Wheelchair theft seen as new low

first_img‘Youths were spotted holding up traffic with the wheelchair getting a ‘laugh’ out of it…’THE theft of a wheelchair that was a young boy’s “only form of independence,” has been seen as a “sickening new low” for a family that has battled hardship for the last three years in Thomondgate. 16-year-old Shane Dundon has cerebral palsy and is now house bound because of the actions of a number of youths who stole the wheelchair from the front porch of the family home in Thomondgate last Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mother of six, Theresa Dundon, told the Limerick Post that the seat and frame of the chair were found the following day in Hartigan Villas after youths took the wheels and used them for a horse-drawn sulky kart.“It is bad enough trying to get the council to repair the house, but taking Shane’s only form of independence has really knocked his confidence. He’s upstairs in his room now and can’t or wont come down. He started in St Nessan’s recently and that was a big step for him. I mean, my son has welts on his hands from having to crawl in and out the front door. This is no life for a boy who has suffered to this stage of his life”.Theresa’s and the lives of her family have taken many set backs as the Limerick woman had to bury her college going son who was murdered in the UK during a random act of violence. With five children now, four of whom live with here in the “decrepit house” in Thomondgate, Theresa says that she has been living on empty promises from the local authority to get her house wheelchair friendly.“The house is in a very bad way, the shower doesn’t work, the toilet is in a state, the backgarden is like a swimming pool and it’s gone from bad to worse”.The Dundon family had to move from their original home in Hartigan Villas as the house next-door to their former home was petrol bombed and the council moved them for their own safety.“I had heroin addicts in the garden shooting up and for fear I had to sleep on the couch. We were all in fear of what random act could happen next and even my son crawled out to the front green at 6am scared out of his wits. The council moved us after the lady next door had her house petrol bombed. Now we have been put into this house and they have just forgotten about us. Letters go unanswered, promises go unfulfilled and I’m told there’s no money there to put in a few ramps.“It broke my heart to hear Shane say to me, ‘Mam, if I fell outside and broke my neck maybe then they would do something then’”.Shane’s sister, Nicole, says that this is not the first incident involving a group of up to eight youths “who are taking children’s bikes, hubcaps from cars and stuff like that, but it has taken a step too far this time.Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating.Nicole’s frustration continued when she added that the perpetrators of the wheelchair theft are aged “as young as 12 and 13. They shouldn’t go unpunished because of their age. It makes me sick to think that you cant even leave a wheelchair in your own porch without it being stolen.” Advertisement Facebook Email Print WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleBowie’s career under the spotlightNext articleLimerick FC could win title this weekend admin NewsLocal NewsWheelchair theft seen as new lowBy admin – September 27, 2012 720 Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Top Democratic Lawmaker Wants More Information from Big Banks on Settlements

first_img Share Save  Print This Post Related Articles Previous: CFPB Considers Opening the Door for Class Action Lawsuits Next: Housing Market Sentiment Rises to Near-Record High Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 7, 2015 1,580 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Big Banks Senator Sherrod Brown Settlements Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Top Democratic Lawmaker Wants More Information from Big Banks on Settlements Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sherrod BrownSen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, has written a letter to more than a dozen big banks and investment banking firms requesting more information on settlement they have entered into with 15 government enforcement agencies since January 1, 2005.Brown wants to know if the banks are in compliance with their respective settlements and asked for information regarding the banks’ compliance procedures, particularly those initiated after the settlements; the amount of legal fees the banks paid; any sanctions imposed along with the names and positions of employees on which sanctions were imposed; and any non-public agreements the banks made with government enforcement agencies, according to a report from Bloomberg.”[A]t my direction as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Minority staff is reviewing issues related to the compliance with, and enforcement of, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules governing the operations of financial institutions,” Brown wrote in the letter, which was dated September 30, 2015.The recipients of the letters were not made public, but citing a “person familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg said the recipients included JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank.”[A]t my direction as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Minority staff is reviewing issues related to the compliance with, and enforcement of, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules governing the operations of financial institutions.” Several of these institutions have entered into multi-billion dollar settlements with the government for their roles in mortgage meltdown and financial crisis, notably JPMorgan Chase ($13 billion in November 2013), Citi ($7 billion in July 2014), and Bank of America ($16.65 billion in August 2014). These institutions are regularly checked by independent monitors to ensure they are complying with the terms of their respective settlements.Brown listed his staff investigator Bob Roach as the contact for the letter recipients, which may be troubling to the banks since Roach is known for his investigations on such firms as Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank as a member of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, according to reports. Brown has requested that the banks deliver the information he is seeking on or before October 28.Also, according to reports, despite using the Senate Banking Committee letterhead, a spokesperson for the Committee said that Brown’s letter was not sanctioned by the Committee. The letter was not signed by Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Alabama).To view a copy of the letter, click here. Top Democratic Lawmaker Wants More Information from Big Banks on Settlements Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Big Banks Senator Sherrod Brown Settlements 2015-10-07 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more