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Fine Gael councillors differ on ways to tackle crime in Ennis

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A request to set up an Ennis District policing subcommittee under the Clare Joint Policing Committee (JPC) due to the rate of crime in the town was rejected this week. Cllr Johnny Flynn proposed at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District that the subcommittee be established within the structure of the JPC. “The…

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History’s absence as a compulsory subject to be reviewed

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A review will be undertaken to determine if history should be an option subject for the Junior Certificate. At the Fine Gael Ard Fheis over the weekend, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh announced he has committed to a review of the decision to remove it as a mandatory subject. “It’s already recognised that…

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Calls to honour Tommy Peoples with Ennis school of music

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A weekly school of music in honour of acclaimed fiddle player Tommy Peoples could be held in Clare in the near future. Ennis councillor, Pat Daly has proposed that the town’s municipal district “investigate the possibility of arranging a Spring or Autumn School to be held in Ennis similar to the Willie Clancy Summer School…

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Ennis wants to follow the Kilkee way by discouraging plastics

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Kilkee have set the way and now Ennis wants to follow according to councillors in the town who want to discourage the use of plastics. Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District expressed her desire for the town “to emulate the efforts of Kilkee & Westport…

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O’Donovan ready to fight for farmers in first election bid

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*Photograph: John Mangan Next year’s local elections will be Barry O’Donovan’s first foray into running for public office and he’s determined to fight the cause for the “exploited farmers” of East Clare. On Thursday, the Green Party unveiled the forty five year old Limerick native as a candidate in the Killaloe Municipal District for the…

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Demand to use derelict houses to solve housing shortage

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Pressure has been put on Clare County Council to avail of derelict sites to tackle the housing crisis that has gripped the country. At Monday’s meeting of the local authority, Fianna Fáil’s Pat McMahon asked that they “examine the potential of the Derelict Sites Act to acquire properties in towns and villages suitable for housing…

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‘Gurrier too nice a term’ for Ennis vandal

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GDPR rules will make it more difficult to install CCTV at the location of a recent vandal attack in Ennis. Last month, a World War 1 memorial at the Ennis Peace Park was vandalised in an anonymous and unexpected attack leading to a motion from Cllr Mary Howard at the Ennis Municipal District’s November meeting,…

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‘Explosion of cyclists’ in Co Clare

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*Photograph: Paul Daly Illegal parking must be tackled to deal with “an explosion of cyclists” across the county. At Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council, Sinn Féin’s Mike McKee tabled a motion seeking a greater enforcement “to ensure cycle lanes are kept free from vehicle parking”. The local authority has subsequently committed to discussing the…

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Ennis’ Rosita Boland named Journalist of the Year

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*Photograph: Chris Bellew (Fennell Photography) Clare woman Rosita Boland has been named Journalist of the Year. A senior features writer with The Irish Times, Rosita was announced as the Journalist of the Year at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards which took place in Dublin on Thursday. On top of this, the Ennis native was awarded…

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Clare renters paying monthly average of €784

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Renters in Clare are now paying an average of €784 per month according to the latest Daft.ie quarterly report. Although Clare renters are paying less than all of their Munster counterparts, there has still been a 7.9% rise since last year. The figures are based on the asking price for rental properties. Nationally, the average…

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