Thirty projects have been identified as key works within the West Clare Municipal District as part of its Plan of Strategic Projects.

Development of a Kilrush Masterplan and preparing key elements to secure future funding opportunities, the Ennistymon Town Enhancement Project which will secure additional car parking, the Lahinch Seaworld Project, a trail walk development and works to the church car park for Miltown Malbay, ongoing engagement on the Spa Wells at Lisdoonvarna, water main extension to Loop Head Lighthouse and works to the Doolin Pier visitor services building were some of the projects referenced by acting senior executive officer in the MD, John O’Malley.

An approximate €2m in active travel funding for the West Clare MD has secured this year and relates to footpaths, cycleways and pedestrian crossings. The entire county has received allocations of €125,000 for anti-littering and infrastructural capital supports plus €94,000 to facilitate an “outdoor summer”.

Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) sought an overview of the key projects being progressed in North and West Clare. He commended the Council for their “tremendous work” in this regard. He questioned if the local authority had sufficient staff numbers, he spoke of a Kilrush man that is trying to make amends in his life and how an apprenticeship scheme with the Council could provide “a chance to help people integrate back into society”.

Areas referenced by O’Malley had “no investment” for “eight to ten years after the last recession,” Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) noted. Partnership with key community groups to provide resources and opportunities can be beneficial, the Lisdoonvarna representative said.

According to the acting senior executive officer, a twenty five percent increase in staff resources is needed. “We would still have to battle for contractors and equipment, there is no simple solution to any of it”.

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