Email Twitter Previous articleStrong element of organised crime in sex industryNext articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs saved admin WhatsApp Linkedin “I was called in and told I was being suspended from the nursing home for the comfort of the client,” she told the Limerick Post.Ms Barry contacted Employment Rights Officer, Frank McDonald, who said: “I told the company they couldn’t suspend her when she had done nothing wrong. Besides which, they had followed no procedure, no warnings of any kind. When I told them that the suspension was illegal, they said they had used the wrong words, that she was actually being laid off”. The company offered a number of alternative hours but, “there was no way I could do them without getting childcare which I couldn’t afford and there were too few hours.”Ms Barry and Mr McDonald asked the company to take part in an hearing with a rights commissioner, but they declined.‘They are entitled to do that so we are considering gong to the Labour Court,” Mr McDonald said.In the meantime, the laid-off worker says “I want justice. I’ve lost my job because I did the right thing and now I’m at the loss of my wages. I want people to know this has happened,” she said.After the Limerick Post first printed her story in May, this newspaper was contacted by an officer of the National Employment Rights Authority, who was in turn put in contact with the whistleblower.A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of Ms Barry’s claims, and are dealing with the matter through the appropriate mechanisms”.Lisa Barry protesting outside Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd, John’s Gate, with from left; Frank McDonnell, Limerck Resource Centre, her daughter Ali, partner Damion Mansfield and Cormac Ronan. Facebook NewsLocal News‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her goBy admin – July 26, 2012 1167 A CONTRACT cleaner who claims she lost her job because she reported an incident of elder abuse, staged a protest outside her former employer’s office this week. Lisa Barry claims she was effectively fired after reporting an alleged incident in which a staff member at a Limerick nursing home caught an 80-year old woman by the arm and threw her into a chair, as reported in the Limerick Post in May. The lone parent has not worked since she lost her job with the city-centre based Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd. earlier this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Print
Ellen Dux, programs director for the Office of Sustainability, presented ideas about improving environmentalist efforts on campus. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)Nearly 70 people gathered for the Sustainability Forum, an event for administrators, faculty, staff and students to discuss the improvements and importance of sustainability on campus Monday.Olivia Pearson, co-director of Environmental Student Assembly and a senior majoring in environmental engineering, said the forum intended to give students, staff and faculty a chance to connect and share ideas about sustainability on campus. She said there’s a lot the University can do to improve sustainability on campus in ways that don’t require upper administration approval to get started.“All of our departments can start to do something and start to make change and I hope that this inspired them,” Pearson said. “Also [I hope they] heard the student voices, how we want to get involved and how we want to offer our help and how we also want to be heard in these decisions.”Ellen Dux, the programs director for the Office of Sustainability, offered updates on the University’s Sustainability 2020 Plan. The plan has goals in seven main areas, or verticals, with the three primary points focused on waste diversion, energy conservation and water conservation. Dux said the forum is an opportunity for groups on campus that do not typically communicate to have an honest dialogue. “I think we all realize that the more we are getting separate siloed groups together in one room to bring their voices together … then the more we can say be mindful that people on this campus, your customers, your staff [and] your faculty are demanding this of you,” Dux said.Students who developed an app called Trojan Sense which allows their peers to give feedback on the temperature of rooms on campus also presented. Simon Blessenohl, the advisor for the team that created the app, said it has three long-term benefits: energy reduction, education and engagement. Leaders from the different sustainability student groups presented as well, including ESA co-directors Pearson and Claire Mauss, director of Sustainability Affairs for USG Catherine Atkinson and co-directors of the Environmental Core Tianna Shaw-Wakeman and Milena Castillo-Grynberg. The students gave updates about different sustainability projects they were working on. Atkinson, a junior majoring in political science, said USG Sustainability Affairs had instituted composting in Cardinal Garden Apartments last week and plans to do the same at USC Village next week. Mauss, a junior majoring in environmental science and health, discussed a project she is working on that would require incoming students to take a module on sustainability at USC.“Students are coming from all over the world when they come to this university and sustainability looks different depending on where you’re from,” Mauss said. “We want to teach them about what sustainability looks like here.”Pearson spoke about the Green Engagement Fund, which allows students to apply for funding for sustainable projects on campus. Trojan Sense is one of the projects that has received money from the fund, and Pearson said that students are making change in whatever small ways they can on campus. “We as students [have] been fighting for sustainable change on this campus for years,” Pearson said. “We want to show administration that we care, that we’re willing to work hard to make our campus green.”Shaw-Wakeman, a junior majoring in psychology, echoed that sentiment. She said she believed when she was a freshman that change would happen if she could demonstrate to the University’s administration that students cared about sustainability through rallies and petitions.“While that is true, sustainability should not be focused on whether or not the students want it,” Shaw-Wakeman said. “It is what students need. The student push behind sustainability should be supplemental to the top-down approach … that [the] administration is making sustainability a priority.”Eric He contributed to this report.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s Sarah Nurse won WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in a weekend sweep of Minnesota State. The senior forward has been one of the most dominant players in the country this season, winning her third conference honor with the 7-point performance.The No. 1 Badgers took two in the best-of-three series with the Mavericks, winning 7-0 and 6-0 and preventing the final game from happening. Nurse tallied a goal and two assists in the opening win, following it up with an even more impressive display in the second, notching a hat trick alongside another assist.Ella Guo/The Badger HeraldThe Canadian has been on a mission as of late, as this is her final postseason wearing the scarlet and white, improving to a team-leading 23 goals on the season while sitting at second in total points with 46. Only Annie Pankowski, one of the leading candidates for NCAA player of the year, has more points on the year with 50.The potent combo of Pankowski and Nurse will be what the Badgers need if they want to take home their second-straight conference tournament championship and get back to the Frozen Four for the third-straight year. But this senior-dominated squad has been going after something much bigger in winning the program’s fifth national championship in 18 years.Women’s hockey: Badgers make easy work of Minnesota State in first round of WCHA PlayoffsThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers are off to a hot start in the WCHA Playoffs yet again. The Badgers Read…Wisconsin now travels to Minneapolis for the WCHA Final Face-off for the conference semifinals, where they will take on North Dakota Saturday. The winner will stay in town for the championship game to take on the winner of the other semifinal matchup between University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and University of Minnesota, Duluth.