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Council willing to support schools managing COVID response

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Council staff in West and North Clare will be made available to help schools where needed in managing their response to COVID-19.

Schools are planned to remain open even if strict lockdown measures are reintroduced as part of the Living with COVID-19 framework introduced by the Irish Government last month.

“Maximum support” from Clare County Council to keep the return of schools successful across the county was sought by Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) at the September meeting of the West Clare Municipal District. “Should additional support or resources be necessary particularly in the area of traffic management, I propose making contact with the COVID Community Response networks for each specific area who may be able to assist”.

If called upon “any assistance” will be provided by the West Clare Municipal District, acting senior executive officer John O’Malley stated.

Reference to Council workers laying out social distancing late in August evenings at Mary Immaculate College in Lisdoonvarna was recalled by Cllr Garrihy as he paid tribute to the efforts to date. “That is the type of spirit we need”.

Cllr Shane Talty (FF) seconded the motion with further support voiced by Cllr Joe Killeen (FF), “Society needs to keep cool, we all do need to support the return to school, it is a team effort”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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