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first_imgIn the wake of the horrific incident in Nice, France where there was a spectacular attack on innocent civilians with significant fatality on vulnerable and the attempted Coup d’état of July 15 in Turkey where over 50, 000 persons have been arrested and almost two hundred killed following a post-putsch purge. The world, more than ever before is reminded of the need for peace. There could be no better time in our history for peace advocates and the mantle of engagement falls squarely on the shoulders of young people.Much have been said about the involvement of young people in violent extremism and the recent stabbing at the train station in German by a 17 year old Afghanistan refugee is a clear reminder of the need to engage young people in peace vocation.It is for these reasons and more that the Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia chose to organize the first Peace Summer Camp for young people ages 8-18 years in Monrovia, Liberia. The purpose of the camp is to instruct, educate and prepare youth not to keep the old path that others, before them, have trod. The Peace Summer Camp designed for one month for over fifty young people would give instructions in understanding conflict and dealing with it and the implementation of UNSCR # 2250. Young people would be engaged in learning new and different skills, attitudes and knowledge. It is anticipated that they would acquire Language skills in French and Spanish. According to a young camper, “this is the camp that brings young people from different schools and communities together”Guest lecturers would be invited to speak on topics of interest ranging from: The Company you keep, how to select good friends, teambuilding and leadership, integrity and accountability. There would be board games, sports, quiz on Liberian expressions, and excursions. The Peace Camp would be a place for young people to dialogue in order to achieve peace. Young people must be included in all peace building exercise. Last Tuesday, the second day of Camp, fifty youths and five Camp Managers met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General-Waldemar Vrey on the involvement of young people in peacekeeping. The Video Tele Conference (VTC) was not only interactive, it was inspiring.As we conduct the first Peace Summer Camp in Liberia, it is our position as Messengers of Peace, that Peace should be our inheritance not our cross. A national movement for peace makes it harder for the minds of young people to be molded for violent extremism.There must be a dramatic shift in violent extremism behavior. We need to inspire friendship among young people and at the end of the camp, one camper becomes a peace advocate, another victory would have been earned. Peace should not have to be bought. Peace should have its own reward.We are reminded daily that “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is-understanding”-Job- The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue and report on our Peace Summer Camp-Part 2, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 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:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more