Children going back to school homeless

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter TAGSAlan Jacqueseducationhomelessness Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge According to Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane, the figures for the city are especially stark THE rise in rents in the city and county as seen in the recent Daft.ie report coupled with a shortage of housing is a major concern for Focus Ireland, with Limerick children severely impacted.According to Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane, the figures for the city are especially starkwith a one-bed apartment now renting at €678 per month — a near 14 per cent rise in 12 months. Available one-bed apartments in the county area have also risen remarkably, at 8.8 per cent year-on-year or up to €478 per month.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Focus Ireland warned that the nearly 3,000 children who are homeless nationally are becoming the invisible victims of the rental crisis as many have been forced into homelessness due to rising rents or through buy-to-let properties being repossessed.The charity said the situation is bleak for 1,800 schoolchildren who are homeless as they prepare to return to school while living in emergency accommodation.“Up to 1,800 children are preparing to return to primary or secondary school and many are from families forced into homelessness by the rental crisis. This situation is really impacting on them as children and on their education. It is fundamentally wrong this is being allowed to happen,” Mr Spillane commented.Focus Ireland believe the Government review of Rebuilding Ireland must include immediate action to ease the rental crisis and to get more vacant homes back into the housing stock.“Our frontline staff here in Limerick are still dealing with people who have become homeless from the rental sector as rents have been hiked up and they can’t afford them. There needs to a much wider range of Government actions taken to protect tenants and keep them in their homes,” he insists.The latest Daft report shows that rents are at an all-time high, while the number of homes available to rent remains at the lowest level on record. Mr Spillane said the situation will not greatly improve without an increase in the number of rental properties available on the market.Read more news stories in the Limerick Post News section. Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Previous articleLimerick winners at Pure M AwardsNext articleCouncillors urged to review Limerick greenway Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityPoliticsChildren going back to school homelessBy Alan Jacques – August 31, 2017 1304 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launchedlast_img read more

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Bunbury hopes to break land in September for US$215M facility in Ituni

first_imgALEX Bunbury, the Guyanese-born Canadian football Hall of Fame player, is happy that his dream project – a sports and academic academy – is closer to being realised.Bunbury told Chronicle Sport last evening he’s hoping to break ground for the US$215M facility in September, as he awaits approval from the Government of Guyana.The 49-year-old, who rose to fame with Club Sport Marítimo; a professional club that competes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, explained “not a dime of Government’s money will be spent on this project, but there are other areas that we asked to partner with them, so we’re awaiting its approval in Parliament.”.Ituni, a small community located on the long trail from Linden to Kwakwani in Region 10, is the location designated to host the Alex Bunbury Sports and Academics Academy (ABSAA).Baker Barrios Architects Inc., an Orlando-based architecture and engineering group conceptualised the design for the project.Bunbury said that the facility will be fully funded by a Canadian investment firm, but could not have disclosed further information, based on a ‘non- discloser agreement’ with the anonymous entity.However, the Plaisance native believes that the facility, with all things being equal, should be fully realised by 2020.“This will be huge for Guyana,” Bunbury said, adding, “I’m excited, this is a dream come true, for Guyana really, because this is about creating hope for young people there (in Guyana), and this also have huge tourism potential.”Bunbury is well connected and respected within the football landscape internationally, especially in Portugal where he holds his former club’s all-time leading goal-scoring record.“The idea is to have the facility also used by teams from all over the world and could potentially bring about 15 000 to 20 000 people here annually based on my projections. The project will also create employment,” said Bunbury.last_img read more

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