No bus service planned for opening of new LIT campus

first_imgWhatsApp Senator Maria Byrne with LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane, and Education Minister Joe McHugh at the LIT Coonagh Campus .Photo: Kieran Ryan BensonTHE National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that it has no plans to provide a bus service to link the city with the Limerick Institute of Technology campus at Coonagh in time for its opening next year.However, a spokesperson revealed that the agency is developing long-term proposals for a “revised network of city bus services in Limerick”, which would include a direct service to LIT Coonagh.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As this process is at an early stage, it is not possible to indicate when changes may be implemented,” added the spokesperson.Approximately 800 staff and students are expected to travel to the new campus on a daily basis when it opens towards the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said it “makes absolute sense” for a bus service to link the new campus with the city centre and expressed concern that no service will be in place in time for the opening.“I have requested the NTA as part of its review to look at extending a city bus service to service the parts of the Ennis Road and Clonmacken that currently have no city bus service operating in the area.“The improvement of the public transport system in Limerick is a bread and butter issue that I have been pursuing for some time and I hope that the NTA move to introduce these direct bus services as soon as possible,” commented Senator Byrne.Bus Éireann Route 343, which links Limerick with Shannon and Ennis, currently stops at the Coonagh roundabout and operates an hourly service to the area during off peak hours, increasing to every 30 minutes during peak time.Senator Byrne pointed out that this service, as well as another bus route that links Limerick and Shannon Airport, would not be able to cope with an additional 800 passengers.by Kathy [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsEducationTransportNo bus service planned for opening of new LIT campusBy Staff Reporter – October 1, 2019 1270 LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. Twitter Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project Email Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleReview of A Murder is AnnouncedNext articleStylish effective hair replacement solutions at Catwalk Hair Consultancy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie International Women’s Day LIT TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyLITNewsTransport LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event last_img read more

Read More »

Neil McArthur praises ‘demonstrable progress’ in combatting problem gambling

first_imgShare Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting July 6, 2020 Related Articles The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Neil McArthur has praised the ‘encouraging increase’ of gambling operators which are utilising both algorithms and machine learning to crack down on gambling related harms.Speaking at the Southbank Centre yesterday, McArthur confirmed that the UKGC plans to launch its next Raising Standards Conference early next year, however called for a bi-annual meeting of CEOs from the gambling industry to ‘keep track of progress, issues and opportunities.’The UKGC CEO explained that there has been ‘demonstrable progress’ in ‘markers of harm, customer interaction, affordability checks.’McArthur commented: “There has been an encouraging increase in the number of operators investing in and developing algorithms and machine learning to identify customers who may be experiencing harm.“We have also seen increasing numbers of operators evaluating the effectiveness of their identification tools and customer interaction processes.”Alongside the launch of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms in April of this year, it was emphasised that industry leaders must continue to remain ‘active’ in enforcing the measures.He added: “In the last few weeks we have seen some encouraging steps taken by the industry: The announcement about increased commitments to RET are welcome; and the announcement that Lord Chadlington will oversee an independent committee to review where the money should be spent is also welcome.“But we need these initiatives to be properly coordinated and fit under the strategy, otherwise good intentions and significant increases in funding will not deliver the outcome we all want, which is: Better prevention and education, Better treatment and support.The use of technology in combating problem gambling was a large focus of McArthur’s address at Southbank, as he urged the industry to ‘build on and accelerate’ the work that has already been done.He said: “We know the technology capability exists to facilitate a single consumer view and making that work would significantly enhance player safety.“We want to build on and accelerate the work that has already taken place, by holding a collaborative ‘tech sprint’ bringing together the gambling industry, tech providers, data scientist, academics, researchers, financial services providers and the Commission to plan a way forward.“We need your organisations to step forward to provide the right resource from your companies – leadership, financial, technical expertise, data, to make this happen.“Where we can we will support you in kick starting this work but where we see a lack of commitment and failure to meet standards, we will continue to be firm.“If we work together I am sure we can make gambling fairer and safer.”last_img read more

Read More »