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Bishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable people

first_imgFacebook Gardaí investigating fatal road traffic collision Advertisement Gardaí do not suspect foul play after woman’s body discovered in house Linkedin Bishop Brendan Leahy addressing the conference at Mary Immaculate College.Photo: Keith WisemanFailure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues of abuse compounds the profound harm done to the lives of young and vulnerable persons, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said.Speaking at a child safeguarding conference in Mary Immaculate College yesterday, Bishop Leahy said that ‘safeguarding’ is not just about children but people of all ages and abilities who are vulnerable to predators.The ‘Building Collaboration in Safeguarding’ conference was organised by the Diocese of Limerick in association with An Garda Síochána, Tusla and the HSE.  Attendees included those from statutory, voluntary and educational sectors, as well as various faith organisations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In his address to the delegates, Bishop Leahy said, “People of my generation began our adult lives with almost no awareness of the pervasiveness and impact of abuse in our society and in all societies.  As a consequence, failure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues which abuse presents, has at times compounded the profound and harmful impact on the lives of many young and vulnerable persons.“At one point in trying to tackle the issues, we began speaking about child protection. Today we speak instead of Safeguarding because Safeguarding is a concept that reaches beyond protection, responding not only to problems which have occurred but incorporates the prevention of harm and the promotion of welfare.  Safeguarding also extends beyond children to include people of all ages and abilities who may have vulnerabilities which exposes them to a risk of abuse.”“We are, in Limerick Diocese, in a stronger place than we were. We have a range of services in place and very active training programmes. The greatest danger for us is that we might relax and believe that the worst is in some way behind us.  To take this view would be a profound error which would compound the historical failures.“Sometimes however, it seems as if all of us, all of society, can want to simplify this issue and move on.  To stay with an awareness of the pervasiveness of abuse and those dark parts of our human nature and the tendency to exploit weakness and vulnerability, may be almost too much.”Bishop Leahy said that from his own meetings with victims, he was critically aware of the impact of abuse on them and their families.“This can impact on all dimensions of their lives and there are no quick or simple solutions to what are sometimes their lifelong struggles.  I am also very conscious of the strain on people working in voluntary organisations as they struggle with what at times seem to be enormous limitations on resources.“I am aware of the professionalism and commitment of people in the statutory sector who are the first to acknowledge the difficulties which they struggle with every day.  I believe the presentations from each of the key Statutory Agencies which form the core of this conference will serve to illustrate their commitment to developing new and innovative practices and will provide all of us in the other sectors an opportunity to reflect on our collective challenges as a community.Addressed by senior representatives of organisations with an involvement in safeguarding in the Limerick area, including Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, who spoke about the level of interagency collaboration that is taking place, quoting extracts from the NBSCCCI audit of Limerick Diocese that acknowledged the unique engagement between Limerick Diocese, an Garda Siochana and HSE/ TUSLA.More news on social issues here Previous articleWalking/running guide highlights sights and sounds of LimerickNext articleWork on Killaloe by-pass to star next year Editor WhatsApp Email Funeral tribute for the Limerick Garda known as ‘Robocop’ center_img New Garda operation to ensure public compliance with COVID-19 travel restrictions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community Man arrested after buildings in Limerick city centre allegedly damaged by gunfire NewsSocietyBishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable peopleBy Editor – January 12, 2018 2047 TAGSAn Garda SíochánaBishop Brendan LeahyChief Superintendent David SheahacollaborationConferenceDiocese of Limerickeducational sectorsHSElimerickMary Immaculate CollegeNBSCCCIpredatorssafeguardingstatutoryTuslavoluntary Printlast_img read more

Dream Bigger Event Raises A Whopping $88,000

first_img2000 Food Baskets Being Prepared, Police Add 3rd school To 2017 Disney World TripOrganizers of the 2nd annual Dream Bigger Weekend are happy to announce the 3 day event brought in $44,000 in donations and food sales. The amount will be matched by Larry Bennett, owner of Bennett Motors and Audubon Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.The combined total of $88,000 will be split evenly between Media Ministries food basket program and the Evansville Police Department/ Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Disney World trip for EVSC studentsMedia Ministries will be providing 1,000 food baskets this Thanksgiving and again at Christmas for area families. Over 50 food items will be included in each basket. The baskets will be handed out at 20 EVSC schools, The Dream Center, and by local law enforcement.Due to the success of the event, The Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have added McGary Middle School to their 2017 Disney trip. Students from McGary will join students from Cedar Hall and Glenwood on a 5 day trip to Orlando. Approximately 50 students will be chaperoned by several law enforcement officers and teachers.With the addition of McGary Middle School, the program is now reaching out to kids in 3 of the 5 EVSC school districts. The continued growth of the program will allow law enforcement to increase its outreach to area youth.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

E-voting for Bar elections becomes a reality

first_imgE-voting for Bar elections becomes a reality E-voting for Bar elections becomes a reality Imagine this. You come in from a day’s skiing in early March in Colorado, flip on your laptop computer and vote in your local Bar Board of Governors race. Or after a hectic professional schedule in early 2001, you suddenly realize that it’s March 21, and your Board of Governors vote must be received by the Bar’s election company in Garden City, N.Y. by midnight. But that’s no problem. You merely turn on your computer, and with a few clicks of the mouse, cast your vote in plenty of time. Those scenarios are now reality as The Florida Bar has hired the company election.com to conduct its first Internet balloting for the March elections. That means in the March balloting for seven Bar Board of Governors races and the six Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors contests, Bar members will have a choice of voting online or using a traditional paper ballot. Election.com company officials made a presentation on the new balloting system to the Board of Governors at its December 15 meeting. Company CEO Joe Mohen noted Florida will be following the state bars in Georgia and Louisiana in using Internet voting. Basically, said Steve Walker, representative from the company, the system will work like this: Bar members in circuits with contested races will get ballots in the mail that include a ballot control number, similar to a PIN number. The members can log on the election.com website and then go to the page for the Bar election to cast their ballot. To do that, they must log on using their unique ballot control number and their Bar number, Walker said. Members uncomfortable with electronic voting can return the paper ballot. The ballot control numbers on the returned paper ballots will be compared to ensure there is no double voting, Walker said. Besides the ballot, the election.com website will link to online information about the candidates. Bar members can visit the site at http://www.election.com. Mohen said electronic voting has boosted turnout in many elections where it has been used. Aside from state bars, the company has run elections for several companies, nonprofit organizations and last March’s Democratic primary in Arizona, where 35,768 of the 85,790 votes were cast electronically. (Most of the rest were mailed in.) The company is also working with the European Union on some of its upcoming elections next year and has set up online systems for voters to request absentee ballots. Worldwide, election.com has more than 500 clients, ranging from companies to nonprofit organizations to governments. That includes the Labour Party, the Sierra Club, the Communications Workers Union, the Arizona Democratic Party and the Alliance for Continuing Education. The company uses customized software and the identification numbers known only to each voter to protect against fraud and double voting. Security and accuracy can actually both be improved from traditional forms of voting, according to the company, and costs can be less than traditional balloting. January 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more