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Call for resignations over appointment row

first_img#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Patricia RyanLIMERICK theatre producer Richie Ryan has called for the immediate resignation of City Manager Conn Murray, Committee Chairman Pat Cox and Chief Executive Patricia Ryan from the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014.Mr Ryan of CentreStage Theatre School was commenting on Ms Ryan’s controversial appointment as chief executive of Limerick City of Culture, without the job being advertised. Ms Ryan, a former adviser to former European Parliament President, Pat Cox, was appointed on Mr Murray’s recommendation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Richie Ryan, the appointment highlights the ineptitude, arrogance and unacceptable manner in which the City of Culture team is treating many Limerick artists. He described the situation as “embarrassing” and said it highlights the total disregard for public funding.“The wink and nod mentality seems rampant in the board structure of The Limerick City of Culture at this time. The management structure raises serious questions when it comes to allocation of resources to the dedicated local theatre practitioners during what has the potential to be a very invigorating time for culture in Limerick City,” said Mr Ryan.He said he has lost confidence in Conn Murray, Pat Cox and Patricia Ryan to steer Limerick City of Culture 2014 with any meaningful transparency or accountability at this time.“I call for their immediate resignation from the executive board. I am sure that this situation would not be tolerated in any other major city in Ireland.”Cllr Tom Shortt, who represented Limerick City Council on the board of the Belltable Theatre for four years, has also said that Patricia Ryan, “must step down now”.He claims Ms Ryan is without any expertise or experience in the demanding world of arts management.“This has gripped the public imagination in Limerick and people are shocked by the arrogance of it.“This is a deeply flawed appointment. For the success and the integrity of the City of Culture project, Ms Ryan must step down. The position must be advertised immediately and a chief executive must be properly recruited,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Leddin said he has “absolute confidence” in Ms Ryan as CEO of the City of Culture project and in its board.“I have met Patricia on a few occasions and I believe she has the professional experience and the ability to ensure that Limerick 2014 will be a hugely successful event,” he said.Speaking at City Hall this week City and County Manager, Conn Murray, told council members that he was satisfied there was no breach of recruitment regulations. He also revealed that the City of Culture project was under pressure to secure a chief executive because of funding delays.“I’m very confident the person in place is the right person to do the job for Limerick,” said Murray. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsCall for resignations over appointment rowBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2013 904 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebook Conn’s new role on immigrant group Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSConn MurrayLimerick City of Culture 2014Music LimerickPat CoxPatricia Ryan center_img Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleUL Basketball to be streamed live this weekendNext articleCalls for help from St Vincent de Paul Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists

first_img Previous articleBioMed Realty Strengthens World-Class Platform with Promotions and Addition to its Senior Management TeamNext articleAbbott promises energy industry protection Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Twitter Pinterest ‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists Facebook TxDOT logo AUSTIN The Texas Department of Transportation is reminding all drivers to take extra precautions when driving around trucks. Thousands of large trucks and tractor-trailers travel busy Texas highways every day. Weighing 20 times more than an average car, “big rigs” require more time to accelerate and decelerate and have large blind spots that other motorists need to be aware of to help avoid a potentially deadly crash. An 80,000-pound, loaded tractor-trailer going 65 mph can take as much as the length of a football field to come to a complete stop, which is why motorists should avoid driving too closely or swerving in front of a large truck, a news release said. Tractor-trailers and large trucks also have more and larger blind spots than passenger vehicles do. It’s important to try to stay out of these blind spots around the front, back and sides of trucks. A good rule of thumb for motorists to remember is that if they can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, that truck driver can’t see them or their vehicle either. To help keep everyone safe on the road, TxDOT asks motorists to give trucks plenty of room and observe the following safety tips when driving around large trucks: Pass trucks safely by waiting until you can see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your lane. Pass a truck only when it’s legal and safe. Stay away from a truck’s “No Zones,” blind spot areas in which crashes are more likely to occur. No Zones include the blind spots along each side, the space up to 20 feet in front of the cab, and the area up to 200 feet behind the trailer. Maintain a safe following distance. Be sure you can see the driver in the truck’s side mirror. Never cross behind a truck that is backing up. Don’t squeeze between a truck and the curb. Trucks make wide right turns, and the driver may not see you. The release said “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.center_img Twitter Pinterest Local News Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

Messer Hosting Affordable Care Act Sessions

first_imgMesser (R-Ind) announced Affordable Care Act sessions in southeast Indiana.Informational sessions about the Affordable Care Act will be held this week, courtesy of Congressman Luke Messer and his staff.The 6th District lawmaker says while most people he talks to are not in support of the healthcare law, he believes it’s important that Hoosiers understand it and what it means to them.Several of Messer’s staff members will host a presentation and provide information, including Director of Operations Tim Hawkins and Policy Director John Hatter.A meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon from 3-4p.m. in Connersville at the City Council Chambers, 500 N. Central Avenue.Informational sessions will be held in various places on Wednesday, Feb. 26:10 to 11 a.m. in Brookville at the Commissioner’s Room in the Franklin County Government Center, 1010 Franklin Avenue.1 to 2 p.m.  in Lawrenceburg at the Dearborn County Administration Building, 215 W. High St.3 to 4 p.m.  in Versailles at the Ripley County Annex Building, 102 First N St.last_img read more