Limerick TD says Government must act to repatriate Irish in Australia

first_imgShannon Chamber welcomes announcement that drive-thru Covid-19 testing centre to open at Shannon Airport TAGSCoronavirushealthcareIrelandLimerick City and Countypoliticstravel Advertisement Print NewsPoliticsVideoLimerick TD says Government must act to repatriate Irish in AustraliaBy Cian Reinhardt – March 25, 2020 152 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email Previous articleShannon Chamber to host its first-ever virtual networking seminarNext articleNew Government Measures, deferral of redundancy entitlements and insurance concerns Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img Linkedin WhatsApp Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall CollinsLIMERICK TD Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil has asked for the government to outline its plan to repatriate Irish people living in Australia.The Limerick County representative has said he has written to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs asking them to outline the government’s plan to repatriate Irish people living in Australia.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Collins called for a repatriation plan after a number of airlines announced that they are to cease flights out of Australia.Commenting on the HSE ‘On Call for Ireland’ appeal, the Fianna Fáil TD said “thankfully it has been overwhelmed with applications from Irish people wanting to come home to work in the health service” to combat the spread of COVID-19.Deputy Collins said, “The applications have come from all over the world, with many Irish people in Australia signing up.“However many healthcare workers, as well as other Irish people wanting to return home, are finding it increasingly difficult to leave Australia as many of the main airlines are ceasing flights out of the country.”He noted he has been made aware of a number of cases involving young people whose visas “are on the brink of running out” and are worried they may not be able to return to Ireland, worrying about their overstaying their visa, and running out of money.He continued, “These people don’t know how to get home.  People who had booked flights have had them cancelled and they are beginning to panic.“I have written to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney asking them what plan is in place to ensure that these people are repatriated home, and not left stranded in Australia.  I believe we have a duty to these Irish citizens, particularly when so many of them were responding to an initiative to improve the country’s ability to contain COVID 19.  We must ensure that these people can make their way home safely”, concluded Deputy Collins. Annie Lynch is the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland Infection Control Team in place at University Hospital Limerick following “outbreak” of Covid-19 Limerick pre-school making child’s play of Covid 19last_img read more

Sandwich company invests £3.6m in production

first_imgA Middlesbrough sandwich firm, On A Roll Sandwich Company, is to invest £3.6m in a new factory – almost tripling its production space.The opening will create up to 100 jobs, as it works on a new 35,000sq ft factory at its Riverside Park site.The firm produces sandwiches, salads and lunch options, which its supplies to schools and universities, national retailers, sports venues and foodservice outlets.The expansion has cost around £3.2m, after a £640k funding grant from the Tees Valley Business Growth Investment Scheme to assist with the work.The firm opened in November 2007, and now produces around seven million sandwiches each year – compared to just 665k in its first year.The factory houses three production lines currently.James Stoddart who set up the firm with his wife Helen, said: “We are delighted with the way the business has grown since we set it up back in 2008, and we are thrilled that we have been able to secure this grant to help us with our expansion plan.”This is an exciting time for us, and we thank Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team for its assistance with our plan and look forward to growing our relationship with them in the future.”The expansion is hoped to be completed by August this year.last_img read more

Tongue in Chic: New York Fashion Week proves increasingly irrelevant

first_imgIt’s no coincidence that all my picks are smaller, less established brands. That’s because I’d actually wear their clothes — they’re still luxury, with all the creative flair and fine craftsmanship that entails, but they’re also way more accessible and suited for everyday wear. Whereas the heavy-hitters who’ve been around forever, simply aren’t made for the general public. I mean, Tom Ford’s show was gorgeous — Bella Hadid strutted in slinky, body-skimming chainmail — but his line is utterly unwearable. I don’t need to watch their runway shows because, one, I’m not going to see anything I’d realistically put on my own body, and two, I already know I’ll see the dresses later in some red carpet roundup.  Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan It seems more and more people in fashion are becoming disillusioned with Fashion Week. A survey from industry news publication Fashionista that asked industry professionals their thoughts on Fashion Week garnered nearly 500 responses and revealed mixed feelings; a majority of respondents said they felt it was a waste of time and resources and that mounting big runway shows, not to mention attendees jetting around the world, exacted an environmental toll. Either way, the future of NYFW is in flux, and, in an industry infamous for its mercurial nature, there’s no telling what next season will bring.  Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” runs every other  Monday. It’s evident that NYFW is losing its luster. But let me be clear: It’s only New York that I’m feeling “meh” about. London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week are still on the calendar, and I’m extremely excited to see what they deliver. But for New York, the hype simply isn’t there — it’s moved overseas.  These are brands that are culturally relevant, that are inspiring discussion and moving the fashion conversation forward. Sandy Liang’s neon-trimmed fleeces, inspired by her childhood, were dubbed the hottest jacket in menswear by GQ; Eckhaus Latta recently mounted a full-scale solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the summer, Katie Holmes went viral when she stepped out in Khaite’s cashmere bra, which instantly sold out.  As a fashion columnist, it would be an egregious oversight for me not to mention that it is currently New York Fashion Week, where brands will showcase their autumn/winter ready-to-wear collections. The week officially kicked off this Monday, Feb. 3 and goes until this Wednesday. Some brands that are showing include Helmut Lang, The Row and Marc Jacobs. Some brands that include not showing are Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Pyer Moss. The brand that made waves by ditching New York for Los Angeles, Tom Ford, staged his runway show Friday night at Milk Studios Hollywood in front of a gaggle of celebrity attendees, including Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner and Lil Nas X. center_img And yet, I kind of … don’t care. And I’m not the only one who feels that way, as a rash of articles have popped up in the last few days declaring NYFW “irrelevant” and explaining the decision to skip the whole thing entirely.  When it comes to New York’s roster, there are only a few brands I’m interested in seeing: Sandy Liang, Eckhaus Latta, Khaite. Other buzzy emerging designers I would’ve loved to see, like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Pyer Moss, have opted out of the fracas entirely. The rest … I can take it or leave it.  Plus, there were shows that were just plain bad. Christian Siriano (who does great work advancing diversity and size inclusivity in fashion) based his collection on “Birds of Prey,” the new Harley Quinn movie. Of course not every season needs to go down in history books, but … why? I liked some looks, such as a ruffly black leather getup, but some, like a confetti-colored fringed bolero, looked like something you’d get at Party City and then toss in the trash after spilling your martini on it.  OK, great! Now that’s out of the way … Look, I know I should care. For fashion reporters, NYFW is basically awards season for entertainment writers or election time for political journalists. Fashion Week happens twice a year, once in spring and once in fall, and it’s a whirlwind of runway shows, street-style candids and cocktail parties, where everyone jostles to see and be seen. As someone who one day aspires to the position of Vanessa Friedman or Robin Givhan, wading into the thick of NYFW is non-negotiable. last_img read more