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Executive Mansion Rejects Alleged Saudi Plan to Islamize Liberia

first_imgThe Executive Mansion has rejected categorically a very detailed research document by three Muslim “women’s rights activists” from the Middle East, disclosing a purported plan by Saudi Arabia to Islamize the entire world, including using Liberia as a fertile ground for its plans for West Africa.According to the 14-page comprehensive and detailed essay by the three women—Anahita Ghorbani, Iranian women’s rights activist, Yafiah Assouin, PhD, Syrian women’s rights activist and Shada Al Zahrani, Saudi journalist, “The Saudis’ plan for Liberia is first to ensure that a candidate of Muslim faith and background contests and wins the Liberian presidency.  “To do this, the Saudis brought the Kuwaitis on board to influence Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in identifying and supporting such candidate. The bottom-line is to make Liberia an indirect Muslim nation through the application of aspects of the Sharia law when at such time a Muslim becomes president,” the three women scholars said among other things.This has not gone unnoticed by the Government of Liberia, which has reacted sharply through the Executive Mansion to the allegation made by these women.GOL Reaction The Executive Mansion issued a statement on Monday saying that Government of Liberia has seen and analyzed the article entitled, “The Syrian War, Saudi Arabia’s Struggle for Global Influence, and Control of Africa,” written by one Anahita Ghorbani and published on the online website, Elombah.com.“The article makes certain references to Liberia’s relations with some countries in the Middle East, the perceived religious divide in our country, and cast aspersion on the First Family with absolutely no respect for truth and objectivity”, the Executive Mansion statement says. “It is an article written to provoke and incite with the intention of wiping up religious hatred and division at a time when our country is undergoing reconstruction and searching for reconciliation with full democratic participation of all our people.”According to an Executive Mansion release, the intention of the author is plain: “to drive a wedge between our people based on religious intolerance and ethnic hatred. The article is written with bias and utter contempt for the intelligence of our people who have survived wars, bitterness and countless tragedies in their history and are now trying to rebuild their lives and reconstruct their country for the benefit of all their children.“This Republic is noted for religious tolerance and ethnic cooperation in nation building. The Constitution of our Republic protects all and sundry irrespective of creed or ethnicity. The democratic space which is evolving has its foundation in our Constitution which protects and promotes life, liberty and human development.“An article written with malice and meant to undermine the unity and progress of our people is unworthy of the noble ethics of Journalism. It approaches the Liberian reality with shortsightedness and falsehood. It is a pitiful attempt to distort and thus deserves our condemnation and rejection.“One has the right to write and speak responsibly with the intention of enlightening minds but not the right to distort, besmear and propagate falsehood with the obvious intention of promoting strife among the people.“The Government of Liberia takes very seriously its responsibility toward the safety and protection of its people. It understands the mandate given it by the people of Liberia to build a country of equal justice, religious tolerance and the democratic participation of all. It is in this light that it condemns unreservedly all attempts to divide our people and put us on the path of ethnic cleansing and religious bigotry.“The publication as established is filled with lies, deception and falsehood. The writers exert that President Sirleaf was once a Muslim by marriage and that her late husband was also a Muslim. While the right to a choice of religion is personal and guaranteed under Liberian laws and that the President would have committed no crime if she or her late husband were Muslims, the assertion is simply false and misleading.“The truth is that the President’s late husband was a devout United Methodist, a factor that moved President Sirleaf over from the Presbyterian Church to becoming Methodist.The writer also referenced ULIMO-J, a warring faction during the Liberian crisis, as Muslim dominated faction. This falsehood can best be judged by Liberians since they are fully aware of the composition of ULIMO-J then.“As the backdrop of all these misleading information, the Government wonders as to how anyone could give credence to such mischief.”Editor’s Note:The Liberian Daily Observer Newspaper has always prided itself in taking great pains to handle sensitive stories with the greatest professionalism and care. By the same token, however, never have we decided not to publish a plausible story just because it is controversial. We believe that in this day and age of Boko Haram-style terrorism that has terrorized an entire nation, absolutely NOTHING is to be dismissed or taken for granted. Every hint, clue and morsel of intelligence must be analyzed and sifted through. The fact that there will be some parts that are far-fetched does not warrant dismissing the entire document.It is against this background that the Liberian Observer finds the Executive Mansion’s response dangerously short-sighted. The Observer story did point out the parts of the story it found to be factually incorrect, such as the allegation that Sirleaf was once a practicing Muslim. Upon receiving the report, the Observer immediately contacted the Executive Mansion for a reaction (which was never received until after the story was published). The Executive Mansion was expected to take its time to analyze the document, conduct an investigation and ask the relevant questions. Such was the purpose of the publication.What we do understand, however, is that if a Nigerian newspaper had published this document 10 years ago, the Nigerian government would have had the same response: “Our people are united; that could never happen here.” Today, the Boko Haram terrorist movement has spread far beyond the Nigerian government’s capacity to handle.If even the United States lived to regret ignoring similar intelligence reports, how can a small nation such as Liberia be so short-sightedly dismissive?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

Commerce Ministry Releases Commodity Prices

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce has released its bi-monthly critical commodities bulletin highlighting the prices of key commodities in the country.The commodities include rice, the national staple, petroleum, a political commodity, and other food & non-food items.In a release issued recently in Monrovia, the Ministry indicated there were over 35,856 metric tons of 50 kg rice in the country which is expected to last up to the 21 of September.The retail price for rice is US$14 to 16/25kg in Montserrado and its environs while the retail price in the rural area is US$19 to 20/25kg.The pump price of Petroleum products (diesel and gasoline) is US$4.26 and $4.18 respectively.Cement, which is now being widely used in the country by everybody for infrastructure building, is now being sold at US$8.50 to 8.75/50kg in Monrovia while rural is US$9 – 10 /50kg. According to the Ministry, the bi-monthly bulletin is a product of the Ministry developed to inform the public on key commodities inventory and pricing on a bi-monthly basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

PNC tries to disavow rejection of CCJ’s jurisdiction by Minister

first_imgPNC/R General Secretary, Amna Ally…bizarre, poorly-attended protest failed miserablyPresident David GrangerMinister of State, Dawn HastingsLess than 24 hours after Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams publicly rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice’s appellate jurisdiction in relation to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion, passed in the National Assembly in December 2018, the People’s National Congress (PNC) went into damage-control mode and sought to distance itself from the Minister’s comments.The PNC’s General Secretary, Amna Ally, on Saturday, told Guyana Times that Minister Hastings does not – and cannot, speak for the PNC; only the General Secretary, who has the authority to do so, can.“She would have heard that the President said that the Government accepts the ruling of the CCJ; because it was very clear from the President (Granger) that we accept the ruling,” Ally told this publication.But while the party’s General Secretary seems to be apologetic and distancing herself from the Minister’s statement, one senior civil society commentator on Saturday told this newspaper that the Minister would have been inclined to make such statements given the posture of the party, with its history of cavalier dismissal of the Judiciary in the recent past.In one instance, the commentator noted that President David Granger, himself, brushed aside the Chief Justice’s ruling, in relation to the interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana with respect to the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, saying that “her perception” was not his “perception”.“The Chief Justice gave an interpretation based on her perception of the law, and I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution; that is to say, I will not appoint somebody who I do not consider fit and proper,” the President had said on July 19, 2017 as he dismissed the Judge’s interpretation of the Constitution – because of the qualification for who was “fit and proper” to be appointed as the Chair of GECOM.The civil society commentator also recalled the incident with Attorney General Basil Williams and Justice Franklin Holder to highlight the party’s disrespect towards the Judiciary.In 2017, Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan had moved to the Court to block the work of a Presidential Tribunal that was set up to determine whether he should be removed from his post as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in light of criminal charges proffered against him, which have since been dismissed by the Magistrate’s Court.Justice Holder had complained to acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards that during the March 23, 2017 hearing of the case, he abruptly walked out of the courtroom because of statements made by the Attorney General.He quoted the Attorney General as saying, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it, I have always been like that…The last Magistrate who (told me what to do) was later found dead.”Justice Holder had said in his complaint that he felt disrespected by the Attorney General’s behaviour. He had called for an apology to be proffered to him in open Court before he would proceed with the case. The Judge eventually recused himself from the case.According to the commentator, this display by the PNC senior officials is what led to members of the party to have disregard for the Judiciary in general. In fact, the commentator noted that the President, himself, defied the CCJ when he called for house-to-house registration following the CCJ ruling last Tuesday before the Court issued its consequential orders due on Monday.“If the senior members are doing it, obviously, the junior members will automatically take the same position and posture,” the commentator said.Rejecting CCJ jurisdictionIt was during a bizarre protest staged by several Government ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside the GECOM headquarters on Friday, where they were calling for house-to-house registration before elections are held, that Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final Court of Appeal by saying that that Court has no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws.“GECOM is the only authoritative body that will inform the Government whether they’re ready or not for elections. CCJ cannot rule, Guyana has its own institution. Guyana is an independent country with its own independent laws,” the Minister said.Hastings was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings, who also called for house-to-house registration before elections.However, despite the PNC’s General Secretary emphasising that she is the only authorised person to speak on any matters involving her party’s position on the CCJ’s ruling, another PNC member, Attorney-at-Law James Bond, on Friday had also echoed similar sentiments that reflected those of minister’s Hastings.“The CCJ cannot tell GECOM when to hold elections, only the Constitution could give GECOM instructions. How our Constitution operates is that GECOM has to decide when it is ready and then the President has to announce by a proclamation when the election date will be. Nobody could tell GECOM to hold election in X, Y time now.” Last Tuesday, PNC Executive Member and Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during a Government outreach in Bartica, rallied coalition supporters saying, “Comrades, be on the ready! Because we will be able to call you out to picket for house-to-house registration… From today (Monday) Comrades, war break, because we got to go to elections before the end of this year…”His statements have been viewed by civil society and other stakeholders are utterances which are fueling and inciting hostility and are an indication of unrest in Guyana.Several civil society persons have since said that the PNC does not have internal conflict reflected by comments of Government ministers and PNC functionaries, which were seemingly contradictory to President David Granger’s public statement that he has accepted the CCJ’s decision that his Government has been toppled, but that they did not expect the public outrage and are engaged in damage control.It has also been posited by a political analysis that the protest was intended to intimidate the CCJ into not making consequential orders that would force GECOM to hold elections within a timeframe consistent with what the constitution of Guyana says.However, according to the analysis the protest action by a few APNU supports intended to influence the court against making strong consequential orders failed miserably and was poorly attended.Finance Minister, Winston Jordanlast_img read more

 

Emery’s Arsenal face gruelling week

first_img0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette and his Arsenal team-mates face a hectic week © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Unai Emery admits Arsenal will struggle to cope with a draining schedule that sees them host Leicester at the start of three games in seven days.Emery’s side will be pushed to the limit by the television schedulers, who moved their Premier League clash with the Foxes to Monday evening at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners then travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.In contrast, Sporting were due to face Loures on Saturday night, giving them more time to recover before hosting Arsenal.Emery has fielded a strong side in Arsenal’s previous Europa League matches, but he will be forced to rotate more heavily this time.“We are one team with a very high level and very high demand for us,” he said.Unai Emery has fielded a strong side in Arsenal’s previous Europa League matches, but he will be forced to rotate more heavily this time © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOV“Every player, they need to feel they can play every match. With only three days difference between one match and another, you can’t do that.“You can’t do that with play and rest, play and we can’t do that without changing players. But if I decide to play with the same players Monday, Thursday, Sunday, the players can’t do that.“We want to play a lot of matches. We want to continue doing our way with different possibilities tactically and with the players – but with a lot of matches, we can’t do that.”Arsenal are on a nine-match winning streak in all competitions, but their chances of extending that run past the coming week will be severely tested.Emery acknowledges the television rights holders can determine when his team play, but he wishes they showed more common sense.– ‘Not an excuse’ –“We are first in one competition (the Premier League) and the TV is very important,” he said.“The TV has the target to choose the matches Friday, Sunday, Monday. If they decided we are going to play Monday we don’t stop to think if it is better to play Monday or not.“I prefer to play Saturday or Sunday. It (playing on Monday) has the advantage for more time to prepare the match – that’s one positive.Leicester manager Claude Puel insists he always knew Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette would come good © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF“After, we are going to play Thursday, we are going to play Sunday also, two matches very quickly after Leicester. For me it’s not an excuse because we are preparing for Monday.”Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claude Puel insists he always knew Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette would come good.Lacazette endured a difficult first season with Arsenal, but has five goals in 10 games this term.Puel, who gave Lacazette his senior debut in 2010 when they were together at Lyon, said: “He is a complete player with good transition with the ball and without the ball. He is always available for the team.“He works all the time and he has kept his clinical edge and I am not surprised about his quality and his good work with Arsenal.“He started with me. His first game at the beginning he was always a striker but to find a place and get game time in the team he started as a winger.“He had always the same quality and was clinical in the box.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

 

Donegal-based animal feed business sold for €17.25M

first_imgThe Donegal Investment Group has announced the sale of its animal feed business, Robert Smyth & Sons Limited, for €17.25 million.The business and its subsidiary companies were acquired by the UK-based Fane Valley Co-Operative Society.It will be business as usual at Smyths Daleside Animal Feeds, as it will continue to trade under the same name and retain local management and staff. Founded in 1865, Smyths is a leading provider of animal feed products and nutrition, located in Ballindrait in East Donegal.The company generated a turnover of €35.5 million and profit before tax of €1.9 million in the year to the end of August 2018.Strategically located near the port in Lisahally, Smyths supplies a broad range of ruminant and monogastric feeds to a diverse customer base across the North and West of Ireland.Fane Valley’s acquisition incorporates Smyth’s subsidiary companies including Burke Shipping Services Ltd, based in Lisahally Port. Donegal Investment Group, formerly Donegal Creameries, said the disposal of the business was in line with a strategic review of the Company’s various businesses and assets.Completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.Ian Ireland, Managing Director of Donegal Investment Group plc, said: “We wish the Businesses, their employees and management, and their new owners Fane Valley, every success in the future. We will continue to support the growth plans of our specialty dairy business Nomadic as well as continuing the strategic review of the remaining businesses and assets of the Company with the objective of maximising value for all shareholders.”Trevor Lockhart, Fane Valley Group – Chief Executive commented: “We are delighted to be acquiring Smyths Daleside Animal Feeds. It has built a strong brand and reputation for premium feed products, flexible and innovative feed solutions and excellent customer service.“The company will continue to trade under the Smyths Daleside name and day-to-day operational responsibility will remain with local management and staff. Customers can therefore be assured of a ‘business as usual’ approach in their dealings with the company going forward. “The acquisition is a ‘natural fit’ for Fane Valley and presents an opportunity for the Co-op to further extend its catchment area for the supply of animal feed products and nutritional services. It will complement the Co-op’s £18m investment in a new feed mill in Omagh, Co.Tyrone in 2010 and demonstrates Fane Valley’s commitment to the future of livestock production in this region. The Board of Fane Valley acknowledges the support of Ulster Bank for the acquisition and for their on-going assistance to the Group”.Donegal-based animal feed business sold for €17.25M was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ballindraitDonegal INvestment GroupFane Valley Co-Operative SocietyRobert Smyth & Sons LimitedSmyths Daleside Animal Feedslast_img read more

 

Jolie: No wedding imminent

first_imgAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have denied wedding bells are in the air, saying they want to concentrate on their newborn daughter and two older children. “There is nothing in the air. The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together,” Jolie, 30, told a news conference for local journalists Wednesday at a hotel in the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund. “So that kind of says it for us, and to have a ceremony on top of it is nothing.” It was the Hollywood couple’s first public appearance since Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 at a private clinic in Walvis Bay. Delivered by Caesarean section, the baby weighed 7 pounds and was said to be in good health. Pitt and Jolie had retreated to the southwest African country for government-assisted privacy in the weeks leading up to the birth. They were accompanied by Jolie’s children, 16-month-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Both children had their surnames legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intention to adopt them as well. The couple sold rights to images of Shiloh Nouvel through Getty Images photo agency, saying proceeds would be donated to a charity not yet named. People magazine paid a reported $4 million for the right to release the pictures in North America, while Hello! magazine obtained British rights. The embargo on the images was broken when two Web sites posted an apparent image of the front cover of Hello! People and Hello! launched legal action Wednesday against the Web sites to prevent publication of the Hello! cover before the celebrity magazine was to go on sale today in Britain.last_img read more

 

INAUGURAL BLUEBIRD CARE 5K RAISES €1,700 FOR ORAN NIBBS FOUNDATION

first_imgOver one hundred and sixty runners and walkers took to the roads in Churchill this morning to take part in the inaugural Bluebird Care 5k, raising an impressive €1,700 in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation.Family, friends and neighbours of young Órán Nibbs, from Trentagh, were delighted with the great show of support as people from all parts of Donegal joined in to do the distance to make a difference.“We are heartened by the great turnout here today in support of Órán. Thank you to the team at Bluebird Care and everyone involved in making this event possible, and a special thanks to Bernie Heron, Órán’s Bluebird Carer who helps and supports us everyday” says Aisling Nibbs, Órán’s mother. The first over the line with an impressive time of 16.55 was Gerard McGrenaghan from Letterkenny Athletic Club, closely followed by Marcus McClintock, from Letterkenny Athletic Club at 17.20 and Pádraig Breslin taking third place in the men’s category with a time of 18.22.Irene McFadden, from Letterkenny Athletic Club was the first female over the line with a time of 19.38, tailed by Monica McGrenaghan, from Letterkenny Athletic Club at 19.40 and Frances Judge, from Letterkenny Athletic Club coming in third place in the female category at 20 minutes exactly.Donal Haughey, from Tir Conail Athletic Club took first place in the males over 50 category with a time of 19.34. Antoin Boyle, from Letterkenny Athletic Club came first place in the junior boy’s category at 29.26. Kathy Boyle, took first place in the female over 45 category with a time of 23.44. Aine Duddy, from Churchill came in first place in the junior girls category at 28.58.All of the funds raised from the Bluebird Care 5k today will go towards helping Órán, who suffers from a rare and progressive condition called Mitochondrial Disease, to receive vital medical treatment in America. Speaking after the event in the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Director of Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) Marty Kelly, said, “well done and many thanks to all of you who have made today a great success, especially to all our runners and walkers who have helped us raise €1,700 to go towards youngÓrán’s vital treatment in America.“I would also like to thank Gartan Outdoor Education Centre; Aura Leisure Centre; Glenleary Stables Ramelton; Evolve Menswear; The Swing Room; Neary’s Pharmacy; The Zip Yard; Jiffy Dry Cleaners and HairDO’s Hairdressers for generously sponsoring today’s great prizes”The Bluebird Care 5K will become an annual event to raise funds to support local charities. For more information on Bluebird Care log ontowww.bluebirdcare.ie INAUGURAL BLUEBIRD CARE 5K RAISES €1,700 FOR ORAN NIBBS FOUNDATION was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

Man United keep tabs on Brazil ace as star’s future hangs in the balance

first_img Juventus star Alex Sandro in action 1 Manchester United are keeping tabs on Juventus star Alex Sandro.Jose Mourinho is considering signing a new full-back this summer as doubts remain over Luke Shaw’s future.The England international has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and he could ask to leave for more football.That would leave Manchester United needing a new left-back and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they are looking at Sandro.Mourinho is reportedly a big fan of the Brazilian, who was a target for Chelsea last summer.The Blues, however, valued to agree a fee for Sandro as Juventus demanded £70million for his signature.last_img read more

 

Croatia star blasts England for still being a long-ball team

first_imgDespite taking the lead early on through a Kieran Trippier free-kick, England were outplayed for a large portion of the match. Gareth Southgate’s side were the more lively team in the opening 45 minutes, but Croatia looked the stronger outfit for the entire second half, as well as the full half-hour period of extra-time.It was evident England had no real Plan B for when Croatia started dominating proceedings, and despite toiling hard to try and score an all-important equaliser, the Three Lions never really threatened to do so.And this, according to Vrsaljko, is because nothing has changed about this England team, despite them being labelled as a ‘new-look’ side who do things differently to previous squads.‘The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long balls upfield but when we pressed them it turned out that they haven’t,’ Vrsaljko, the Atletico Madrid full-back, said. 2 England have been branded a long-ball team by Croatia star Sime Vrsaljko following the Three Lions’ World Cup semi-final defeat.Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal of a 2-1 extra-time victory for the Croats, who have booked a place in their first ever World Cup final; Zlatko Dalic’s side will play France on Sunday. Nonetheless, Southgate and his team have done this country proud, and they will be welcomed back to these shores as heroes following Saturday’s third-place play-off against Belgium. 2 Southgate and his side never really looked like scoring once Croatia pulled level Mandzukic’s brilliant finish broke England hearts last_img read more

 

HALF OF DONEGAL’S POST OFFICES WILL CLOSE IF GOVERNMENT TAKES AWAY SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS CONTRACT

first_imgUp to half of Donegal’s post offices will be forced to close if An Post loses the contract for making Social Welfare payments, the Irish Postmasters’ Union said yesterday.IPU General Secretary Brian McGann said the post-office network would be “decimated” and hundreds of job losses if the Department of Social Protection pushes ahead with plans to put the welfare payments contract out to tender.The future of the contract is currently being considered by the Department of Social Protection and a decision is expected shortly. Speaking at yesterday’s (SUN) IPU annual conference in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel, Mr McGann said any plans by Government to withdraw the social welfare payment contract will also have a disastrous affect on the social fabric of the country.“Any decision to move away from using the Post Office as the primary channel for making Social Welfare payments will be politically disastrous on the scale of Charlie McCreevy’s ill fated plan to decentralise Government Departments.“Many Social Welfare recipients want to use their local Post Offices because it’s friendly, convenient and accessible.“Local Post Offices also play a vital role in preventing fraud because of the face to face nature of its role. Postmasters are highly committed to detecting and stamping out fraud. We see the people, meet the people and we know them because they are part of our community. “This deters fraudsters who often rely on faceless, impersonal systems of payment to perpetrate their fraud,” Mr McGann said.The President of the IPU, Brian Cannon, whose post office has been in his family for 100 years in Leitermacaward, said he will lose 80% of his business is social welfare payments are taken from An Post.“That’s the reality of the situation. The local post office network is making strides to keep up with the demands of modern life.“But if the social welfare payment contract is taken away, it will be a massive blow to us – a blow which many post offices could not survive. Personally it would mean a reduction of 80% of my business,” he said.IPU General Secretary Mr McGann called on the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to give a greater role to Post Offices in delivering welfare services. “We want to add value to what we do and there is no reason why Post Offices cannot also provide additional services for the Department such as signing on, means testing, identity checking etc.,” he said.“All our offices are automated, open 5½ days each week and we are an accessible part of every community throughout the Country. However, we won’t be open for business if the Department pulls the plug on the Welfare payments contract.“The last thing that communities across the country need is a decision that will force the closure of hundreds of Post Offices,” the IPU General Secretary said.The theme of the two day conference was ‘Open For Business’ with delegates also hearing calls to allow local post offices be a hub for many other services including the payment of motor tax. EndsHALF OF DONEGAL’S POST OFFICES WILL CLOSE IF GOVERNMENT TAKES AWAY SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS CONTRACT was last modified: May 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian CannonIPU Presidentpost officeslast_img read more