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FDI in Ennis hindered by rent yields & lack of ideal property

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*Clare Technology Park. Photograph: PJColeman.com A lack of “ideal vacant property” and lower rental yields is hindering foreign direct investment in Clare’s county town. Such views were expressed at the final 2018 meeting of Clare County Council’s Economic Development SPC. Jennifer Collins who in July was appointed as the local authority’s Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC)…

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McGettigan maintains there is a mood for change in Clare

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*Pictured: Violet-Anne Wynne & Donna Deirdre McGettigan Enough is enough as far as Donna Deirdre McGettigan is concerned with the people of Clare hungry for change in how local government in the county is managed. Prior to Christmas, the Belfast native was selected as Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for the local…

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‘Bizarre’ proposal to extend Limerick boundary into Clare

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Clare and Limerick’s neighbourly rivalry has erupted once more with calls for a boundary extension causing anger. Fianna Fáil Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon at the Metropolitan District meeting called for an extension of the administrative boundary of Limerick City and County Council into Co Clare. He maintained residents in Shannon Banks and Westbury feel more connected…

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Parking site needed specifically for Ennis workers – Daly

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*Photograph by Gary Collins If successful in his attempt to be re-elected, Cllr Pat Daly will celebrate twenty years on Clare County Council in May, parking, health and housing are top of his agenda as he prepares to commence his latest campaign. Daly was selected alongside Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy to contest the local elections…

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1 million Galway passengers choosing Dublin over Shannon

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Staff at Shannon Airport ‘are operating with one hand tied behind their back’ while 1 million Galway passengers are flying out of Dublin Airport each year. At the December meeting of Clare County Council, Matthew Thomas, CEO of the company which is responsible for Shannon Airport, Shannon Heritage, Shannon Commercial Properties and IASC gave a…

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Traffic wardens not policing ‘old parts of Ennis’

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Traffic wardens are not policing all parts of Ennis resulting in illegal and dangerous parking on double yellow lines in certain areas. Cllr Ann Norton at the December meeting of the Ennis Municipal District asked that funding be put into Simms Lane, Cornmarket St and Considines Terrace “on health and safety grounds”. A response from…

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Murphy sees ‘glaring gender imbalance’ on County Council

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*Photograph by Eamon Ward Whether or not he as Clarecastle’s only public representative on Clare County Council will receive a backlash in May over Roche’s looming closure is something Cllr Paul Murphy is unsure about but he’s certain on the gender imbalance that exists on the local authority. Roche is set to close its Clarecastle…

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Water supply restored in Parteen & Clonlara

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*Photograph: O’Connors Cross c/o Cllr Cathal Crowe Water supply has been restored to parts of Parteen and Clonlara.  Residents of the South East Clare areas were without water for two days after a water main burst in the early hours of Thursday morning. Supply was restored on Saturday evening while engineers had rerouted a series…

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Value for money needed if Rocky Rd site is to be purchased

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A purchase of lands at the Rocky Rd for use as an amenity for residents of Ennis will not be made unless value for money will be assured. At the December meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Johnny Flynn sought an update on whether the local authority had progressed with the purchase of roads…

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Life, love & luck the focus of Women’s Christmas event in Ennis

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Women’s Christmas will be celebrated this year in Ennis with a light-hearted afternoon tea looking at life, love and luck. Hotel Woodstock hosts the special Nollaig na mBán event on January 6th that sees some high profile Clare women look back on 2018 and set out their ambitions for 2019. Former Government Minister and Deputy…

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