ERC engages national stakeholders

first_imgThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) continues to engage stakeholders as part of its national sensitisation initiative.Commissioners meeting with representatives of the Hindu constituencyHaving been re-constituted on February 22, 2018, and with its first statutory meeting held in late April, the ERC is in the process of reintroducing the body to foster awareness of its twenty-four (24) functions listed in Article 212D of the Constitution, and to seek possible inputs from stakeholders in support of the delivery of its mandate.The Commission met on Tuesday with representatives of the Hindu, Christian and Islamic constituents at the Herdmanston Lodge in Queenstown, Georgetown; and in fruitful engagements, pertinent concerns were raised, suggestions were offered, and firm commitments were made to work together in the struggle of promoting harmony and good relations across the country.The constitutional body also met on Monday last with Commissioners appointed by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to serve on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). This has been part of the process of investigating the employment practice of GECOM, as requested by the PPP appointed Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shadick and Robeson Benn.The ERC has already met with President David Granger; Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo; the Private Sector Commission, and the Ambassador and team from the European Union (EU).Other meetings scheduled for this month include with the Inter-Religious Organisation and other religious bodies; cultural organisations, and representatives of women and youth constituents.last_img read more

Donegal pensioner jailed for abusing three sisters

first_imgA Co Donegal pensioner who sexually abused three sisters over a 10-year period starting more than 40 years ago, has been jailed for 2½ years.71 year old John Callaghan from Drung in Quigley’s Point, was sentenced by Judge Philip Babington for what the judge described as appalling abusive behaviour. Callaghan, who had no previous criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecently assaulting the three sisters in the homes of family members and friends in Derry between January 1972 and January 1982.The sisters were aged six, nine and 11 respectively when Callaghan started abusing them.They first reported the abuse to a social worker in Letterkenny hospital in July 2014 and then made formal statements of complaint to the PSNI in Derry the following August and September.Last March, Callaghan was arrested by gardaí and after he was handed over to the PSNI he was interviewed and denied the allegations saying: “I never interfered with anybody.”He later pleaded guilty to the offences and told a consultant psychiatrist during the preparation of a presentence report: “I didn’t think it was any harm, I didn’t think there was any harm in it.”The court was told that Callaghan now accepted that what he did was wrong and he apologised to his three victims.The judge said that victim-impact reports stated that the three sisters had been deeply affected by the abuse and that they might require professional counselling in the future. He said Callaghan’s abuse of his victims had a destructive effect on their family.Donegal pensioner jailed for abusing three sisters was last modified: October 15th, 2016 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:courtdonegalInishwoenJOHN CALLAGHANSisterslast_img read more