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Traffic corps garda avoids criminal conviction

first_imgNewsLocal NewsTraffic corps garda avoids criminal convictionBy admin – November 8, 2012 676 Linkedin IN HIS judgement, Judge O’Kelly said: “Mr O’Shaughnessy has paid €3,500 through the court poor box. This follows my findings on September 13 that his motor car was used on two occasions in May 2011 with neither tax nor a valid NCT.“AT the time of the hearing, the loss of revenue to the State was €64. I suggested the amount be paid to the court poor box.“Mr O’Shaughnessy comes before the court entitled to be treated in a manner similar to any other accused person and can expect to have his case disposed of by me in a consistent fashion.“In the range of offences which the court must deal with, these are at the lower end of the scale and are matters that would not ordinarily  excite the attention of the national press and media.“The distinguishing feature of this case is the nature of Mr O’Shaughnessy’s employment. He is a serving member of An Garda Siochana. He is attached to a specialist unit, the traffic corp, and as such has a particular responsibility to enforce compliance with the very laws that he has been in breach of.“It is safe to say that in this or any other week, dozens of people find themselves before the court on similar charges. Their cases are imposed of one way or another without the offenders becoming a national news item.“The public may have little sympathy for Mr O’Shaughnessy’s plight. Indeed many who might consider that his actions were borne out of an arrogance, which of his employment, may simply say ‘how dare he’ or ‘serves him right’.“I must however consider the matter in a more reasoned way. Mr O’Shaughnessy omissions may not be the result of arrogance and misguided belief that he was above the law but he may have more to do with momentary oversight, casual carelessness or temporary financial pressure.“People find themselves in such situations all the time and very often for a first offence get a gentle but firm warning form a detecting garda to get their house in order.“Even if such a humane warning is given but ignored, and the matter appears in court and the deficiencies attended to, a garda may ask the court to strike out the charges.“Such an opportunity was not afforded Mr O’Shaughnessy. Indeed, unusually for a traffic violation, he was not asked for an explanation of the matter until the following Autumn when it appears the allegations were first put to him and no explanation was given for this delay.“Mr O’Shaughnessy was questioned about the matter after the detections. People cannot be expected to recollect what they were doing at a specific time on a  given, but otherwise uneventful date, with the same degree of precision that they might have if questioned within hours or days of the detections.“Mr O’Shaughnessy was left to rely on reference to his work diary in which his duty rostering had been written up in advance. People make mistakes and recollections often become less accurate with the passing of time.“Indeed it became evident during  the course of cross-examination that the prosecuting inspector had made a mistaken entry in his own notebook as to the time of detection of the offence on May 9. I mention this not to embarrass the inspector in any way, but simply to highlight that errors in recording and recollection do occur.“Persons appearing before the court must be treated fairly and consistently. Those found to be driving without tax or NCT attract penalties that could not be regarded as excessive or unreasonable.“Certainly their employment is not put in jeopardy. There would understandably be public disgust if such an exceptional and unwarranted result flowed from such a conviction yet in this case, Supt Flavin has stated to the court that a conviction will result in disciplinary action and have implications for Garda O’Shaughnessy’s career.“It is not the court’s business to interfere with an internal garda disciplinary matter, but I must have regard to what Supt Flavin has told me. I also note from the prosecution that the State acknowledges that Garda O’Shaughnessy is a highly experienced officer with an exemplary work record. He comes before the court with no prior convictions. I am told he is a married man with a young family.“Mr O’Shaughnessy has been embarrassed, humiliated and ridiculed. He has been identified and shamed nationally for an offence for which others could expect total anonymity or, at worst, local notoriety. His house has been daubed with the most obscene and vulgar graffiti. His wife and family are entirely innocent and there should not be familial association.“He has been financially punished by my directing a poor box contribution of €3,500 which is a severe, if not excessive, penalty but intentionally disproportionate to the penalty other persons receive. Mr O’Shaughnessy has paid that sum in the legitimate expectation that I would act consistently, and treat him the same as I would all others I have requested poor box contributions from. Accordingly, in all the circumstances and having considered the mitigating and aggravating factors of this case, it is fair and equitable to strike out these charges.” Print JUDGE Eugene O’Kelly has struck out two motoring offences against a serving member of the Limerick Garda traffic corps after a payment of €3,500 was made to the court poor box. Garda Michael O’Shaughnessy was found to have driven his car on two occasions in May 2011 without valid tax or NCT certification adjacent to Henry Street Garda Station where he is stationed. Having found the facts of the case proven at Limerick District Court in September, Judge O’Kelly deferred judgement until the end of October to allow the defendant make a payment to the court poor box.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At last week’s sitting of the court, Mr O’Shaughnessy avoided criminal conviction after receipt of the payment to the Society of St Vincent de Paul was shown to the court.Defending solicitor Dan O’Gorman said that after the initial hearing, Mr O’Shaughnessy’s house had been targeted with graffiti. It had since become a security issue at his home. He requested that his client’s home address would not be published again.Judge O’Kelly said that Garda  O’Shaughnessy’s employment had attracted “national press and media attention”. Twitter Advertisement Facebook Email Previous articleThinking Big about mental healthNext articlePensioner rewarded young boys he abused admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Shoah Foundation sponsors Holocaust education

first_imgRecently, the Shoah Foundation selected 25 teachers to take part in a four-day professional development program in Poland. Staff members from the foundation instructed teachers on how to use the institute’s Visual History Archive, a collection of more than 53,000 audiovisual recounts of experiences during the Holocaust and other genocides.The foundation partnered with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Discovery Education and the World Jewish Congress on the program, called Auschwitz: The Past is Present.The program supported observance of Auschwitz’s liberation anniversary. The “Past is Present” focuses on discovering a generation of teachers and students who will learn to engage in the study and remembrance of the Holocaust.International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the passage of 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during World War II. The camp was the site of the murders of more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, between 1942 and late 1944.On Tuesday, more than 100 survivors and their liberators attended the commemoration.Director Steven Spielberg, who founded the Shoah Foundation in 1994, was also in attendance.Participating teachers were selected to work on the program through a worldwide contest held by Discovery Education and the Shoah Foundation.Fifteen teachers were from the U.S. and 10 were from countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Rwanda. Twelve junior interns were also selected to participate in the program in Poland.In a statement released by USC News, one history and language arts teacher at Turning Point Academy in Emporia, Kansas, addressed how the professional development program in Poland would help in teaching her students about the Holocaust.“Students must understand how hate and intolerance led to near annihilation of an entire ethnic group,” Barbara Fowler, a history and language arts teacher from Kansas who was among the 25 teachers selected to go on the trip, said. “This visit will allow me to guide my students as they seek to understand the perspective of all those involved including victims, perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders and rescuers.”Those participating in the trip to Poland visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, participated in workshops with first-hand testimonies and attended a reception with Holocaust survivors as well as the 70th anniversary commemoration. According to the Shoah Foundation, the trip aimed to enhance both educators’ and students’ understanding of the Holocaust and the significance of preserving Auschwitz.The survivors hope their story will not be forgotten and will be passed on for many generations to come.“Those who lived through the Holocaust have carried the burden of remembering long enough,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith in a statement to USC News. “It’s up to us now, their children and grandchildren, to lift its heavy weight off their shoulders. We are ready to take on the responsibility of ensuring that this tragic chapter of human history is never repeated.”last_img read more

“I’d have massive belief in the players” Eamon O Shea

first_imgTime has passed since Tipp bowed out of Munster to a pacey skilful Cork team and Eamon felt the time would have been used well. He said it was a “time to reflect and address things that needed to be addressed. You know, every game is going to be different now.”The former Kilruane McDonaghs star continued “I think there’s energy in that group and I’d have massive belief in both the players and the management so I think it’s for right now, I think its time to rally behind the team and management and I think Tipp will give it a good crack. I’m always optimistic anyway but I’d be optimistic for this team.”Tipp named three debutants in the team to take on Westmeath, Darragh Mooney in goals, Thossy Hamill at full back and Joe O Dwyer at wing back.  The former All Ireland winning coach believes there’s a lot of strength in the Tipp panel. He said “Listen to do anything there’s got to be constant evolution and the important thing is that we’ve got a very good base of player in the squad. We’ve got players with good attributes to come in. By its nature you have to change, so, I think we will see that evolving over the new few months hopefully. I’m looking for a long summer.” He added “I’ve huge faith in the squad and in the manager.”Eamon O Shea took charge of Tipp in 2013 and was at the helm until 2015 when selector Michael Ryan took over the hot seat. I asked Eamon did he miss management and he responded with an emphatic no!! “I’m quite content to look from where I am it’s really nice just to look on.” The Economics professor continued “Its always an honour to manage your own county, and more importantly to work with the group of players and also the current manager I worked with as well and it was a real pleasure for me to be involved with players of that level of ability and that level of skill who gave us all that much enjoyment and certainly gave me so much enjoyment so I wont forget it.”Overall, he feels hurling is in a good place but the new hurling proposals have to be taken in context “I think it’s good there’s a lot of competition in hurling. The more competition we have the better. We need exciting games. There’s nothing like a hurling match to transform the mood of a county and the mood of a country when they see a good hurling match.”He added a note of caution to the changes in the game “We need to be mindful of those changes. My experience has been if you have a very competitive league followed by a very competitive championship it can squeeze club games and it can create a huge burden on players as well so if we are evolving we need to address the way the league is set up at the moment.”Eamon continued “We just need to be mindful that we bring everybody along and the club game as well because it’s more than what we see on the televisions.”He finished with an absolute truth that is often forgotten in GAA circles “It’s a game of the people”.Tipp v Limerick- Preview by Stephen GleesonLooking to the first of the double headers in Thurles it’s a game that Tipp will relish as they have a chance to atone for their Munster semi final defeat. Limerick arrived in the Ragg that day and produced an excellent performance beating Tipp who hit 14 wides. To add salt to the wounds Limerick went on and beat Cork in the Munster final.Tipp come into this game on the back of a tough outing against Cork and will look to Captain Mary Ryan and Clonoulty Rossmores Cait Devane for leadership and inspiration.Brian Boyle’s charges have worked away under the radar and I caught up with them recently after training in Borrisoleigh Brian and Cait said they were looking forward to the game and another crack at Limerick.Tipp v Cork-minor hurling- Preview by Stephen GleesonLast Thursday’s game was a classic Tipp v Cork battle of old. Watching alongside Ken Hogan all present went through every emotion and in the end two great teams get the chance to do it all again next Monday night.Tipp had inspiring performances from all over, in particular Craig Morgan, Kieran Breen and in particular Jerome Cahill in defence who had a great battle with Cork star forward Brian Turnbull who hit 0-10 (four from play) for the rebels.JK Brackens player and Our Lady’s Croke Cup winner Paddy Cadell starred in the middle for Tipp while Conor Bowe and goal scorer Ray McCormack put in a great performance as well. The second goal scorer Darragh Woods had a big impact on the game when introduced and he contributed a massive 1-4 (0-2 frees) for Tipp.Cork had their heroes as Daire Connery, Diarmuid Lenihan and Rob Downey hurled particularly well. It was an epic game with the result in doubt till the last puck of the game and we await Mondays replay down by the Lee. The slightest move could tip the balance in this one.I spoke with Tipp Minor manager Liam Cahill after Thursday night’s drawn gameRemember the senior hurling, camogie and replay of the Munster minor semi final will all be live here on Tipp FM. What a great weekend of sport in store, we have only just caught our breath after last nights epic Tipp v Cork minor hurling game and now its the double header in Thurles and the replay of the minors back on the horizon. –  by Stephen GleesonLooking to the Westmeath game first I met up with Eamon O Shea who was the keynote speaker in Upperchurch on Wednesday night talking about building vibrant communities for all ages in rural areas.The former Tipp manager gave Tipp FM Sport an exclusive interview this week and looked ahead to a great summer of hurling-“Tipperary is starting off now on a new championship, so they’ll be looking to win against Westmeath and it’s not going to be easy after a five week break. I think we’ll need a little bit of patience and hopefully they’ll get through that game and look, I’d have huge confidence in the team and in the squad and in the management so I just look forward to the next two months.”last_img read more

Platini tips Pirlo for Ballon d’Or

first_imgUEFA President Michel Platini is confident Juventus and Italy hero Andrea Pirlo “can win the Ballon d’Or.”The veteran midfielder is one of three Italians on the short-list along with Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Balotelli.“Pirlo is playing very well and I think he can win the Ballon d’Or, but there are also many other strong candidates for that award,” Platini told Radio 2 in Italy.The UEFA President was also asked about the recent controversy over refereeing decisions and the potential introduction of technology.“If we introduced that then we would have to decide every single offside, every single free kick, and every corner using technology – because the referee can get it wrong at any moment.”last_img read more

Air India salutes women achievers

first_imgOn the occasion of International Women’s Day, Air India Eastern Region organised cultural and creative engagements for its women employees and honoured few of its women achievers who have braved all odds to come out in flying colours.To ignite the creative spark among employees, pottery and mask-making workshops were organised in which the women employees explored their creativity and aesthetic sense. An informative workshop ‘Good Health and Good Diet’ was held where an eminent woman doctor and an acclaimed lady nutritionist addressed issues on woman health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHighlight of the celebrations was the felicitation of three women employees who have performed brilliantly in their professional fields at Air India – overcoming all the obstacles in their personal life through sheer grit and determination. These employees shared their inspiring story of overcoming difficult terrain of life in a panel discussion ‘Soaring High to Success’ moderated by GM Personnel ER Navneet Sidhu at the airline’s Kolkata office recently. The event concluded with a cultural programme – mapping the journey of women empowerment through poetry and songs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAll over its network, Air India operated a record of over 50 flights to domestic and international stations by an all-women cockpit and cabin crew to salute women power. An all-women crew flight was operated between Kolkata and Bhubaneswar early on Women’s day to mark the occasion. A number of women-related cultural events, creative engagements and talks were also organised by Air India throughout its network– reiterating the airline’s constant endeavor to encourage women to have equal standing in every sphere of its activities.last_img read more