Young Limerick people showing apathy towards local politics

first_imgWhatsApp Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Advertisement Linkedin Twitter Facebook #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email Cllr Daniel ButlerFINE Gael councillor Daniel Butler claims he is meeting a feeling of apathy towards politics amongst young people while out canvassing for the local elections in Limerick City West.Daniel (35), who was recently appointed councillor to fill his late father Richard Butler’s seat, is also reminding young people that the time to register to vote is drawing to a close. The closing date for inclusion on the supplementary register is May 6.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In my experience out there knocking on doors there is a feeling of apathy towards politics amongst people my own age and younger in particular. At my first county council meeting, I looked around the room at my colleagues to see that I was by far on the younger extremes of the age profile,” said Cllr Butler.The Limerick City West councillor is hopeful that the Local Reform Bill 2013 will tackle the issue of making local representatives more representative of the general population. He is also confident that the Bill will improve community engagement.“The role has in the past attracted people who may be retired and have perhaps a pension behind them and time to be able to take up the role or self employed people such as publicans who have control over their own hours and have an additional income. It does not support young family people such as myself to take up the role,” Cllr Butler commented.“People want someone to represent them that can relate to their struggles and their concerns and the system does not support that. Young people now struggle to tell you the name of the Taoiseach. And why should they care if they feel the system does not hear them and support them?” he asked. Previous articleShannon set to benefit from Spanish connectionsNext articleLimerick Minister challenged to a duel Alan Jacques center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerFine GaelMusic Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsPoliticsYoung Limerick people showing apathy towards local politicsBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2014 703 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at baylast_img read more

George H.W. Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

first_imgCynthia Johnson/Liaison(WASHINGTON) — The official ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush began Monday as his family watched members of the U.S. Secret Service carry his casket from a funeral chapel in Houston to a waiting hearse.The president’s service dog, 2-year-old yellow lab Sully, was with the family as well. The motorcade then headed to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base about 45 minutes away, where the 41st president will be given military honors before departing for Washington, D.C., on “Special Air Mission 41” – the name given the plane normally designated as Air Force One.There will also be a ceremony on arrival of the former president’s remains at Joint Base Andrews at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday.From there, the president’s casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.The official schedule for ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush was released on Saturday. The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum back in Texas.George H.W. Bush’s casket will lie in state from 5 p.m. Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday. A guard of honor will be in attendance, and the public will be allowed into the Capitol from 7:30 p.m. Monday until 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.Sen. John McCain, a war hero like Bush, is the last person to lie in state at the Capitol following his death in August. Bush called McCain “a patriot of the highest order” following his death.There will be a departure ceremony for Bush at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and his casket will arrive at the Washington National Cathedral five miles away at 11 a.m.The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, set to be attended by a wide array of former presidents and politicians, including Donald Trump, will last 90 minutes.Following the funeral, Bush will return to Joint Base Andrews at 1:15 p.m. and depart back to Houston. His arrival at Ellington Field is expected at 4:30 p.m. Central time on Wednesday.Bush will then lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral was held in April.The president’s casket will depart by railroad on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT and arrive at Texas A&M University in College Station, home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at 3:45 p.m. Bush, an admirer of trains, has had a special one with a glass viewing car designed to carry his remains to internment.Bush will be interred next to his wife and daughter Robin at 4:15 p.m.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more