ELECTION 2014: CULLEN SLAMS HOUSING WAITING LIST AS UNACCEPTABLE AND SCANDALOUS

first_imgUnacceptable and shocking, that was the verdict from independent candidate Donal Cullen, following the announcement of an increase of 28% in the housing waiting list in Donegal. The reality behind this percentage figure in real terms is that at present 2,146 people are awaiting housing.Cullen, an independent candidate in the Letterkenny-Milford Electoral area has said the increase is both intolerable and shocking. Cullen told Donegal Daily, “It is predicated that this figure will rise in the future unless there are immediate steps taken to increase the number of social housing available.“Many ordinary hard working families who have contributed to the economy of the country, now find themselves faced with the awful and painful reality of their homes being repossessed by the banks, and many of them cannot afford the ever rocketing rent prices.“Indeed the well known social rights campaigner Fr.Peter McVery, has warned that if this trend continues many families will end up homeless.“He has described the housing crisis as having the potential to causing a “tsunami of homelessness. “A frightening comparison! But sadly a reality!Cullen finds it hard to comprehend, he points to the absolutely scandalous number of boarded up houses and Ghost Estates throughout Donegal.According to Cullen, it is counter-productive and not practical that these properties are not being utilized when we have so many people in need of housing.The Government should release funding to the local authorities to enable them to take-over these properties.Cullen concluded, “The people on housing lists are not statistics, they’re human beings who are as citizens of the state and are entitled to be treated as such. “I am calling on Donegal County Council to take the initiative in leading the way for a take over of these boarded up houses and Ghost Estates.“If I am elected to Donegal County Council, I will be making very strong representation on this issue.“It is the constitutional duty of every Government to protect its citizen’s and having a home is not a luxury it is an necessity.ELECTION 2014: CULLEN SLAMS HOUSING WAITING LIST AS UNACCEPTABLE AND SCANDALOUS was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donal CullenElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more

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Bengaluru to host IPL final; Pune, Mumbai given home options

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS ipl-drought HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune × null Its schedule thrown haywire after the Bombay High Court ordered the shifting of 13 IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra, the cash-rich league today picked Bengaluru as the venue for its finale and offered four alternate home options to the state’s affected franchises.In a meeting between IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and representatives of the Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians, it was decided to allot IPL’s final and the first Qualifier to Bengaluru.The second Qualifier and the Eliminator, on the other hand, have been proposed to be moved to Kolkata to implement the Bombay High Court’s order that asked the BCCI to shift all the IPL matches after April 30 from Maharashtra due to the acute water crisis in the state.In today’s meeting, the two affected franchises were asked to pick from Raipur, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam and Kanpur as their alternate home base.While Pune opted for Visakhapatnam, Mumbai Indians sought two days’ time to choose their new base.“We will propose before the Governing Council that Final and Qualifier 1 be shifted to Bengaluru, while Qualifier 2 and Eliminator to Kolkata,” Shukla told reporters after the meeting.“After speaking to the franchises, we have given them four options: Raipur, Jaipur, Kanpur and Visakhapatnam. Mumbai Indians have asked for time till day after tomorrow (to give their preference),” he added.“Pune has given Visakhapatnam as its preference. We will put the proposal of Pune team before the Governing Council.”The logistical crisis was triggered despite the BCCI assurance to the High Court that IPL franchises of Mumbai and Pune had agreed to contribute Rs five crore each to CM’s drought relief fund.“As far as giving 5 crore is concerned, it will be as per the directive of the High Court. They (the franchises) are supposed to get a written order on this,” Shukla said.Shukla also stated that the BCCI will plead before the HC to allow the May 1 clash between Mumbai and Pune to go ahead in Pune as the home franchise will be playing a game in the city on April 29.“We will request the Honourable court to allow us to hold this match,” he said.The Rajasthan Cricket Association has been banned by the BCCI for factionalism but Shukla said the venue will be available for IPL as the offer to host has come from the state government.“The offer has come from the government and they head the sports council. The stadium belongs to government so whatever will be done will be done through the government. These are only proposal which will be presented before the governing council,” he said.The BCCI had reacted sharply to the Court’s order on Wednesday, saying that it would not be easy to move matches midway into the tournament.Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur were the three venues in Maharashtra holding IPL matches before a Public Interest Litigation was filed, alleging wastage of water in maintenance of pitches.The BCCI had asserted that it was not using potable water for ground maintenance and offered to supply water to the drought-affected areas.Shukla had gone to the extent of stating that Board could not have done anything more than this.However, taking a contrary view, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia, who was among the first to advocate shifting of matches, had welcomed the Court order, saying that he was glad that sensitivities of the drought-affected people in Maharashtra were being respected.BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur had said that there was an attempt to create negativity around the league.“We are not using drinking water, we have said that we’ll use treated sewage water only. How many swimming pools of 5 star hotels have been shut? Have people stopped watering their lawns?” Thakur had asked.“There is an attempt to create negativity on every issue these days. IPL was to use 0.00038 per cent of water so that shows the requirement was not much.”The sentiment had found support former captains Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar as well, both of whom felt that IPL and cricket had become soft targets to generate controversies. Court bouncer for IPL sponsors and brands SHARE COMMENT RELATED April 15, 2016 IPL 2016 cricket ipl-drought Kings XI Punjab choose Dharamsala as second home venuelast_img read more

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