Advertisement Previous articleRory’s performance is Ledge-endaryNext articleLCCR Valentine Special Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Facebook Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsPoliticsNew plan will see Limerick play second fiddle to CorkBy Alan Jacques – February 14, 2019 907 Mayor James Collins, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA NEW regional development plan will severely limit Limerick’s ambition over the next 12 years and downgrade the city’s position at a national level.That’s according to Mayor James Collins who believes the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region is adding insult to the injury already inflicted by the Project Ireland 2040 National Development Plan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking following a presentation at City Hall on Monday, Mayor Collins described the document as “insipid and devoid of any innovative thinking”.The City West representative also takes the view it would only serve to accelerate the migration from this region to not alone Dublin but Cork.“It is proof of how devoid this region is of strong representation at national level and how the power-base under this government is undeniably in the country’s two largest cities,” the Fianna Fáil politician declared.“This is a shocking indictment of the Government’s so-called national development plan. The regional plan is the next layer down from Project Ireland 2040 and if our concerns in Limerick were high on its publication last year, they have been raised even further by this draft strategy.Limerick’s first citizen went on to deem the draft regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region, bad not just for Limerick, but also for Ireland. He described the draft document as “severely limiting Limerick’s ambition over the next 12 years” and “downgrading the city’s position” at a national level.“We have the capacity to become a real counterbalance for what is happening on the east coast. Clearly, we will have to proceed ourselves as any chance of an enlightened framework coming down from Government for the regions is clearly diminished,” he commented.“The objective of this entire process from day one was to disperse national economic development but now that we are seeing this filtering down to regional plans, there’s not a single big idea to deliver that. We need big ideas to affect the type of change that’s needed to grow this and other regions and take some of the pressure and chaos off Dublin. But Government is clearly not getting this.“There is an overemphasis of Cork in terms of balanced regional growth and our strong ambitions for Limerick need to be amplified,” he concluded.A special meeting of Limerick City and County Council will be held on February 25 to discuss the draft RSES strategy and prepare an agreed submission to the Southern Regional Assembly.“It is insipid and devoid of any innovative thinking and we are seeing clear lines emerging as to where the power base is now in this country; Dublin first, Cork second and the rest of us a distant consideration.” Email Twitter
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) women’s football team will play a friendly match with Montenegro.The meeting is scheduled on January 18that 13:00 o’clock in the Training Center of the Montenegrin Football Association in Podgorica.Football team selector Samira Hurem has called 20 players for this match, including: Envera Hasanbegović (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Elma Kundić (Iskra), Melisa Hasanbegović (IK Grand Bodo, Norveška), Ajla Zukić (Lokomotiva), Alma Kamerić (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Nikolina Vujadin (Lokomotiva), Valentina Šakotić (Radnik Bumerang), Amela Kršo (Emina), Aida Hadžić (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Lidija Kuliš (Glasgow City, Škotska), Marija Aleksić (Ferencvarosi TC, Mađarska), Ena Taslidža (1. FFC Frankfurt, Njemačka), Anisa Alukić (FS Zurich, Švajcarska), Đula Velagić (Emina), Anđela Mitrović (Banja Luka), Milena Nikolić (SC Sand, Njemačka), Mejrema Medić (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Minela Gačanica (Emina), Senada Muratović (Gradina) and Selma Kapetanović (SFK 2000 Sarajevo).All players will gather on January 14that the Training Center of BiH’s Football Association in Zenica, where they will stay until January 16th when a departure for Podgorica is planned.The Bosnia and Herzegovina women’s national football team have never qualified for the World Cup or the European Championship. The team is currently coached by Samira Hurem and captained by veteran Mersiha Aščerić.Currently ranked 63rd by FIFA, the team plays their home games at the Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in the city of Sarajevo, the country’s capital.