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Joe Carey backs under-fire Fine Gael colleague Pat Breen

FINE GAEL TD Joe Carey has backed his under-pressure Clare colleague Minister of State Pat Breen following the fall-out from resigned Minister Denis Naughten’s meeting with David McCourt, the key bidder in the broadband procurement process. In a statement to The Clare Echo, Mr Carey said, “Minister of State Pat Breen has my full support…

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Smithstown want female applicants

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SMITHSTOWN Auto Repairs in Shannon are encouraging females to apply for the position of apprentice mechanic. Speaking to The Clare Echo, director Ian Bolger insisted the lack of working female mechanics was a loss to the industry and he hopes to actively buck that trend. Smithstown Autos have a thriving trade and Ian says that…

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Darach Honan: Six talking points from Budget 2019

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BUDGET 2019 was predicted to be the budget that would finally relieve the “squeezed middle”. However, Budget 2019 spread the butter thinly and evenly. The average person will come home with €5 more a week in their pocket, just like last year. Was this a palatable budget, sure, did it specifically target the squeezed middle,…

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Eoin Neylon: FF’s Crowe addition will ruffle feathers

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THERE really is never a dull moment in politics in Clare. Monday evening saw the announcement by Fianna Fáil that Cllr Cathal Crowe and Constituency Executive Secretary, Rita McInerney have been added to the General Election ticket, bringing their number of Clare candidates to three following the withdrawal of John Hillery. Having originally stated that…

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Darach Honan – Expectation is the root of all heartache – but what of Budget 2019?

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IT’S that time of year again! On Tuesday, October 9 Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will finally reveal what Budget 2019 has in store. A decade ago, in the height of the recession, budget day was a day of dread, a day where we queued in petrol stations to fill our cars to the brim and…

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How to nail a great look

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AS A beauty therapist I am often asked the difference between gel polish and gel nails. Clients get confused by the different systems and who is to blame. The names are so similar. Here are some differences. I only do gel polish in my own salon hence I have a lot more information on it.…

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Aoibhín’s Top Five: Mother and Baby Activities in Clare

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1. Baby Massage and Reflexology: Learning the power of positive, loving touch with your baby is a unique bonding experience. Parents will gain skills to help digestion, boost immune system, soothe and comfort your baby. Classes are held at Clare Holistic Centre and are a gorgeous way to spend a couple of hours with your…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Fun First Dates in Clare

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LOOKING for love to keep you warm on those long winter nights? Get the sparks flying with our resident Love Clare columnist Aoibhín Garrihy’s top five fun first dates. Be sure to pick up this week’s Clare Echo to read her full column! 1. Aillwee Caves: Almost like a scene from a movie, Aillwee Cave…

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New Beauty Columnist: Jodie Finlay

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JODIE FINLAY IS THE CLARE ECHO’S NEW BEAUTY COLUMNIST, JODIE IS THE SALON OWNER OF ‘JODIE’S HOUSE OF BEAUTY’ BASED IN DRUMLINE, NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS AND HAS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY Waxing Tips and Tricks As the summer comes to an end us ladies will find it much easier to stick to waxing as opposed to shaving. It…

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Monica Callinan

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Office Manager Originally from County Monaghan, Monica now considers herself a Clare woman since moving to Kilmihil in West Clare with her family in 1999. Monica has a background in Administration and has worked in a number of organisations both here and in the ‘Big Apple’. Monica has taken on the task of bringing structure…

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