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Ask for Angela campaign to be rolled out across Co Clare

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LET’S face it, the dating world has changed.

Gone are the days when you would shimmy over to someone in a dance hall and utter the most romantic phrase possible: “Are ya dancin’?”

Our love lives now largely consist of swiping left or right on a dating app and hoping to get a “hey :)” from that lad in a tank top and sunglasses on his gap year in Bangkok.

While nervously waiting to meet your new beau in a bar for the first time is undoubtedly very exciting, there is the chance that they may not turn out to be who you had hoped.

Originally started in Waterford, the Ask for Angela campaign has been making its way across the country and is now about to be rolled out in Co Clare.

The campaign aims to give those who find themselves in an uncomfortable situation on a night out an escape route.

It involves approaching a member of staff and asking: “Is Angela working tonight?”.

The staff member will take then take the person in distress out of the situation and help them get to a place where they feel safe.

Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard made the welcome announcement at the recent CJPC meeting and Clare Gardai, the Clare branch of the  VFI and Clare County Council will work together to ensure the initiative is a success.

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