Use derelict site as ‘park and ride’ facility

first_imgFacebook Previous articleInternational platform for Palestine’s poet: ‘We teach life, Sir’Next articleRugby – Tackle your Feelings to host free Mental Wellbeing panel discussion Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print NewsLocal NewsUse derelict site as ‘park and ride’ facilityBy Alan Jacques – May 20, 2016 860 Twitter WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSCllr Joe LeddinLabour PartylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNAMA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedincenter_img Cllr Joe LeddinCllr Joe LeddinLABOUR Party councillor Joe Leddin has called for the former John Moloney’s Garage site in Rosbrien to be converted into a park and ride facility.Cllr Leddin believes the site is is well located along the main Ballinacurra Road, which also includes new bus lanes directly into the city centre.The site, which remains in the ownership of NAMA, has remained in a derelict state since a planning application to build a commercial office development was approved several years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The provision of a park and ride will provide an additional incentive for those who wish to visit the city centre without the need to drive, as the frequency of buses has now increased with the addition of the new bus lanes,” Cllr Leddin told the Limerick Post.“A car park with a modest charge to cover the operation I think would be successful especially during the Christmas period or when large scale events are been held in the city. As a council we need to become much more creative in terms of improving our service offering while also providing tangible solutions to the owners of derelict or unoccupied sites through the city.”The City West representative is of the view that the temporary relocation of St Paul’s Primary School into the former Scoil Carmel building from September will add considerable traffic volumes to the general area.“This site offers a number of short term solutions for alleviating traffic congestion,” he suggested.“I have spoken with senior officials in the Council’s Economic Department and I look forward to receiving some positive feedback on my proposal to remove another derelict site from the cities landscape.”In response, a spokeswoman for Limerick City and County Council explained, “The Council does not have ownership of this site. Various options for redeveloping this site have been presented to the Council in the past but no definitive redevelopment proposal has been pursued to date. The Council is open to discussions for the re-development of the site.”At last Monday’s metropolitan area meeting of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr James Collins (FF) said that there is “merit in seeing what can be done with the site,” adding that it would be a good idea “to engage with the schools about staggering opening times to try to alleviate the traffic congestion”.Cllr John Gilligan (Ind) said that “NAMA should put in a roadside park on the site as the present situation was simply not good enough”.by Alan [email protected] Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

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ICU nurse talks how COVID-19 has changed her life

first_imgLindsey Burrell(TORRANCE, Calif.) — Lindsey Burrell didn’t always want to be a nurse. That changed nine years ago when her neighbor was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and put on hospice. Burrell, who had her heart set on being a lawyer, spent much of her time with her neighbor in her final weeks.Before she died, the neighbor told Burrell that being a nurse was her calling. She applied to nursing school a week later.Burrell is now a 38-year-old intensive care nurse at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California. She’s used to very busy days in the intensive care unit (ICU), but treating patients with the coronavirus, COVID-19, has presented unique challenges.“Suddenly our patients are isolated in a room by themselves with the door shut,” Burrell told ABC News. “The barrier of not being able to communicate like normal has really made it more difficult in a mental sense as well.”In audio diaries, Burrell talks about the physical and mental toll of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Her personal story is featured in “The Essentials: Inside the Curve,” a special series of the ABC News podcast “Start Here,” which posts on Saturdays.Burrell says she has been tested for COVID-19 twice, but despite symptoms such as respiratory distress, cough and fever, both tests came back negative.“I realize that the mental anxiety that has been running through my veins for weeks on end since we’ve been talking about this is physically making me sick,” she said.Burrell made the decision to reach out to a psychiatrist for help. She acknowledged that medical professionals bear a heavy emotional burden in the current crisis.“You know, we literally feel like, as nurses and other health care providers, that we’re in like a battle zone and you just hope for the best,” she said. “You hope that you come out unscathed, but there’s no promise of that. We are seeing things and doing things that we never imagined.”Burrell reflected on a photo from the last moment of normalcy before her life and work were affected by the coronavirus. It’s a photo from March 15 of her kids, a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old, sitting on the beach, watching their dad surf. Burrell’s family lives about a mile away from the beach and, prior to the pandemic, would spend much of their time there. On that particular day, as Burrell sat on the beach watching her kids look out at the ocean, she realized that the world was about to change.“Slowly, people were starting to wear masks,” Burrell said. “There’s kind of this feeling walking on the strand of like don’t get too close to me, but, you know, people would still stop and talk. And then days later is when it all closed down.”Her family is adjusting to their new socially distant life. Burrell’s 4-year-old son is no longer able to attend preschool, so she has started homeschooling him. Now, after spending long days caring for patients in the ICU, she cherishes the moments when she gets to come home to her husband and two children.“When I go home to my kids, who I miss tremendously, I can’t wait to see them,” she said. “I know that they’re going to stand there and stare at me because they know that they can’t touch me until I am [sic] changed my clothes and showered. But I get to go home. My whole life, my kids and my husband. Makes everything worth it.”At work, Burrell is finding moments of optimism. On April 9, she watched as one of her patients who had been in the hospital for about a week-and-a-half recovered and was able to leave the hospital.“That is the sign of hope that we needed,” she said. “It’s exactly what we needed.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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