NewsLocal NewsOlder people losing life-qualityBy admin – February 1, 2012 770 THE QUALITY of life for older people is being seriously eroded. Limerick Senior Citizens’ representatives say that older people are having to go to bed earlier because they are unable to afford fuel, cannot go out to socialise because of a lack of public transport and tougher drink-driving laws and many are scared to go out after dark because of the “thuggery” which is going on.Oliver Creighton, chairperson of the Limerick Division of the Senior Citizens’ Parliament says:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “If you add to that all of the cuts to services and the new charges that are being piled on pensioners and people on a fixed income, you will see how their quality of live is draining away.”Oliver and Paul Walsh, who is secretary of the Limerick Division are preparing to submit motions for the Parliament’s AGM in Dublin in March and are considering the urgency of the issues which people in Limerick are raising.“There have been cutbacks in every area, dental treatment, charges for medical card subscriptions. I all mounts up. The cuts to fuel allowance are very hard on people. What is an older person to do? They have to put on more clothes or just go to bed earlier And they are afraid to go out at night because of the thuggery that is occurring on our streets.”.The Limerick Division was founded in November 2010 and now has 22 organisations in Limerick city and county alone.Paul points out how important it is that organisations and individuals affiliate with the Parliament to strengthen its voice..“We are a non-political umbrella group and we have a seat in the social partnership so we have an ear in Government”..Another blow to older people’s lifestyle and peace of mind is that they can no longer afford to be generous with their children and grandchildren.“They have been helping their children raise families and assisting with the mortgage or the grandchildren’s’ education. They are being hit with so many charges, along with everyone else that few can afford to do that anymore, The effect of all this on people’s mental health is devastating,” Oliver said.Any club or individual interested in joining forces with the Senior Citizens’ Parliament by affiliating with it can contact the head office at 01-8561243 Linkedin Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Print Advertisement Previous articleLimerick’s 187-year-old psychiatric hospital earmarked for closureNext articleOutgoing SAA chairman explains his absence admin Email
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE that the latest dream of professional sport in Evansville is that maybe, just maybe a professional soccer team would draw enough fans to make an impact?…around 60 soccer enthusiasts recently gathered to watch a big game at RiRa’s and someone hatched the idea of an Evansville based pro soccer franchise?…if the group grows to around 600 enthusiasts it may be the start of something good?IS IT TRUE Los Angeles in a region of 20 million people does support professional soccer to the tune of 25,000 fans per game?…greater Evansville has about 1% of the population of LA so if enthusiasm for soccer scales, we can expect far less than 25,000 soccer enthusiasts to attend a game in Evansville?…that is not enough to start dreaming of borrowing money to build a downtown stadium?…it is enough to form a club that is not paid to play and hope to develop a following before investing any taxpayer dollars in soccer?IS IT TRUE that there have been plenty of different semi pro and even pro sports franchises in Evansville?…the most recent examples of attempt at being a sports centric metro took a back seat when the Evansville Icemen contract was not renewed? …then followed the Evansville Thunderbolts that is seemly is slipping on the ice at the $127 million downtown hockey rink?IS IT TRUE the Evansville Icemen flirted with success when they were a playoff contender, but the reality is that the unreasonable costs of renting the ice sheet couldn’t be sustained even with 5,000 hockey fans showing up for games? …that the fiscal conservatives vultures are now circling the lowly Evansville Thunderdolts after their first embattled money losing year? …it is rumored that the Evansville Thunderbolts may have lost around $750,000 plus in the 2016-17 season which the Evansville taxpayers are expected to pick up the tab?IS IT TRUE that an indoor and a outdoor football has failed twice due to excessive expenses?…the indoor Evansville Bluecats were a respectable team that failed due to financial problems?…the outdoor football Evansville Vipers were championship contenders but couldn’t draw a paying crowd?IS IT TRUE that Evansville has lost a couple of third tier basketball teams because of economic reasons?…the biggest blow to local sports came when the AAA affiliate Evansville Triplets folded?.IS IT TRUE the Otters continue to provide very good sports entertainment but are dependent on the generosity of the ownership to sustain themselves?IS IT TRUE soccer is an international sport and the Evansville area has enjoyed some very good high school teams and even some state championships?… it would cost very little to start a semi pro soccer team, but we had better knock those “we gotta build a new soccer stadium” smiles off the faces of the elected officials before they jam another wasteful taxpayer financed dream team down the people’s throat? …it just might be time for area soccer enthusiasts to start discussing this idea in earnest?IS IT TRUE one of our staff member told us he had a monster bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich at the Eastside ShowMe’s Restaurant? …if you’re looking for a jumbo bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich you need to visit the Eastside ShowMe’s Restaurant? …this affordable sandwich is served with eight (8) slices of bacon?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that a semi pro soccer team could be successful in this area?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted by our reader’s in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.