Fianna Fáil told to stop picking on pensioners and families in…

first_imgLimerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Councillors told to look at bigger picture Twitter TAGSCllr Frankie DalyCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Sean LynchFianna Fáilfree GP careIrish Medical OrganisationLabour Partylimerick Previous articleHotel Meyrick CompetitionNext articleRugby – Richmond RFC take part in Aviva Mini Rugby Festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 WhatsApp Priority is to have a decent society with decent public services center_img by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Frankie DalyLABOUR Party councillor Frankie Daly has called on local Fianna Fáil councillors to publicly state whether they support free GP care or oppose it, in line with their party’s national position.Cllr Daly maintains that the agreement reached between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation recently to provide free GP care to children under 6 and over 70s will make a massive difference to the youngest and oldest in our community.“It is the most significant development in primary care since the introduction of medical cards, and will deliver significant savings for families in Limerick City and Council,” the City North representative declared.“In a bizarre move, Fianna Fáil have decided to oppose the provision of the free service, with one of their TDs even describing the measure as ‘reprehensible, immoral and nauseating’,” he continued.In light of this, Cllr Daly is calling on local Fianna Fáil councillors to state publicly if they agree with their party’s national position on the new scheme, which he insists will benefit thousands of children in Limerick.“It is clear that Fianna Fáil are out of touch and don’t have any appreciation whatsoever for the severe pressure that families are under. It is high time that Fianna Fáil laid off targeting hard-pressed families and older people, and supported this progressive move,” he said.The Fianna Fáil Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, said he had no comment to make when asked whether he agreed with his party’s national position on the free GP scheme.Fianna Fáil councillor for City West, Sean Lynch praised Cllr Daly for his integrity and the passion he brings on all topics relevant to Limerick City and County. However, he believes the Labour representative may have misinterpreted Fianna Fáil policy on health care.“Fianna Fáil have always been the party of the people. They would expand on the free GP care for both the young and old,” Cllr Lynch commented.“They will focus on primary and community care services and increase primary care budget.” Facebook NewsLocal NewsFianna Fáil told to stop picking on pensioners and families in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – April 23, 2015 697 Linkedin Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Email Advertisement Printlast_img read more

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IPL franchises see glass half-full despite  financial hit from COVID-19

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League’s eight teams are counting the cost of COVID-19’s impact on their finances but having faced the prospect of the tournament being wiped out by the pandemic this year they are taking a ‘glass half-full’ view of the situation.The IPL’s original March start was scuppered by the first wave of the novel coronavirus and India’s cricket board (BCCI) had to pull out all the stops to rescue the Twenty20 league, which has an estimated $6.8 billion brand value.The tournament has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates, will be played under a hastily-arranged title sponsor and will start on Sept. 19 — nearly six months later than scheduled.After Vivo paused its title sponsorship for this year’s edition, fantasy gaming company Dream11 took it up for 2.22 billion Indian rupees (22.75 million pounds), roughly half of the 4.4 billion the Chinese smartphone maker paid annually.“The discount provided to Dream11 would be a major (financial) hit for the BCCI, along with making arrangements for bio-secure bubble which will be an additional cost burden on the board,” Santosh N, an external advisor at financial consultancy firm Duff & Phelps, told Reuters.The league shares 50% of the title sponsorship money with the eight franchises, who will also miss out on gate receipts and in-stadium revenue this year while existing sponsors demand discounts in the absence of fan initiatives.The switch has seen Delhi Capitals lose shirt sponsor Daikin, with the air-conditioning equipment maker saying the new dates did not work for them.“The reason being the business scenario and the timing, which earlier, being the summer, would call for advertising efforts to create awareness and recall for the AC category,” a Daikin spokesman told Reuters.Capitals Chairman Parth Jindal said the BCCI should look at compensating the franchises.“If the BCCI doesn’t compensate, there will be a significant loss to each franchise, about a 30% drop in revenues,” Jindal told Mint newspaper earlier this month.SILVER LININGBut with the BCCI at risk of a $547 million drop in revenue had the entire season been cancelled, treasurer Arun Sigh Dhumal preferred to look on the bright side.“When you encounter such challenging times and so many impediments, you are bound to lose on certain revenues,” Dhumal told Reuters.“Looking at the overall picture, everybody should be happy that at least we’ve been able to organise it.“At such short notice, we’ve been able to get a new title sponsor. It speaks volumes of IPL as a brand, and how it has grown over the years.”Sponsors continue to trickle in for the franchises and the league also welcomed edutech start-up Unacademy as a new sponsor on Saturday on a three-year deal, reportedly worth 1.2 billion rupees.Santosh said that as the tournament draws closer more would come onboard. “And with the IPL happening around the festive season this time around, it’s an added bonus for the companies to be associated with it,” he added.last_img read more

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