€7,812 for three-day Limerick mayoral trip to Boston

first_imgNewsLocal News€7,812 for three-day Limerick mayoral trip to BostonBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 1279 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleRugby – Young Munster’s Gearoid Lyons to captain Ireland sevensNext articleGAA – Limerick’s Ryan to remain Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print WhatsApp Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (centre) with Limerick council official Josephine Cotter-Coughlan and Mayor Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (centre) with Limerick council official Josephine Cotter-Coughlan and Mayor Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Kevin Sheahan’s recent three-day trip to Boston cost over €2,712 more than originally estimated by Limerick city and county council.At a special meeting held in the Dooradoyle council chamber on April 15 last, a local authority administrator stated that the visit by Cllr Sheahan and one official would cost around €5,100. However, the Limerick Post has learned this week that the tab for the US trip actually came to €7,812.The flights cost €2,708 with the bill for accommodation for three nights at the four-star Renaissance Boston Waterfront coming to €3,906. A further subsistence payment of €1,144 was also made to the travelling councillor and his travelling local authority companion.During the meeting at County Hall prior to his visit, Cllr Sheahan explained that he hoped his visit would yield benefits for Limerick in the areas of tourism, culture, community and economic development. The Mayor also informed the meeting that there were now daily flights between Shannon and Boston and that this should have a positive effect for tourism in both cities.He had originally proposed to go on an 18-day tour of four cities in the United States to include New Brunswick, Boston, Kansas and Santa Clara. However, mediation from Fine Gael and members of his own party forced him to cut his trip dramatically. The trip was proposed and seconded by Fianna Fail councillors Kieran O’Hanlon and Mike Donegan.The former Fianna Fail mayor touched down in Boston at 6.41pm on Monday May 25 and arrived back in Shannon at 6.15am on Thursday May 28. During his stay, Cllr Sheahan met with Irish-American Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh and his team.“During discussions, I initiated the process of exploring a twinning arrangement between Limerick and Boston and I look forward to this process being finalised over the coming months,” the Askeaton politician said on his return.The first mayor of Limerick City and County also availed of the opportunity while in Massachusetts to visit the headquarters of Analog Devices which employs over 1,000 people at its state-of-the-art Limerick facility.“I particularly wanted to express my appreciation to its management for the continued presence, growth and expansion of the multi-million euro Limerick plant which I know was appreciated,” Cllr Sheahan explained.Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville was criticised by some members when he raised questions over the cost of the trip and asked to see a full itinerary during a special meeting in April.Approval for the visit was passed by a majority of councillors with the three AAA members abstaining.This week Cllr Prendiville said that the figures for the costs of the Boston trip prove the AAA’s theory about a “junket culture on the council”.“People will not forget that Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the Independents all supported this trip, and it has been the AAA alone who have blown the whistle on this culture,” Prendiville told the Limerick Post.“Earlier this year Caherdavin Library was shut, a ‘saving’ of €2,000 a year for the council. Now it emerges the Mayor has spent almost four times that on a three-day trip. Hotel bills of a grand a night, a further thousand euro in spending money, it all seems very lavish and unnecessary to me. We must remember this is all paid for through the taxes of ordinary working class people. The other parties would do well to remember all this the next time such trips are being discussed.”Meanwhile, Cllr Sheahan’s controversial council trip to Calais this June to foster links in the area of lace production cost €904. Ahead of the visit to northern France the two leading Fianna Fáil members of Limerick City and County Council came to loggerheads over who should take up the invitation. Sheahan’s deputy mayor and party colleague Cllr Joe Crowley believed he was more deserving of the trip, which took place between June 18 and 20.“As I am coming towards the end of my term as deputy mayor, it would be nice to have had some trip away,” Cllr Crowley commented at the time. 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IPE Conference: PensionDanmark is Europe’s best pension fund

first_imgPhilippe Desfossés speaks at an IPE eventDesfossés has stepped down from the €30bn French civil servants’ pension after nearly 10 years in charge. Laurent Galzy was named as his successor last week.ERAFP was also recognised as France’s top pension fund, and took home the award for best Emerging Markets strategy.Fellow French investor FRR collected the awards for Sovereign Reserve Fund, Passive Management and Climate Related Risk Management.Further readingThe European asset owners aiming to make an impact France: Sprucing up supplementary savings Sweden: AP funds work together Direct Lending: Becoming bankersHere are the winners in full: BelgiumPensioenfonds UZ Gent – UGent OFP Active ManagementAP4 Austria (Vorsorgekasse)APK Vorsorgekasse Emerging MarketsERAFP Passive ManagementFRRBronze Awards AlternativesPFA Pension Gold Awards  Multi-Employer/Professional Pension FundIndustriens Pension Risk ManagementAmonis Pensions Governance & AdministrationPensionskasse SBB IrelandConstruction Workers’ Pension Scheme Real EstateMN Spain (multi-employer scheme)Geroa Pentsioak EPSV Germany (bAV)Bosch Pensionsfonds EquitiesAP4, Nordea Investments United KingdomNEST (National Employment Savings Trust)Themed Awards Climate Related Risk ManagementFRR InnovationPensionDanmark Small Pension FundPensioenfonds UZ Gent – UGent OFP Central & Eastern EuropeINVL Mezzo II 53+ pension fund Sweden’s AP4 was also a multiple winner, taking home awards for Long-Term Investment Strategy, Active Management, Portfolio Construction & Diversification, and Equities – the latter jointly with Nordea Investments. It was also named Sweden’s top pension fund.ERAFP’s outgoing CEO Philippe Desfossés was presented with the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year award in recognition of growth of the French scheme’s responsible investment and climate risk management strategies. Fixed IncomeÄrzteversorgung Westfalen-LippeCountry Awards Austria (Pensionskasse)VBV-Pensionskasse Public Pension FundChurch Commissioners for England Germany (Versorgungswerk)Bayerische Versorgungskammer European Pension Fund of the YearPensionDanmark PensionDanmark was named best European Pension Fund for the second year in a row at last night’s IPE Awards dinner in Dublin.The top prize was one of five awards scooped by the DKK239.7bn (€32.1bn) pension provider – including the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award for CEO Torben Möger Pedersen.PensionDanmark was also recognised for its work in Credit & Alternatives and for Innovation – it won the latter prize in Prague last year as well – and was named Denmark’s top pension provider.Accepting the awards, Pedersen highlighted the COP-24 climate conference taking place in Poland this week and urged attendees to address the “opportunities and challenges” posed by climate change. Outstanding Industry ContributionTorben Möger Pedersen PortugalFundo de Pensões Horizonte Ações Small CountriesFrjálsi Pension Fund NetherlandsStichting Pensioenfonds PGB DenmarkPensionDanmark SwedenAP4 FranceERAFP Spain (corporate scheme)DuPont Pension Plan DC & Hybrid StrategiesAmundi Pension Fund SwitzerlandCaisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève (CPEG) ItalyFP Nazionale BCC/CRA, FP Personale Gruppo BNL/BNP Paribas Italia Sovereign Reserve FundFRR Factor InvestingHVB Pension Fund Pension Fund Achievement of the YearPhilippe Desfossés Long-Term Investment StrategyAP4Silver Awards Corporate Pension FundStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds In-house Investment TeamTesco Pension Scheme Portfolio Construction & DiversificationAP4 Real Assets & InfrastructureÄrzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe ESGAPG Credit AlternativesPensionDanmarklast_img read more

Liverpool’s forgotten centre-back Tiago Ilori keen to learn from mistakes

first_img With a centre-back injury crisis biting in possibly the busiest month of the season Klopp called for reinforcements and came to a deal with Villa to allow Ilori to leave despite being contracted for the season. “When I went there I wasn’t injured. I didn’t do pre-season but I’d had a tournament with the national team in the summer,” he said. “I was, in my opinion, fit. I trained, played a few friendlies to try to get match fit again and waited for my opportunity. “It has not been an easy season for Vllla and things are complicated but I went there to play so it is not easy for me to be happy if I am not playing but at the end of the day the coach has to make a decision and he made the decision he thought was best so I can’t really criticise. I just tried to work hard.” Ilori’s Anfield debut came 869 days after he signed from Sporting Lisbon for £7million, a not inconsiderate sum for a then 20-year-old centre-back. He was flagged as one for the future but it appeared he had none after being sent out on loan three times, the first four months after he had arrived in the country. “I am confident in my own ability. All you can do is work hard and try to show your strengths. I would loved to have had a chance earlier but that is just the way it goes,” he said. “It is obviously mainly my fault because if I don’t show myself in training I won’t get that chance. I can’t wait for injuries, I need to show I am ready. “There are a lot of arguments but there is no book to say how it should be done. Different players develop in different ways and there is no guarantee in anything. “I just need to work hard and whether [the future] is here or wherever I’m happy to be back and that’s the most important thing.” The Portugal Under-21 international made his Anfield debut – just his second appearance in almost two and a half years – in the comfortable 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over League Two Exeter. Due to a series of loans his first game in a red shirt came just over a week ago in the original encounter after he was recalled from Villa – where he failed to get a first-team match in three months. Chances may be limited at Liverpool from now until the end of the season, especially as they face Premier League opposition in West Ham in the next round and also because manager Jurgen Klopp has brought in Steven Caulker, a player with proven top flight experience, on loan. However, it appears the German will reset the youth system in the summer and Ilori, 23 next month, still believes he has a chance to prove himself after being farmed out to Granada and Bordeaux in successive seasons “You always have to look at the positives but even the negatives you can learn from and that is something I try to work hard on every day and not make the same mistake twice; mistakes maybe like, at times, not working as hard as I needed to, just mistakes in general,” he told Press Association Sport. “It is not easy [adjusting to loans] but that is part of being a footballer. We have to adapt and do our best. “I came here a couple of years ago (September 2013) and I wasn’t here more than four months before going on loan. “I never really got comfortable enough and that is definitely something I needed. Working with the same people every day is important. “I am not trying to think too far ahead. I am just working hard every day, getting as many minutes as I can and be ready when I am needed to play as there are great players in my position.” Ilori signed on loan for Villa this season but got nowhere near the team and manager Tim Sherwood’s sacking made things more bleak. Press Association Liverpool’s forgotten centre-back Tiago Ilori is determined to learn from the mistakes he has made but has already put his wasted loan spell at Aston Villa behind him. last_img read more

Clonmel boxer hoping to succeed Taylor as National champion

first_imgShe will be hoping to secure the 60kg women’s crown vacated by the now professional Katie Taylor – standing in her way will be World silver medallist Kellie Harrington from Dublin.Moate’s Joe Ward, also a World silver medallist and twice European champion, will be aiming for a fifth light-heavyweight title when he takes on St Michael’s, Dublin’s Anthony Browne.last_img