Call to level Opera Centre site for carpark

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCall to level Opera Centre site for carparkBy admin – July 15, 2010 451 WITH the future of the proposed Opera Centre very much up in the air, businessman, Tony Connolly, is recommending that parts of the site be utilised for ground level carparking.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He recommended to a meeting of the city council’s Economic Policy Development and Future Planning Committee, that locating a major ground level carparking facility in the area would be “very attractive and convenient for a lot of people.“You’d be surprised how many do not like multi-storey indoor car parks, which can be difficult to manoeuvre, and people coming into the city for shopping with families would opt for ground level parking,” suggested Mr ConnollyCllr John Gilligan hinted it would “cost almost nothing” to convert the United Drug building on Charlotte Quay to a carparking facility.Director of services, Oliver O’Loughlin, revealed the city council is in contact with the owners of empty retail units that comprise the Opera Centre layout.“We could talk to them about car parking there but they own the properties and it would be up to them. We have written to NAMA, but they say they are only at the very early stages with regard to the future of the Opera Centre. It will take a year before they get to making final decisions about it”.Confirming that the council has been working closely with Shannon Development on ways to attract people into the city, Mr O’Loughlin said:“With the tunnel opening this month, there will be considerably less traffic on the city streets and we will be able to enhance O’Connell Street and start work on upgrading William Street – we have other structural plans as well, that will benefit the city”.Cllr Joe Leddin called on the committee chairman, Cllr Diarmuid Scully to invite in Shannon Development to City Hall to “get a greater appreciation of their plans for the city, going forward,” and Cllr Gerry McLoughlin said the opportunity should also be used to “quiz SFADCO on what they are doing to open up King John’s Castle for greater business”.It was agreed that an invitation will be sent to Shannon Development. Linkedin Twitter Email Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Print Advertisement Previous articleMunster lads unlucky against Premier League big boysNext articlePut the brakes on bikers, plead Moyross residents adminlast_img read more

US-Somalia to rebuild diplomatic relations

first_imgJohn Kerry with officials of the Somali government including the president The United States is expected to begin the process of reestablishing a diplomatic mission in Somalia after a more than 20 year break.This is according to the US secretary of State John Kerry who made a historic visit to Somalia.Western nations have poured aid into Somalia to help reconstruction and prevent it from sliding back into the hands of Al Shabaab.An African Union Force AMISON, supported by US drone strikes has pushed Al Shabaab from its former strongholds but it uses territory inside the country still under its control to launch attacks there and in Kenya and other neighboring countries.Kerry slo said that the US government will increase its support for support efforts made by the Horn of Africa country, following a brutal civil war which ravaged the country for over two decades, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.In a brief impromptu visit to Mogadishu, Kerry hailed Somalia for its resilience and determination to forge a peaceful country after emerging from a difficult past.“More than 20 years ago, the U.S. was forced to pull back from your country,” said Kerry, adding that now the “country is turning around.”“Now we are returning in collaboration with the international community and bearing high hopes but also mixed with ongoing concerns,” he added.The U.S. top diplomat expressed optimism about Somalia noting that the next time he visits the country he will be able to walk down the streets, an indication of improved security situation in Somalia.During his visit, Kerry held short discussions with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmake and civil society leaders where they discussed among other support for the Somali National Army and bolstering efforts on the fight against terror.Kerry also thanked the troops contributing countries to the African Union backed force, AMISOM, which include Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.Kerry’s visit is billed one of a kind in U.S.-Somalia history as it is the first visit by a top American official to the Horn of Africa nation.State department said Washington will continue supporting the Somali National Army and the African Union backed force AMISOM in its efforts on fight against the militant group Al-Shabaab.The senior State Department also said once the U.S. embassy in Mogadishu is in fully operation, the U.S. will increase its presence in Somalia. At the moment the ambassador largely operates from Nairobi. Enditemlast_img read more

Kenwright targets Barry deal

first_img “Before Christmas I thought ‘I want this man to stay forever and I want to get him on a long contract to show how much he means to us’ because he is so determined to make a success of this.” Forward Magaye Gueye has left the club by mutual consent to end a disappointing stay at Goodison Park. The 23-year-old signed from Strasbourg for £1million on five-year contract in 2010 but made just 39 appearances, the majority as substitute. Last season he played just nine minutes, coming off the bench against Stevenage in an FA Cup fourth round tie, under Martinez. He had another year to run on his contract but came to an agreement with the Toffees to leave this summer. “The club would like to thank Magaye for his contribution over the last four years and wish him every success for the future,” said an Everton statement. Lukaku, at 21 and still under contract with Chelsea, is a different matter and even getting him back on loan at the very least may be difficult as there will be no shortage of takers. “Lukaku we would love to keep. People at Chelsea are good friends of mine so we are hopeful but he is at the World Cup now and I think we will have to see what happens at the World Cup,” Kenwright told Sky Sports. “Gareth Barry we would love to keep and that is ongoing work and we obviously have to add to the squad, so it is non-stop. “Gareth Barry had a great season for us and I know the manager has spoken to him and I will meet with his people and we are hopeful that he will be there next season.” The first – and easiest – deal Kenwright negotiated this summer was a new five-year contract for Martinez just 12 months after he joined from Wigan. Martinez has spoken of the need to bring in between five to seven players, both permanently and on loan, to cope with Europa League football and Kenwright is working towards achieving that. “We have a lot to do this summer at Everton, a lot of deals and a lot of negotiations and hopefully some fresh blood (to come in),” he told evertontv. “But always to me and the board the main one we wanted to celebrate and secure was a long contract for Roberto. Barry had a successful season at Goodison Park after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester City and now he is a free agent the Toffees want to tie him down. There are other parties interested in signing the 33-year-old but Everton hope the 10 months he spent with them and the strides made under manager Roberto Martinez will persuade him to stay. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is hopeful he can do a deal to secure Gareth Barry on a permanent deal but does not expect to see any movement on the club’s other loan star Romelu Lukaku until after the World Cup. Press Associationlast_img read more