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first_imgJob losses could be in the pipeline at Glenveagh National Park following plans for a shake-up and possible privatisation of Ireland’s national parks.Glenveagh CastleTourism Minister Jimmy Deenihan has ordered a wide-ranging review which could see visitor services at the country’s six national parks change.A whistleblower inside the National Parks & Wildlife Service said Mr Deenihan’s plans could lead to job losses and claimed the organisation was in ‘crisis’ over its alleged lack of a tourism strategy. There are genuine fears amongst staff at Glenveagh of the privatisation plan for certain sectors of the parks go ahead.Bus drivers who take visitors to its famous castle are among those who could lose their jobs or be forced to switch to private operators.Guides positions at all the sites could also be outsourced if the plans go ahead.The source said he feared that all jobs in the service – run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – could eventually be outsourced. Catering services have already been privatised.A national parks insider told the Irish Independent today “The focus of the parks is entirely on conservation and the environment and really there is no focus on tourism at all and breaking up who runs what at the national parks will only make that worse,” said the insider.“If these proposals go ahead, how long will it be before the conservation side of what we do is also put out to tender?“There is a real fear among staff that each of our national parks will eventually be run by three or four different private companies whose sole interests will be profits.”The insider said he was speaking out because “at this rate it is only a matter of time before we start charging people to go into the parks.” The country’s other national parks are the Ballycrory National Park in north-west Mayo, the Connemara National Park in Galway, the Burren National Park and the Wicklow Mountains National Park.Entrance to all six parks is free, although there are various cover charges to see inside some of its buildings like Glenveagh Castle.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said staff were worried.“This is the piece-by-piece sale of our national parks,” he said. “The Government is starting to privatise services, one piece at a time, and people will ask how long it is before entire parks are outsourced to private companies to generate a profit.”A spokesman for Mr Deenihan told the Independent that services are under review.“A key priority for the department is to keep National Parks and Nature Reserves open to the public, to provide quality visitor information and to maintain appropriate health and safety standards at these sites,” he said.“As such, the Department is exploring the potential of alternative models to augment its visitor services and nature education services nationally.”FEARS FOR JOBS AT GLENVEAGH AS MINISTER SHAKES UP PARKS SERVICE was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:glenveagh national parkjobslast_img read more

first_imgIsaac Go is the newest PBA D-League MVP. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Isaac Go distinguished himself among his peers after capturing MVP plum in the 2019 PBA D-League just before Game 3 of the finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Ateneo’s jovial big averaged 9.9 points, on 45 percent shooting, with 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists to lead the Blue Eagles to an impressive 8-1 record in the eliminations of the Aspirants Group.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE Championship plans 80 shows, big roster expansion in ’20 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss This is Go’s first individual trophy in a major competition after spending his first two years in Ateneo as a fringe player.Go had his best offensive year in the UAAP in Season 80 when he averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGo beat out Valencia City-San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, and Ateneo teammate Thirdy Ravena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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