Animal Welfare sanctuary to benefit from Tesco fund

first_imgNewsCommunityAnimal Welfare sanctuary to benefit from Tesco fundBy Staff Reporter – July 16, 2018 1912 Tesco employee Rachel Judge (centre) with Limerick Animal Welfare volunteers Katherine McCrann and Audrey Parent at the LAW sanctuary in KilfinaneTHE Limerick Animal Welfare Sanctuary in Kilfinane is the latest in a list of 480 local caused throughout the city and county to have benefitted from the Tesco Community Fund.€158,000 has been distributed to Limerick voluntary and community groups over the past four years and the Animal Welfare Sanctuary was nominated as a recipient by Tesco customers throughout the county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Explaining the scale of the sanctuary’s work, committee member and long-time volunteer with Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) Geraldine Gunning said that last year alone they re-homed 334 dogs, 279 cats, 15 horses and 64 greyhounds.“However this all comes at cost. Monthly running costs at the sanctuary are around €60,000 of which electricity and veterinary bills are the highest.“We have three charity shops in Limerick city and receive some government funding, but without fundraising and donations, we couldn’t survive.“We are in the process of expanding our facilities at the sanctuary, so we can help even more abandoned and neglected animals in the Limerick area.“Tesco’s Community Fund donations and support really means the world to us. Our vet bills have gone up considerably in recent years, we also rescue horses, so every donation is much needed and much appreciated.“Getting the word out about the sanctuary is also very important and Tesco has helped in this regard also by promoting the work we do in their store through the Community Fund,” she added.Since 2014, Tesco customers have been able to donate to their local charity of choice using their blue tokens. By allowing locals to nominate the special causes close to their heart in the community, the donations make a huge difference for those who really need Tom [email protected] Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleKostal research assembly line of the futureNext articleAuthor Roisin Meaney is wide awake to creative forces Staff Reporter Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Email Printcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Vicky calls for right to die with dignity TAGSCommunityFundraiserLimerick Animal WelfareNewstesco Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites last_img read more

Professor considers ethics of rhetoric

first_imgAssociate professor of English John Duffy examined the quality of American public discourse and its social impact Saturday in his lecture “Beyond Civility: The crisis in American public discourse.”The lecture, the final installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, examined both the current trends in American civil discourse and the measures needed to address the problem effectively. According to Duffy, the problem with contemporary public discourse lies in its polarizing and factually questionable nature.“We seem to have reached the point in our public deliberation in which there is no widely shared agreement as to the nature of a fact,” Duffy said. “There is little place in our public arguments for deliberative language that might express doubt, explore ambiguities, admit errors or acknowledge positions that might depart from orthodoxy.”Duffy said some of the main factors behind the nature of contemporary civil discourse lay in economics and technology. He said sensationalized, polarizing rhetoric has become more marketable for lucrative corporations and media, while the accessibility modern technology has given to news channels and public radio has created a media climate saturated with misleading and combative discourse from both politicians and media pundits.“There is nothing new about vilification, but what makes our moment extraordinary is not the fact of our corrosive discourse, rather it’s the technologies that allow us to disseminate the discourse so effectively,” he said. “We’re unique not because of the toxic nature of our rhetoric, but because of the methods we have to liberate the toxins.”According to Duffy, in order to create a more fruitful rhetoric, we must begin to understand the purpose of argument not merely as a tool of persuasion, but also as a way to engage in a relationship with another human being where opinion is well articulated and respectful of the other’s intelligence. Duffy said this requires a knowledge of “rhetorical virtues.”“To understand rhetorical virtue is to understand that speaking and writing are not merely instrumental but are fundamentally ethical activities,” he said. “That means we are obliged to answer certain questions of ourselves before we speak or write. How does our speech or writing reflect, say, the virtues of respectfulness, generosity? How does our writing respect the practices of tolerance?”While many believe the solution to polarizing, ineffective discourse is to encourage greater civility, Duffy said civility is often a “misleading metric.” Since civility is both too vague to define and too limited in its approach to rhetoric, Duffy said what is needed in civil discourse is a better recognition of rhetorical virtue and purpose.“What the rhetorical virtues offer is something different. They offer a language of assessment and practice of public discourse,” he said. “They call upon us to speak and write, not as Republicans or liberals, Libertarians or Democrats, but as a people committed to an ethical discourse and a common good.”Tags: Beyond Civility, John Duffy, Saturday Scholarslast_img read more