Councils punished for household charge failure – Collins

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncils punished for household charge failure – CollinsBy admin – April 14, 2012 549 THE government has attempted to shift the blame for the failure in the Household Charge “fiasco” by punishing local authorities, according to an opposition deputy. Niall Collins TD says that Limerick city and county councils are facing punishment in the form of cuts to services over the non-payment of the charge. “At the weekend we saw government ministers trying to shift blame onto local authority workers in Limerick and across the country for the mess that Phil Hogan has created over the Household Charge”, said Deputy Collins. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Now it is reported that Minister Hogan will punish those areas where the charge has not been successfully collected, by cutting local services to the entire community.“Let us be clear, this fiasco is not the fault of local authority workers in Limerick or anywhere else;  This is entirely Phil Hogan and the government’s fault as they made a mess of this from the beginning by forcing a flat-rate charge on people, regardless of their ability to pay, by failing to provide the proper information to the public and by failing to allow people to pay in a variety of ways”.He claimed that the government wants to blame ordinary council workers to “save face”. “I am asking local Fine Gael and Labour Oireachtas members if they stand by their colleagues’ claims that gaps in Household Charge payments locally are the fault of Limerick City and County Council workers, and not the Government?He said he will also seek their position on Minister Hogan’s plans to cut local services if the government has not succeeded in collecting the Household Charge from all homes across County Limerick”. WhatsApp Print Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter Email Linkedin Previous articleDrug case adjourned to SeptemberNext articleBusiness leaders opt for state owned but independent airport adminlast_img read more

Man in custody for 4 ‘brutal’ killings that shook Reno communities: Officials

first_imgWashoe County Sheriffs Office(RENO, Nev.) — A man was taken into custody this weekend in connection with four “brutal” murders that shook communities in the Reno, Nevada, area, officials said.Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, was apprehended Saturday, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said at a joint news conference Sunday.“We feel confident we have evidence that will link him to all four homicides,” Balaam said. “The information we have now indicates there are no outstanding suspects.”Martinez-Guzman “was likely in the United States illegally and was detainable,” immigration officers verified Saturday afternoon, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.Martinez-Guzman, who has been living in Carson City for about a year, is being held in the Carson City Detention Facility on immigration charges and charges related to possession of stolen property, Balaam said.Investigators will be seeking an arrest warrant for the murders in the coming days, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said at the news conference.No motive has been released, and authorities added that Martinez-Guzman was not known to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.All four victims were found shot dead in their homes, reported ABC Reno affiliate KOLO.The first of the four victims, 56-year-old Connie Koontz, was killed Jan. 9 or 10, KOLO reported.Sophia Renken, 74, was found dead Jan. 13, according to KOLO, and then Gerald David, 81, and his wife Sharon David, 80, were found shot dead in their home on Jan. 16.“Our communities were shaken by these brutal murders,” Hicks said.From Jan. 10 to Saturday, Jan. 19, investigators were following up on tips and leads in the four killings, and by Friday, those leads allowed agencies to focus on several specific locations in Carson City, Furlong said.Friday afternoon surveillance teams were sent to find Martinez-Guzman and anyone associated with him, and by 7 a.m. Saturday, according to Furlong, investigators found him at a home in east Carson City.Authorities said family members of all four victims were at Sunday’s news conference.A relative of Gerald and Sharon David told reporters, “We’d like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of the other victims. They are in our prayers. We will continue to keep our eyes on God, trusting in him, as we walk through the aftermath of this tragedy.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more