Facebook Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSupport gathers for Garda sub-office in WestburyBy admin – July 28, 2010 621 Twitter Previous articleAll haircuts are not created equalNext articleHSE tell court no place for teenager admin Linkedin A GARDA superintendent has come out in favour of setting up a Garda sub office in Westbury.Superintendent Frank O’Brien of Henry Street Station, said he would not be against locating an office for a specific period of time in the Corbally housing estate. The superintendent, who was speaking at a Joint Policing Committee meeting in Clonlara Community Centre, has jurisdiction for policy matters in South-’East Clare.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Noting that as a rural station, Ardnacrusha Garda Station has limited opening hours, he said that during any eight hour shift the gardai has just one quarter of its overall complement on duty, which also has to cope with deploying resources for court work for a number of days.“We have to prioritise our resources and sometimes a garda patrol car does not come to an area in an hour or two because frequently gardai are attending a more serious incident, such as a robbery, serious assault or even murder. Incidents are prioritised in terms of how serious they are”.Responding to Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald’s complaints about late night drinking by young people along the river banks close to Shannon Banks and his request that a garda sub office be located in the area, Supt O’Brien said:“People drinking in a public place is a serious concern and I would be willing to arrange a meeting with councillors to see how we can progress these issues”.The late night drinking in their area is a source of genuine concern to the residents, Cllr Fitzgerald said.“They are being woken up by youths who aren’t supposed to be drinking in public places. Some of the residents telephoned Ardnacrusha garda and there was no one in the station, and while we know that the garda in Ardnacrusha are doing their best, the fact is that they don’t have the required manpower.“It took two hours before a patrol car came out to the scene. I have called for a community garda to be stationed in a sub-office in the Westbury area because it’s not good enough that when Ardnacrusha gardaí are called to an incident in Limerick city, we are left without cover.“I have got phone calls from residents at 11pm looking for me to do something but I’m a councillor not a garda. I have though, tabled a motion in Clare County Council calling for the banning of drinking in public places,” he added.Senior executive officer, Michael McNamara, pointed out that the bylaws banned drinking in towns but didn’t cover locations in South-East Clare.Two years ago, the issue of having a garda sub office opened locally led Tony Hayes, who runs Westbury Stores, to lodge a planning application seeking permission to demolish an existing garage and barber shop in order to construct three commercial units, one of which would be a sub-office for a community garda.Mr Hayes had hoped the permanent presence of a community based garda within easy access of residents living in Westbury, Shannon Banks and Carrig Meade would be hugely beneficial for the local community.However, he had to withdraw the application after Clare County Council stated his plans represented “significant overdevelopment” of the site.Following Supt O’Brien’s recent comments, however, Cllr Fitzgerald is hopeful for a positive outcome in relation to a garda sub office being opened in Westbury in the not too distant future. Advertisement Print
Iloilo City Fire Station and BFP Regional Office 6 temporarily closed for disinfection. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He said over a hundred BFP personnel were exposed to Patient 144. “I am a preparing a complaint,” said Treñas. That same day, Patient 144 cut short her quarantine at the hotel where she was initially taken. She proceeded to the BFP regional office. Treñas said he had to seek help from the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 6 and Police Regional Office 6. The now Patient 144 was taken to the St. Therese-MTCC Hospital, one of the city government’s identified quarantine facilities. * These personnel must submit themselves to contact tracing procedures. Yesterday Mayor Jerry Treñas issued Executive Order No. 91, Series of 2020 placing the two BFP offices under extreme ECQ. BY IME SORNITO and RUBY SILUBRICO ILOILO City – The regional and city offices of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Macario Peralta Street here were placed on a three-day extreme enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) beginning yesterday. A personnel of BFP-Iloilo City tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Where was Patient 144 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.? Thus, said the city’s chief executive, he would be filing a complaint against the regional office led by Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto. It would be submitted to the Western Visayas inter-agency task force on COVID-19 and the national task force./PN * The Iloilo City COVID-19 Task Force shall extract specimens from these personnel for testing. This 26-year-old female personnel, who had a history of travel to Cebu City, was immediately placed on quarantine, said Chief Inspector Melanie Habawel, city fire marshal. According to the mayor, the city government team was given a runaround for hours on Sunday right after the RT-PCR test result was released at around 4 p.m. On June 6, the personnel underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. The result was released just this June 13 around 4 p.m. Substations of the BFP in various districts of the city have been put on alert. For the time being, they would be the ones to respond to fire calls. The three-day extreme ECQ would end on June 20 at 11:59 p.m. unless extended. During this period: After the RT-PCR test result was released on Sunday, June 13, it was when Patient 144 was taken to the St. Therese-MTCC Hospital. * All BFP regional office and city office personnel on active duty from June 9 onward shall be on 14-day quarantine (home or facility-based). * The BFP regional and Iloilo City offices should be decontaminated. But getting the patient to the hospital was not as easy as it seemed, revealed Mayor Treñas. He criticized BFP-6 for not acting soon enough to turn over the patient to the city government team tasked to bring her to the hospital. According to Fire Inspector Mary Angelie Bolocon, public information officer of BFP Region 6, Patient 144 was subjected to both rapid test and RT-PCR on the same day, June 6, but the result of the rapid test was released much earlier, on June 9. It was already around 9 p.m. when BFP was able to produce Patient 144, said Treñas. “For those who have transactions with our office, we could not accommodate you for now,” said Habawel. The fire bureau personnel got stranded in Cebu due to the community quarantine there. She managed to return to Iloilo City only on June 5 and was brought to a downtown hotel for the required 14-day quarantine.