Period of stability key to region’s recovery

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPeriod of stability key to region’s recoveryBy admin – November 25, 2010 487 Twitter Linkedin LIMERICK people are afraid to part with their money ahead of Budget 2011 as they don’t know how much will be left in their pockets, but with a general election on the horizon, hopes have been expressed by the local business community that such an eventuality could spark increased growth and stability in the region. Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber, insists it is “most important that the Government gets its budget and four-year plan through to meet the conditions of the IMF and the EU”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her comments came after Taoiseach, Brian Cowen declared on Monday he will call a general election early in the new year, “as soon as the budget process has been seen through”. Noting that the within the next two years, a declining Limerick city centre and indeed, the economic picture as a whole, could see a return to growth, Ms Kelly told the Limerick Post that the reaction to the IMF has been somewhat peculiar.“We have been in free-fall for some time and we have never hit the bottom, but maybe now we have hit the bottom, and I hope that the political parties recognise the importance of seeing this process through and then let the people have their say in the new year”.However, Ms Kelly, adopting a positive stance, revealed she had spoken to many business owners who had acknowledged a substantial increase in their turnover, and she expressed confidence that 2011 could see a return for the majority of those that suffered at the front-line of the economy.This sentiment is echoed by Graham Byrnes, regional director at CPL, who says that he would welcome the announcement of the general election as he feels that Limerick is in need of representation at the Cabinet table. “We need stability here, and potential investors crave certainty if multinationals are to set up in the region, while allowing exporters to avail of opportunity.“Companies are hiring and we have seen an increase in demand to fill jobs, but this needs to grow once the size of this financial bail out is identified. Ireland and indeed, Limerick, has seen an increase in competitiveness as salaries and costs have fallen.“Now is the time for direct foreign investment to pick up an educated workforce. It is two years now since the Dell closure and with the support of grants and training stimulus packages, Limerick is getting back on its feet”.Commentators and the business community are embracing the announcement of a general election on the whole, citing a period of stability as the key to recovery. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Previous articleCar reg gives sneak offender awayNext articleCouncil denounces ‘scurrilous’ local newspaper report adminlast_img read more

Chronic thief sentenced to nine years imprisonment

first_img Share Share LocalNews Chronic thief sentenced to nine years imprisonment by: – May 14, 2012 43 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA fifty-four (54) year old male of Scottshead who has convictions spanning almost thirty (30) years has been sentenced to serve an imprisonment term of nine (9) years, narrowly escaping the maximum twelve (12) year sentence. Cornelius Francis who burglarized the home of a German dentist Dr Herbert Posdzick on 19th October, 2010 pleaded guilty to the offence of burglary with intent to steal when he appeared before the High Court of Justice on Monday.Information revealed in Court by state attorney Clement Joseph indicates that Francis “smashed the glass door” of Dr. Posdzick’s apartment on Rose Street in Goodwill around 11 am on 19th October and “ransacked the house”.A neighbour who saw Francis leaving the house shouted “voleur! voluer!” meaning “thief! thief” which prompted him to flee the scene.When he was later arrested and questioned her told the police; “I go there, I mash up the door looking for something to eat but I didn’t get nothing there. The lady shout thief and I go about my business but I didn’t take nothing”.His attorney, Darious Jones in making a plea in mitigation on his behalf told the Court that his client who was in search of a “hot easy meal” is “a product of the society” as he had to “almost grow up himself” when both his parents died while he was still young.Jones who admitted that his client has “a conviction sheet which takes a bit to go through, it’s more like a little booklet,” lamented the fact that “nothing had been done to help his client re-direct his life”.He also lamented the fact that there are no “counseling services available at the prison” where inmates could be afforded an opportunity at rehabilitation.“Maybe if there as a proper counseling service at the prison something could have been done to help him. The state owes society that little assistance to ensure that the people who offend are given assistance by way of counseling to prevent them from re-offending,” he said.According to Jones, his client has been at the prison since his November 19th, 2010 arrest and was also admitted to the Psychiatric Ward for examination.He asked the Court to take a “holistic” approach to sentencing his client and “do something different from what has been done in the past” suggesting that a “wide span suspended sentence” be imposed to “see whether he could change his ways”.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks before sentencing Francis told him that although he has “always admitted to offences” and never denied what he did that he is a “habitual offender…what criminologist would call a chronic or classic recidivist”.She said further; “it is unfortunate, you seem to have embarked upon your career at the same time as I embarked upon mine. When I was in my first year at the university getting my law degree you were serving your first prison term”.Francis then replied; “that’s a long time wi miss”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted that all of Francis’ convictions appear to be “a cry for help” which he never received from the previous magistrates/judges who sentenced him without an order for psychiatric evaluation or treatment.“Something should have been done when you were a young man. It seems he has sought refuge and housing at the prison. It looks like he is more comfortable at Stockfarm,” Justice Stephenson-Brooks said.She sentenced him to nine years imprisonment which will commence from the day of his arrest and remand at the prison, 19th November, 2010 stating that she has to “show the Court’s abhorrence for these types of crimes” as well as to protect the citizens of Dominica who have a right to feel safe and secure.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more