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Canadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts

first_img By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter Canadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts EnvironmentAugust 24, 2011 RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) search and rescue (SAR) efforts will be enhanced during the current hurricane season with the support of Operation JAGUAR, under which a Canadian military team will provide assistance. Launched on Tuesday August 23 at a flag raising ceremony at the JDF Air Wing in Kingston, Operation JAGUAR resulted from a request by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, for aviation support from the Canadian Forces (CF) for the 2011 hurricane season. The task force comprising a crew of over 65 aviation personnel and three Griffon Tactical Utility helicopters, in the event of a hurricane, will provide critical casualty and medical evacuation, search and rescue humanitarian operations and disaster relief and emergency medical care support for the Government of Jamaica and the JDF. Commanding Officer of Operation JAGUAR, Lieutenant Colonel Christian Lalande, said the initiative marked the first time Canada has deployed its Griffon helicopters, with air crew and support personnel, to hold a search and rescue posture with combat support and primary SAR resources outside of Canada. “This action demonstrates not only the deployable and capable nature of Canada’s SAR assets, but also the importance of Canada’s support to Jamaica and, in particular, to the JDF,” he said. Lt. Col. Lalande said the task force was honoured to be able to help the Government of Jamaica and the JDF, in saving lives and providing humanitarian aid during the hurricane season.  Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan, said that the operation represented the “long standing and rich relationship” existing between the Canadian Forces and the JDF, which has been beneficial to both parties. “Even since I have been here, that relationship has been tested and hardened and developed in both battle and humanitarian assistance through, for example, the great partnership that the CF and the JDF had in the aftermath of the Haiti disaster, and in Afghanistan where we had JDF  combat engineering officers serving with us,” he noted. Lauding the Canadian Forces search and rescue skills, he thanked the team for committing to protect residents of Jamaica in “perhaps, the most technical and demanding of all military operations”. The JDF’s Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Rocky Meade, said the venture was indicative of “the way we like to do business – capacity building and mutually beneficial support”. “I am sure that we will continue to work this way in the future on other projects, as we seek to build our countries, together,” he said. He added that, while in Jamaica, the Canadian team will have an opportunity to fine-tune their search and rescue skills in an unfamiliar environment. RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts Advertisementslast_img read more


BALS/RPPTL join to help frontline COVID-19 workers with health forms

first_img Bay Area Legal Services and the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section are coordinating to provide free health-care surrogate and living will services to the everyday heroes whose jobs help Floridians through the COVID-19 pandemic.“One of the tragedies of this pandemic that we’re dealing with is that people who are our frontline workers are putting themselves at risk and most of them are not thinking about the fact they need some legal documents to help them out,” said Plant City attorney Harley Herman, a member of the section who came up with the idea for the Frontline Heroes Program.He’s worked with the section members, Johnathan Butler and Rebecca Bell, respectively the 13th and Sixth Circuit RPPTL representatives, to help find volunteers and set up the program.Thinking about a recent similar program for veterans who needed basic legal documents, Herman contacted Jena Hudson, coordinator of volunteer legal services for BALS, and suggested a similar effort for workers whose jobs place them at extra risk for coronavirus exposure.The result is Frontline Heroes. Hudson said there’s another program, Wills for Heroes, that focuses on legal needs of police, firefighters, and similar first responders. The Frontline Heroes Program is for others who provide essential services — such as grocery store clerks and workers in hospitals.“It’s awesome. Harley actually came up with the idea for it. We just kind of went with it, working with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section,” Hudson said. “Basically, we’re doing the outreach to the community. We are also the contact person to call to set up the appointment.”The program had test sessions on July 16 and 17. Appropriate for the pandemic age, everything was done remotely.BALS set up the Zoom online session, with separate breakout rooms. Clients would join the Zoom session and be directed to a separate, confidential breakout room where a lawyer would help them fill out health-care surrogate and living will documents.Those interested in regular wills were given a list of attorneys willing to help pro bono or at a reduced fee.“The health-care surrogate forms and living wills are simple enough documents that they can be prepared as they are talking and Bay Area Le-gal Services, after they are completed, can mail them to callers with signing instructions,” Herman said.About 30 attorneys have volunteered for the program so far, Hudson said. During the July 16 and 17 testing sessions, 11 people called in for help and were easily handled.Each attorney, she said, was capable of handling several callers over the session and so far the biggest hindrance has been getting word out in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties — the BALS service area — that the service is available.“We’re going to do it, hopefully, monthly,” Hudson said. “We’re going to figure a really good strategy to get the word out to those who need it.”Frontline workers who want to use the program, Hudson said, may send an email to [email protected] Attorneys interested in volunteering can fill out a form by going to“It’s going to be amazing,” Hudson said. “I know there’s a demand, we just have to reach the people.” BALS/RPPTL join to help frontline COVID-19 workers with health forms Jul 21, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more


Etisalat set for charge following Mobily troubles

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Operator Etisalat said it will see its net profit cut by AED162 million ($44 million) after Mobily, its Saudi affiliate, restated its net profit recently.The UAE-based group – which owns 27.46 per cent of Mobily – concluded that the impact of the changes are “immaterial”, accounting for well under 2 per cent of its profit over the period (18 months) affected. It will account for the change in its Q4 numbers.Mobily has restated figures for 2013 and the first nine months of 2014.In a statement made to the Saudi stock market regulator, Mobily said that after “periodic internal reviews” it had discovered it had mistaken the timings of revenue recognition related to a customer loyalty programme.It has also reassessed contracts related to its fibre-to-the-home rollout programme.According to a Reuters report earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s market regulators have launched an investigation into Mobily, after it cut its 2013 profit by SAR740 million ($197 million), and first-half 2014 profit was reduced by SAR688 million.But observers said that this may amount to a “temporary glitch”, noting that it has “actively engaged analysts and the investor community in the past”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 NOV 2014 Previous ArticleSafaricom gets green light for Essar dealNext ArticleSIM has chance to ride again with personalised services Author Tags Steve Costello Etisalat to bring open RAN to Afghanistan Home Etisalat set for charge following Mobily troubles Rakuten adds Etisalat to RCP open RAN list Etisalat interim chief made permanent Related EtisalatFinancialMobilylast_img read more


China Unicom sees revenue dip due to fall in sub numbers

first_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 OCT 2015 Asia China Unicom’s profit and revenue for the first nine months of the year both fell compared to the same period last year, as the operator saw a 3.3 per cent year-on-year decrease in its total number of mobile subscribers to 287.6 million.The operator is losing customers to rivals China Mobile and China Telecom.Profit for the period fell 23 per cent compared to the same period  last year, from CNY10.6 billion ($1.67 billion) to CNY8.18 billion, while revenue fell from CNY215 billion to CNY212 billion. Within this total, service revenue from the mobile business fell by 8 per cent to CNY109.5 billion.Regarding its announcement last month where it said (along with other Chinese operators) that data subscribers can carry over their unused allotments to the next month, it said this “will defer the revenue recognition for the corresponding unused monthly data, and hence affect the revenue and profit of the company for the fourth quarter of 2015.”In August, the operator reported a 4.5 per cent increase in H1 net profit despite losing ten million mobile customers.Last week, it signed an agreement with South Korea’s SK Telecom to strengthen competitiveness in 5G and roaming. Saleha Riaz ARPU gains boost China Unicom profit Previous ArticleMTN sees subs growth; warns on market conditionsNext ArticleMicrosoft wants to add payments to Windows 10 center_img HomeAsiaNews China Unicom sees revenue dip due to fall in sub numbers China Unicom China Unicom ends wait for 5G subscriber tally Tags China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal Authorlast_img read more


‘Frank was well known, well liked and well respected’ – Kavanagh

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme ‘Frank was well known, well liked and well respected’ – Kavanagh By News Highland – March 28, 2020 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan There is shock and sadness in the county at news of the death of well known disability advocate Frank Larkin.He made a huge contributions to advocating for better conditions for people with disabilities all over Donegal and he volunteered with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland both locally and nationally.Through his work with Donegal Centre for Independent Living, he was involved in a range of different projects both at home and further afield.Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh paid tribute to Frank as a well known, well liked and well respected man:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLUH continues to prepare for increase in Covid-19 patientsNext articleHealth Minister confirms construction workers NOT essential workers News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more


Lotto joy for Donegal winners

first_imgNewsx Adverts Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Lotto joy for Donegal winners Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady By News Highland – June 28, 2010 Previous articleHope for those wishing to build along the N56Next articleFire crews continue to tackle Bunbeg gorse fire News Highland Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Pinterest Facebook 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe It was a happy weekend for Donegal as the weekend Lotto jackpot of €2,683,784 was won by a €4 Quick Pick ticket purchased in Mac’s Books and Newsagents, 50 Upper Main Street, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.Ireland’s latest Lotto winners will be presented with their cheque in National Lottery offices by Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, National Lottery, on Monday afternoon.last_img read more


Quantity of drugs and substantial amount of cash recovered in Omagh

first_img Twitter Facebook By News Highland – October 2, 2017 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articlePaul Dunne delighted to make breakthrough with Masters winNext article2 dead and 24 injured following shooting in Las Vegas News Highland Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Quantity of drugs and substantial amount of cash recovered in Omagh Pinterest A quantity of drugs and a substantial amount of cash has been recovered from a property in Omagh.A search of the house was carried out in the town on Saturday.One male was arrested and is assisting police with enquiries.Later the same evening suspect Class B drugs were also recovered from three people in the town.One male was arrested for being under the influence of drugs and in charge of a motor vehicle. He has currently been released on bail while enquiries continue. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more


Metro Exodus on Epic Store outsells its predecessor on Steam — but what does that tell us?

first_imgMetro Exodus on Epic Store outsells its predecessor on Steam — but what does that tell us?“It’s about the game, and not the store you sell on,” suggests EpicChristopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 21st March 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEpic GamesValveDeep Silver’s Metro Exodus sold 2.5 times as many copies on the Epic Games Store during its launch window than its predecessor, Metro: Last Light, managed on Steam.The numbers were revealed by head of store Steve Allison, who said it proves that, “it’s really about the games, not the store you sell on.””We’re super stoked to see this result, and one thing we can say for certain is Epic Games Store is sure to make many hundreds of millions of dollars for our development partners this year,” Allison said.The implication from Epic is that Steam’s huge and active userbase isn’t nearly as important as some might think. When you consider that Epic offers far more favourable commercial terms — it takes a 12% revenue cut versus Steam’s 30% — then switching from Steam to the Epic Store may not be quite as risky as it first appears.However, Allison was right when he said it is about the game, and Metro Exodus is a far bigger play in the franchise compared to its predecessor. It had a bigger budget, a bigger marketing campaign, and it received high-profile spots during E3 press conferences. It was a significantly more ambitious release than previous Metro titles, and so it would be expected to sell better. Indeed, the game posted bigger sales numbers physically, which is a rare occurrence in the current market.It’s reassuring that the Epic Games Store wasn’t prohibitive in Deep Silver’s efforts to grow the franchise’s audience, but equally, we do not know how well the game would have sold on Steam had it been released there. Would it have still sold 2.5 times more than its predecessor? Could it have been ten times more? We don’t know.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Equally, Metro Exodus was a AAA release in many regards. It boasted a decent marketing campaign and had an excited following of fans. The real test would come from a new IP, or even an indie release. How do those games perform on the Epic Store versus Steam? Does the smaller number of competitor titles (and therefore easier discoverability) offset the reduction in active users?We ultimately don’t know. It’s reassuring that developers are having success on the Epic Games Store, and there’s clearly a growing number of engaged users. Epic has been promoting a free game every two weeks; the first one (Subnautica) was downloaded more than 4.5 million times, and the second game (Slime Rancher) is on course to beat that. It’s certainly pulling in a decent number of players.But outside of those reassuring growth numbers, the data remains inconclusive as to whether developers are better off with Epic over Valve. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 10 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 14 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


Director, Facility Planning, District Construction

first_imgTo apply, please visit Director, Facility Planning, District Construction & SupportServicesRancho Santiago Community College District Salary Range: Grade C: $131,209.22 – $137,769.68 -$144,658.17 – $151,891.07 – $159,485.63 – $167,459.91 -$175,832.91/yearJob Type:Job Number: CL21-00077Location: Santa Ana, CADivision: Business Operations & Fiscal ServicesClosing: 5/13/2021 5:00 PM PacificJob DescriptionCLASS SUMMARYDirectly responsible to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, FacilityPlanning & District Construction & Support Services, forleadership and administration in the areas of planning, design, bidpreparation, construction delivery, maintenance, grounds keeping,custodial services and the day to day operations of the department.Supervises and evaluates staff assigned to the department andperforms related duties as assigned.SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIESDirect, administer and supervise the planning, design, bidpreparation and construction execution of a wide array of projectsand activities concurrently; assure projects are in compliance withdistrict standards applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations;supervise staff, consultants, programs, construction and supportservices to ensure projects and activities are delivered in aneffective, timely and responsible manner; interface withcontractors or other professional consultants to resolve disputesthrough proper communication, negotiation and contract conformancereview; assist in developing and implementing procedures andbusiness practices related to facilities planning, design,contracting, bidding and construction, safety, fiscal budgetmanagement, cost controls, scheduling and other project managementor department tools as needed; establish and evaluate districtstandards for materials, equipment, systems, and or other as deemedappropriate and necessary; review, develop, monitor and administera variety of professional consultant, vendor and contractorcontracts and assure compliance with provisions outlined incontracts; advise the Assistant Vice Chancellor on Board agendaitems and management issues affecting the department and orprojects; review systems and information to determine bestpractices, best products and applications as well as othertechnologies that may maximize the efficient use ofresources.Responsible for the day-to-day supervision and evaluation of staffassigned to the department, coordinate and assign work; oversee andmanage the execution of essential duties related to facilities,maintenance, ground keeping and other services or projects insupport of the District’s Strategic Comprehensive Plan, FacilityMaster Plans, and other goals and objectives; assure the timelypreparation, maintenance and distribution of various reports andrecords as required by federal, state, local and districtregulations or as required by the district; participate indeveloping long range and strategic plans for facilities andoperations; determine the need for scheduled maintenance and assistin preparation of plans; work collaboratively with college campusesand other facility sites to evaluate and assess condition needs anddevelop appropriate budgets, scope of work, and recommendations fordelivery to ensure work is completed in a timely and cost efficientmanner; attend a variety of meetings and participate indistrict-wide meetings as required; provide operational leadershipto the district and other staff and consultants in the areas offacilities, planning, construction, maintenance, grounds keepingand custodial services.Job QualificationsTraining and ExperienceBachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, constructionmanagement or other related field; and eight years of increasinglyresponsible management experience in facilities planning andconstruction. Demonstrated experience in managing local bond andstate funded projects is preferred. Experience working in aCalifornia community college facilities management position ispreferred. Possession of a valid California driver’s license isrequired. Knowledge and Abilities Knowledgeof: Principles of management, supervision and publicadministration; local, state and federal laws governingconstruction of facilities; Public works bidding process andapplicable laws; building codes; construction delivery methods;building methods and materials; low voltage systems and otherdigital or network control systems; Division of State Architectrequirements and building codes, and other agency requirements forfacility planning and construction; safety practices required tocomply with various safety and hazardous materials trainingrequirements. Ability to: Communicate effectively orally andin writing with diverse constituencies within and outside of thedistrict; Read, interpret, and evaluate construction plans andspecifications, including laws, policies, regulations andcontracts; Administer multiple projects simultaneously; Evaluatethe quality of work performed by outside professionals andcontractors ; Ability to utilize CADD system and utilize drawingsand plans in the California State Chancellor’s Office facilitydatabase maintenance system; Drive a vehicle to conduct work andvisit multiple facilities and active construction sites.SELECTION CRITERIAApplication Screening In addition to therequirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteriawill be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:Education experience (breadth and depth)Work experience (breadth and depth)Demonstrated leadership capabilitiesProgram developmentCommunity involvementDemonstrated experience in working with a diversesocio-economic communityDemonstrated ability to work cooperatively with othersBased upon the information presented on the application materials,a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinentto the position will be invited to participate in the selectionprocess, which may include a written test and oral interview.Interview Applicants selected for an interview maybe required to take additional tests or assessments and will benotified of such prior to the date of the interview. During theoral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition tothe above, also be evaluated on the following factors:Oral communication skillsPresentationProblem solving skillsSuccessful teaching, problem solving or performancedemonstrationWriting skills/demonstrationA predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicantsinterviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yetconcise information on their related experience to ensure correctevaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will beapplied consistently to all applicants.Method of Application For consideration in theselection process, interested persons must complete the RSCCDapplication and upload all required documents online by thespecified closing date for the position. Please upload thefollowing application materials in the appropriate boxes with youronline application by the closing date:Resume (Required)Cover Letter (Required)Unofficial transcripts showing that the minimum qualificationsare met (Required)Pre-Employment Requirements Candidates selectedfor employment will be required to provide current verification ofa negative TB test or chest x-ray, complete the district’sfingerprinting process, and bring proof of their legal right towork in the United States. Cost of TB testing, fingerprinting andthe fee for criminal record check will be paid for by thecandidates. The Rancho Santiago Community College District is anequal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discriminationand harassment based on ethnic group identification, nationalorigin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexualorientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity,medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics),marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services,or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based onassociation with a person or group with one or more of these actualor perceived characteristics. The District will make reasonableaccommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant shouldcontact the Human Resources Office for assistance.center_img jeid-75a6e4d21363624dad64f269434c6e60last_img read more


The British and Irish are fighting again

first_imgAn editor of one Irish newspaper put it even more bluntly. “I don’t give a f**k about Brexit, good luck to you. But just don’t f**k us over. If that border goes up, I’m telling you there will be hell.” Also On POLITICO Opinion How to break the Brexit impasse: Reunite Ireland By Patricia Mac Bride Exclusive poll Voters skeptical of UK promises of Brexit upside By Tom McTague The breakdown not only threatens to damage the longer-term diplomatic relationship between London and Dublin, but also risks seeping into the peace process north of the border with far more profound consequences for Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe as it continues to snare up the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.“Britain has never understood Ireland, but we can’t just wish this away,” said Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff and a key figure in the 1998 peace agreement. “If this goes on, we could face really quite a serious problem. If we don’t start paying attention, we could get into trouble.”After David Cameron came to power in 2010, No. 10’s priority was keeping Northern Ireland quiet, said an official.At the heart of the crisis is Brexit — but it is not the only issue. In the last two years, three seismic events have combined to shake Northern Ireland out of its relative normality.Brexit was the first shock, resurrecting old fears of isolation on both sides of the sectarian divide. Then, in January 2017, the power-sharing arrangement, which saw power devolved to the Northern Ireland assembly, collapsed over allegations of corruption in the Democratic Unionist Party.U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May then called a snap election that would strip away her majority, pushing her into the arms of the DUP in an electoral pact that was seen in Dublin and much of Northern Ireland as a betrayal because it undermined any semblance of British neutrality. Bradley arrived on the Friday night of the three-day event, stayed for “10 minutes” before giving what was widely seen as an insultingly bland speech, only to leave for a constituency event before dinner. Her aides dispute this account and say she arrived on time and stayed for the drinks reception before giving her speech.“The disparity was just extraordinary,” said one attendee. “There were two political representatives from the Republic. The first was the leader of the opposition Micheál Martin. The other was Simon Coveney, who got stuck in the debates. The secretary of state for Northern Ireland turned up for literally about 10 minutes before delivering the most dreadful, bland speech, saying incredible things about the strength of the Northern Irish economy.”Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shake hands at a joint press conference after talks at 10 Downing Street on June 19, 2017 in London | Pool photo by Philip Toscano/Getty Images“It was the week after she revealed [in an interview] she didn’t know unionists did not vote for nationalists.”Two other attendees confirm the account. One said it was “simply appalling.” Another said: “The disrespect of popping in and out was one thing, but the speech was one that would be worthy of an opposition day debate about tourism in Northern Ireland. It was dreadful. Coveney made a really good speech on the Saturday night. The whole weekend was symptomatic of what’s going on.”New lowsIn June 2017, Varadkar replaced Enda Kenny as prime minister, with Coveney promoted to minister for foreign affairs.For Brexiteers in London, this was a pivotal moment in the relationship, heralding a more aggressive stance from the Irish. In both Dublin and Brussels this is fiercely disputed. But the rot had set in before Brexit. While the high-water mark in the Anglo-Irish relationship came with the queen’s state visit to Ireland in 2011, there were already signs that London has taken its eye off the ball.“Look, it was basically a settled question,” said the first senior U.K. government official, who is intimately involved in Northern Ireland politics.After David Cameron came to power in 2010, No. 10’s priority was keeping Northern Ireland quiet, said the official, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. Jonathan Caine, an old Cameron friend and Northern Ireland adviser under John Major, was brought in. He has advised every Northern Ireland secretary since and is known in Whitehall as “the real secretary of state for Northern Ireland.”Former British Prime Minister David Cameron | Carl Court/Getty Images“He was given the mandate to keep Northern Ireland off Cameron’s desk,” the aide said. “Cameron basically said: ‘Jonathan’s got this.’”Over time, as powers transferred from Westminster to Belfast, the Northern Ireland Office in London shrunk. Gradually, Whitehall expertise was lost as priorities shifted elsewhere.“Nobody in the senior civil service has had anything to do with Northern Ireland for 20 years,” said one senior backbench MP, speaking anonymously. “Individually each of these events would be bad enough,” said Labour MP Conor McGinn, who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. “Together they’re toxic.”Former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) listens to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speak to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Dublin on April 11, 2008 | Peter Muhly/AFP via Getty ImagesMay’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, who is tasked with managing the relationship with Ireland, acknowledged the tension. “Of course there are difficulties, but we are able to speak frankly to each other and we both know the bilateral relationship is indispensable,” he told POLITICO.Rotten relationsFor the Irish, the 2016 EU referendum has left a wound that continues to irritate.“The great, steaming pile of poo in the room is Brexit,” one exasperated senior U.K. government official complained. “There’s no getting away from that.”“Dublin has always believed Brits have never really understood Ireland or cared about it,” said a second senior U.K. adviser, who has advised Cabinet ministers on Northern Ireland and who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Brexit just proves to them what they have long suspected.”Subsequent hostility to Ireland in the British press — the Sun’s front page attack on “air head” PM Varadkar, in particular — or injudicious remarks by leading Brexiteers, are jumped on in Dublin as further evidence that old patronizing, “colonial” English attitudes have returned. Yet even in the Irish capital, officials privately admit Varadkar and Coveney have badly misstepped on a number of occasions, causing unnecessary alarm in Northern Ireland which — because of the Tory deal with the DUP — now feeds quickly back to London.If the Irish were irritating the Brexiteers in London, the feeling was mutual.Weeks after getting the job, Coveney made headlines in Belfast by echoing language used by Sinn Féin, saying what Dublin was “insisting on achieving is a special status for Northern Ireland.” For unionists, “special status” is a warning siren not to be ignored.Months later, in November, he sparked even greater concern, declaring he would like to see a united Ireland in his lifetime. “If possible, in my political lifetime,” he told an Irish parliamentary committee.Whether they meant to or not, Varadkar and Coveney quickly found themselves the bêtes noires of the DUP — and their new Brexiteer comrades in London.Last month it was reported that senior loyalist paramilitaries warned the Irish government to “tone down” its rhetoric. Northern Ireland’s former First Minister David Trimble also warned the Irish government is “riding roughshod” over the peace agreement. If the Irish were irritating the Brexiteers in London, the feeling was mutual.Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney | Virginia Mayo/EPA-EFEThe reaction in Dublin to Boris Johnson and David Davis — then U.K. foreign secretary and Brexit secretary, respectively — was causing such alarm in London that shortly after the now infamous December deal in Brussels on the Irish border, May made an extraordinary move to sideline the pair in favor of the newly promoted David Lidington, her de facto deputy prime minister.“Davis was withdrawn from the fray,” said one senior diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity. The account is confirmed by a second senior diplomatic source.The approach was made from the British side, both officials confirm. A meeting was quickly arranged between Lidington and Coveney to consummate the new relationship.Officials sitting in on meetings between Johnson and Davis and the Irish leadership realized new “contact points” were needed — and quickly. “The meetings with [Davis] and Boris were not productive,” admitted one official.Whitehall officials also came to the conclusion May’s bond with Varadkar — two quiet, reserved figures — was not strong enough on its own to sustain the relationship without more “political load-bearing relationships.” In power but not in chargeSenior officials and political leaders in Dublin and Belfast have few good things to say about the current Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley.“The DUP treat her with contempt,” said one official. “Their line is straight to No. 10, to Gavin Barwell [May’s chief of staff].”Whether they meant to or not, Varadkar and Coveney quickly found themselves the bêtes noires of the DUP.One episode is repeatedly raised as indicative of the lack of seriousness with which the British government has treated Ireland in recent years.Bradley was booked as the main speaker at the opening of an annual event called the “British Irish Association,” (nicknamed Toffs against Terror), which brings together a powerful audience from London, Dublin and Belfast to discuss big issues under Chatham House rules at an Oxford or Cambridge college in September.Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was there, alongside the Irish ambassador, senior figures in Northern Ireland, the U.K. government and the opposition Labour Party. “You can’t do without the relationship. It will survive because it has to. The ties are too strong” — anonymous U.K. official Lidington was called in. His relationship with Coveney is on sounder footing. The pair have each other’s mobile phone numbers and speak regularly, translating their governments’ latest positions directly. They are due to meet on the sidelines of the British-Irish inter-governmental conference in Dublin Friday, with Bradley also in attendance.Can’t live without youWhile pessimism abounds, some continue to see reasons for optimism.“Well, it hasn’t got worse,” said one senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “You can say that.”In Dublin, there is also recognition that the relationship cannot be allowed to turn too sour given the fragile peace process, shared border and direct economic interest in maintaining east-west trade through Britain.Varadkar and Coveney have even floated with their counterparts in the U.K. creating a new bilateral partnership to ensure there are regular meetings between ministers and leaders. LONDON — Brexit has poisoned U.K.-Ireland relations.Tensions long-buried by close economic relations and peace in Northern Ireland have risen to the surface once again, infecting Britain’s divorce negotiations with the European Union just as they reach their final stages.Diplomatic neglect and personality clashes have played their part, with the two sides at times descending into undignified sniping, barely concealed irritation and open hostility, reaching all the way up to Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar and the Cabinet table in Westminster. “You can’t do without the relationship,” said one U.K. official. “It will survive because it has to. The ties are too strong.”Brexit negotiations over the Irish border have reawakened old animosity on both sides | Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesLidington himself agreed. “We both want a [Brexit] deal which works and I’m absolutely certain they mean it when they said that,” he said. “This relationship is vital and will continue to be so.”Varadkar and Coveney themselves are walking examples of this.Varadkar’s sister, Sophie, was born in England and is a consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Their parents met working for the NHS in Slough in the 1960s. Coveney went to university in the U.K. and his brother runs the giant food company Greencore, which works across the U.K. and Ireland.But strip away everything and the bottom line is Brexit.“Nothing has worked since that December deal [on the Irish border] because of the fundamentally contradictory nature of the piece of paper we produced,” one U.K. official said. A second senior Tory MP agreed: “It doesn’t matter who gets on with whom. Nothing works until we get a deal.”last_img read more