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*Cllr Cathal Crowe. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Instead of sending Christmas cards, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council is to use the allowance for local charities.

Cllr Cathal Crowe (FF) is to donate €200 to Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support, Clare Branch of the Irish Red Cross, Clare Haven, Clare Crusaders, Samaritan’s Ennis and Clare Branch instead of using the Christmas Card allowance.

“I am delighted to contribute the Former Christmas Card allowance to the respective fundraising efforts of these organisations who for very different but important reasons rely on such donations,” he stated.

Crowe continued: “Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support, Clare Crusaders and Clare Haven are hugely dependant on donations, as are the Clare Branch of the Irish Red Cross and Samaritan’s Ennis and Clare Branch. Volunteerism is also an integral part of their respective operations. I hope that these donations will help each of them with their ongoing fundraising efforts and delivery of vital community services.”

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