first_img Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois 1 Chelsea no.1 Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.The Belgian goalkeeper joined the Blues from Genk in 2011, but spent three successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he lifted both La Liga and Europa League titles, before returning to the Blues this summer.Manager Jose Mourinho has shown his faith in Courtois by picking him as his first choice keeper for the first three Premier League games ahead of Petr Cech, who has been a virtual ever-present between the sticks for the last ten seasons.And Courtois, 22, told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m very happy with this new deal, it’s really nice to have signed this new contract for five years.“My future was already sorted but it’s nice to know I’m going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.”last_img read more

first_imgCounty Councillor James Pat McDaid has slammed a situation where lone parents across Donegal have now been hit by an €80 cut.Cllr James Pat McDaid“More than 3,000 lone parent families in Donegal are about to be hit by a savage cut in their essential support from next week and many will be €80 worse off per week.”The FF Cllr James McDaid says he will continue to highlight the ongoing levels of austerity that now seem to be never ending. Cllr. McDaid said he knows many lone parents who are really struggling to make ends meet and this cut is something that must be reversed.He says that it will be a priority for FF to have this decision cancelled out if they are back in governmnet after the next election.Cllr Mc Daid said: “There are over 3,000 families in Donegal in receipt of the one parent family payment. Any of these whose children are aged over 7 years will suffer another cut in the payment from next week. From July 2nd, the age threshold for qualification is being slashed from 16 to 7 – so families who have children all over the age of 7 are no longer eligible.
This means that thousands of lone parents in Donegal who are dependent on this payment will lose up to €80 a week from July.“This is a savage cut, coming on the back of two consecutive cuts to the same support. Together, these three cuts imposed by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton have led to huge financial loses for working lone parents, pricing many out of the workplace and leaving huge obstacles for lone parents looking to access third level education. “I have spoken to some lone parents in recent week who say it is now impossible for them to stay in work. They simply cannot afford it. Since 2012, the Government has reduced the age and income eligibility thresholds and as a result, some lone parents in Donegal will now be down effectively €140 a week.”CLLR McDAID SLAMS CUT IN ONE PARENTS ALLOWANCE was last modified: June 27th, 2015 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:Cllr James Pat McDaiddonegalLONE PARENTS ALLOWANCElast_img read more