Education remains priority amid General Seminary faculty departures

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL October 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm Father Webber,I concur. This slow deterioration of the worship/prayer life at General came to a head under the misguided leadership of this ‘posterboy’ of careerism in the Episcopal Church is simply unacceptable.Go with God.Father Anthony C. Dinoto, GTS ’99 October 2, 2014 at 12:31 am After posting my query I read the article at the NY Times, which was somewhat illuminating:“Seeking Dean’s Firing, Professors End Up Jobless,” by Sharon Otterman, Oct 1, 2014 wanted to share the information in case it is helpful to others. [Episcopal News Service] The board of trustees’ executive committee for General Theological Seminary in New York has “voted with great regret to accept the resignations” of eight full-time professors who say “the working environment that the Dean and President has created has become unsustainable.”The board said its decision came “after much prayer and deliberation and after consulting our legal council.” The trustees also said that the primary concern of the seminary “continues to be the education and formation of our students.”A conflict between the dean and some members of faculty at the nearly 200-year-old seminary was made public late last week when e-mails from the departing professors to students were circulated.Nowhere in those e-mails did the eight say they were resigning and at least one of the professors, Andrew Irving, said in a subsequent e-mail that “we wish to underline that we have not resigned. Our letters did not say that we would resign. We requested meetings with the board.”The 37-member board, many of whom met via conference call on Sept. 29 to discuss the conflict, said in a statement released the next day that they had reached their decision “with heavy hearts,” but agreed that “following months of internal divisions around the future direction of General Seminary” it was the “best path forward in educating our students and shaping them into leaders of the church.”The board said that the seminary is willing to meet with any former faculty member about the possibility of reconsidering his or her position.The eight faculty members said they would not teach, attend meetings, or participate in common worship in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd until “pressing issues” at the seminary were addressed.After the trustees made their decision, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, who became dean and president in July 2013, said in a Sept. 29 e-mail to students: “Prayer is the most powerful response any of us can make at this point. Please pray.”Dunkle and the remaining faculty, the board said, “are working on the best ways to continue teaching and advising and to assure all that we will continue to provide quality education and formation with the least amount of interruption possible.”The board’s statement notes that the school’s New York location “affords us access to a wide range of resources, and we shall be drawing upon those resources to address any needs created by these resignations.”Professors Joshua Davis, Mitties DeChamplain, Deirdre Good, David Hurd, Andrew Irving, Andrew Kadel, Amy Lamborn and Patrick Malloy said in their Sept. 26 e-mail to students that they were not going to teach, attend meetings, or participate in common worship until “pressing issues” at the seminary were addressed. They said that “despite many attempts at dialogue in the past year – including conversations facilitated by a professional external facilitator – the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that we have reached an impasse.”The professors said that they had communicated what they called “dire circumstances” to the board of trustees and said that their “work stoppage” could be ended immediately if the board would commit to meeting with them.But the board said in its statement that some of those demands for action were “not possible under the governing structure of the Seminary.”Dunkle, a former lawyer and a 2004 graduate of GTS, e-mailed the seminary community on the morning of Sept. 29 saying that the principal concern is the welfare of the students and acknowledging that worship is central to GTS.In a further email on Sept. 30, as the board’s statement was pending, Dunkle confirmed that about half of the classes would continue uninterrupted. “As we go through this together, remember that all our hope on God is founded,” he added. “It’s not just a hymn, but a guiding reminder of our fundamental truth. Prayer, either alone or together, is the most effective way to access God. Please remember to continue to pray for all those here and not here.”The departing professors expressed their view that Dunkle “has repeatedly shown that he is unable to articulate sensitively and theologically the issues that are essential to the thriving of the Body of Christ in its great diversity. Moreover his failure to collaborate, or to respond to our concerns when articulated has resulted in a climate that many of us find to be fraught with conflict, fear, and anxiety.”They mentioned that there had been “a number of very serious incidents and patterns of behavior which have over time caused faculty, students, and staff to feel intimidated, profoundly disrespected, excluded, devalued, and helpless … Our concerns about these behaviors and their consequences have been dismissed by the Dean. We find that the Dean’s unwillingness to take responsibility for the damage that these ways of acting and speaking have caused is deeply problematic.”The board of trustees said in its Sept. 30 statement that it is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations of statements made by Dunkle.The General Theological Seminary was founded in 1817 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City as the first theological seminary of the Episcopal Church.As with many theological institutions, GTS has faced economic pressures following the global financial crisis leading to the sale of some of its property in order to eliminate debt and balance its budget. There was no indication from the various statements and correspondence that the seminary’s financial issues had in any way contributed to the present conflict.The 10 Episcopal seminaries in the U.S. have very few official ties to the Episcopal Church, beyond General Convention’s authority to elect six of the GTS trustees.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will visit the school on the morning of Oct. 1. She will visit an 8:30 a.m. class, attend chapel and then “be present on the Close until 11:30 a.m. for your own contact with her,” Dunkle said in his first Sept. 30 e-mail to students.“The Church is counting on us,” the board concluded in its statement. “This week Dean Dunkle and the remaining faculty are working on the best ways to continue teaching and advising and to assure all that we will continue to provide quality education and formation with the least amount of interruption possible.“While we may sometimes disagree, the commitment to our current students is a responsibility that the Board takes seriously. It is for their well-being alone that we came to this resolution, and pray that our decision was the right one.” September 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm I am mystified as to the source and details of this conflict, and the article does nothing to alleviate my confusion. Could someone who understands what is happening at GTS provide a link to a reputable source, or possibly to another article that contains better information? It would be greatly appreciated, as this sounds like a matter that should be better understood by our community. I would like to have at least some idea what in the world is going on. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 September 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm It’s not April ist. Is it? Comments navigation Newer comments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis September 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm Is it true that the Dean has discontinued daily chapel services? If so, the Board should accept his resignation. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Theological Education Father Anthony C. Dinoto says: Grace Cangialosi says: Jonathan Coffey says: Livingston Prescott Humboldt IV says: By ENS StaffPosted Sep 30, 2014 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS September 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm This article is so typical of many that appear on ENS regarding controversial issues. Lots of smoke and mirrors about “prayerful consideration” and so on, without once addressing the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW of the grave matters at hand. Members of the church deserve a full and public dialogue about the specific causes of dissension that have created such a drastic and horrendous outcome. So, ENS, what is going on the precipitated this? What are the specific charges or allegations? Nothing short of full candor and specifics will suffice. I’m glad that people are engaged in prayer over this issue, but what is it that people are praying for and about? Margaret Trezevant says: Will Berry says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Arthur House says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel September 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm What I do not understand comes directly from the ENS article, which said that the Board regretfully accepted the resignations of the eight professors. Yet the eight professors say they did not resign. So, we have a little problem here about what constitutes resignation. Did the Board interpret their pledge of work-stoppage until a conversation with the Board was possible as the equivalent of resignation? That was never stated. I’m not associated with General, and I don’t know how much of the faculty eight members represents, but it surely has to be significant. Why isn’t the Board and the Dean talking with them? October 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm It was spelled incorrectly on the GTS document I read, as “council” instead of “counsel”. It was probably corrected later. September 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm AMEN! Rector Smithfield, NC Sylvia Vasquez says: September 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm I wonder — can a board of trustees, in the State of New York, vote on a decision by telephone conference call? I know that is illegal in many states, and am aware that Standing Committees are not suppose to act that way in the consent to bishop’s elections. It is a curious choice. The letter from the Board indicated that it was the Executive Committee that took this action regarding the faculty. We are starting to get too many conflicting reports. Rev. Terri Brice says: J. Suhar says: Mary Roehrich says: Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC September 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm It’s not ENS’s fault. The point is, there’s not some external issue this is about, like pay or hours. According to the faculty, the issue here is the Dean’s inability to cooperate with anybody on anything. Their statements are that he won’t listen, orders people around, and if anyone ever disagrees with him, he reacts with intimidation and hostility. And the faculty say that even after they’ve had a mediator come in, he’s been just as hostile or more so. There’s more extensive coverage over on Episcopal Cafe, with statements from both sides. The faculty have also put up a site called Andrew Irving says: September 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm “after much prayer and deliberation and after consulting our legal council.” Who’s on first? Donn Mitchell says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm I’m a young adult candidate for the priesthood, looking at potential seminaries and although I was never considering General, I have to admit I certainly won’t be now and wonder if my Bishop would even allow it, given the current circumstances. I’ve been following this situation for several days and the particularities have been quite unsettling. I think this is an example of bad hierarchy in the modern education and Church system. I certainly acknowledge that not all hierarchy is inherently bad, but when folks in leadership positions and positions of power refuse to include valued and respected members of their community/staff in their decision process, deny meetings with them, and then fire them by way of “accepting resignations” that never actually existed– there is a serious abuse of power. My prayer is that those administrators and those on the board would prayerfully re-consider their decision and would remember that Jesus saw His power with/as God as something not to be exploited but humbled and emptied himself, even to death on the cross. October 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm Mother Elizabeth,Agreed. Helene Swanson Christopher L. Webber says: September 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm Wait: I’m one of the 8 faculty members – we have not departed!We have not resigned; we did not offer resignation. Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Sally Rowan says: October 2, 2014 at 2:48 am Sir, your reference to a “stereotype New York lawyer” is both unnecessary and offensive. Didn’t it occur to you that you could have expressed your position without bringing up an unproven stereotype? September 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm I regret that the author of this article elected to include no specifics with respect to issues and positions in conflict. That leaves the reader with only the knowledge that this important seminary is in crisis. I do not ask the author to take a position, but I expect journalistic standards that give depth to reporting and value to the reader.Michael PattersonReno, Nevada J. W. McRee says: Comments (62) October 2, 2014 at 3:47 am I agree. In my view as a longtime editor and columnist, this story should have been held until both sides could be represented or the details gleaned in some other fashion. Ofherwise, just state that noone will talk. It’s too easy for rumors to start sounding like facts. September 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm Very troubling and from everything I read here and at the Episcopal Cafe, it certainly appears that Dunkle is acting primarily as a stereotype New York City lawyer rather than as a priest primarily assigned to the care of souls. As someone currently in the discernment process, I can say with certainty that GTS is no longer on my list of possibilities for future ministerial education. Very sad. September 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm You know, I am bloody well sick and tired of people putting good guy/bad guy hats on various factions and taking sides and using students – or students presenting themselves – as helpless victims. Truth is, we do not have enough information at this point to make any judgment. It’s like trying to diagnose why a patient is coughing and you haven’t gotten lab tests or vital signs or listened to lung sounds or gotten an X-ray or scan. It could be a cold or allergies or asthma or pneumonia or COPD or lung cancer, or some combination of causes. But, you won’t know until all the information and data is in and can be analyzed. From where I sit, no one’s hands are clean. After EDS and now GTS, it feels a bit like Israel and Palestine. After a while, it almost makes no difference who is right and who is wrong. Just stop it. Not one more pound of flesh or one more pint of blood. Just behave like grown up – indeed, ones who profess to be Christian – and get on with the work of teaching and doing and modeling the Gospel, please. Elizabeth Sheppard says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN September 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm Exactly. Well put September 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm Since when does the gospel not take sides? God loves all equally, yes, but Jesus definitely took sides when it came to how we treat one another. He did, after all, overturn a few tables in the temple. Yes, details are still sketchy, but in time I feel sure there will be a side to take. From what we know now, things aren’t looking good. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Reggie Harris says: September 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm I’m with Elizabeth. No more taking sides! Much better for us to be all about the notoriously non-side-taking Gospel. Lou Divis says: September 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm Truth takes many forms on all sudes of this situation. GTS has become a “we vs them” situation. Broken trust and communication, forced terminations/resignations, emotional decision makers…… Perhaps God will redeem this struggle by strengthening the future clergy at GTS who will confront these situations in their own ministries more often than we would like to admit. Perhaps this situation will teach us that we should all look at the statistics of what clergy and their vestries/boards do with and to each other in this same painful way. And then the hard work of owning our roles in it, asking for and receiving forgiveness and working towards how God’s kingdom wants differently from us needs to commence. The statistics of these types of conflict in the local, and all parts of, church are rising. What GTS is experiencing is very similar. Read the recent posts from the Episcopal Womens Caucus! God forgive us all. September 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm I don’t know what is more lamentable, the issue (whatever it is), or the news source (not) reporting it. Submit an Event Listing Douglas Pierce says: Ann Scott says: Comments navigation Newer comments The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest September 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm I am an Australian Anglican from Sydney, not associated with the General Seminary. As such I am very familiar with the destructive effects of Church wrangling. I am saddened and horrified by the additional negative image of Anglicanism and Christianity your USA seminary standoff situation presents to the world. Your debate may appear local and petty to you, but it has global effects on us, so please consider this. Through the internet, your situation delights anti-Christian terrorist groups in Australia. It provides them with strong evidence to lure Christians away from Churches. Please find a way to address and resolve your differences. Why can’t the irreconcilable parties form two parallel subseminaries within the seminary? Then they could be required to debate their disagreements rigorously and properly, with parallel peer review from both sides, in academic journals, and students would be free to choose their alliance, or move between both points of view as they discern. This would expose personal rivalries and shine a light on the truth. Holding a mirror up to human reality often leads to Christ.With prayers for your success in finding a resolution through Christ,Elizabeth Sheppard BA BTh BPhil STB ACertCMSydney, Australia Erna Lund says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Charles Hawes says: October 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm TEC is fortunate to have seminarians! Cynthia Katsarelis says: Education remains priority amid General Seminary faculty departures Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seth Kasten says: Elizabeth Grainger says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA September 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm Did anyone else notice the typographical error in the Board’s statement? Brad Howard says: October 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm Agreed. What specifically are the facts and issues involved here? J. W. McRee says: Elizabeth Grainger says: Christine Leigh-Taylor says: Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Very Rev. Ronald H. Clingenpeel says: September 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm I am very disheartened at the disingenuous response of the board stating that the faculty had resigned which they MOST CLEARLY had not. Heavy hearts? Seriously? The one big gigantic almost impossibly reachable request made by the faculty was to meet with the board. Why couldn’t they meet with the faculty? It seems that there is darkness surrounding this whole event and the fact that EIGHT respected faculty could be cast aside so easily raises serious doubts about the seminary leadership of both the Dean and the Board. And if the seminary is successful in continuing to function without the faculty by hiring from the great pool of talent available in New York those “scab” professors would be “crossing the picket line” and the seminary would continue to bury the real problems that brought it to this disgraceful situation. Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ September 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm This is clearly a lockout as a response to cover up a hostile work environment. Parrot Pastor says: September 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm Sad, but not surprising, when things come to a point like this. I have no knowledge of the situation and therefore no insights or even opinions to add. Patricia Nakamura says: Andrew Katsanis says: Featured Jobs & Calls September 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm Why does this article refer to “departing” professors? They have not resigned. The board has authorized a lock-out, and when they realize the implcations of what they have done, they will eventually have to back down. In my 30-year association with General, I can recall three major showdowns over contract violations, discrimination, and unfair labor practices. The board eventually backed down in all three cases. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY September 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm Well said, as usual, Elizabeth! October 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm Typo is in ENS report, not in the letter from the Board of Trustees which says “counsel” not “council”. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA September 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm He had switched to an alternating Eucharist, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer rotation. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC September 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm Excuse me. I don’t have a dog in this fight. But in the name of journalistic excellence, I would like to point out that the faculty members claim that they did not resign. ENS seems to be projecting the side of the Trustees. I will be very interested in hearing more, as those striking faculty have concerns that this Dean has made remarks that are racist, sexist, and homophobic. As an Episcopalian, that would concern me greatly. I hope to hear balanced and honest reporting. And I hope that none of my pledge money has funded this debacle. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL September 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton said precisely and completely all that can be said at this moment: We do not have enough information. And I am heartily glad I am merely an onlooker. October 5, 2014 at 7:07 am Chris et al.,While I may or may not agree with your statement(s), I do not think pronouncements on matters of great import and nuance serves the Church or the Seminary’s best interest. Allowing those “on the ground” at GTS continue to sort out the way(s) forward and holding them in our prayers may be the better part of valor (and wisdom) for those of us in diaspora.JBC (STM, 1985) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Lucia Lloyd says: Michael Craig Patterson says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Paul Van Brunt says: Charles Hawes says: Kevin M O’Connor says: Sarah Dylan Breuer says: October 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm I would say that the Board views that the faculty said we can not work with the Dean, so therefore either the Dean goes or we won’t work. If the Trustees support the Dean as they are apparently doing and the faculty will not work with him then the faculty have to go. The Faculty letter clearly implies an either/or and I think the faculty (and many others) are surprised the Trustees went with the or. Rev Stephen Holton says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH September 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm Profoundly saddened by all of this. These were some of the very best teachers I could have ever hoped for – I learned so much from them. Class ’04 September 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm Messrs. Patterson, Clark and Hawes voice/reflect my thoughts, words, concerns … but Rev.Dr.Elizabeth Kaelon’s remarks are rather convoluted and even tossing in the Israel-Palestine issue compounded by the assertion that “… it almost makes no difference as to who is right and who is wrong” even before knowing the specifics and the full story! It would seem that it should make a big difference all the way around–morally and spiritually. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Thomas Rightmyer says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA September 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm I know several of the professors, they are top notch!! I pray this is not a gay issue…I pray that the Seminary will continue, and that the faculty will be treated with respect, and that the dean and board will realize what a severe blow and mistake this is. September 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm And mine. Anthony Christiansen says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm The great pool of talent available in New York – how many of them will be foolish enough to jump into this morass. How desperate would you have to be in order to accept a job with such a capriciousadministration? It beggars the imagination. Rector Washington, DC September 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm Will is fortunate in having a choice. Almost 50 years ago I went where my bishop told me to go. All best wishes. Helene Swanson says: Comments are closed. Lou Divis says: September 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm I am not a GTS alum, and I don’t know anything more than what I’ve read in the various articles and letters. I am incredibly saddened, however, by the whole situation. A couple of weeks ago we heard Jesus telling his followers how they were to handle conflict: face to face and in conversation with one another, first one on one and then including others as necessary. From here it would appear that faculty members asked for just this kind of meeting and were refused.Regardless of the issues involved, I can think of no way this position could be defended in a Christian community.Again, last week we were reminded by St. Paul to put on the mind of Christ, who took on the form of a servant. And Jesus himself said at one point, “I am among you as one who serves.” Surely if there were ever a place where this kind of servant leadership is appropriate–and important–it is in a church and in a seminary whose purpose is to train students for this kind of leadership. And not just to teach it, but to model it.I wonder who it is that’s being served here: God? The Gospel? The Church? The students? Egos? Turf? I suspect it’s more than a bit of the last two.Someone commented that they can’t know what to pray for if they don’t know the issues. We don’t need to know the issues to pray for the Holy Spirit to soften and open the hearts of all those involved. We can pray that a way can be found through this darkness and that all parties will humble themselves so they can listen to one another and hold their own opinions lightly, remembering that they are probably right on some matters and wrong on others, as is true of everyone.Lord, have mercy. 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Council fails to acquire ownership of site after 20 years

first_imgNewsPoliticsCouncil fails to acquire ownership of site after 20 yearsBy Alan Jacques – June 22, 2018 1952 Print A woman well able to fight her corner Previous articleThis week in Pictures June 23, 2018Next articleHey Jude Alan Jacques Advertisement TAGSCllr Joe LeddincouncilCouncillorLabourLabour PartylandLimerick City and County Councilpolitics Twitter O’Sullivan welcomes funding for apprenticeships at Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick Rent Pressure Zones welcomed Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Labour would put super tax on co-living units Linkedin Concerns raised over Punches Cross student development Radical shift needed with 257 homeless in Limerick Email Cllr Joe LeddinLABOUR Party councillor Joe Leddin has called on Limerick City and Council Council chief executive Conn Murray to prepare a detailed report on lands located at Ballykeefe that were originally intended for development as a neighbourhood park.He believes an internal investigation is needed after it was confirmed that the 17-acre Ballykeefe site off the Fr Russell Road in Dooradoyle, has been sold and is no longer available to the local authority.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This saga stretches back almost 20 years when the lands formed part of an agreement with Seamus Braddish, a local developer who subsequently received planning permission for several housing developments in the area including the Inis Mor and Inis Lua estates,” Cllr Leddin explained.“The 17-acre site was identified by the council as a potential neighbourhood park as no community facilities had been provided by the council for the growing population in the Dooradoyle/Raheen area.“Promises that the site would be developed came and went – along with misleading and contradictory replies from council officials to questions I submitted over the previous four years,” he added.He said he wanted to know how these lands have been sold despite repeated written assurances that discussions were ongoing and nearing conclusion.In reply to a question he submitted at last month’s Metropolitan District meeting, Cllr Leddin was informed that “Discussions are continuing to advance with regard to these lands at Ballykeefe owned by Braddish and Co. The Council is taking a proactive position in relation to securing the optimum outcome for the local authority. It is intended to bring the engagements to a conclusion during the coming months.”At this Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting, he was told that the Council had been advised by legal representatives acting for the owner that the site was sold and was no longer available to the local authority.“The zoning of the land is Open Space and Recreation,” Head of Property Services, Jayne Leahy said.Describing the situation as a “fiasco”, Cllr Leddin said that a site that was to benefit the wider Raheen, Dooradoyle and Mungret community would now form part of the future plans of private developers.A council spokesman explained to the Limerick Post this Wednesday that the site had initially been earmarked as a potential location for a local park.“These plans were superseded by the purchase of the Mungret College site. The council has since opened an award-winning playground and neighbourhood park and has carried out a significant amount of work to improve public access.“The Council is aware that lands in Ballykeefe remain in private ownership and it is important to note that the site is zoned for open space and recreation. The council will continue to ensure that these lands currently zoned open space are developed as an amenity for the local community,” he concluded.Read more politics news here.last_img read more

Husband says wife has not been and never will be the same again after…

first_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 14, 2011 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebookcenter_img Previous articlePascal Blake set to join Letterkenny Town CouncilNext articleFormer army bases in Lifford and Rockhill to be passed over to Council News Highland News Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook A husband has told how his wife will never be the same again after she was savagely assaulted by a 14-year-old boy.Retired nurse Anna McDaid suffered horrific injuries after she was set upon by the teenager in Letterkenny, in August last year while walking to her local post office.She suffered a broken arm, dislocated shoulder and was knocked unconscious during the attack. Her handbag, which contained €300, was stolen and later discovered without the money.Anna McDaid, who is her 60’s, was found by a passerby and had to spend nine days in hospital being treated for her injuries.Speaking at Milford District Court yesterday, Ms McDaid’s husband Joe said his wife is still undergoing medical treatment and has only 50 per cent use of her left arm.Ms McDaid’s attacker was before the courts to allow Judge Paul Kelly to hear the outcome of a probation report carried out on the youth, who is now 15.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told the court that the youth is now a completely different character and is sorry for what happened.He has completed a home-schooling course and is now looking to begin a computer course with Fás.At an earlier sitting of the court Mr Dillon said the boy had been causing his parents problems before the attack. They had tried to discipline him by cutting off his pocket money, which proved disastrous.Mr Dillon said he had tried to arrange a meeting to allow the boy to apologise to Ms McDaid but she declined the offer. He has given his victim €500 in compensation.Judge Kelly thanked Mr McDaid for coming to court and passed on his best wishes to Mr McDaid’s wife.The court also heard that the boy faced other charges of theft of alcohol from a supermarket and the theft of a car to which he pleaded guilty.He adjourned the case until September 12th for an updated probation report and said he was considering imposing 120 hours of community service on the boy. Twitter Husband says wife has not been and never will be the same again after assault Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Conservation districts awarded $900,000 to improve water quality

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded more than $900,000 in matching grant funds to Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.Each district will receive approximately $10,000, which will be used to support their local conservation efforts.“Improving water quality takes considerable time, energy, but, especially, resources,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I applaud the State Soil Conservation Board for making this funding available, as well as Indiana’s conservation districts for the work they’re doing to conserve our natural resources.”The funds were awarded through the Clean Water Indiana program, which is administered by the state’s conservation board. The program provides financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups that are working to reduce runoff from non-point sources of water pollution, whether it’s on agricultural land, urban areas or eroding streambanks.Once received, districts can use the funds to partner with other counties or address specific needs within their jurisdiction. Some examples may include participating in a cost share program, hiring staff, or providing technical assistance, education and training.“Each district and region has its own set of challenges, when it comes to the natural resource concerns they’re facing,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “This funding will allow them to expand their efforts, as they develop locally-driven solutions to address these problems.”Clean Water Indiana is managed by ISDA’s Division of Soil Conservation and funded by a portion of the state’s cigarette taxlast_img read more

Coup in Lower House?

first_imgThere are clear indications from the corridors of the Capitol that a third attempt to unseat Rep. Alex Tyler from Speakership is in the offing, and could take place any time this month.The Daily Observer reliably gathered that since the House adjourned last Thursday, July 21 for the 169th Independence Day celebrations, there have been several consultations and meetings among “rebellious or renegade lawmakers” to dethrone Speaker Tyler over what has been described as a “fight of morality.” A lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, said they have desperately regrouped for what is described as their “last chance” in the remaining nine working sessions before this year’s 5th Session closes at the end of August 2016.Constitutionally, the Legislature on August 31 adjourns for its annual agriculture or constituency break and resumes work the second working Monday of January. Next year, 2017, shall be the 6th and final session of the 53rd Legislature.This would be the group’s third attempt at the removal of Speaker Tyler since he was accused of allegedly receiving US$75,000, according the controversial Global Witness report released May 2016. The report cited his alleged role in changing the Public Procurement Commission Committee (PPCC) Law in favor of London based mining company Sable Mining to acquire a concession deal for the iron ore rich Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.Late Sunday, impeccable sources told the Daily Observer that only eight affirmative signatures are now needed to unseat Speaker Tyler through a resolution for a cause by signatures of two-thirds (2/3) members of the Lower House.According to our sources, some lawmakers who intensely opposed the Speaker’s removal have affixed their signatures to the resolution document. These include Reps. George Mulbah, Lester Paye and Clarence Massaquoi.Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue still remains a strong supporter for the toppling of the Speaker.The aggrieved lawmakers, who Speaker Tyler described as “surrogates of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf” for his removal, argued that the indictment of the Speaker by Criminal Court ‘C’ has brought the honorable House of Representatives into public disrepute and immorality and urged him to recuse himself and subsequently resign his position as Speaker.The so-called ‘morality campaign’ is spearheaded by Montserrado County Rep. Edwin M. Snowe and Margibi County Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay.Maryland and Montserrado County Representatives, James Biney and Solomon George, and J. Gabriel Nyenkan, respectively, and other Lawmakers said the accusation is politically motivated, that a person is constitutionally presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction.Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Armah Z. Jallah also added his voice decrying those who have called for the Speaker to recuse himself, arguing that the Speaker is innocent until proven guilty.Overthrow StrategyIt’s been alleged that a financial package of US$20,000, according to sources, has been offered to each lawmaker to sign the resolution to vote Tyler down, coupled with the approval of District Project Funds (DPF) under the Legislative Support Project (LSP).Reportedly, US$10,000 would be given upon the affixing of each lawmaker’s signature and the approval of DPF, with the remaining US$10,000 given after the final ousting of Speaker Tyler and the last consent of the DPF.It is believed that the ousting of Speaker Tyler has been set for between Tuesday, August 9, and Thursday, August 18.It has also been gathered that if the Speaker delays in putting the resolution on the agenda, which has a cause and signatures of two-thirds (2/3) of members, the supposed “majority” will have a divided session in the Joint Chambers, and will discuss the decision reached. Any ranking official or designated person will serve as presiding officer.After the ousting of the Speaker, reports say, the acting Speaker and Plenary might suspend the Rules and Regulation of 34 Statutory and Standing Committees.LobbyistsPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s trusted servant and political troubleshooter, Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, is said to be the Chief Lobbyist. Nagbe, who serves as the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, is said to be standing in as the Acting Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, a function previously occupied by the late Dr. Edward B. McClain.Minister Nagbe was recently elected as the Secretary General of Unity Party (UP).He is the only Minister in more than 35 years who has served as Minister of three Ministries under one regime, while at the same time heading the Secretariat of the ruling Party after having previously served as Secretary General for the main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).The President replaced Executive Mansion’s Liaison Officer Elijah Seah, who she reportedly referred to as “too diplomatic”, bringing in her Minister of State without Portfolio, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, who she has assigned to troubleshoot legal matters.Mr. Julius Sele, the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), is among others who are part of the campaign to remove the Speaker. LACE is a strong partner of the Government through the Legislature and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in implementing development projects in the country’s 73 electoral districts.Holding funds hostageAfter two unsuccessful attempts to remove him from his speakership, Speaker Tyler accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of blackmail, ‘cash violence’ and other dictatorial and undemocratic schemes to unseat him.He said the President, in her politically diabolical ploy, is calling on the lawmakers to induce them with US$20,000 each to unseat him.The Speaker stated that the President threatened to withhold the benefits and entitlements and District Project Funds of lawmakers if they failed to have him removed.“These well-orchestrated ploys by the President to hold the House of Representatives in ransom by denying members their due benefits and entitlement as a means to strangulate us into undue political submission is in itself dictatorial and undemocratic to say the least,” Speaker Tyler said. But President Sirleaf’s office rejected the Speaker’s claims, describing them as baseless and unfounded and instead urging him to focus on the things that matters to the nation.Historical AnalysisIn 2007, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe accused the Executive of interfering into legislative politics and later that year also blamed the President for funding his removal.He was unseated (the race for Speaker was between Montserrado County Lawmaker Edward Forh and the Bomi County Representative Rep. Alex Tyler).The President publicly pledged support to Rep. Forh, and Rep. Snowe as retribution supported Rep. Tyler, who won the election.In the 2011 race for Speaker, the President supported Nimba County Representative Ricks Toweh against incumbent Speaker Tyler. Rep. Tyler again won the election. Some believe that the quarrel between the President and the Speaker escalated when the House of Representatives refused to ratify three offshore blocks, while others say the squabble between them intensified when Speaker Tyler resigned from the Liberia Action Party (LAP) – and influenced the resignation of key officials from the Bomi County chapter of the ruling Unity Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more