(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr Gilligan

first_imgEmail Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal News(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr GilliganBy admin – January 28, 2010 595 center_img Could be developed into a plazaLIMERICK’S Potato Market, located on Merchant’s Quay, could soon face the wrecking ball-with Cllr John Gilligan the driving force in a plan to convert it into a plaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Regarded for some time now as the “Cinderella” market, it has been used in recent years solely as a car park and compared to the popular Milk Market, currently undergoing refurbishment and restoration.Cllr John Gilligan has submitted a notice of motion to City Council that the old, originally cobbled market square, be demolished.The councillor, who attended the recent Annual General Meeting of the Market Trustees, has also informed that body of his recommendation, which, he told the Limerick Post, was “very favourably received.”His move at this particular point in time is a calculated one as the market was on course to be made a protected structure and as such, it could not be demolished.“It has no architectural merit and has not been used adequately for years now – it is a fine space going to waste but would cost a fortune to do it up – I suggest that we take down the entire area and make it into a plaza, which would open up the whole square and make it a very attractive public area that could be used for a lot of civic events, public and open air concerts, exhibitions and significant happenings in the city”. Cllr Gilligan said that he would like to see the market structure removed “up to the river – this would provide a clear view of the river, the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge, the Hunt Museum, the marina, etc.“There would be a clear view of the river quays between the County Courthouse and Athlunkard Boat Club, which is the very location the first Vikings to arrive in Limerick landed on and built a settlement on. We could use the cut stone of the pillars at the market’s entrance to build a commemorative stone to King Brian Boru, who built his palace on the site of St Mary’s Cathedral – we’ve no suitable or impressive monument to him”.Confirming that the entrance from the market to the Sylvester O””Halloran Bridge and walkway is now coming away from the wall, Cllr Gilligan said it would “cost a small fortune” to rebuild it.“This is an opportune time to seriously consider demolishing the Potato Market and from what I gather, the idea is receiving favourable consideration in City Hall,” he said. Print Facebook Previous articleHigh rates a deterrent, argue property agentsNext articleA noise to remember adminlast_img read more

JV targets industrial

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Report: Taylor Swift’s Dad Fights off Burglar in his Florida Penthouse

first_imgTaylor Swift’s dad is reportedly not hurt after he recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, according to the Tampa Bay Times.The paper reported that Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on Jan. 17 just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover allegedly used an emergency escape stairwell to climb 13 floors and broke in.The men reportedly fought before Hoover ran away, according to police records. Hoover has a lengthy arrest record that includes domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping and false imprisonment, the paper said.Swift picked Hoover out of a photo lineup and police say Hoover called them to report the altercation. Hoover could not be found, however, until last week, when he was arrested on burglary charges. He was being held Monday on $50,000 bond.Taylor Swift was not with her father and it is unclear whether the intruder targeted the home. The 30-year-old singer lives elsewhere. Hoover’s mother told the newspaper that her son got lost while searching for his estranged wife and should only be charged with trespassing.The penthouse encompasses the entire top floor of one Vinoy tower and includes 5,359 square feet, three bedrooms and three full baths.last_img read more

Florida man accused of scouting terror targets and attack weapons

first_imgA 23-year-old Florida man is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, according to federal prosecutors.Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a U.S. citizen is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded expressing his admiration for Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016 that left 49 people dead. Al-Azhari even drove by the location to “scope” it out.A confidential FBI informant, told officials that Al-Azhari said he wanted to kill at least 50 people.The affidavit also details how Al-Azhari negotiated with an undercover FBI employee to purchase a variety of guns and silencers, including an AK-47-style rifle. He also scouted a number of target in the Tampa Bay area.Officials say his phone was filled with multiple videos in regarding the Islamic State group. Another video, the FBI says, shows Al-Azhari in a facemask and pointing a gun at presumably someone on the floor.“Hey you, get on the floor. Get on the floor now. Don’t you move, don’t you move, I’m telling you, I will kill you,” he says in the video.Officials arrested him on Sunday. Police retrieved weapons that were allegedly to be used in an attack.Al-Azhari’s public defender said the government’s charges in the case unfairly attempt to portray him as a terrorist.Al-Azhari had previously been convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 of terror-related crimes, including attempting to join a terrorist group. He served three years in prison in Saudi Arabia and then was deported to the U.S., according to the FBI. He lived in California and since 2019 in the Tampa area.If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

Layla Kainber Serves as Page in the State Senate

first_imgFacebook166Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington State Senate DemocratsLayla Kainber and Washington State Senate. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake StevensDuring the week of March 2, Layla Kainber of Olympia served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, sponsored Kainber’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.“It was a pleasure to sponsor Layla this week,” said Hobbs.During the week, pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Kainber drafted a bill that would implement later start times in public schools. Schools would start an hour later than normal. “My group liked the idea, the bill seemed very different and I really liked explaining my beliefs to people,” Kainber said.Kainber’s dad works in Olympia, and Kainber applied to the page program because she was interested to see what her dad did every day, she said.“It was fun meeting new people, getting to know the other pages and feeling comfortable here. It only took me a few hours until I felt confident working here, I’ve always enjoyed reaching a new hurdle and pushing through,” Kainber said.Kainber knew Sen. Hobbs, but got to see him work while she was paging.“He’s so great. I have a lot of respect for him,” Kainber said. “It’s nice to see him stand up for what he believes in on the Senate floor.”Kainber reflected positively on her week at the Legislature.“It seems hard at first, but it becomes really fun after a few hours,” Kainber said. “Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.”Kainber 15, is a sophomore at Olympia High School.  She also enjoys rowing, reading and playing the viola.For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact [email protected]last_img read more