O’Dea and Noonan in race to top poll

first_imgNewsLocal NewsO’Dea and Noonan in race to top pollBy admin – February 24, 2011 586 Facebook He commented: “We are a bit cautious because we polled very well right up until the last week in 2007, when we began to fade.“I’m positioned to get a seat, but Willie would need to lose a lot of votes not to top the poll”.According to O’Dea, it has been a hugely tough campaign.“The situation is not helped by the latest poll – Fianna Fail down two points – if that is reflected here, we will be lucky to hold on to one seat – take a poll of 14% – that is only 7% of a quota”.Kieran O’Donnell is confident of retaining his seat.And Peter Power is not even contemplating being left out of the equation.“I think both myself and Willie can be elected if Fianna Fail people vote strategically”.Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan, is of the belief the fourth seat is open.“With the exception of Michael Noonan, I don’t think there is a safe seat .He claimed that a lot of people in working class and lower income areas will be swapping their vote over from Fianna Fail to Sinn Féin.With Labour stabilised at 20%, Jan O’Sullivan remains upbeat.“We’ve had a very positive response, and there’s a very good chance of a second seat”.Quietly confident, Labour’s Joe Leddin said he is feeling very positive as he enters the home stretch.‘I’ve been getting emails, cards and text messages wishing me the best. People want to see new younger faces on the doorsteps”.Said Kevin Kiely: ‘I’ve been late into the campaign but I’m getting a very positive response. People are fed up with the mainstream parties”.Other candidates in the city are Cian Prendiville, (Socialist Party), Sheila Cahill, (Greens), Denis Riordan, (Independent), Conor O’Donoghue, (CSP), and Matt Larkin, (Independent).In the Limerick Constituency, Niall Collins, (Fianna Fail), Dan Neville, (Fine Gael) are seen as safe bets, with Patrick O’Donovan, (Fine Gael), John Dillon, (Independent), Bill O’Donnell, (Fine Gael) and James Heffernan, (Labour), seen as the strongest candidates for the third seat. Also in the running are Con Cremin, (Independent), Patrick O’Doherty, (Independent), Seamus Sherlock, (Independent) and Stephen Wall (Greens). Email THOUGH strongly favoured to overtake Willie O’Dea as poll topper in the Limerick City Constituency in Friday’s election, Michael Noonan told the Limerick Post, that both he and Fine Gael, were taking nothing for granted.O’Dea polled 19,082 first preferences in 2007, while Noonan recorded 7,507.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleNoonan’s pledge for negative equity generationNext articleFriars’ generous gift remains unopened adminlast_img read more

Bay Shore Teen Nabbed for Drive-by Shooting, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Bay Shore teenager is in custody for an alleged drive-by shooting that seriously injured a West Babylon man this week, Suffolk County police said.Shameek Hutchinson, 17, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault and criminal use of a firearm.Hutchinson’s arrest stems from a late-afternoon shooting in West Babylon on Monday. Police said the 21-year-old victim, Christian Warren, was shot in the face from a vehicle outside his house around 4:30 p.m.Warren was initially transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip in serious but stable condition.Hutchinson will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.Police are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Explainer: How does Japan’s Abe score on his policy agenda?

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the nation’s longest serving premier, visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday as concerns deepened about his ability to continue in his post due to health issues and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis.Here are key elements of Abe’s record since returning to office in December 2012. He ended a first troubled 2006-2007 term as premier by quitting abruptly, citing ill health.COVID-19 response, scandals “Abenomics”Abe’s signature “Abenomics” policies of bold monetary easing and fiscal spending encountered headwinds last year as a US-China trade war hit exports and a sales tax rise hurt business and consumer sentiment.Now the pandemic has hit Japan with its biggest economic slump on record. A third straight quarter of declines knocked real gross domestic product (GDP) to decade-low levels, wiping out the benefits of “Abenomics”.Critics have also said Abe relied too heavily on his monetary and fiscal policy without following through on a pledge of a “third arrow” of structural reform to achieve long-term growth despite a fast-ageing and shrinking population.SecurityAbe bolstered defense spending after years of declines and expanded the military’s ability to project power abroad.In a historic shift in 2014, his government reinterpreted the post-war, pacifist constitution to allow troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two.The following year, legislation ended a ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense, or defending a friendly country under attack.Faced with divided public opinion, however, Abe has not achieved his long-held goal of revising the US-drafted constitution by writing the Self-Defense Forces, as Japan’s military in known, into the pacifist Article 9.Personnel appointmentsBy creating a Personnel Affairs Bureau at the cabinet, Abe and his right-hand aide, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, gained greater control over appointments of bureaucrats, who for decades have dominated policymaking, shifting the balance of policy power toward politicians.DiplomacyAbe has cultivated warm personal ties with US President Donald Trump, averting worst-case outcomes on trade. He has overseen a cautious improvement in ties with China, although a territorial row and Beijing’s clampdown on Hong Kong are causing strains. Relations with South Korea turned frigid due to disputes over the wartime past.Abe has made little progress toward resolving a long-running feud with Russia over disputed islands seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two. The row has kept the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty ending the war.Nor has Abe been able to settle a feud with North Korea over Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang’s agents in the 1970s and 1980s, an issue he put at the center of his political career Topics :center_img Japan has not suffered an explosive virus outbreak, but a recent rise in infections has fuelled concern that Abe is putting too much emphasis on the economy over health.Abe has drawn fire for an initial response to the outbreak that critics called clumsy and, more recently, for a seeming lack of leadership, including few media appearances.Dissatisfaction with his response, as well as scandals such as the arrest of a former justice minister and his lawmaker wife on suspicion of vote-buying, have eroded Abe’s ratings.A Kyodo news agency weekend survey showed Abe’s voter support at 36.0%, down from 38.8% the previous month and the second lowest since he returned to office in 2012.last_img read more