Should I buy IAG shares today?

first_img British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines (LSE: IAG) has been a popular stock this year. On my investment platform, Hargreaves Lansdown, IAG has consistently been one of the most purchased UK shares in 2021.Should I buy IAG shares for my own portfolio? Let’s take a look at the investment case.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…IAG shares: should I buy?I can see why investors have been piling into IAG shares recently. For a start, IAG is a classic reopening stock. With Covid-19 vaccines being rolled out rapidly, activity in the travel industry is now picking up. There’s a considerable amount of pent-up demand to fly. After a very challenging 15 months or so, the outlook for IAG is definitely improving. City analysts currently expect IAG’s revenue to rise about 33% this year to €10.5bn.Secondly, IAG’s share price is still well below where it was before Covid-19. Back in February last year, the share price was above 400p. Today, however, it is still under 200p. I have no doubt that the depressed share price is attracting value hunters.The risksDigging deeper into the investment case, however, there are a few risks that concern me.The first is the enormous amount of uncertainty that airlines face due to the constantly-changing travel rules. The UK’s decision to move Portugal to its amber list last week is a good example of the ever-changing rules.This environment is a nightmare for airline operators such as IAG. While there is so much uncertainty, bookings are likely to remain depressed. For IAG, it’s a concern that both Spain and the US are on the amber list as these are two of its biggest markets.Speaking of bookings, IAG said in its recent first-quarter results that for the second quarter of the year, it is expecting capacity to be just 25% of what it was in 2019. This suggests that a full recovery is a long way off. It’s worth noting that it believes corporate bookings are likely to remain below 2019 for years.Another concern is that fuel prices are rising. Recently, the price of Brent crude oil rose above $70. Airlines typically hedge their fuel costs so they are not exposed to rising fuel prices in the short term. Still, higher fuel costs are the last thing airlines need while they are operating at such a low capacity. Fuel costs are a large part of an airline’s expenses, meaning that higher oil prices can greatly impact profits.Finally, I continue to have concerns about the company’s balance sheet. IAG recently advised that at the end of March, it had net debt of €11.5bn, up 18.5% from last year. Since then, it has launched an €800m convertible bond. This substantial pile of debt adds significant risk to the investment case. With air travel likely to remain depressed for at least a few years while Covid-19 is lingering, it could be hard for it to generate enough profit to pay the interest on its debt.IAG shares: my move nowWeighing everything up, I think the risks outweigh the potential rewards here. All things considered, I think there are much better stocks I could buy today. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Friday Funnies – Nick Haining defends his surprising line speed

first_imgFriday Sep 21, 2018 Friday Funnies – Nick Haining defends his surprising line speed Bristol Bears forward Nick Haining provided one of the most amusing moments of last weekend when he shot out the line against Gloucester, resulting in a spilt ball and a turnover for his side. He appeared to be miles offside, but the referee felt otherwise, much to the surprise of everyone in the stadium.ADVERTISEMENTThe commentators immediately packed out laughing when Haining made the tackle as he appeared to be so far offside.“He think’s he’s playing for Gloucester!” said David Flatman.The joke was on them though, as the referee allowed him to get away with it, instead ruling it was Bristol ball due to the knock on.Haining’s follow up comment was a classic, as he reassured the referee that he made the correct call.Bristol Bears host Harlequins at Ashton gate on Saturday in round four of the Gallagher Premiership.ADVERTISEMENTcredit: premiershiprugby Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Fundraising events book launched

Fundraising events book launched AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Stephen Elsden and John Gray, British Red Cross staff, launched their new book yesterday at Charityfair in London. Organising Special Events is published by the Directory of Social Change. Order it online at the UK Fundraising Bookshop and you can currently save 20% off the list price. Howard Lake | 4 April 2000 | News  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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EU Funding Programmes for Ireland

first_imgBoth programmes apply to Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Irish Republic. EU Funding Programmes for Ireland Tagged with: Ireland Two funding programmes which form part of the Peace ll extension in Ireland have been reopened. The two programmes are Measures 2.4, Pathways to Inclusion, Integration and Reconciliation of Victims, and 2.7, Developing Low Community Capacity and Promoting Active Citizenship.Measure 2.4 focuses on building the capacity of individuals and communities to deal with the transition to peace by identifying and providing for skills gaps. It will also continue funding the work started under the original Peace l programme.Measure 2.7 will fund programmes to stimulate and support community involvement and cohesion. Advertisement Howard Lake | 28 July 2005 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Playwright’s paintings offered for charity auction

first_img Tagged with: auction fundraising events Ireland Howard Lake | 24 July 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  187 total views,  1 views today Advertisement An auction of paintings belonging to the late Irish playwright Brian Friel and his wife is expected to raise €100,000 for a homelessness charity.The paintings from the collection built up by Brian Friel and his wife Anne will be sold in September in Dublin in a sale of Irish art. The auction will take place at Adam’s auctioneers on St Stephen’s Green, and the funds raised will be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust.“We very much appreciate Anne’s very generous support and kindness in donating this collection of paintings,” Fr McVerry of the eponymous Trust told the Irish Times.“Proceeds from the sale of the art will greatly help us to provide our services to the growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness,” he added.Amongst the paintings is Basil Blackshaw’s Three Sisters, which was the image used on the cover of the programme of Friel’s translation of Chekhov’s play which premiered at Derry’s Guildhall in September 1981. In 2016 the Trust had an income of €16 million, of which €6.5 million came from fundraising. The charity raises 43% of its income from individuals and continues to add new donors from its annual insert in the Irish Times. Image: Three Sisters (translated by Brian Friel) programme cover, 1981. Includes Basil Blackshaw’s Three Sisters painting. Source: Field Day Playwright’s paintings offered for charity auction  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Boston Pride confronts racism

first_imgBoston marchers, June 13.WW photo: Stevan KirschbaumBlack Lives Matter Boston, members of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition and supporters challenged systemic racism and corporate “pride” by stopping the Boston LGBTQ Pride March on June 13 for 11 minutes to draw attention to the 11 trans people of color murdered in the U.S. last year and to the lack of representation of people of color in the organizing of the annual parade. ­(#WickedPissed)The protesters’ complete manifesto of demands served as an indictment, not just of what has become “corporate gay pride,” but including mainstream lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer organizations in general. It is also a call for the liberation politics that followed the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, itself led by trans people of color.As the march of 25,000 reached the corner of Charles and Boylston streets, BLM organizers and supporters entered the parade, stopping its forward movement to forcefully deliver their demands to cheering supporters who lined both sides of the street.As BLM leader Daunasia Yancey was delivering an “occupy-style” mic check about murdered trans women of color, a contingent of Boston police confronted her and the other protesters, threatening arrest. But organizers refused to back down one inch until the planned protest was over, while the entire scene unfolded before hundreds of cheering onlookers.A phalanx of supporters from Stonewall Warriors, Boston Feminists for Liberation, the Women’s Fightback Network, Boston FIST, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union and the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee moved between the police and the demonstrators at one point to defend the action.Over the years, the Boston Pride Committee has raised fees for marching in the parade to as high as $2,500 per group, with similar charges for reserving a booth at the official Pride Festival. (bostonpride.org) Grassroots and community groups with few resources are effectively prohibited from marching.Need for ‘inclusion and empowerment’Corey Yarbrough, executive director of Boston’s Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, the largest people of color LGBT organization here, delivered this statement to Workers World:“While many view Pride as a time to celebrate and connect with community, it is often a painful reminder for me of the lack of genuine inclusion and empowerment of faces who look like mine. I felt it was my duty to support the protest to bring awareness to what many people of color are still experiencing in Boston’s LGBT community and force those in power to put action behind their symbolic and meaningless rhetoric of diversity and inclusion.“As the executive director of one of the only LGBT organizations of color in Boston, it is often overwhelming to meet all the unique and important needs of our community. It is more difficult to face these challenges in a climate where resources for LGBT people of color in the city are evaporating and leadership of color at mainstream organizations is becoming more rare. I hope this protest will boldly move the conversation of getting diverse representation of board members and senior staff positions at other organizations forward while opening up avenues for securing greater resources for existing LGBT organizations of color.”Earlier in the parade, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union carried a banner confronting Mayor Marty Walsh and demanding that he support a fair contract for their union. The union local, more than 800 members strong and 99 percent Haitian, African-American, Latino/a and Cape Verdean, is defending itself against the Veolia Corp., which unjustly fired four union leaders 19 months ago. The union has provided sexual orientation and domestic partner provisions for its members since 1978, years before the city of Boston implemented these laws. (visit tinyurl.com/FBteamsolidarity)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Gary Wilhelmi 5/15/2012 PM Comment

first_img Gary Wilhelmi 5/15/2012 PM Comment By Hoosier Ag Today – May 15, 2012 Facebook Twitter Greek possible exit from EU offsets better German 4Q GDPUS on fiscal cliff?  I hear that kind of talk from credible sourcesBargain hunters rally palm oil which is sensitive to European woesIndia grain stock as of 5-1 at 38 MT versus a 4 MT averageModerate short covering in grains and soybeans FinancialGerman GDP up.5% in 4Q, versus .1% expected and -2% in 3QEurope stagnates for the dayS&P 500 support 1340 and then 1300Dow closes below 12,700 with 12,500 nextPre open Dow trade was up 75 points—Dow beats quick retreat down 10 at 8:48DAX up just.2%Crude little changed at $94.73Dollar index pushes higher up 22 at 80.83 with years high at 81.78Gold static at $1560Euro zone worries just distracted by German GDPLivestockRetailers begin pricing Memorial Day features and choice beef raises $1.93 and select up $2.05Last weekend clearance helped by weather and next two weeks look duckyCOF FridayCattle technical action positive MondayCattle slaughter 127,000 up 8000 v last week and hogs down 10,000Pork cutout $1.44 better with loins up $2.69 and hams + $.69Some see Chinese hog prices falling 20%Grain and soybeansCorn 87% planted as expected and beans 46% also on target both about one month ahead of scheduleSpring wheat 94%Winter wheat condition 60% good-excellent down from 63%Brazilian bean harvest doneBrazilian corn estimate 64 MT up from 62 MTDecember corn support at $5.00Watch western wheat area for dryness22 hour trade begins 5-21 amidst some Ag industry oppositionExport sales Thursday, June crop estimate (Not a survey and none until August) on 6-12 with the quarterly stocks on 6-29Short covering rallies over night Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Market Market Watch Gary Wilhelmi 5/15/2012 PM Comment 10:58  update 10:29 updateDow up 18JP Morgan comes back 2.1%Builder’s sentiment improvesShort covering in grains and oilseedsWheat harvest beginning and so shall hedge pressureBeef and pork benefit from Memorial Day pricing SHARE FinancialDow sags into a 63 point lower closeS&P 500 down 8 to 1330 with next support at 1300Crude trades down to $93.26Dollar bolts up 66 to 81.27 with an 81.78 yearly high (The best bet in a troubled world)The Greek tragedy and Spain and Italy close behind continue to weigh on values, especially oilDAX off .8% watch Wednesday morning first thingBernanke warns that US is approaching a fiscal cliffFrench President Plane hit by lightening—an omen?LivestockCattle creep up on cash with June at a $4 discountMemorial Day meat pricing firms valuesBoxed beef was, however, just steady at noonOutside markets give meats the he be gibesJune hogs are at the highest point since 4/27Cash call steady to higherWatch pork cutout Wednesday morningGrain and soybeansShort covering closing near their highs in allLittle export activitySouth Korea routinely buys 56,000 tons of cornCorn plantings 87% done and beans 46% with spring wheat 94% completeKansas wheat 52% good to excellent down from 60% last week and watch western plains drynessWatch for stories of woe out of the UkraineEuropean rapeseed production at a six year lowChinese corn plantings seen up 2%On weakness December support is at $5Remember short covering is the weakest form of buyingWheat harvest beginning means hedge pressure Previous articleColombia TPA Now In ForceNext articleFarm Credit Reports First Quarter Earnings Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Farmers, Traders Anxiously Wait for USDA’s Friday Reports

first_img Farmers, Traders Anxiously Wait for USDA’s Friday ReportsIn October, USDA forecasted the national average for corn yield to be at 168.4 bushels per acre and the soybean yield at 46.9 bushels per acre, however, crop development was slower than normal.According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, there wasn’t a lot of test weight information available and there have been weather events since the cutoff date of Oct. 1 for the October report. He said that could require reassessment.Some areas received frost in mid-October and rainfall, which delayed harvest—especially for corn.“A number of things make it a muddled picture going in,” said Rippey.USDA acting outlook chairman Mark Jekanowski said his group will take the new production estimates from the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) whether up, down, or neutral to readjust balance sheets accordingly.World Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports will be released at 12 ET Friday Nov. 8. SHARE SHARE Farmers, Traders Anxiously Wait for USDA’s Friday Reports By USDA Communications – Nov 7, 2019 Facebook Twitter Previous articleHere’s Hoping for Believable USDA Production Numbers Friday on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleIndiana Crop Progress, Moisture, and Yields Pushing the Limits of “Variability” USDA Communications Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers, Traders Anxiously Wait for USDA’s Friday Reports Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Local Legislators Representing San Gabriel Mountain Foothill Communities to Host Wildfire Town Hall

first_imgUncategorized Local Legislators Representing San Gabriel Mountain Foothill Communities to Host Wildfire Town Hall Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 12:06 pm Subscribe Legislators representing communities at risk of wildfires along the San Gabriel Foothills from La Crecenta to Upland will host a Wildfire Town Hall in Pasadena on Thursday February 21st 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Pasadena High School Auditorium.Expert Panelists for the Wildfire Town Hall include:Daryl Osby, Fire Chief for the Los Angeles County Fire DepartmentJeffrey Toney, Southern Region Administrator for the California Office of Emergency ServicesElizaveta Malashenko — Deputy Executive Director of Safety and Enforcement for the California Public Utilities CommissionRepresentative for Southern California Edison“We live in an area that is beautiful yet prone to wildfires which poses a risk to our property and well-being,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The good news is that we can take steps at the individual and state level to help prevent wildfires that will save lives and our communities.”The town hall is spearheaded by Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41), Chair of Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee, and will be joined by State Senator Anthony Portantino (SD-25) and Assemblymembers Laura Friedman (AD-43), Blanca Rubio (AD-48), Ed Chau (AD-49). They will bring expert panelists to discuss how residents can protect their homes from wildfires, what wildfire prevention measures the utilities are implementing, and how the State of California is preparing for and responding to catastrophic wildfires.“With climate change, it’s no longer a question of if but when the next disaster will strike in our region,” said Assemblymember Friedman, Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. “How communities plan and prepare is critical and can save lives.”“With 7 of the 20 most destructive fires in CA history happening in the past year alone, now more than ever the discussion of preparation for our at-risk communities is imperative,” said Assemblymember Rubio.“The destruction left behind by the most recent fires are heartbreaking and a reminder for us to find ways to prepare against catastrophic events like this in the future,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “Hearing from our constituents and subject matter experts regarding the immediate and long-term implications these fires have on our communities is essential to working together, at the state and local level, to protect ourselves.”The event is free, open to the public, and will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/assemblymemberchrisholden. More information can be found at https://a41.asmdc.org/event. More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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Richard’s rare ability to make grown men weep

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGScouncil meetingGE2020general electionLimerick City and Countypolitics Email Facebook Previous articleMunster return to Pro14 action against KingsNext article€6m investment brings 50 new jobs to Ballina Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? center_img Twitter Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Richard O’Donoghue reflects the mood of his supporters after his election on Sunday.Photo: Brendan GleesonEMPATHY, integrity, honesty and dedication are all qualities newly elected County Limerick TD Richard O’Donoghue was praised for by his former council colleagues in West Limerick this week.But what they didn’t mention and was most striking at this Tuesday’s meeting of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District was the Independent politician’s rare ability to make grown men cry.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The first-time Dáil Deputy took his seat at the Rathkeale area office for the last time this week to tie up some loose ends at local authority level and bid farewell to his colleagues around the chamber.O’Donoghue first took his seat in the Rathkeale office after being elected to the newly amalgamated Limerick City and County Council back in 2014 as a Fianna Fail councillor. The following year he struck out on his own and, despite a failed General Election bid in 2016, the Granagh man-made history last weekend as he became County Limerick’s first-ever Independent TD.It was clear this week that the 49-year-old father of four, who secured 10,320 votes to take a seat in the 33rd Dail, was as popular with his council comrades as he was with the electorate.Straight-talking, no-nonsense veterans were reduced to blubbering wrecks as they said their goodbyes on Tuesday.“The first time I met Richard I immediately made the observation, he will be elected, whatever about the rest of us. I remember the joy I felt within myself after spending time in his company. It was very special. I am proud to call you my friend,” Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan told Deputy O’Donoghue.“I hope you continue your voluntary efforts to help people that need help. Your care and concern for people will make you a great national representative.”Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey described it as a “sad day” before commending O’Donoghue for his integrity, empathy and honesty.Cllr Stephen Keary (FG) was moved to tears when he remembered a trip to America with his former council colleague.“I remember how you were with my two grandchildren; you were all about them and had such empathy for them. They still talk about you.”Director of Services for Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Caroline Curley also praised O’Donoghue for his empathy and “big heart”.“The district’s loss is the county’s gain,” she said.Deputy O’Donoghue then described the last week as an “emotional rollercoaster” and promised he was committed to working with all parties for the “betterment of Limerick”.“Ye have my back and I have yere’s,” he added. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement NewsPoliticsRichard’s rare ability to make grown men weepBy Alan Jacques – February 14, 2020 1208 Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

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