Court offers tributes, applause and a smile for the late John…

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Picture by Press 22.A ROUND of applause followed tributes paid to the late John Devane at Limerick Circuit Court this Tuesday as colleagues and friends honoured the solicitor who died last weekend.After leading the tributes, Judge Tom O’Donnell said that he was going to take the unusual step for the court in asking those in attendance to remember Mr Devane through a round of applause.It was a fitting tribute after words from State prosecution counsel John O’Sullivan BL and solicitor Darach McCarthy in honour of the 54-year-old father of two.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last Sunday morning, Mr Devane was found in his home at Blackwater, Ardnacrusha having passed away overnight.He is to be laid to rest in Dingle on Thursday.On Monday, tributes were held at Limerick District Court where Mr Devane practiced and had “epic battles” as an advocate of the law for all of his clients. The court then stood for a minute of silence.The Janesboro native, who entered the legal world later in life after graduating from UCC as a mature student, represented many notable defendants over his career and was well known for giving everyone a “fighting chance no matter their background” in a trait that made him one of the most well known solicitors in Limerick.More recently, Mr Devane had suffered a number of health setbacks but in 2016 returned to work after an 18 month stint recovering from a number of medical conditions.Despite his medical setbacks, Mr Devane was always upbeat and ready to do battle in court where he loved the cut and thrust of the law and a trait, amongst many, he will be remembered by his friends and colleagues alike.Citing many successes that Mr Devane had in the courts, many at a time when the odds were stacked against him in “taking on City Hall, to coin the phrase”, John O’Sullivan BL said on Tuesday that Mr Devane’s passing was a source of great sadness, “as in reality we thought he was getting better.“A lot has been said about Mr Devane, but I would like to mention a few things and of course most notably, that he was a busy solicitor in Limerick and that is important not to forget.After an apprenticeship with John Hayes solicitor, “John went out on his own and would be remembered for bounding in to the circuit court in the old Red Church with the exuberance of a less experienced practitioner possibly.“It was before the late Judge Sean O’Leary who was indeed kind to John and understood that his enthusiasm was not yet tempered.Mr O’Sullivan went on to note that the late solicitor referenced the important role of the judiciary in his book Nobody Heard Me Cry, and the court process which he was always very respectful of”.The State prosecution counsel recalled the notable and “seminal” cases won by John Devane, a number of which “show the clear proof of his success as they made their way in to the law reports.“The solicitors role is often more important that than that of the barrister and when John instructed counsel he did so for the benefit of his clients and would be willing to pursue a case to the highest court in the land if required.“He was fearless and he had a tendency to mild mischief, but always respectful and acted cognisant in the administration of justice.“Yes, John was well thought of at the bar”, Mr O’Sullivan said.Mr O’Sullivan said that John was proud of his family connections and that his father was a native Dingle.“John was proud of that and took great fun that they are connected to Gregory Peck”, a remark which drew a smile from those gathered in Limerick Circuit Court.Mr O’Sullivan said that “we could not forget how John handled the complex series of illness and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.“He dealt with illnesses and disabilities with his characteristic of tenacity. John just kept going and ‘the show must go on’ was his motto.Expressing condolences to Mr Devane’s family, John O’Sullivan said that the late solicitor was “always ably aided by his wife Julieann.“I think of his courage and tenacity in later years his good humour and the man with that twinkle in his eye.”Solicitor Darach McCarthy said that he “found it very hard to stand before the court to speak of John due to the sadness his passing brought.“He was a massive character and no words could fill the gap in what we have to endure now over the coming weeks and months ahead.“John Devane was a unique advocate of the law and in his absence things will be less colourful.John often spoke off the cuff and sometimes that worked to his advantage but it was his ability to do that allowed him to battle to the end.John Devane took on all clients and “never judged anyone, that wasn’t his job.“He will be missed and we will think of with a smile”, Mr McCarthy said.Judge O’Donnell said that Mr Devane, whom he knew from his days sitting at Limerick District Court, “ploughed a lone furrow as a colourful and sometimes controversial character while his passing will create a void in the legal fabric of Limerick.Mr Devane is survived by his wife Julieann, daughters Jemma and Jessica, brother of the late Tony and Michael, sisters Márie, Áine, Joan and Paula and will be laid to rest after noon Requiem Mass this Thursday at St Brendan’s Cemetery, Milltown, Dingle, Co Kerry. 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Decisions rest on final pensions jigsaw piece

first_img Previous Article Next Article Decisions rest on final pensions jigsaw pieceOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. After a lengthy gestation period, the Government’s plans for stakeholder pensions are becoming clearer. The recently published Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations set out the detailed arrangements for stakeholder pensions and confirm the implementation timetable.The key date for employers is 8 October 2001, from which time non-exempt employers will have to provide employees with access to a stakeholder pension scheme. Exemption will only be given to employers who: provide all employees aged 18 or over with the opportunity to join their pension scheme within 12 months of commencing employment; contribute at least 3 per cent of basic pay to a group personal pension that they offer to all staff; or have less than five employees.Employers without full exemption will have to designate a stakeholder pension scheme for some or all employees, having previously consulted with them and their representatives, and provide them with information about the scheme.The Engineering Employers’ Federation recently held some regional seminars in conjunction with Legal and General to help members understand these new legal requirements during which we identified some practical employee relations issues.First, employers are concerned they will be forced to make a financial contribution to their designated scheme. This is likely to be particularly strong in firms which provide only some employees – typically white-collar staff – with the chance to join their pension scheme. The need to designate a stakeholder pension scheme for the rest of the workforce will inevitably lead to pressure for an employer contribution to members of their occupational pension scheme that matches what they are making.Second, employers believe, in the future, they could face pressure for compensation if their designated scheme underperforms in comparison with other stakeholder pension schemes. Although employers cannot be held legally responsible for the financial performance of their scheme, it seems likely that if an employer’s scheme performs less well than a scheme designated by, say, a neighbouring employer, they will at the very least, face pressure to change their designated stakeholder pension, but could also receive demands for financial compensation.Employers need to start thinking about such employee relations issues. But while they have a “window of opportunity” to plan, one important piece of the stakeholder pension “jigsaw” is still missing. This is whether employees can have a stakeholder pension scheme and, at the same time, belong to either a final salary or money purchase pension scheme. Until the Government resolves this, employers cannot make any final decisions. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Packer stepping up for Wisconsin

first_imgMadison Packer has two goals and four assists so far in the 2013 WCHA playoffs.[/media-credit]Fresh off a two-game sweep of St. Cloud State University in the first round of the WCHA playoffs and currently riding an eight-game winning streak, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is playing their best hockey of the season.In the midst of Wisconsin’s tremendous performances has come the emergence of junior forward Madison Packer, who has come on strong for the Badgers in the second half of the season, especially during the team’s winning streak. During the Badgers’ current eight-game winning stretch, the Michigan native has scored five goals and notched nine assists.Packer, who has 18 goals and 19 assists on the season, proved her dominance was here to stay last weekend with a strong performance against the Huskies, scoring twice and earning four assists – a stat line that even outshined that of Patty Kazmaier award finalist Brianna Decker who finished with five points against St. Cloud State.“She plays in some key situations,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “Obviously playing a lot of the season with Brianna at the top line and being a part of our first power play, you will look for her to score some goals and create or set up some goals and be part of that and she has done that.”In a career littered with injuries and adversity, Packer has had a long road to the success she is enjoying now. Last season, Packer was lost among a roster jam-packed with talented forwards and hampered by multiple injuries throughout the season. The forward ended her 2011-2012 campaign with four goals and 14 assists – a mark 19 points short of her 2012-2013 numbers.“I’ve stepped it up and come a long way from last season,” Packer said. “You look at my stats from last season and then you look at this year, it’s hard to even compare the two, so I think that I’ve accepted a different role this year and stepped it up a little bit.”The production is a marked contrast from this past November, where Johnson decided to move Packer from the first line to the second after a slow start. Re-evaluating her game, she started to make some tweaks to her game including the way she held her stick.“I think I was gripping my stick a little tight and Decks actually had a conversation with me and just said, ‘It’s going to happen when it happens,’ so I kind of settled down a bit and things opened up,” Packer said.About halfway through the season, Packer fought her way back to the front line with Decker and Karley Sylvester. After being put on the first line for the second time this season, Packer has been able to generate chemistry with Decker and has played with an increased level of confidence that has gone hand-in-hand with her success.“She’s had a lot more confidence in the second half of the season and even a little bit before break,” Decker said. “We’re playing together, we’re doing well and we’re clicking. So, I think she’s getting a lot more opportunities to put the puck in the net.”“It’s fun to play with one another,” Packer said of Decker. “We need to talk more on the ice, but there are times when I don’t even pick my head up and I’ll make a pass and she’ll be there and vice versa.”Beyond Packer’s ability to score and facilitate in the second half of the season is her physicality of play that brings a sense of energy to the team. The junior seems to be in the thick of any choppiness on the ice.“We need that type of player on the team that can sacrifice themselves to stand up for other people or take the body in a lot of situations,” Decker said. “Every team needs one of those players and I’m glad to have her as one of them.”While the team may benefit from Packer’s hard-nosed style, it also has to deal with the consequences that come with it – Packer leads the team in penalties and penalty minutes with 29 and 58 respectively.“Sometimes I’m a little more aggressive, but I send a message,” Packer said. “I think that St. Cloud was a little chippy last weekend and if you look at the game and the way it went after I threw that girl to the ground after the whistle, they weren’t really going to the corners and messing with people. I’m a bigger player, so I’m not afraid to mix it put, maybe I should tone it down and hold my temper a little bit going into the playoffs, but it’s fun.”Penalties or no penalties, Packer has been a tremendous asset to a Wisconsin attack that is gaining steam and will be needed in the Badgers’ next matchup with North Dakota which will in essence act as a play in game for the NCAA tournament.Packer says her recent play has given her confidence, but credits her teammates for her late-season success.“Yeah, I have a lot of confidence, but also I have a lot of confidence in my teammates,” Packer said. “I had I think four assists on the weekend, so that’s someone else putting the puck in the net when I’m giving it to them.”last_img read more

Member of winning Barbados Labor Party is now the Opposition leader

first_imgIn an interesting twist, Bishop Joseph Atherley a member of the  victorious Barbados Labor Party (BLP), was on Friday sworn in as Opposition Leader, just one week after the general elections. He had resigned suddenly from the party on Thursday night. Atherley, the Member of Parliament for St Michael West constituency, took the oath of office before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.“I have heard a lot of things said about my actions, and obviously it seems to be a shocking event to some. But, Let me tell you, it is not. And, contrary to rumors, it is not a reaction to any ministerial appointments made by the Right Honorable Prime Minister last week and the omission of myself.“It is definitely not a reaction to that. I have indicated that to the Prime Minister and to my other parliamentary colleagues. It is definitely not a repudiation of the Barbados Labor Party platform or policies,” Atherley said, adding that he was part of those engaged in the formulation of the policies contained in the party’s manifesto. “I support those…it is not a reaction to any decision by her.” Wants to ensure there’s a parliamentary OppositionHowever, he stated he believes tremendously in the importance of democracy, and that “everything must possibly be done to expand our platform of democracy,” he said, adding that he wants “to constitute that physical presence on the opposition benches.”He said he would give “critical support to the party in office…to applaud them when they get it right, which I believe they will often, to put pertinent and pointed questions to them when necessary to keep them on their toes.Prime Minister Mottley had last weekend noted that she was exploring the possibility of amending the Constitution to allow for the opposition party with the most votes to be able to nominate two members to the Senate. The move was seen as allowing the Democratic Labor Party (DLP), which formed the last government, of having a presence in the Parliament.But Bishop Atherley, the head of the Evangelical Holiness Christian Community Church, said he would be appointing two senators soon.last_img read more