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Limerick meeting to force action on housing crisis

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick meeting to force action on housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – October 29, 2015 1168 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Twitter Email WhatsApp Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleSpooktacular CompetitionNext articleOpinions divided over abortion pill bus Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RENTS in Limerick are going through the roof. The housing waiting list is getting longer. And less social houses are being built, it has been claimed.A meeting will take place in Pery’s Hotel this Thursday, October 29, at 8pm to address the housing crisis and these specific issues.A teenage boy whose family was recently homeless while he was doing his Leaving Cert will speak openly about his own experiences. Jackie Bonfield of Mid West Simon Community and the Anti Austerity Alliance’s general election candidate for Limerick City, Cllr Cian Prendiville, will also speak at this free event.Cllr Prendiville feels those suffering the most from the housing crisis are being ignored. However, he believes, the water charges movement is proof that by standing together, the Government can be forced to take notice.“Rents in Limerick are going through the roof, as the housing waiting list gets longer and longer. Despite a lot of hot air, the Government still refuses to take real action on housing. They have built less social houses than any government for 45 years,” said Cllr Prendiville.“The Government has allowed the market to hold back the supply of homes and push up the prices. While over 5,000 families are on the housing list in Limerick, so far this year only 10 social houses have been built,” he added.This, the City North representative maintains, has given landlords a golden opportunity to drive up rents, while the Government refuse to implement rent controls.“With one quarter of the TDs in the Dail landlords themselves, is it any wonder?” he asked.According to Cllr Prendiville, Thursday night’s meeting is hoped to be the launch of a campaign to demand immediate action on the housing and rent crisis.“The AAA have helped coordinate protests and occupations of vacant and NAMA properties, to demand real action. We want to build a similar campaign here in Limerick to demand rent controls, and the right to a home for all,” he concluded. Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleHousinglimerickMid West Simon CommunityNAMAPery’s Hotel RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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CIPD should not just be run as a business

first_imgGeoff,* it is roughly 10 years since you became the director-general of theCIPD and it is time we had a personal development plan discussion. I know you are a great advocate of modern personnel practices so I am sureyou will fully support my invitation to all CIPD members to take part in arigorous competence assessment of you in your present role. I will use the verypopular 360-degree methodology. For my part, I am sure you welcome an externalstakeholder perspective. First, let us deal with your obvious strengths, such as your keen sense ofentrepreneurialism. From day one you have clearly demonstrated how to run theCIPD as a business. Your strategy of sweeping aside ‘competing’ professionalbodies has been impressive, as is your ability to maximise your position as amonopoly provider of professional qualifications. This has made a significantdifference – the coffers are overflowing and your rewards package fullyacknowledges this. Now, on to your aptitude for team building – outstanding. You seem to havebeen able to collect around you a group of admirers who always rally to yourdefence in the face of public criticism. I know you go to great lengths to pickpeople who suit your way of working and their loyalty to you is a credit. Now I know you are not someone who likes to hog the limelight, but I have tosay that some improvement in the public profile arena might not go amiss. Wewant to see more of you and we want hear more from you. I know you can do itGeoff, so let us see a little more effort in this respect. It is an awfullylong time since you made any significant pronouncements and members like toknow where their professional body is heading. Mind you, no platitudes please. Talking of members brings me on to a much more sensitive subject –professional development. This is a cause for concern. In your 10 years inoffice, can you honestly say the personnel and training professions now have ahigher standing? No, Geoff, holding up the Royal Charter again is not reallywhat I am getting at. Yes, I know everyone who wants to work in this professionneeds that bit of paper, but that is not the point. How can I put this? Your prime objective is to run a professional body,admittedly on a sound financial footing. I have never been convinced that thisis how you see your role. You seem to be running a business supported by aprofessional body. Isn’t that the wrong way round? So, thinking ahead to nextyear’s PDP, what can you do that will convince the senior HR people who reallymatter that you have moved the profession forward, rather than just its bankbalance? * Geoff Armstrong is director general of the CIPD By Paul Kearns, senior partner, Personnel Works Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. CIPD should not just be run as a businessOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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