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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

Cricket News Mohammed Shami Takes Five, India Thrash South Africa in Vizag Test

first_imgNew Delhi: South Africa were always facing an uphill task to save the Vizag Test on a pitch that was keeping low. Ravichandran Ashwin struck early but in a devastating display of bowling, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took three quick wickets apiece and it felt that the South Africa who showed so much spirit with the bat was an illusion. The ninth-wicket pair showed the top order how to bat. Dane Piedt hit his maiden fifty, shared a partnership of 91 with Senuran Muthusamy but Shami came back and took five wickets as India won the Vizag Test by 203 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. The win gave Virat Kohli his 29th victory as Test captain and India made it three out of three in the World Test Championship.In the past, South Africa had made a habit of stonewalling on the final day in order to secure a draw. It happened in Australia. It happened in Sri Lanka. It almost happened in 2015 in India but they failed. The day started badly for South Africa when Theunis de Bruyn dragged an offbreak that shot through low back onto the stumps to give Ashwin his 350th wicket. In his 66th Test, this was the joint-quickest to the landmark, level with Muttiah Muralitharan.Aiden Markram looked in confident touch and he launched Ashwin for a big six. However, India were boosted by a magnificent spell of reverse swing bowling from Mohammed Shami in the second hour of play and he was well assisted by Jadeja who ran through the lower order. Shami first removed Temba Bavuma with an inducker that stayed low. Bavuma tried to defend but the bann sneaked under and he fell down to witness the stumps in a mess.Also Read | India Vs South Africa Vizag Test Sees New World Record Of Sixes Being HitThe ball to Du Plessis was simply outstanding. Shami pitched the ball on a good length and the ball tailed back in late. The South Africa skipper left the ball on length but the ball crashed into the off stump and India had removed the one player who could have helped South Africa draw the match. Quinton de Kock, the centurion of the first innings, was undone by a fullish ball that swung back in and he played down the wrong line to knock the off stump out.Also Read |  Ashwin Takes 350th Wicket, Equals Muttiah Muralitharan’s RecordShami had ripped the middle order apart. Now, it was Jadeja’s turn. The left-arm spinner lured Markram into a lofted drive but Jadeja stuck his left arm and took a stunning one-handed catch. He proceeded to trap Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj LBW. South Africa had lost five wickets for 18 runs and they were well and truly out of the contest.However, India’s similar problem of not able to run through the tail was again exposed, this time by Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy. Both batsmen negotiated the spin well and struck some confident boundaries to frustrate India. Kohli took the extra 15 minutes before the lunch break but India were unsuccessful in dislodging the duo.After the break, Muthusamy and Piedt made the Indian bowlers toil. Piedt notched up his maiden fifty and he looked in great touch, with Muthusamy giving him solid company. However, Shami returned and struck with his first ball when Piedt inside-edged a length ball that stayed low back onto the stumps. The 91-run stand for the ninth wicket was a lesson to the Proteas top-order as to how they should have played on the final day. Kagiso Rabada struck some boundaries but he only delayed the inevitable. Fittingly, Shami got Rabada to edge an outswinger and India were the victors.The Vizag Test, though, will be remembered for Rohit Sharma and his brilliance. His two tons as an opener, 13 sixes in the match, has brought back an intimidating factor in the Indian Test top order. The onus will now be on him to ensure he maintains his form ahead of the two Tests in Pune and Ranchi. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more