DAA’s monopoly bad for the country

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email NewsDAA’s monopoly bad for the countryBy Staff Reporter – May 23, 2017 1498 Advertisement LIMERICK Chamber has said that the DAA’s monopoly is bad for the country in its National Planning Framework submission.Allowing unregulated market domination by Dublin Airport is not in the national interest and will add further to its monopolistic position, one of the country’s largest business representative groups has stated.Limerick Chamber, the largest chamber in the Mid West and third largest in the country, has said that aviation must be one of the key focus areas for the government if it is to redress the current economic imbalance that is causing the divide between the Dublin region and the rest of the country to widen at an alarming rate and, at the same time, causing congestion and uncompetitiveness in the capital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In its submission to the National Planning Framework, ‘Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’, which has been described by Chamber CEO James Ring as a pivotal framework for the future of the nation, the Chamber said that in the long-term, regional cities on the western half of the island will play a key role in rebalancing the national economy but policy must be put in place to direct that correction.Two key areas highlighted in the Chamber submission for promotion under the NPF were Shannon Airport and the Shannon Estuary. It is the single most important piece of planning in the interest of the wider nation that any government will take on in our lifetime. Minister Coveney must be congratulated on initiating this but we have to get it right.“We have an economy about to tip over on one side almost and the NPF is the opportunity to redress that. At the 100th anniversary commemorations of the birth of our greatest innovator and visionary from this region, Brendan O’Regan, this week we saw a video clip of him from 2004 in which he talked then about the struggle between the capital and the rest of the country. He talked about how Ireland’s greatness in the future depends on a successful outcome to that struggle as otherwise we damage the whole country by a congested capital that makes the capital itself an unpleasant place to live also. It’s amazing that 13 years on, not alone have we not corrected that but it’s getting worse. So now, with the NPF, we have the chance to get it right.“To do that we must create policy that will create an environment for the regions to fulfil their potential, create greater opportunity in the regions, relieve the burden from Dublin and make Dublin, as Dr. O’Regan suggested, a better place to live.“There’s a direct correlation between airport growth and regional growth. Right now, the DAA monopoly is mopping up the growth, with 86% of the market up from 81% five years ago. In the meantime, Cork’s market share has dropped alarming from 10% to 6.5% and Shannon to a lesser degree, from 5.9% to 5.5%. If the regions are to grow, which is essential, these airports must grow their market share. If they don’t, it can only lead to more growth in and pressure on Dublin and less growth in the regions. It must be dealt with,” he said.The Chamber submission calls for current aviation policy to be updated and aligned with the objectives of the NPF. “If the NPF is to be the guiding document for the development of our country, with a focus on supporting effective regional development and our second tier cities, it is vital that the 2015 National Aviation Policy should be updated to align with it.“Currently, much of the growth in passenger numbers is centred on Dublin Airport, which is further adding to its monopolistic position. Unregulated growth of Dublin Airport’s market share will not be in the national interest and will require careful regulation in the future if the Limerick, Galway and Cork cities are to drive their regions’ development in terms of attracting FDI, developing tourism and supporting indigenous industry.”Separately, recognising the importance of the Shannon Estuary, the submission proposes that the road network between Foynes (the country’s largest bulk port), Limerick and Dublin is upgraded and the disused rail-link to it reinstated. It also proposes that the NPF recognizes and supports the potential of a number of key Shannon Estuary as major investment locations, in particular, the site at Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, where a proposed LNG facility has the potential to create 650 construction jobs as well as 100 permanent jobs once completed and be a major addition to Ireland’s energy infrastructure.The development of the M20 between Cork and Limerick was highlighted as a major infrastructure requirement to support second tier cities and complete the Atlantic Corridor. It also recommends revitalising city centres and supporting city development plans, in particular Limerick 2030, to transform disused space and create Living Cities, support rural areas as they seek to diversify their economic base and address the ongoing delay in rolling out broadband. 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4-H Camp

first_imgMany University of Georgia Extension offices across the state have begun sign-up in advance of the March 3 opening of registration for summer camp at Georgia’s 4-H centers. Each year about 8,000 campers, along with adult and teen leaders, attend 4-H camp and create memories and friendships that last a lifetime.Randy Cruse, 55, of Griffin, still remembers his first week of camp as a Bibb County 4-H’er. “That first day, I called and begged my mama to come get me. By the end of the week, I hated to have to go home,” he said. Cruse attended camp again the next year and, as an adult, encouraged his son, Peter, to become involved in 4-H.Cruse recently visited Rock Eagle, some 40 years after his first 4-H camp experience. “Some things have changed physically, but it’s still the same,” he said as he began to recall memories of learning to braid, make woven baskets and graft plants. He also remembered attending the Rock Eagle pageant on the last night of camp.Campers to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Georgia 4-H’s largest center, will be housed in 22 new cabins this summer, in addition to 26 of the original cabins. “Not quite half of our cabins are new, but, by the 2016 camping season, we will have at least 28 new cabins and possibly 34 new cabins,” said Charlie Wurst, head of the Georgia 4-H camping program. “We certainly appreciate the public and private support that has made these improvements possible.”Camp officially begins on June 1 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton and Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Camp on Jekyll Island is taking a hiatus while the facilities undergo renovations.In the meantime, Georgia 4-H is busy preparing for this season’s campers. “Lifeguards are being trained, background checks are being run on all of our volunteers – we are taking all the important steps to provide the safest atmosphere for all of our campers,” Wurst said. “We certainly want to have a safe week of camp, but we also want the week of camp to be fun. If it’s not fun, it’s not camp.”Even with the emphasis on safety and fun, Georgia 4-H’s summer camps take their educational mission very seriously, he said. “We provide classes for campers to learn more about healthy living through good fitness and nutrition choices,” Wurst said. “We use our indoor and outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and their supporting ecosystems and we are offering more workshops to spark interest in science and technology. And, of course, campers learn more about themselves as they experience being on their own away from home.” Many campers go on to become active 4-H’ers, teen leaders at camp, and 4-H summer camp counselors, like Abby Harrison of Royston.“Summer camp has been an absolutely amazing experience for me over the past four years. After ninth, 10th and 11th grades, I teen led for the Cloverleaf camps my county attended,” she said. “Now, having gone through my first year as a camp counselor, I feel like I not only learned even more about working with kids, but also valuable lessons about working with others and sharing living space.”Tyler Gray of Harlem was a summer camp counselor at Rock Eagle last summer. She taught canoeing classes and was a lifeguard. “The campers taught me how to always put others first and treat everyone with utmost kindness. I loved that I was given the opportunity to impact children simply by giving them the best thing of all – time,” she said.Georgia 4-H is filled with teenagers with individual stories about their own camp experiences. Wurst’s job is to help University of Georgia 4-H agents continue to help students create camp memories. “Our job is to give the kids a safe, fun and 4-H-focused experience,” said Wurst, a former Lincoln County 4-H’er. “The ultimate payoff is that the kids leave camp excited about becoming more involved or staying involved in 4-H and experiencing all the benefits of being involved in 4-H.”Camps are offered this summer for senior, junior and Cloverleaf campers. To learn more about Georgia 4-H camp or to register a camper, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more