Max Bankole Jarrett Joins Africa Progress Panel

first_imgThe Africa Progress Panel (APP) has announced that Max Bankole Jarrett has joined the Secretariat as its Deputy Executive Director, increasing the organization’s depth and knowledge of African policy issues, especially.On a two-year loan from the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Mr Jarrett, a Liberian, has over 23 years of professional experience, including the United Nations, policy-oriented think tanks, and 11 years with the BBC. “We’ve known Max a long time and enjoyed working with him very much,” Caroline Kende-Robb, Executive Director, said. “Max brings a wonderful knowledge and experience of African policy issues, and we’re delighted to get his perspective.” Mr Jarrett moves to Geneva from Addis Ababa.“I’m excited to have this new challenge. The Africa Progress Panel has been at the cutting edge of African public policy issues, and this is a terrific team,” Mr Jarrett said.Set to explore innovative financing methods for investment in Africa’s agriculture, investment, and energy sectors, the 2014 Africa Progress Report is due for publication in May. Backed by its Secretariat, the Africa Progress Panel consists of ten influential Panel Members, chaired by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgDialogue among peace messengers on this particular topic started from Monrovia, through Brussels; while in transit to the United States and New York at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) organized as part of activities to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2015.The dialogue concluded on the notion that achieving Ebola free status at the time we did, will never be realized without women’s meaningful involvement and active participation.We dialogued also that besides being the first woman to become democratically elected President in Africa; our President would add to her quiver another first. She is the first woman and seating President to successfully provide leadership in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.Right from the onset of EVD, women as individuals and groups were pivotal in providing health care and psycho-social support to efforts directed at the prevention and control of Ebola.In Monrovia and the sectors, women formed pressure groups to solicit Government rapid action. We recall the religious role played by women from Crusaders for Peace through fasting and prayers for divine intervention and for the involvement of International community. Women were involved in the mobilization of others to action. The participation of women in the fight against Ebola took the form of Community Education Outreach Programme through the use of public address system, house to house education programme and distribution of Information, Education and Communication materials. Multi-media campaigns were organized and conducted by women groups across the country.To ensure that hygienic materials reach the general population, women were involved in buying and selling hand sanitizers to others as well as providing support to first responders and those working on the burial team.More women died from Ebola and through their traditional roles as care givers take over the responsibilities of the home following the death of their partners. Female survivors suffer the burden of social stigmatization more than the men. Inspite of the major roles played by women, key challenges remain. Women groups are often perceived to have inadequate skills to develop programmes for Ebola orphans; insufficient funds to deliver on post Ebola programmes on stigmatization and the lack of absorptive capacity by some groups to utilize funds, write their reports and tell their stories. There is urgent need for capacity building programme for women’s group and research.To change current mindset on the challenges of involving women in the fight of any epidemic requires a mind shift. The integration of women in key peace and development programmes can take various forms and at Messengers of Peace Liberia- we begin with your support to the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation. We take this opportunity to call on everyone, every group, every organization and every Country to assist us as we rebuild confidence in the health systems and re-establish trust as well as create a system for rapid response to future outbreak.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates: The impact of Ebola Outbreak on the Liberian Child -”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man City won’t fancy Liverpool Euro test -Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City wil lock horns with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League quarters. Photo/FILELONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 16 -Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City won’t be happy to have been drawn against Liverpool in a Champions League quarter-final showdown of Premier League rivals.Klopp’s side were paired with Premier League leaders City in Friday’s draw and the Reds boss is certain Pep Guardiola’s side will be feeling a little nervous about the prospect. Although City beat Liverpool 5-0 in September, they suffered their only league defeat this season at Liverpool on January 14.The Reds raced into a 4-1 lead before settling for a 4-3 victory and Klopp believes that vibrant performance will set the tone for the European rematch.The quarter-final first leg will take place at Anfield on April 4 and the decisive return is set for April at Eastlands 10.“We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league. I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.“We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites -– maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona -– but thank God it’s football and nothing is decided.”The tie will be the first meeting between Premier League sides in the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010-11 when Manchester United beat Chelsea.Facing another English team gives the clash added spice and Klopp is relishing the occasion.– Added spice –“I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really,” he said.“It is exactly like it was before –- we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go.“We have a few games to play until then, but I am really looking forward to it and we will give it everything.”Runaway leaders City are 21 points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool, but Klopp hopes the frenzied atmosphere at Anfield on another big European night will prove a key factor.Asked whether he a special night was in store, Klopp replied: “100 percent! We are already looking forward to that. And it’s a nice, short trip for our supporters when we go to City.“We can get a result at home for sure, but it’s obviously a difficult game.“The good thing is they are the team we know most about. It’s not too cool for England because now only one team can go to the semis. But we will try everything.”City are chasing their first European Cup and the club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain admits Liverpool will pose a significant obstacle.“It’s a very difficult one. We like to travel and to go to another country in the Champions League but it is what it is,” he said.“In the Champions League there is no time for mistakes, everything has to work, you have to be almost perfect in both games. We know the power and the strength of Liverpool.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Crystal Palace appoint Warnock as Pulis’ successor

first_img1 Neil Warnock has been appointed Crystal Palace manager for a second time.The 65-year-old, who has been out of work since parting company with Leeds in April 2013, returns to Selhurst Park to succeed Tony Pulis on a two-year contract.Warnock enjoyed a successful two-and-a-half-year spell in charge of the Eagles before leaving for QPR in March 2010.He went to on lead QPR to promotion to the Premier League but was sacked in January 2012 with the Hoops sitting 17th in the top-flight.A month later he was appointed manager of Championship side Leeds but his spell at Elland Road lasted a little over a year.Warnock has been working in the media since then, but he has now been handed a shock return to the dugout by Palace.Their chairman Steve Parish has spent two weeks searching for a replacement for Pulis following his shock exit two days ahead of the new Premier League season.Malky Mackay had been the leading contender for the job before details of offensive texts he sent while at Cardiff were made public.Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke has been heavily linked with the role since Mackay’s withdrawal from the running, but Parish has turned to old boy Warnock.The Yorkshireman’s first game back at the helm will be against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday. Neil Warnock last_img read more

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Germany latest victims of champions curse

first_img0Shares0000Germany striker Mario Gomez reacts after the defending champions were eliminated from the World CupKAZAN, Russia, Jun 25- Germany have been eliminated from a World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century.Leaving aside Uruguay — who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for the 1934 edition — it is the sixth time in the history of the competition that the reigning champions have failed to make it past the first hurdle. AFP Sport looks back at the previous sides to fall victim to the champions curse:– Italy 1950 –Italy had won back-to-back World Cups before the Second World War got in the way, and much had changed by the time the 1950 tournament came around in Brazil.Their team also opted to travel across the Atlantic by boat after several Italian internationals were killed in the Superga air disaster of May 1949 that decimated the great Torino side of the time.Out of shape after the long journey by sea, the Italians played just two matches, losing 3-2 to Sweden before beating Paraguay 2-0. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.– Brazil 1966 –Pele’s great Brazil side rocked up in England having won the previous two World Cups. They would win the 1970 trophy too, but 1966 was a disaster.Pele and Garrincha scored to secure a 2-0 win over Bulgaria at Everton’s Goodison Park home in their opening game. However, Bulgaria’s rough treatment of Pele forced him to miss their next match, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hungary.O Rei’ returned for their decisive last group outing against Eusebio’s Portugal, but was the victim of another meaty tackle and was forced to limp his way through the remainder of the match as Brazil lost 3-1 again to go out.– France 2002 –France came to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea with a wonderful side that had won the trophy on home soil in 1998 and then won the European Championship in 2000.However, nothing went right for Les Bleus as they went home with their tails between their legs having failed to score a goal never mind win a game.Zinedine Zidane was missing due to injury as France were stunned 1-0 by Senegal in their first game, and they followed that with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, as Thierry Henry was sent off.Zidane was back in time for their last group outing, but could not prevent a 2-0 loss at the hands of Denmark that had them heading home after the worst trophy defence in tournament history.– Italy 2010 –After the miracle of 2006, when the Azzurri won the trophy in Germany despite the chaos being caused in their domestic game by the Calciopoli scandal, 2010 in South Africa was a spectacular disaster for the Italians.The presence of veterans like Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro and that of Marcello Lippi on the bench could not prevent Italy from being humbled in the group stage as they failed to win any of their matches.After having to come from behind to draw with Paraguay and New Zealand, Italy’s fate was sealed as they suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss at the hands of Slovakia, who advanced at their expense.– Spain 2014 –The curse of the champions struck again four years ago in Brazil, as Spain’s all-conquering side were stopped in their tracks.Vicente del Bosque’s team arrived in South America having won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012, but this proved a step too far for a side lacking the hunger of old.They knew they were going home after just two matches of a disastrous trophy defence, as a 5-1 humbling at the hands of the Netherlands was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Chile at the Maracana.It was the end of an era for the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso. A 3-0 win over Australia in their last game was scant consolation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Casillas bids Real Madrid farewell with tearful press conference as he joins Porto

first_img1 Iker Casillas said an emotional goodbye to Real Madrid on Sunday as he prepared to move to Porto after 25 years at the Bernabeu.The goalkeeper joined Real’s youth academy in 1990 and has been with the club ever since, making 725 appearances and winning 17 major honours in that time.The 34-year-old was a high-profile casualty of Jose Mourinho’s reign at Real but returned to the side after the Portuguese left for Chelsea, winning the Champions League for a third time in 2014.His time at the club has now come to an end, though, and, in a tearful press conference, he paid tribute to all those at the club who had helped him through the years.“After 25 years of defending the crest of the world’s greatest football team, a difficult day has arrived in my sporting career,” he said after fighting back the tears and prompting a rapturous round of applause from the gathered media. “It is time to say goodbye to this institution which has given me everything.“It seems like only yesterday when as a nine-year-old I put on the Real Madrid jersey for the first time and my dream came true.“During all this time we have suffered, laughed, cried and celebrated together. I have always felt supported and very loved, during both the good times as well as during bad times.“This club has not only taught me to be an athlete, but it has also shaped me as a person, it has helped me grow, instilling in me the values its crest represents: respect, camaraderie, commitment and, above all else, humility. I have always tried to take these values with me wherever I’ve travelled to represent Real Madrid.”He added: “There’s a phrase I’ve often used in interviews and I’m going to use again: above being remembered for being a good or a bad goalkeeper, all I would like is for people to remember me as a good person.“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. I’ll never be able to forget you and you can be sure that wherever I end up I’ll continue to shout: Hala Madrid!”Casillas also thanked the coaches, staff, players and fans that had been with him at Los Blancos but insisted he was excited by the new challenge presented to him after signing a two-year deal across the border.“The decision to join Porto boils down to two important reasons: firstly, the excitement conveyed to me by the president, the director Antero (Henrique) and the manager Julen (Lopetegui), who I have known for some time and, above all else, by the whole team,” he said.“And secondly, for the affection shown to me since it more or less became known that Portugal was to be my destination. And in that respect, they have won me over and that makes me very happy.“I will do my all not to let them down and will fight as hard as I can to win as many titles as possible with my new team.“For that, thank you Porto for the faith you have shown me.” Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas last_img read more

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Woman making history
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I have not seen a generation gap in our conversations because our conversations have been strictly about board and district business,” she said. “There’s not a lot of facets to board business that would see a generation gap.” The district serves about 4,200 customers and 20,000 residents in unincorporated South Whittier. It was her husband, Tim, a Graves Middle School librarian, who cajoled his wife in July into running for the board. She was complaining about having to use bottled water instead of tap water for her baby’s formula for her then-5-month-old, Augustus. “He said, `Well you know if you are concerned, run,”‘ she said. SOUTH WHITTIER – When Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez decided to run for the Orchard Dale Water Board, it wasn’t with the idea of making history. Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, of unincorporated South Whittier, ran because she was concerned about water quality. But when she defeated longtime incumbent Clifford Lee by four votes, she became the first woman, first Latina and one of the youngest, if not the youngest ever, to serve on the board in its 53-year-history. “I’m happy that I’m part of history,” said Stevenson-Rodriguez, who downplays that part and doesn’t expect problems from her much older male directors. Six months later, Stevenson-Rodriguez has been sworn in and attended her first meeting. So far, the older board members seem to be accepting her, she said. Elden Hughes, who recently resigned from the board, had good things to say about Stevenson-Rodriguez. “I think she’ll be a very good board member,” Hughes said. “She seems very intelligent and seems ready to work together. You can’t beat that combination.” Board President Bob Noonan said he doesn’t know Stevenson-Rodriguez well, but believes she will be helpful to the board. “I want her to feel that we’re a family and want her to be included,” Noonan said. “As for her ethnicity, gender and age, those are probably good things,” he said. “We’ve been reproached in the past about not having a female on the board or having a Hispanic on the board,” Noonan said. While this is Stevenson-Rodriguez’s first elected position, it’s not her first foray into politics. While in her 20s, she became involved in the California Young Democrats. She eventually was elected a national committeewoman and southern vice chairwoman. Stevenson-Rodriguez also has been involved in statewide politics, working for the 1998 Gray Davis campaign as a paid fundraiser and then for Steve Westly in 2002 in the same role. But this campaign was different. She didn’t raise $1 million, but rather a little more than $2,000. It also was much more of a grass-roots campaign, Margaret, helped by her mother-in-law and husband, Tim Rodriguez, who have lived in the Whittier area much longer than she has. Now that she’s won, Stevenson-Rodriguez is focusing on nuts-and-bolts issues, such as improving the district’s Web site. “I want people to be able to access it for information about conserving water and the ability to pay their bill online,” she said. And she is seeking more information about the district’s water quality. “I’ve asked Tom to provide me with an engineers’ analysis to make sure the ph levels are OK,” said Stevenson-Rodriguez, referring to Tom Coleman, the district’s general manager. “There’s always clean water, cleaner water and the cleanest water,” she said. Despite her past political background, Stevenson-Rodriguez said this new position isn’t a steppingstone to something bigger. “What I see for the future is contributing positively to the board,” she said. “I think water is going to be a big issue in California and I want to be part of it.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Ford to shut plants, trim jobs

first_imgDETROIT – In a survey released this week, Ford Motor Co. ranked last among major automakers in the use of its North American plant capacity. The company aims to change that with a restructuring plan to be announced Monday that likely will include closing some U.S. plants, cutting jobs and changing the company’s product lineup. Already some are wondering whether shutting 10 plants and laying off 25,000 hourly workers, as The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, will be enough to reverse the automaker’s billion-dollar losses in North America. Ford spokesman Tom Hoyt refused to comment Friday on details of the plan, including the number of jobs that will be cut from Ford’s North American work force of 122,877. Catherine Madden, an auto analyst at the consulting firm Global Insight Inc., said earlier this week that the plants most at risk for closure because of the products they make, including sport utility vehicles and outdated sedans, are in St. Louis; St. Paul; Atlanta; Wixom, Mich.; St. Thomas, Ontario; and Cuatitlan, Mexico. “Ford is in a very tough position with the amount of cash they have and the changes they need to make,” Madden said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Ford is under pressure to make a dramatic announcement after watching Wall Street’s lukewarm response to General Motors Corp.’s restructuring plans in November. GM’s shares fell after it announced plans to cut 30,000 jobs and close 12 facilities. Ford’s plan “is going to have to be different,” said Detroit restructuring consultant James McTevia. “I think the time for any of these domestic automobile manufacturers to procrastinate is over with.” Both Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service and Moody’s Investors Service lowered Ford’s credit rating further into junk status this month in spite of the upcoming restructuring. “The Ford downgrade incorporates the view that the company’s financial and competitive position will remain under considerable stress through 2007,” Moody’s said. Unlike GM, which lost $1.6 billion in the first three quarters of 2005, Ford is a profitable company. At the North American International Auto Show this month, Chairman and CEO Bill Ford said the company expects to report a profit when it releases full-year 2005 earnings Monday. Ford’s trouble has been in North America, where it lost more than $1.4 billion in the first nine months of last year. Bill Ford said the No. 2 U.S. automaker took a bigger hit than competitors when oil prices rose, since Ford relies disproportionately on sales of trucks and sport-utility vehicles. As SUV sales slid, production fell at Ford’s North American factories. Ford used just 79 percent of its plant capacity in the region in 2005, down from 86 percent in 2004, according to preliminary numbers released this week by Harbour Consulting Inc., a firm that measures plant productivity. By contrast, Toyota Motor Corp. was operating at full capacity, while DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group was running at 93 percent. Ford’s labor agreements with the United Auto Workers make it difficult for the automaker to cut excess capacity and jobs. The company currently has 1,100 workers on indefinite layoff in a jobs bank, where they get full pay and benefits. While UAW members did vote last year to require workers and retirees to pay more for their health care coverage, the deal will shave only about $850 million off Ford’s $3.1 billion annual health care bill. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said earlier this week that he hadn’t seen details of the plan. “You’re talking about people, communities, hopes and dreams and aspirations, and it’s very difficult and trying for our membership,” Gettelfinger said. “We don’t like to see any jobs go away. We’re always in hope that down the road we’ll be able to reverse some of those decisions.” Ford also has been criticized for inconsistency in producing hit vehicles. The Ford Mustang pony car and Ford Fusion sedan were strong sellers last year, but minivans and the redesigned Ford Explorer SUV were flops. As a result, the company suffered its 10th straight year of market share losses in the United States in 2005, and for the first time in 19 years, Ford lost its crown as America’s best-selling brand to GM’s Chevrolet. Ford sold around 2.9 million vehicles for a market share of 17.4 percent, down from 18.3 percent in 2004. The restructuring is Ford’s second attempt to overhaul its North American operations in four years. Under the first plan, launched in January 2002, Ford cut 35,000 jobs and closed five plants, but North American operations failed to turn around. Jim Padilla, Ford’s chief operating officer, said this plan is different. Last time, he said, Ford didn’t consider any changes to its product lineup. “We treated the situation not too dissimilar from what happened in the early ’90s and the early ’80s, which was, Batten down the hatches, cut the costs and things like that, and we will come out of it,” Padilla told reporters at the auto show. “The realities are much more harsh than that. This is not just what you would call a cyclical change. This is a secular change.” The plan’s chief architect, Ford’s Americas President Mark Fields, said consumers are at the core of the new plan. Fields also says the company needs to dump the sense of entitlement it has held because of its long history. “You start with, what does your brand stand for, who are the target customers you’re going after, and then executing a product philosophy and a design philosophy that will bring that to the marketplace,” Fields said. Shares of Ford fell 32 cents, or 3.9 percent, to close at $7.90 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. 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POST OFFICE CHANGES ANOTHER BLOW TO WEST DONEGAL

first_imgAn Post has decided to reconfigure postal services in West Donegal which will see the consolidation of mail operations at offices in Derrybeg, Dunfanaghy and Gortahork and move a new delivery service unit to Falcarragh.Commenting on the plans, Deputy Pearse Doherty said the decision was yet another blow to rural towns in West Donegal and another example of the decimation of postal services under the current Fine Gael/Labour Government.Deputy Doherty said “This announcement by An Post is another sad one for rural communities in West Donegal which have, over the past number of years, seen the gradual removal and reduction of local services including the closure and down grading of rural post offices. “It’s been confirmed to me by An Post that the company is planning to consolidate certain mail operations currently carried out at its offices in Derrybeg, Dunfanaghy and Gortahork which will then be transferred to the upgraded facility in Falcarragh in the former bank premises.“While I have been informed by An Post that the move will not result in slower delivery times for customers, and while I also understand that these local offices will remain open, it is very upsetting for these towns as the plans will see some staff at the existing offices moved to the new unit in Falcarragh where they will now work from.”The Sinn Fein Deputy added this is typical of the indifference and disinterest shown to rural communities by this government and it’s a reflection of their attitude towards rural life and small communities which, for years now, have struggled with the closure and removal of local services such as Post Offices and Garda stations.“Instead of cherishing the vital work done by post offices and postal workers, this government seems intent on ensuring that the network and its services are diminished and scaled back, despite the obvious implications which this has on small towns and villages.” “Ironically, this very week I unveiled my party’s document ‘A New Deal for the West’, outlining our policies for rural Ireland and sets out how a Sinn Féin government would deliver decent public services, including the retention of local post offices, increased Garda numbers and the re-opening of closed Garda stations.”POST OFFICE CHANGES ANOTHER BLOW TO WEST DONEGAL was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Pearse Dohertypost officesWest Donegallast_img read more

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Brothers charged with assault of man in nightclub carpark

first_imgTwo Lifford brothers have appeared in court charged with assault on another man.Lee Kelly, 21, and Adam Kelly, 20, of Beechwood, Lifford appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The court heard the alleged victim suffered two black eyes, bruised ribs and a scar above the right eye.The alleged attack happened in the car park of a nightclub which was not covered by CCTV.The case was adjourned until July 24th.Brothers charged with assault of man in nightclub carpark was last modified: June 18th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:assaultcourtdonegalGardaiLiffordlast_img read more

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