Renewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workers

first_imgTwitter Previous articleLife lessons learned on Limerick playing fieldsNext articleLimerick cyclists will get their spoke into city plan Staff Reporter NewsRenewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workersBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2015 662 Advertisement Email WhatsAppcenter_img Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CALL for emergency responders to be protected by law has been made after members of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue service were attacked over the Halloween weekend.Rocks were thrown at a fire engine at the junction of Hyde Road and Childers Road last Saturday night. No injuries were reported but damage to the vehicle included a large dent to the panel above the driver’s door window.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is the party’s spokesman on Justice, called on the Government to protect emergency workers with specific legislation making it an offence to attack emergency personnel on duty.He said it is very disturbing to hear stories of ambulance and fire personnel coming under attack over the Halloween weekend.“It has been clear to me for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect Gardaí, fire officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel.“There have been many serious and unacceptable incidents in recent years where emergency workers have come under attack while on duty. I believe this is such a serious offence it should be stipulated in law and carry a severe penalty.Deputy Collins said his party had proposed a minimum five year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of a Garda, nurse, ambulance worker or fire officer while on duty.“I don’t share the Government’s view that emergency personnel don’t need or deserve special recognition. Such is the importance of their work and the risks they take on a daily to protect us I believe we should match their commitment with our protection and respect in law.“It should be made clear that it is not okay to attack an ambulance, or paramedics on duty”, he said.The Assault on Emergency Workers Bill was produced three years ago and Deputy Collins says “there is no sensible reason why this has been allowed to languish on the Dáil Order Paper”. Condemnation for the attacks flowed on social media on Saturday night when news of the incident broke. Most commented that the behaviour of those responsible was disgusting, while others echoed the views calling for arrests and prosecutions. Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Ocean City’s Guarded Beaches Through Sept. 16

first_imgThe 9th Street beach will be one of eight Ocean City beaches that will have lifeguard protection through Sunday, Sept. 16. Starting on Tuesday, the following beaches will remain guarded by the Ocean City Beach Patrol through Sunday, Sept. 16:St. Charles PlaceBrighton Place8th Street9th Street11th Street12th Street34th Street58th StreetThe Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 609-525-9200. Beaches are regularly guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays.last_img

Westwood warns Gunners over Benteke

first_img The midfielder has backed the striker to terrorise the Gunners ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final. Benteke has 12 goals in his last 12 games heading into the Wembley showdown, including one in their 2-1 semi-final win over Liverpool in April to fire Villa into their first FA Cup final for 15 years. “He’s a Villa fan, Villa through and through, he said he used to stand on the Holte End, to have a fan in your team, that’s what you’d want on FA Cup final day. But he does need to forget he’s a fan, he’s a professional player now. “In training, as soon as you saw him you knew he had something. On that FA Cup semi-final the whole world was watching him, and I thought he was man of the match. “He believes in his ability and so he should, he’s a special talent and he’s got the world at his feet. If he can keep playing like that, he can go anywhere.” Press Association And Westwood believes Benteke has his fear factor back after struggling for form and fitness before Tim Sherwood’s arrival, following an Achilles injury over a year ago. He said: “I’m sure he does. I think he’s back to full fitness now, he was struggling with his Achilles early on and people didn’t see that, they just expected him to walk back in and fire in the goals. “But he’s back to his best now, bullying defenders and I’m sure they’ll have sleepless nights, they won’t want to be playing against him. “We know how good we are, if we play like we can do we can match anyone. We’ve got internationals throughout the team, Fabs (Fabian Delph) and Clevs (Tom Cleverley) are on form, Christian is a real handful for anyone, I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him.” Benteke spearheaded Villa’s recovery under Sherwood as they survived in the Barclays Premier League, eventually finishing 17th following Sunday’s 1-0 final-day defeat to Burnley. He and Jack Grealish were trusted by Sherwood to keep Villa up with academy product Grealish becoming a regular. He shone during Villa’s semi-final at Wembley, setting up Delph’s winner, and Westwood believes the 19-year-old is in line for stardom. “He’s a special talent, the way he just glides past you in training, you feel like whacking him, he floats past you with his hair,” said the 25-year-old. “He’s a great lad, I’m sure he could be our match winner at the end of the day. Ashley Westwood has warned Arsenal they should be having sleepless nights before facing Christian Benteke.last_img read more