Email Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State NewsHard line for attacks on emergency servicesBy Bernie English – May 3, 2016 687 Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Good Garda news for Bruff TAGSattacksfirfightersniall collinstoougher penalties Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins says tougher laws are needed to help protect frontline emergency service workers. The Limerick TD says the Government should introduce specific legislation to make it an offence to assault a member of the gardaí, a fire fighter, a paramedic or nurse.Deputy Collins made the comments after Limerick firefighters were assaulted as they responded to a bonfire in the city over the weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The attack on Limerick firefighters as they responded to a fire in Garryowen over the bank holiday weekend is shocking. Unfortunately attacks on firefighters and other members of the emergency services have been on the increase in recent years. It’s nothing short of a disgrace to see a small number of people attack emergency workers as they try to do their jobs,” said Deputy Collins.“It’s been obvious for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect emergency workers. There have been far too many assaults on emergency workers right across the country in recent years. I’ve long held the view that we need robust legislation in place to prevent such attacks. Fire and foremost there needs to be strong sentencing for those who attack emergency workers. This is the only way to prevent such attacks in the future.“In 2012 Fianna Fáil published the ‘Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill’ which aims to protect those working in the frontline of our emergency services. This legislation proposed a minimum 5 year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an on duty garda, nurse, ambulance worker of fireman. This would send a strong signal that such assaults are unacceptable.“I’ll continue to push for tougher laws to help protect emergency service workers. The message needs to go out loud and clear that it’s utterly unacceptable to attack those working in our emergency services.”[email protected] Twitter Previous article#WATCH Limerick firefighters attacked with rocks and weaponsNext articleNew CEO for Shannon Group Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Print
Press Association Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes’ bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions’ season. Mourinho said: “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday’s goalless draw at Tottenham. Reports continue that Chelsea are looking for a new striker in January – with Tottenham’s Harry Kane among those linked – and the speculation is likely to heighten after Costa’s omission. Mourinho did not think of turning to Costa in search of a goal which would have secured just a second away win of the season. “I was looking for the winner, but without him,” said Mourinho, who sent on Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the dying moments of the match. “I was tempted not to touch the team, because the team was dangerous. Why change if we think we cannot improve?” Mourinho saw reasons for optimism following the performance and praised Hazard as Chelsea’s “false nine”. The Belgian forced Hugo Lloris into a second-half save which denied Chelsea victory. He expects Terry (ankle) and long-term injury victim Thibaut Courtois (knee) to be back for next Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, along with new father Loic Remy and injured pair Ramires and Radamel Falcao. “The message to every one of my players – not (just) Diego, to every one of my players – when we play as a team and when, especially, we defend as a team, the team is much better,” Mourinho added. “Playing the way we played, I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next 10 matches we don’t lose one. “For us the result is not what we want, but the performance is good. “I think we can look to December with enthusiasm. I’m convinced at the end of December we’ll be in a different position to where we are now and we will shorten clearly the distance to the top teams.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino also did not get the result he wanted as his side extended their unbeaten run to 13 games, their only Premier League defeat this term coming on the opening day at Manchester United. Pochettino had described the noon kick-off as a “joke” following Thursday night’s 2,500-mile flight from Azerbaijan, where his side were in Europa League action. Asked if he was happy with a draw, in light of the journey to Baku, he said: “No, not really happy. We’re a bit disappointed. We deserved more than we got. “We created enough chances to score. We shot four times on target, and three or four more off target. “They had one shot on target, in the second half for Hazard. We deserved more in a very difficult game.” Ryan Mason went off with an ankle or Achilles problem and will be assessed early next week. “I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench. “Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision.” Costa did not warm up ahead of the game and appeared pitch-side with trainers, rather than boots on, broadcasters sitting near the Chelsea bench reported. Mourinho says Costa warmed up when instructed to do so. “A top player going on the bench, they are not happy,” Mourinho added. “For me his behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when they went to warm up.” John Terry, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and others have all found themselves on the substitutes’ bench during Chelsea’s poor start to the season. Mourinho said prior to the game that he left out Costa due to low confidence after just four goals this season, but the pair argued at half-time of last Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Israel and the manager on Friday criticised the striker’s reading of the game.