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Ennis deemed a safe place for online couples to meet up

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Ennis is a safe location for potential couples who come across each other online to meet up, one local representative has said.

Fine Gael’s Mary Howard concluded her term as Chairperson of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee on Monday. She praised An Gardaí Síochána “open relationship and dialogue” which allowed members of the JPC raise matters of concern to the local community which were swiftly dealt with.

Among Howard’s highlights was the roll-out of the Ask for Angela campaign which was first piloted by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016 and Waterford earlier this year.

Hospitality providers across Clare including bar, restaurant, café and hotel owners all signed up with the aim of making the county a safer destination to socialise. As part of the code-word campaign patrons at participating venues are given a simple way to seek assistance from a member of staff if they feel at risk.

Cllr Howard confirmed she is not using any dating websites but according to personnel on them, Ennis is being recommended as a safe place for first dates. “I’m very proud of the Ask for Angela initiative, it has really taken off in Ennis. It is now being advertised on dating websites that Ennis is a very safe place to go, I’m being told this as I’m not on them”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. 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 - paraic@clareecho.ie

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