LOCAL homeless organisations the Mid West Simon Community and Novas Initiatives say that Budget 2016 does not go far enough to address the current homeless crisis.While both groups welcomed the increase in funding for homeless services, they are disappointed at the omission of rent control measures from Tuesday’s budget.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jackie Bonfield, general nanager of the Mid West Simon Community said: “We are deeply disappointed that there will not be an announcement of introduction of rent certainty measures today. These measures are essential in light of rapidly increasing market rents to offer tenants greater security of tenure.“That these proposals have been blocked at a time when there is such limited social housing supply is appalling. Without such measures people will continue to find rents unaffordable and will continue to be pushed over the edge into homelessness. Rent certainty would provide the tenant and the landlord with certainty and security with tenancies.”Ms Bonfield was also critical of the government’s failure to increase rent supplement rates.“Our Locked Out report (August 2015) showed that 92 per cent of properties on the market are outside of the reach of people on state rent support. If people cannot afford growing markets rents with the limited state support provided we will continue to see people becoming homelessness and people prevented from leaving homelessness behind. It is almost impossible to find accommodation that falls within the supplement limits.”She also revealed that in the Mid West region this week, there were only nine available properties within the rent supplement limit – one in Clare, four in Limerick and four in Tipperary.A spokesperson for Novas Initiatives welcomed the government’s commitment of €17 million to emergency accommodation and to the social housing construction programme.However they added that it “does little to stem the tide of homelessness right now”.“Without an increase in rent caps and without rent certainty families will continue to be forced into homelessness with little hope of securing family accommodation in the short-term,” added that spokesperson.Referring to the news that NAMA is to provide more than 20,000 new houses over the next five year, Ms Bonfield said: “We have continuously expressed concern in relation to social housing provision that there is just too little happening at far too slow a pace. We cannot tell the men, women and children using our services, trapped in emergency accommodation and people sleeping on our streets at night to wait two years before they will have a home of their own. Local Authorities need to get back into the core business of building and delivering social housing to those who need it most.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSBudget 2016homelessnesslimerickMid West Simon CommunityNovas Initiatives WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Specks from Glasses IslandNext articleThe world looks different from above John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Print WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsHomeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisisBy John Keogh – October 15, 2015 612 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories
Image source: IHCThe technology group Wartsila has supplied the full propulsion package for the new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Arzana. The vessel is owned by National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) from Abu Dhabi and has been specially designed to operate in high ambient temperatures.The 6.000m³ capacity TSHD, launched in September 2017, was designed by the Royal IHC in close cooperation with NMDC.“This modern generation dredger was designed to operate reliably, efficiently and with flexibility in demanding conditions. We are, therefore, proud that Wärtsilä propulsion machinery was selected as being the most suitable for meeting these operational requirements,” said Ayman Zreik Farhat, General Manager, Sales, Middle East, Wartsila Marine Solutions.“We are familiar with Wartsila’s capabilities, and we know and trust their ability to provide us with the right solutions for this latest addition to the NMDC fleet,” said Mohamed Afan, Senior Assets & investment Director, NMDC.The customized solution combines a shallow draft and a deep dredging depth with high maneuverability.The scope of Wartsila’s supply, which comprises two 8-cylinder Wartsila 32 engines specially tuned for dredging operations, two controllable pitch propeller systems, and two tunnel thrusters, provides the required power and maneuverability.
Press Association The Aidan O’Brien-trained Mars was stepping down in class after being campaigned at the highest level this term, claiming third in the St James’s Palace Stakes and fourth in the Eclipse at Sandown last time as well as finishing sixth in the Derby. He was sent off the 8-11 favourite for this nine-furlong heat and still looked to be travelling well on the heels of the pace-setting Scintillula, but when Joseph O’Brien gave him the signal to push on, Scintillula went with him and battled gamely on the rail for Kevin Manning. Scintillula (6-1) turned in a gutsy performance to defeat hot favourite Mars in the Group Three Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. Mars soon dropped away and that allowed Scintillula, who was making a swift reappearance having finished a close-up fourth in last weekend’s Irish Oaks, to triumph by two and three-quarter lengths. Winning trainer Jim Bolger said: “She’s come right now and she’s hardy. In the spring time she wasn’t right. I thought we may have got a different result if we had made the running last Saturday.” The ground eased before the off after a sharp rain shower and Bolger admits it had been a worry. “It was a concern but I was happy with the way she picked up,” he said. “We could look at the Give Thanks Stakes at Cork (August 6) for her.” Joseph O’Brien felt the change in ground had gone against his mount. He said: “He hated the ground. I quickened to go upsides the winner but in the straight the ground is soft, he was all over the place and couldn’t really get a hold of it. He’s been running consistently well on good ground. “He was on the bridle for the first five or six furlongs, but I knew my fate five furlongs from home. As soon as I let him down, he went nowhere.”