UPDATED: SINN FEIN leader on Donegal Council Mick Quinn says his party will oppose the budget.“This Government has handed over our main asset to Irish Water.“The budget which was passed here last year and was then reconvened last year in July for further discussion was cut again by 2.7 million, and I believe it will happen again this year if the budget is passed. “Once again the staff in the council are being asked to provide more for less.“The passing of this budget will result in job losses for those council workers involved in water works.“The County has been devastated by unemployment but the worst crime has been emigration not one family hasn’t been affected by this scourge and not one member of this council hasn’t been affected by it or witnessed the devastating effects of it.“We have the worst infrastructure in Ireland our roads are crumbling. “We have one of the worst rates of youth employment in Ireland with nearly 50% of youths out of work,“Third level education is no longer a right, it’s a privilege.“Our role and our role as elected representatives is to stand up for the people who elected us and to stand up for them and our communities.“The people of Donegal can’t take another austerity budget.“I urge you all like Cllr Brogan to say enough is enough and let’s make a stand together and send out a message to say Donegal has had enough. “I didn’t seek election to get a wage from the Donegal County Council.“If by refusing to pass this budget results in me and the rest of the members here getting our P45 tonight for taking this stance so be it the people we stand for have lost a lot more.Labour and independents to speak shortly – then the vote.COUNCIL LATEST: SINN FEIN TO OPPOSE BUDGET IN VOTE was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:COUNCIL LATEST: SINN FEIN TO OPPOSE BUDGET IN VOTE
Linking extreme interannual changes in prey availability to foraging behaviour and breeding investment in a marine predator, the macaroni penguin
Understanding the mechanisms that link prey availability to predator behaviour and population change is central to projecting how a species may respond to future environmental pressures. We documented the behavioural responses and breeding investment of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus across five breeding seasons where local prey density changed by five-fold; from very low to highly abundant. When prey availability was low, foraging trips were significantly longer and extended overnight. Birds also foraged farther from the colony, potentially in order to reach more distant foraging grounds and allow for increased search times. These extended foraging trips were also linked to a marked decrease in fledgling weights, most likely associated with reduced rates of provisioning. Furthermore, by comparing our results with previous work on this population, it appears that lowered first-year survival rates associated, at least partially, with fledging masses were also evident for this cohort. This study integrates a unique set of prey density, predator behaviour and predator breeding investment data to highlight a possible behavioural mechanism linking perturbations in prey availability to population demography.