Champions League M Atletico and Medvedi share points

In the first games of the 7th round of the Champions League, HSV Hamburg easily beat Constanta at home with 36:25, with the hosts having the lead during the whole game. In the other game, the more interesting one, we saw Atletico Madrid and Chekhovski Medvedi sharing points, the game ending 29:29. Chekhovski had the lead at halftime with 18:16, but in the second half Atletico Madrid managed to fight back and in the end we saw a draw result. With this point Atletico Madrid is still first in group B with 12 points, while Chekhovski is 3rd now with 7 points and 3 rounds to go til the end, and we will see interesting fight in this group, as Vive Kielce with a win in the weekend will be there with 6 points, and all will be pretty open in this group. ← Previous Story World Championship (W) in Brazil begins tomorrow! Next Story → Hassan Moustafa victim of racism and jealousy?! read more

Igor Vori joins PSG

Mega project of French handball, Paris Saint Germain has announced that one of the best line player of the last decade in World’s handball, Igor Vori (33) will join the squad from the next season. Olympic and World’s gold winner, Vori has played in HSV Handball in the last few years with success. During his time in Hamburg, HSV became German champion and played at the VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne.Also, Montenegrian right wing, Fahrudin Melic has signed contract with PSG.PHOTO: PSG FACEBOOK ← Previous Story Dragan Skrbic about Handball Person Contest: “Men’s EHF EURO 2012, Onesta and Montenegrian girls” Next Story → Johannes Sellin joins MT Melsungen Fahrudin MelicIgor VoriPSG Handball

Live register figures virtually unchanged in September

first_imgIRELAND’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 14.8 per cent in September, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.Seasonally adjusted live register figures show that a total of 400 people left the register – a figure the CSO deemed to be statistically insignificant.When seasonal adjustments were removed, however, the figures signing on fell by almost 27,000 people.The number of long-term claimants – those signing on for a year or more – has fallen for the first time since April.The number of under 25s signing on is down by 7,172 in the last year – marking 27 consecutive months in which the number of claimants under 25 has fallen when compared to the figure from 12 months previously.Read: 11.4 per cent: Eurozone unemployment reaches another record highlast_img

ODriscoll Time to nip talk of Waratahs move in the bud

first_imgLEINSTER AND IRELAND centre Brian O’Driscoll has today insisted he has no plans to switch hemispheres when his contract with the IRFU expires.O’Driscoll, 33, had appeared open to the idea of a move to reunite with former Leinster coach Michael Cheika after he took up the reins with Super XV franchise, the New South Wales Waratahs.In an interview with Sydney’s Daily Telegraph early this month, O’Driscoll said he was excited about playing against top quality opposition on a regular basis, adding: ”That is an exciting prospect. But whether all the pieces fit, I don’t know. At this moment in time, probably not.”Today, speaking ahead of Leinster’s crucial Heineken Cup meeting with the Llanelli Scarlets, O’Driscoll almost rolled his eyes when asked to clarify the matter:“It was an interview I did three and a half weeks ago when Michael Cheika was given the New South Wales job and aspects of it have been regurgitated,” said the Ireland captain.“‘I’ve always said; never say never. But it’s certainly not on my to do list at the moment. “I don’t know if I’m playing beyond June. I’m contracted until then, so I’m enjoying things at the moment and I’ve no plans or desires at the moment to be heading over there and I haven’t spoken to anyone about it.”In the “regurgitated” interview, O’Driscoll had said Cheika ‘knows how to get in contact with me’, but today he was unequivocal in saying no approach had been made: ”He (Cheika) hasn’t been in touch, so I think it’s best to nip that in the bud.”Sitting alongside O’Driscoll throughout was head coach Joe Schmidt, and he could only laugh as his star centre’s discomfort grew when asked jokingly if the interview had been a ‘come-and-get-me plea’:“It’s certainly not.” O’Driscoll replied with a wry smile, “In years gone by there was a need to do that, but at 33 years of age, there’s no point anymore. It’s not a case of Dutch auctions, far from it.”Marshall benched as Pienaar returns for UlsterFormer Leinster full-back Morris showing his claws at Leicester Tigerslast_img read more

So theyre going to sell Flahavans porridge in McDonalds now

first_imgIT’S MORE SLOW food than fast food, but there’s good news for porridge-lovers in need of a quick fix.Well-known Irish brand Flahavan’s porridge oats are to be sold in the 84 McDonald’s fast food restaurants across Ireland.McDonald’s says it already sells around 100,000 portions of porridge in Ireland every year – working out at around 274 portions per day – and says it wants to more than double this to 250,000 per year over the next five years.Flahavan’s have been milling oats at the family mill in Waterford since around 1785 and the company has expanded significantly over the past decade.Porridge has become increasingly popular in recent years – perhaps to the surprise of older generations who relied on it as a cheap and plentiful staple which was especially welcome on cold days.British sandwich chain Pret A Manger has been selling porridge for several years, while McDonald’s rivals Burger King added oatmeal to its breakfast menu two years ago.John Flahavan of – unsurprisingly – Flahavan’s said the company was looking forward to working with McDonald’s, while McDonald’s Ireland said the company was “committed to supporting the Irish agri-food sector”.Read: Waterford sets new world record… for porridge >last_img read more

UN committee members hear call for independent Magdalene inquiry

first_imgA LIST OF issues relating to Ireland was presented to members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.At the top of the list was a call for an independent investigation into the treatment of women held in the Magdalene Laundries.The list was brought to the UN committee by Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).It was presented by the ICCL’s in-house equality expert, Stephen O’Hare. The list will be used by the Human Rights Committee to prepare for its formal examination of Ireland’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).O’Hare said that the committee members “displayed a keen interest in recent developments in Ireland”. He added that they are aware that other UN treaty bodies, including the Committee Against Torture, have called for an independent investigation into the treatment of women held in the Magdalene laundries.“This is an issue that is simply not going to go away,” said O’Hare.Maeve O’Rourke of Justice for Magdalenes said that the Government is “wrong to have accepted the McAleese report as a comprehensive and objective report of the factual position” regarding the Magdalene Laundries.“It is deeply troubling that the Government does not understand forced labour of thousands of girls and women to amount to systematic abuse, warranting independent investigation,” O’Rourke added.Other topics on the ICCL’s list included: the progress of investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, discrimination against Roma and Travellers in Ireland, the operation of the Special Criminal Court, the ongoing merger of Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority, moves toward gender recognition legislation, same-sex marriage and the recently enacted Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013.The ICCL anticipates that the Government will face some questions on the topics identified in its briefing paper when it appears before the Human Rights Committee next year.The full text of the ICCL’s 70- page briefing to the Committee is available on the ICCL website.Read: Call for immediate compensation as second Magdalene survivor passes away>last_img read more

We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity

first_imgA Cheann Comhairle, a Thaoisigh, Deputies and Senators, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen: I must first apologise because I have over the last day or two developed a heavy cold, but the stirring reception we have received both from the Government and the people of Ireland has warmed my heart and every vessel in my body. It is with a feeling of great privilege that we stand here today to address this House.We know that the invitation you extended to us to speak from this podium is one that is rarely extended to a visitor, even one who comes to you as the guest of the head of Government. I thank you most sincerely for the honour you have bestowed on me individually, on our organisation, the African National Congress, as well as the struggling people of South Africa.We recognise in the possibility you have thus given us the reaffirmation by the Members of this House and the great Irish people whom you represent, of your complete rejection of the apartheid crime against humanity, your support for our endeavours to transform South Africa into a united, democratic, non-racial and nonsexist country, your love and respect for our movement and the millions of people it represents. We know that the joy with which you have received us and the respect for our dignity you have demonstrated, come almost as second nature to a people who were themselves victims of colonial rule for centuries.We know that your desire that the disenfranchised of our country should be heard in this House and throughout Ireland derives from your determination, born of your experience, that our people should, like yourselves, be free to govern themselves and to determine their destiny. The warm feeling that envelops us as we stand here is therefore but the affinity which belongs to peoples who have suffered in common and who are tied together by unbreakable bonds of friendship and solidarity.The very fact that there is today an independent Irish State, however long it took to realise the noble goals of the Irish people by bringing it into being, confirms that we too shall become a free people; we too shall have a country which will, as the great Irish patriots said in the proclamation of 1916, cherish all the children of the nation equally.The outstanding Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, has written that too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. He spoke thus because he could feel within himself the pain of the suffering that Irish men and women of conscience had had to endure in centuries of struggle against an unrelenting tyranny. But then he also spoke of love, of the love of those whose warm hearts the oppressors sought to turn to stone, the love of their country and people, and, in the end the love of humanity itself.For three quarters of a century, under the leadership of the ANC, our own people have themselves confronted a racist tyranny which grew more stubborn with each passing day. It had to be our lot that even as we refused to take up arms to save lives, we still had to bury many martyrs who were shot down or tortured to death simply because they dared to cry freedom.The apartheid system has killed countless numbers, not only in our country but throughout Southern Africa. It has condemned to the gallows some of the best sons of our people. It has imprisoned some and driven others into exile. Even those whose only desire was to live, have had their lives cut short because apartheid means the systematic and conscious deprivation and impoverishment of the black millions.It could have been that our own hearts turned to stone. It could have been that we inscribed vengeance on our banners of battle and resolved to meet brutality with brutality. But we understood that oppression dehumanises the oppressor as it hurts the oppressed. We understood that to emulate the barbarity of the tyrant would also transform us into savages. We knew that we would sully and degrade our cause if we allowed that it should, at any stage, borrow anything from the practices of the oppressor. We had to refuse that our long sacrifice should make a stone of our hearts.We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity. The liberated South Africa we envision is one in which all our people, both black and white, will be one to the other, brother and sister. We see being born a united South African nation of equal compatriots, enriched by the diversity of the colour and culture of the citizens who make up the whole.This cannot come about until South Africa becomes a democratic country. We, therefore, insist that everybody should have the right to vote without discrimination on any grounds whatsoever. Equally, all adult South Africans should have the right to be elected to all organs of Government without any artificial hindrances being put in their way.To safeguard the freedom of the individual, we will insist that the democratic constitution should be reinforced with an entrenched bill of rights which should be enforced by an independent and representative Judiciary. At the same time, all our people will be free to form and join any party of their choice within the context of a multi-party political system.The struggle we are waging is also for the economic transformation of our country. The system to which we are heir was designed and operates for the benefit of the white minority at the expense of the black majority. Clearly the situation cannot be allowed to continue in which millions know nothing but the corrosive ache of hunger, in which countless numbers of children die and are deformed as a result of being afflicted by kwashiorkor and other diseases of poverty. Millions are today without jobs and without land. Nothing awaits them except death from starvation and want.We must also make this point very clear that no political settlement in South Africa, however democratic and just, can take hold and survive, if nothing is done radically to improve the standard of living and the quality of life of all our people, and especially the black masses of our country. This will inevitably demand that the economy should achieve significant rates of growth, while it undergoes a process of restructuring and a reallocation of resources to ensure prosperity and equity.After many years of struggle, during which many in our country and region have paid the supreme sacrifice, it appears that our country is set on the path towards a negotiated political settlement. This is a goal which our movement has pursued throughout the 78 years of its existence. In the past, however hard we knocked at the door of the powers that be in our country, that door remained locked and barred. Inspired by the arrogance of racism, successive white minority regimes held fast to the view that they could, through the use of brute force, maintain the tyranny of white minority domination forever.But you know this more than we do, that no power on earth, even when it commits the sacrilege of invoking God’s blessing for its inhuman cause, as did the apartheid regime, can defeat a people that is determined to liberate itself. Nothing can stop the evolution of humanity towards the condition of greater and ever expanding freedom. While the voice of an individual can be condemned to silence by death, imprisonment and confinement, the spirit that drives people to seek liberty can never be stilled.The struggle of our people, so magnificently supported and reinforced by your solidarity actions and those of the rest of the international community, have obliged the South African Government to recognise the validity of these truths. President De Klerk has come to understand that the apartheid system can no longer hold and, at our instance, has accepted that he and his colleagues must enter into dialogue with the genuine representatives of the people to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in our country. We have taken the first steps in this process leading to the situation in which the obstacles to negotiations will be removed.A good start has indeed been made. Furthermore, we do not doubt the integrity of President De Klerk and his fellow-leaders and are convinced that they are committed to honour all agreements that may be arrived at during the process of negotiations. Despite this, we should not mistake the promise of change for change itself. The reality is that the apartheid system continues. Our country continues to be ruled by a white minority regime. All the fundamental features of the South African racist system remain unchanged. In other words, no profound and irreversible changes have taken place leading to the final abolition of the apartheid system.In addition, many among our white compatriots are still determined to resist change at all costs. Arms in hand, they are ready to drown the masses of our people in a bloodbath to save the system of white minority rule, assert the permanence of the criminal and insulting ideology of white supremacy and ensure the further entrenchment of white privilege. None can, therefore, guarantee the process of negotiations will soon inevitably lead to the victory of the democratic cause.It is for these reasons that the struggle against the apartheid system must continue. In this regard, we would like to extend our thanks to the Taoiseach, the Government and the people of Ireland for the enormous contribution you have made to the international struggle for the isolation of apartheid South Africa.We salute you for the leadership you have given only recently within the European Community to ensure that pressure against the apartheid system is maintained. We reiterate that we must continue to keep the pressure on until such time as the people of South Africa themselves signal that the time for change has come.For more than a quarter of a century your country has had one of the most energetic and effective anti-apartheid movements in the world. Irishmen and women have given wholehearted and often sacrificial support for our struggle in the fields of economic, cultural and sports relations. We, therefore, salute your sportspeople, especially the rugby players, your writers and artists and the Dunnes’ and other workers. They will not be forgotten by the masses of our people.We ask that you stay the course with us, we need your support for the democratic perspectives that we represent. We need your support to generate the material resources we need to repatriate and resettle those of our compatriots who were forced into exile and to reintegrate into our communities the political prisoners who will be released.We need financial resources to help us carry out the massive political work among all sectors of our population that has to accompany the process of negotiations. We need resources to reconstruct the ANC which has been an illegal organisation for 30 years. We trust that, as in the past, you will stand with us until our common victory is achieved.In future, we will also need to institute important measures to reconstruct the economy of our country along the lines that we have already indicated. We shall require your co-operation in this as well, so that we build a system of relations that will be of mutual benefit to both our peoples and that will seek to ensure that the conditions are removed when racism can once more impose itself on our people and those of Southern Africa as a whole.We would also like to take this opportunity to convey to you our thanks for everything you did to secure our release from prison. Even behind the thick prison walls of South Africa’s maximum security jails we heard your voices demanding our release. So strong did that call become that we knew that, contrary to the wishes of our jailers, we would return and as you can see, we have returned.Our reception in this House and outside is a moving indication that the Irish Parliament and people will stay the course with us, recognising that while apartheid remains, while South Africa is unfree, the community of nations and the conscience of the world can never be at peace. This gives us enormous strength and assures us of the certainty of our common victory. That victory will come sooner rather than later. Together we will win.Thank you. The Dáil record notes that a standing ovation was accorded to Mandela after he concluded his speech.More on the death of Nelson Mandela: RELEASED FROM PRISON in February 1990, it was in July of that year that Nelson Mandela, in one of his first trips outside of South Africa, visited Ireland, keeping a promise he had made when he was incarcerated.In 1988, Mandela had been given the Freedom of Dublin and ensured that he formally accepted the award in the glorious summer of 1990 as the Ireland soccer team got to the last eight of the World Cup.By chance Mandela was in Ireland on the same day as Jackie’s Army returned to our shores, and the following day he made a stirring address to TDs and Senators in the DáilQuoting Yeats and the 1916 proclamation, Mandela spoke of his desire to see South Africa become free from the shackles of apartheid just as Ireland had freed itself from centuries of “struggle against an unrelenting tyranny”.Here’s what he said in full:center_img “He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves”: The world reacts to Mandela’s death Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’ President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’ In pictures: Mandela’s Irish visits Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures Obama: “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”last_img read more

Which gets mouldier quicker brown or white bread

first_imgWE’VE ALL BEEN there: You buy a loaf of bread and, three days later, wonder why it has gone mouldy.But are you better off buying white or brown bread if you want it to last longer?Henrietta Andoh of Coláiste Pobail Setanta in Dublin decided to test this out.Here’s Henrietta on her results – and why the exhibition is so great for young scientists:(Video conclusion of her experiment, she decided that although white bread lasts longer, as brown bread has more nutrients it is the better choice for those wanting a nutritious bread.Read: How to trick algae to save the planet>last_img

Google envisions selfdriving cars being used as adpowered taxis

first_imgTHE FIRST SELF-DRIVING car has yet to be released commercially, but a new patent could see Google turn some of them into ad-powered taxis.The patent would allow advertisers to offer customers a free or discounted trip to their stores if they use its self-driving cars.It would use an algorithm to help decide which stores would be advertised to people.The algorithm would take into account factors such as the person’s location, the route they are most likely to take and type of transportation used, the price competing advertisers are willing to pay for the consumer to be delivered to other locations when displaying the ads, and the potential profit it will make.Ordering one would be done either through your smartphone – which can detect the person’s location – or through a special kiosk. The user may enter identifying information at the kiosk and select whether an self-driving car would pick them up and bring them to an advertised location.A person’s buying history would be taken into consideration as well. If you take up advertisers on their offer a number of times, but don’t purchase anything, advertisers mightn’t offer you a journey the next time.The patent also mentions people could tell the service who they’re travelling with so they will see more appropriate offers. For example, if you’re bringing your family out for dinner, the service will highlight suitable business locations for you.If the service is created, it could help services such as cinemas and restaurants bring more people to their place of business.Read: Google developing smart contact lens that will aid diabetics >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >last_img read more

Weve finally entered the twilight zone 5 winners and 5 losers from

first_imgEVERY WEEK, casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. Lucinda CreightonThe former minister has been kicking up a right fuss about political parties taking funding ‘in her name’. At the moment parties claim allowances for TDs and Senators who have left or been expelled from the parliamentary team, leaving the likes of Creighton and former government colleague Roisin Shortall at a siginficant disadvantage to those TDs who were elected as independents. Creighton described the money as “top-ups” funded by the taxpayer to the tune of €600,000. It’s a smart way of characterising it to bring it to the public’s attention, but the government is not proposing to do anything about it.2. Michael NoonanThe Finance Minister took a tough line on the suggestion that AIB could reintroduce bonuses for senior bankers in the coming months. Though the idea was floated in a news report this week it was given short shrift by the Minister in an interview with Bloomberg. His message was clear: “The answer is sorry guys, much better performance required before we’ll even consider bonuses.”3. Aspiring TDsStudents doing their leaving cert in the coming years will be able to choose ‘Politics and Society’ as a subject in what the government hopes will be a way of informing them about how politics works in this country. Fine Gael TD Jim Daly reckons there is a big appetite among second level students for information on how the country is run. Now we’ll find out in the coming years if our schools are full of budding parliamentarians.4. Seán BarrettHe’s probably bluffing but the Ceann Comhairle’s resignation threat this week did briefly silence rowdy TDs during Leaders’ Questions as he emphasised the need to keep within the time limits. The showpiece event of the Dáil week frequently runs over and it’s time that stopped, primarily because the quality of the contributions tends to diminish the longer the Taoiseach and opposition leaders tend to ramble on.5. The Public Accounts CommitteeThough divisions were apparent throughout the week, the PAC’s decision to hear evidence from the garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe, was a victory for the independence of the legislature from the executive. Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s decision to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Ombudsman was clearly aimed at halting the PAC probe, but it continues. … and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Brian HayesThe junior minister is more than likely off to Europe as he will seek the Fine Gael nomination to run in Dublin. The decision is effectively Hayes tacitly acknowledging that he has no prospects of entering Cabinet in the immediate future, most likely because of the stance he took in the 2010 attempted heave against Enda Kenny. Hayes will do well in Europe, but some will feel he would have done better in Cabinet.2. Alan ShatterThe Justice Minister turned out to be wrong if he had hoped his decision to refer the penalty points matter to the Garda Ombudsman and criticise some members of the PAC would result in the powerful Dáil committee stopping its inquiry into the matter. The Ombudsman’s investigation is welcome, the Minister’s potshots at the PAC are not. 3. Mick WallaceNo one is saying deputies should wear a suit and tie at all times in the Dáil chamber (except the Ceann Comhairle who failed to introduce a dress code two years ago) but Wallace would have more people focussing on what he was actually contributing to debates in the chambers if he wasn’t wearing loud Torino soccer shirts as he did this week. It gets publicity, but not for the right reasons.4. Enda Kenny As one commentator noted this week there was an element of Bertie-ness in the Taoiseach offering private assurances about the pylon review committee’s remit to backbenchers who then went on to throw the review process into chaos. That left Enda facing accusations of pulling an election stunt. There’s no doubt the independent commission to review the possible undergrounding of high-voltage cables is welcome, but not if it’s going to be handled like this.5. The government What does it say about the coalition that the public’s trust in this government is as low as trust in the last government? Undoubtedly Fine Gael and Labour have done many things different to Fianna Fáil, but breaking the salary cap for advisors, the lack of real Dáil reform, and the closed-shop of State board appointments are just a few examples of where all the promised reforms and change we anticipated as a result of the ‘democratic revolution’ haven’t really happened.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?WATCH: “I’m not going to sit here and get upset every day.” – Ceann Comhairle threatens to resignRead: ‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’last_img read more

Man extradited from Amsterdam over body found in Meath field

first_imgA 36-YEAR-OLD MAN has been extradited from Amsterdam to Ireland in connection with a body found in a Meath field more than two years ago.Gardaí confirmed that the man was extradited from Netherlands last night on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.The man is due to appear before the Courts of Criminal Justice this morning over the murder of Ciaran Noonan.The body of 29-year-old Ciaran Noonan from Dublin was found in Trim in Meath on 4 November 2011, sixteen days after he had been bundled into a car and abducted in the East Wall area of Dublin city.Read: ‘Please give him back’: Abducted man’s mother begs for his return >last_img

I keep telling him to work on that voice Joan Burtons advice

first_imgIT’S ONE OF his most famous or infamous impressions but Joan Burton always tells Mario Rosenstock that he has a bit of work to do to get her voice just right.The comedian and impressionist has done various sketches involving the Labour deputy leader including one particularly infamous one of her singing a version of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball‘.But what does the Minister herself make of the impressions?We asked Burton towards the end of a wide-ranging interview with this week and here’s what she said: Source: Video Joan Burton on how austerity affects her and Sinn Féin being an ‘intensely populist party’last_img

David Camerons former aide sentenced to 18 months in prison

first_imgA FORMER AIDE to British Prime Minister David Cameron has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for phone hacking.Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson had been found guilty of phone hacking last week.A judge at the Old Bailey court in London sentenced Coulson after he was found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on 24 June, following a marathon eight-month trial.He had faced up to two years in prison.His colleague Greg Miskiw, who was the paper’s news editor, has been sentenced to six months, as has former chief reported Neville Thurlbeck.Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire has been given a six-month suspended sentence.Read: Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trialRead: Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra chargeslast_img read more

Greyhound getting legal advice over alleged abuse of staff during strike

first_imgUpdated 10.30amSIPTU MEMBERS WHO claim they have been ‘locked out’ of their jobs at Greyhound Recycling will march to City Hall today.SIPTU members who are locked out of their work at the company’s plant in Clondalkin will march to Dublin City Hall this afternoon.The union has pickets at two Greyhound plants in Dublin as part of an ongoing dispute over wage cuts.The event will begin with a rally at Liberty Hall at 3.30 p.m., followed by the workers and their supporters marching to City Hall for the start of the Dublin City Council meeting at 5.30 p.m.The workers have been locked out at the waste disposal company since 17 June.Management at the company are attempting to force workers to accept wage cuts of up to 35% and have employed relief staff to carry out waste collections during the dispute.SIPTU Dublin District Council Chairman, Jack McGinley, has called on trade unionists and the general public to show their support for the workers by participating in the march on Monday.“This dispute goes to the very heart of the struggle for workers rights. What these low paid workers are facing is an attempt by management to severely cut their incomes in order to increase profits. The company is using its hold over an essential service in an attempt to wring every last penny out of a dedicated workforce.”He added: “It is essential that trade unionists and the citizens of Dublin show support for these workers in this struggle for dignity and the right to earn a living for their families.”Last Wednesday, the High Court lifted three interim injunction orders granted to Greyhound. The decision meant that management could not interfere with official union pickets or prevent workers from describing its actions as a lockout.Greyhound Household has a contract to collect household waste for Dublin City Council. They say that services have not been interfered with.“Greyhound welcomes the court undertaking by the collection crews not to interfere with entry and exit from our depots and are happy the High Court injunction is no longer necessary.​ We would again like to reassure our customers that normal service is being maintained.”Dublin City Council meetingGreyhound Household said today it is calling on Dublin City Councillors at their meeting to urge striking Greyhound workers to:Abide by the collective bargaining agreementReturn to work under protestAnd agree to further, binding, Labour Court talks.​ The company is also calling on the striking workers “to desist from impeding or obstructing staff coming in and out of our depots and to honour the undertaking they gave to the High Court”.The company alleges that “serious health and safety issues” have arisen by picketing workers suddenly blocking vehicles entering and leaving the depots.It also alleges there has been “a campaign of intimidation and abuse of staff entering and leaving work” since the company agreed to lift a High Court injunction.Greyhound is consulting with its legal representatives and will seek further protection from the courts if necessary.Greyhound says it has maintained a consistent level of service throughout the strike period by using fully licenced and qualified agency crews that it already employs from time to time to cover holidays and sick leave.It says these staff have led to “a significant improvement in service levels” and the company “is committed to continue to deliver a high level of quality and consistent service to all of our customers”.It also stated that under the Labour Court cost savings​ plan, the collection crews operating in Dublin City will still be paid 10% above industry average rates.Dublin City CouncilAt its meeting tonight, Dublin City Council will discuss an emergency motion calling for a review of employment practices at waste collection companies.Labour Party Councillors, Brendan Carr and Alison Gilliland, have called on the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council to carry out the review.Cllr Carr said:The objective of this would be to allow city councillors to form an opinion on the suitability of the service as it is currently structured. It also seeks to address the immediate problems which may result in the non-collection of waste around the city. We are asking the Chief Executive to immediately enter into discussions with the trade unions to try and agree an arrangement whereby the domestic waste collection service is brought back under the direct labour of the local authorities.An addendum to the motion calls on Greyhound to stop using agency workers immediately and to return to the negotiating table, and for Greyhound customers to be able to dispose their waste free of charge at any of the DOC facilities until the current dispute is resolved.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Greyhound rejects that industrial dispute is ‘like an episode of The Sopranos’Read: SIPTU shop steward hit by van at Greyhound picketlast_img read more

Stay at Home Dads For now this is my career My daughter

first_imgSINCE OUR DAUGHTER was born in April, we have become one of the small but growing number of families where the father stays home to take care of the child while the mother goes back to work.This is not something we would have chosen. We would both rather have things the other way around, but it came down to simple economics. She earns far more than I do, and so there was no real discussion to have. Here in Western Canada, attitudes towards stay-at-home dads are likely not much different to those in Ireland. The reactions have been universally encouraging, supportive and positive.Reactions But, my wife is frequently asked how she feels about going back to work. Couldn’t she take more than three months’ maternity leave? Won’t she be sad to leave the baby at home? But why is it only “sad” that a mother has to go out to work, but not when a father has to, as in the majority of cases? It’s taken for granted that the father will go and spend a large part of the day away from his children. It’s expected. I am rarely asked how I “feel” about not doing so.So how do I feel about it? I don’t think I could ever expect my partner to give up her job and stay at home if I weren’t prepared to do it myself. So while the idea took some getting used to, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my daughter, to watch her grow and develop, to accept the responsibilities of parenthood, and to support my wife in her career all at the same time.IsolationI can see how this role could become isolating. If I didn’t play sports regularly and keep contact with my circle of friends, it would be difficult to socialise. There are few ‘Dads’ groups. But this might change. As for the future, I will go back to work, in my own time. I feel the pressure of not having a “career” right now. I miss having colleagues to interact with.I know that stay-at-home mothers who left careers behind to take care of their children, and have the same pressures, so I am not entirely convinced it’s a “male” thing – but the drive to be the provider is still strong.‘But aren’t mothers more suited to the task of parenting?’ Maybe, who knows? Generations of evolution may have made this so, but how great can the difference really be? I certainly have less patience than she does, but none of the tasks involved are particularly demanding. According to the stereotype of the ‘idiot Dad’, I shouldn’t be able to go a day without some major parenting disaster but, so far, everything has been fine.We don’t see ourselves as having ‘exchanged traditional roles’. The role is different for every person and – it’s hard to discuss it without offending someone – the lifestyle of the stay-home mums I know is not the same as mine. Yes, I had to trade the sportscar for a ‘sensible Dad car’, but I do most of the same things I always did. The biggest single issue is the perceived loss of autonomy, but I think most of us accepted that when we started a family in the first place!So, for now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority and every task is a labour of love. I will continue to enjoy the privilege of taking care of her while it lasts.Tim Hendy is an Irish expat living in Surrey, British Columbia since 2009.Stay At Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custodylast_img read more