respective fights against the ongoing crisis. The duo struck the highest-ever partnership in the history of the tournament when they put together 229 runs against Gujarat in the 2016 edition of the IPL. Both the players slammed respective centuries during the course of the historic partnership. Kohli also used the repost option to share de Villiers’ post onto his Instagram account for his followers to see and take part in the auction. IANS Also Read: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell picks Virat Kohli over Steve Smith Also Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over corona viruslast_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and 15-year-old Coco Gauff eye Wimbledon quarterfinal

first_imghighlights Coco Gauff faces world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round.Roger Federer is bidding to win his ninth Wimbledon title.Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 12 times. London: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic share top billing on ‘Manic Monday’ at Wimbledon with teenage sensation Coco Gauff. Eight-time champion Federer, four-time winner Djokovic and Nadal, a double champion, all play last 16 ties against opponents who have never before progressed this far. Federer, the second seed, tackles Italy’s world number 20 Matteo Berrettini in what will be the Swiss great’s record 17th fourth-round appearance at the All England Club.     “I don’t know him very well, so that makes it a bit more tricky,” said Federer, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, also has an unexpected opponent in the shape of world number 69 Joao Sousa, the first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.     Nadal has a 2-0 career advantage over the 30-year-old Sousa, with both wins coming on clay. “He’s a super dangerous opponent against everybody. He is very quick, has a very good physical performance,” said Nadal, looking to back up his 12th Roland Garros title with a third Wimbledon.    Djokovic faces grasscourt rookie     Djokovic insists he will not be complacent about his chances of reaching the final for the sixth time.     The highest seed that the world number one can face before the final is number 15 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up from Canada.     But first up for the defending champion and a 16-time major winner is 21-year-old Ugo Humbert from France who is playing in his first Wimbledon.     Until this year, world number 66 Humbert had never played a grass court match either as a junior or professional. Should Djokovic emerge triumphantly, he would face either Belgian 21st seed David Goffin or Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in what would be his 11th quarter-final at the tournament. Raonic, beaten by Andy Murray in 2016 final, has made the quarter-finals in the last two years.     So far at this Wimbledon, he has fired 59 aces across three rounds and dropped serve just once. Raonic tackles Argentine 26th seed Guido Pella who has reached the last 16 at a Slam for the first time — at the 20th attempt.     The 29-year-old Pella knocked out last year’s runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson in the third round. Roberto Bautista Agut, the Spanish 23rd seed, faces French 28th seed Benoit Paire with both men aiming to make the quarter-finals for the first time. Monday’s other ties see 2017 semi-finalist Sam Querrey face last-16 debutant and US compatriot Tennys Sandgren.     Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a quarter-finalist in 2018, tackles Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Nishikori recorded his 400th tour victory when he beat Steve Johnson in Saturday’s third round.’Keep it up’     In the women’s fourth round, 15-year-old Gauff must overcome the former number one Simona Halep.     “I feel like I’ve always been confident in myself,” said 313-ranked qualifier Gauff who shocked five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round. Seven-time champion Serena Williams believes her teenage compatriot could go the whole way.     “I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn’t know what to do at Wimbledon,” said Williams. “Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do.”     Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty looks in ominous form and although she lost on the grass on the only previous occasion she played last 16 opponent, Alison Riske, it was three years ago. Williams may also be hitting form at the right moment as her win over Julia Goerges on Saturday was by far the most impressive performance of her three matches.     The 37-year-old, who is still tantalisingly one away from equalling Margaret Court’s haul of 24 Grand Slam titles, faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.  “I just need to keep it up,” said Williams.     Williams will play Barty in the last eight if both come through Monday’s matches. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova plays Britain’s Johanna Konta in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 since 2014 when she won the second of her titles.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more