Full audit of Garda resources now needed

first_imgNewsBreaking newsFull audit of Garda resources now neededBy admin – December 12, 2013 627 Linkedin Advertisement Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Print WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WITH over 1,000 applications received and over 30,000 expressions of interest made for the new positions available with An Garda Siochana, the move to lift the moratorium on recruitment has been broadly welcomed, but a full audit is needed to establish the garda districts and units that are in most need of a boost.That is according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins who has welcomed the commencement of garda recruitment at a time when numbers in the force are slipping to a dangerously low level.Deputy Collins is now calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to ask the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to carry out an audit of the areas and units within An Garda Síochána that need extra resources.Commissioner Callinan has said that he does not want the numbers in the force slip below 13,000. The new positions and period of recruitment he said will go to alleviating fears of a reduction in the force where an efficient level of policing could not be maintained.Deputy Collins said “This is a long overdue step. It comes at a time when the force has been subjected to sustained cuts and desperately needs more resources and more manpower,” he added.“What we need now is a full audit of garda units and garda districts to see which areas most need additional manpower.“Over the last two years, we have seen communities lose their garda stations and garda vehicles; we have seen garda districts lose some specialised units; and we have seen major gaps appearing in vital units within in the force.“It is crucial that the areas that most need a boost in garda presence receive that boost as a result of this new round of garda recruitment,” he said. Previous articleHomeless, helpless, hopelessNext articleFive managers announced for Limerick Intermediates adminlast_img read more

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Lakers analysis: Expectations high for Brandon Ingram

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> On the official tour of his new basketball home, Brandon Ingram walked onto the court of the Lakers practice facility and upstairs to Jeanie Buss’s office to gaze at the franchise’s championship trophies; into the weight room to eye the iron he will use to pack muscle onto his wiry frame; and to the locker room, where the tour stopped in front of the locker where his No. 14 jersey will hang. “(General Manager) Mitch (Kupchak) told me I had some big shoes to fill,” Ingram said.The previous occupant of that space wore size 14 Nikes. He also won five NBA titles, was selected to 18 All-Star Games and spent 20 years with the Lakers.The symbolism said it all. The No. 2 pick in last month’s draft showed up to his introductory news conference dressed confidently in a narrow-cut blue suit, with a dark purple flower in his buttonhole. For the last year or more, he’s been compared nonstop to Kevin Durant, who was once a sinewy rookie himself. Now, with his arrival in L.A., he faces the inevitable measure of Bryant’s towering accomplishments. “Kobe is Kobe,” said Ingram’s father, Donald. “Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan. You’re going to see your own Brandon Ingram. He’s going to pave his own way, he’s his own person.”It’s a sizable load for such a young player to shoulder before he has so much as played in a summer league game. “He can have that pressure,” joked Ivica Zubac, the hulking but pleasant Croatian center the Lakers drafted with their second-round pick.While the Lakers two rookies addressed their audience, D’Angelo Russell lingered in the back of the gym. He will take the floor with Ingram this week when the Lakers hit Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, but ducked out before he could be asked about his new teammate. One could only wonder what kind of lessons Russell, who was voted second-team All-Rookie last year, might impart to Ingram about transitioning to the NBA.“We’ve been talking,” Ingram said. “But I don’t think we’ve gotten that deep.” Twelve months earlier, Russell sat behind the same table and offered many of the same thoughts Ingram did Tuesday. He quickly learned it’s tougher than he bargained for a teenager to make an immediate impact in the NBA, bouncing in and out of favor with Coach Byron Scott, as well as the starting lineup. The team’s dynamic has changed dramatically, of course. Ingram will be welcomed by a new coach, Luke Walton, and while he will play in Bryant’s shadow, he won’t have to navigate the orbit of the genuine article, who in his final year never practiced and fired shots at will.That was the farewell tour. This is the welcome party. The Lakers are sitting on the ground floor of a rebuild. Having failed to land any of the big-name free agents available this month – and barring a trade for Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook – they are more than likely facing another development year. The veterans the organization did snare in free agency, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, make them better than last year, but the Lakers’ long-term gambit of returning to prominence – championships – rests on the team’s young core and, notably, Ingram. There is a big difference, however, between embracing the pressure, and living up to it. Kobe Bryant is out, Ingram is in. Being named heir to the Black Mamba is a task no young player deserves. While the Lakers no doubt would like to shield Ingram from facing unreasonable expectations in the infancy of his career, there’s no question that the type of player they hoped to find at the top of the draft would take up Bryant’s mantle.Byron Scott was rightly criticized last year for comparing D’Angelo Russell to Magic Johnson on draft night, but the Lakers putting Ingram in Bryant’s old seat sends a similar message.Either Ingram did not read Henry IV, or he’s just too cool to care that the head that wears the crown is supposed to lie uneasily. “It’s all good pressure for me,” Ingram said Tuesday. “I just take it as motivation for me to do the right thing on the court and off the court.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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