€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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Becoming an effective listener

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During NAFCU’s recent CEOs and Senior Executives Conference in Key West, Fla., keynote speaker and author David Horsager gave a presentation on how top leaders can gain faster results, build deeper relationships and achieve a stronger bottom line.The most basic way to achieve all these, Horsager said, is through trust.I really liked his message about trust and how important that is to becoming a successful leader. Later, I found a blog post Horsager did that conveys his message on trust in a different, but important, way: 8 Tips for Effective Listening.“Bad listening habits aren’t just rude; they are expensive,” Horsager said. “An unwillingness to listen is one of the fastest trust killers.”Here are his eight tips for effective listening: continue reading »last_img read more

Defeat leaves Hull on verge of drop

first_img A year ago to the day Hull were looking forward to their first ever FA Cup final with survival already secured, but those heady days at Wembley now seem a distant memory. The Tigers looked on course for safety following back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool last month but consecutive defeats to Arsenal, Burnley and now Spurs mean they go into the final day with their fate no longer in their own hands. Hull will have to beat Manchester United, Bruce’s old club, at the KC Stadium but even that might not be enough, with Newcastle and Sunderland two and three points ahead respectively. Sunderland also have a game in hand. For Tottenham, victory means three points against Everton next week will guarantee them a place in the Europa League. It is not the Champions League place Mauricio Pochettino will have hoped for in his debut season in charge but Daniel Levy pledged his support to the head coach in a chairman’s message before kick-off and more will be expected next year. Tottenham enjoyed the majority of possession early on but Hull played with more intent and almost took the lead when Dame N’Doye’s cross found Jelavic free at the back post but his driven shot skimmed the top of the bar. Harry Kane and Eric Dier both fired balls across the face of Hull’s six-yard box but the visitors were largely untroubled and shortly before the half-hour they went close again when Jelavic’s bicycle kick sailed narrowly over. Spurs lacked penetration down the flanks but on the one occasion Ryan Mason wriggled free in the penalty area, nobody was there to meet his cross. Hull’s survival hopes were left hanging by a thread as Tottenham boosted their chances of Europa League qualification with a comfortable 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane. A ponderous match was sparked into life in the second half as two goals in seven minutes from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose saw Spurs register their first win in four and climb back above Southampton into sixth. Hull’s Nikica Jelavic hit the bar in the first half but that was as close as it came for Steve Bruce’s side, who are now two points adrift of safety with one match left to play. Press Association Buoyed by their first-half performance, Hull started the second period much the brighter side but against the run of play, it was Tottenham who took the lead in the 54th minute. Erik Lamela’s well-weighted reverse pass left the Tigers sprawled at the back and Chadli out-muscled James Chester before rounding Steve Harper and sliding into an empty net for his 12th goal of the season. The goal seemed to settle the agitated home crowd and seven minutes later, Spurs doubled their advantage as Mason’s scooped ball over the top was met first time by Rose, who volleyed emphatically into the top corner. Hull continued to push forward and Bruce was left with his head in his hands as a goalmouth scramble saw both Tom Huddlestone and N’Doye have shots blocked. The Tigers will hope their luck changes against United next weekend, when all the variables will have to fall their way if they are to return to White Hart Lane in the league next season. last_img read more