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‘Squeezed middle’ unable to avail of Council house or afford a mortgage

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Income thresholds set for individuals trying to apply for social housing need to be reviewed, it was claimed. Aisling Corcoran of the Respond Housing Association briefed members of the Social Development SPC in Clare County Council on Wednesday last. She praised the local authority for looking at homeless hubs within the county but highlighted the…

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‘Culture’ of making insurance claims in Clare

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210 new insurance claims were made against Clare County Council from the beginning of 2016 until December 5th 2018 which has cost €3.6 million. At Monday’s meeting of the local authority, a joint motion from councillors, Christy Curtin, Gerry Flynn, Mike McKee, Johnny Flynn, Ian Lynch and PJ Kelly sought an update on the claims…

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Ennis Data Centre cannot become ‘another Athenry’

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All of Clare’s five Oireachtas members have been urged to be vocal in their support of the planned €500m Ennis data centre. Three members of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Pat Daly, Cllr Tom McNamara and Cllr James Breen put forward a motion at Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council where they asked the local…

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SPC members vote in confidence of Cllr Flynn

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*Photograph: Gary Collins A vote of confidence in Cllr Gerry Flynn was unanimously approved by members of the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee on Clare County Council. Cllr Flynn who is the Chairman of the SPC in September seconded Cllr Ann Norton’s call for Clare County Council to nominate Peter Casey for the Presidential election.…

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Thomas concerned by Brexit’s impact on Shannon Airport

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In the midst of Brexit and Britain’s expected departure from the European Union, Shannon Airport will be without connectivity to the continent which has “concerned” airport management. Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group plc briefed elected officials of Clare County Council on Monday where he presented an update on their activity so far in 2018.…

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‘Very serious housing crisis in Clare’ – Flynn

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Alongside sitting Fine Gael councillors, Paul Murphy and Mary Howard in Ennis, Johnny Flynn is anxious to retain his seat on Clare County Council where he hopes to see a twenty four A&E reopened at Ennis General Hospital. First elected to the Council in 2009, Flynn topped the poll in Ennis East…

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Fitzgerald & Brennan receive national recognition for volunteer work

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Two Clare women have been recognised nationally for outstanding volunteer work which has impacted the entire country. Mary Fitzgerald received the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Ireland Awards over the weekend. In her teens, she was moved by the pictures on television of the street children in India and she travelled…

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Anger in Ennis as Fianna Fáil conventions take place

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Fianna Fáil held three selection conventions on Sunday and its directive to stick with two candidates has left party members angry and annoyed. Members voiced their unhappiness with such a policy being followed in the Ennis Municipal District. At present, the party has three councillors on the EMD, however it is anticipated that Tom McNamara…

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Hillery retiring from politics

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Long serving Fianna Fáil councillor, Michael Hillery is to retire from politics. A nephew of sixth President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery, Michael announced at a selection convention for the Ennistymon area on Sunday that he will step down from politics in May and not seek re-election to Clare County Council. “I…

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Harty concerned by lack of clarity on Moneypoint’s future

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Clarity is needed on the future of Moneypoint according to Independent TD, Dr. Michael Harty. Harty has called on the Minister for Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton to clarify what is planned for Moneypoint when it comes to the end of its operating life in 2025 as a coal burning power station. He…

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