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Friday, May 28, 2010

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


We have been asked by Billy Kelly to post this information on


The next Speakers Corner session takes place on Monday of next week - 31st May at 9pm.

Titled - 'Apartheid healthcare in unfair times - is there any way out?'
Sara Burke - journalist, broadcaster, policy analyst and author of the much acclaimed “Irish Apartheid - Healthcare Inequality in Ireland” (New Ireland 2009) will be the lead speaker at the Speakers Corner on Monday evening 31st May at 9pm, in the White House, O'Connell Street, Limerick.

If you care about the state of the Health Service this is your opportunity to hear and talk about this topical issue with a leading commentator in the field.

Sara will discuss the impact of recent ‘emergency’ budgetary measures on the health system, the increased privatisation of health care and should public funds be used to buttress private medicine.

For the first time in the history of the State, all opposition political parties are in favour of universal health care – is this just a veiled promise or is there any reason for hope?

Past Speakers
The Moyross Monks (officially known as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal) were our lead speakers on Monday 17th May. I would like to thank Br. Shawn, Br. Cyril and Fr. Paulus for taking the time to share their experience & views with us. A lively discussion was had on the night.

Future Speakers
31st May - Sara Burke, journalist and policy analyst - 'Apartheid healthcare in unfair times - is there any way out?'
14th June - The People Before Profit Alliance
28th June - Dr. Stephen Kinsella of UL - discussing NAMA and the Greek crisis.

For additional information see Common Sense

Monday, May 24, 2010

National Enterprise Week
24th - 28th May 2010

The following has been taken from the Bank of Ireland website:
In May 2009, Bank of Ireland launched their first National Enterprise Week. We hosted over 120 events throughout the week, and more than 1000 businesses participated in functions and events throughout the country. Following the success of this initiative, we are delighted to announce that our 2010 National Enterprise Week will commence on Monday, 24th May. More Information

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Mid-West Launch of the Halo Business Angel Partnership

We have just received information about the following:

Mid-West Launch of the Halo Business Angel Partnership

Batt O’Keeffe, Minister for Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation will officially launch the Business Angel Partnership in Limerick. The Business Angel Partnership (BAP) is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland and the Irish Business and Innovation Centres. The Business Angel Partnership matches private investors with pre-screened investment opportunities in start-up, early stage and developing businesses.

Business Angel Partnership Launch

The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

Monday 24th May 2010

Opening at 4pm followed by a reception

Speakers include:

· Batt O’Keeffe, Minister for Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation

· Kieran Mac Sweeney, President of the Limerick Chamber

· Michael O’Connor, CEO CorkBIC,

· Jim Breen, CEO Pulse Learning and other entrepreneur case studies

To register for this event please contact: Fionnuala Wall and 021 2307014

Monday 24th May 2010

16:00 (followed by reception)

The Savoy Hotel, Henry St, Limerick

Friday, May 21, 2010


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Right to Work Campaign Conference Dublin

The Right to Work Campaign Conference is this weekend.
Unite Hall
55-56 Middle Abbey St
12pm - 4pm Sat 22nd May.

The Campaign unites Public and Private Sector workers, Trade Unionists, Young Unemployed together to fight for jobs and services not bank bail outs.

The Campaign will continue to protest and to organise ever growing opposition to the government.

Hope to see you at the Conference.


The above information was passed to us by one of our members Bill Kelly.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Work and welfare scheme planned for jobseekers

I invite you to read the following from last Sunday's Business Post:

Work and welfare scheme planned for jobseekers
16 May 2010 By Niamh Connolly Political Correspondent

A major change to the social welfare system will allow jobseekers to continue to receive full benefits and work in the private sector, provided that they also carry out community work.For More Information

EGF - Life Long Learning

What does it do?

Lest is be forgotten The European Globalisation Fund includes a provision to allow for "Life Long Learning". It is exactly what it says i.e. it concerns learning from the cradle to the grave. So there is no excuse for anybody to be excluded from participating in the EGF Fund.

The following is taken from the EU website:

The EGF can fund active labour market measures focused entirely on helping the workers made redundant as a result of globalisation, for example through:
  • job-search assistance, occupational guidance, tailor-made training and re-training including IT skills and certification of acquired experience, outplacement assistance and entrepreneurship promotion or aid for self-employment,
  • special time-limited measures, such as job-search allowances, mobility allowances or allowances to individuals participating in lifelong learning and training activities.More
  • Message from Bridget Murphy


    Setting up a new business - there are schemes available to help you keep your social welfare entitlements. But BEWARE the differences between the two. The wrong scheme could result in you keeping your social welfare entitlements for 1 year instead of a potential 3 years.

    FOR SOME INDIVIDUALS, IF THEY CAN AFFORD TO, IT MAY BE BETTER TO START UP THEIR BUSINESS AFTER BEING UNEMPLOYED FOR 1 YEAR AS OPPOSED TO STRAIGHT AFTER REDUNDANCY. Speak to a tax advisor, accountant, enterprise board, mentor etc. the timing of becomming self employed is very imortant.

    Back to work enterprise allowance; Can be applied for once you have been in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit for 1 year. To help people go self-employed and retain SW entitlements for 2 years (100% yr 1, 75% yr 2) (This is In addition to claiming your 1st year of Jobseekers Benefit).

    Short-term Enterprise Allowance: There is no qualifying period for this new scheme. You can get immediate access to the allowance (after becomming unemployed) but you must meet the qualifying conditions. This only lasts 1 year and is backdated to your first claim for jobseekers.

    Bridget Murphy

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Dell Redundant Workers Committee welcomes European Delegation to Limerick.

    Munster MEP Alan Kelly has welcomed news of the pending visit to Munster by the European Parliaments Employment Committee.

    The Committee will visit Limerick on June 4th where they will meet representatives from the Dell Redundant Workers Association.More information in Alan Kelly's website

    Business Opportunity with Dunmurray Foods

    Buy Pizzas Direct

    We are a company based in Kildare and we recently launched a new business model called " Buy Pizzas Direct". We are currently seeking individuals who are interested in setting up their own business. At Buy Pizzas Direct, our distributors sell packs of frozen pizzas directly to the consumer. Each pack contains 5 pizzas and they sell for €10.00 each. Each of our distributors earn a 35% commission on all sales.

    The two big advantages to our business model is that it is a cash based business and is a repeat sale model. We were wondering whether or not some of your members might be interested in finding out more about our business opportunity.

    If they do, they can email us at:
    Buy Pizzas Direct

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Personal Comment on

    I would like to place on record my appreciation to Mike Feerick, CEO of who has come up with this revolutionary idea of providing online education for free. Alison has provided me with the opportunity of updating my knowledge in a number of areas. I'm am managing successfully to update my skills in "Microsoft Office Suite 2003". I also had the opportunity of having another look at "Statistics".

    What I find particularly useful is the manner in which I can interact with "The Voice". Yes I have my personal online "talking" tutor who guides me along. He's available at a time to suit me, goes at my pace and is always in good humour. Learning has at last become a joy and not the drudge that it once was.

    With grateful thanks

    Fergus Murrihy (Dell Redundant Workers Association, Limerick)

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    Friday, May 14, 2010

    €3,955,159 For Former Waterford Crystal Workers

    As reported in the Waterford Today Newsletter the EU has approved €2.6 m for former Waterford Crystal workers from The European Globalisation Fund. This together with the Irish government contribution makes an overall package of €3,955,159. More Information


    A number of Supply Demand Management Planners are required at the European Headquarters of a company based in Cork. They are in the process of strengthening this team as a result of recently relocating this business unit from Holland to Cork .

    The attached job spec will give you a good insight into the requirements of the role plus the desired prerequisite skills. The salary level on these roles is approx. €50 – 60K plus benefits


    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Aftershock: Life After Dell

    With the kind permission of RTE One: Watch repeat of "Life After Dell" until Wed June 2nd 2010 Here.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Welcome to the OU in Ireland

    This is a follow up to the post on the Open University that was published on May 6th.

    All Open University courses presented in Ireland have been recognised by HETAC as aligned with the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

    Read: The Open University

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Watch Aftershock Online.

    Watch Aftershock Online.

    RTÉ Player: Catch up with your favourite TV programmes online

    The RTÉ player is a free online catch-up service which lets you watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they are broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two television.

    Jobs Available

    Jobs Available at M&N




    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Reminder: Aftershock: Life After Dell

    Reminder: Commencing Sunday 9th May, 9.30pm, RTÉ One: OneGhost Land. This is the first part in the AfterShock series.

    On Wednesday evening we will be introduced to "Lifer after Dell". The Dell Redundant Workers Association fully support this series and in particular "Life after Dell". Your support of the program would be appreciated.

    AFTERSHOCK The Series

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    The Open University in Ireland

    It may be of interest to you that you do not necessarily have to attend an actual phsyical University made of bricks and mortar. There is the alternative known as the OU or Open University. It was the brainchild of the BBC in the UK way back in 1971. This year it boasts over 40000 students, 8500 of whom live on the island of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland's headquarters/contacts details are:
    Telephone or fax us
    Tel: (01) 678 5399
    Fax: (01) 678 5442

    Enquiry and Advice Centreview   map
    The Open University in Ireland
    Holbrook House
    Holles Street
    Dublin 2
    For More
    There is still a question though about the eligibility of OU students to the EGF Fund.

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Community Employment Schemes Dellrwa Redundant Workers.

    This is to inform you that FAS has made available 200 Community Enterprise Scheme places. If you would like to get any further information please apply at your local FAS office or EGF office at the Granary.
    These CE Schemes are being funded by the European Globalisation Fund.

    Sunday, May 2, 2010


    RTÉ presents a week-long series of television programmes which capture where we've come from over the last 18 months, take stock of where we are now and try to identify ways in which we as a nation can get Ireland from crisis to recovery.

    "Life After Dell" on RTE will air on RTE1 Television on Wednesday May 12th at 9.35pm. The program charts the past 12 months for four different families following the announcement of their redundancy at the Dell plant in Limerick. Read More.