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Mill House Building to be leased to Haven Horizons by Council for 5 years

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*Clare Colleran Molloy, Mayor of Ennis handing over the keys of Mill House, Mill Road, Ennis to Mary Fitzgerald of Haven Horizons CLG, also included in photograph is Carmel Greene, Senior Executive Officer, Economic Development Directorate. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

Ennis councillors have agreed to lease the Mill House Building to Haven Horizons for five years.

Located on the Mill Rd in Ennis, elected representatives of the local authority in July agreed to lease the building for one year with an option to extend.

Senior Executive Officer with the Council, Carmel Greene in a letter to Ennis Municipal District councillors outlined that Haven Horizons have expressed an interest in extending the lease agreement for the office for five years at the current rental rate.

“Haven Horizons is a registered charity that is focused on research, education and development work to end relationship abuse. While Clare Haven provides frontline services such as a helpline, refuge, outreach and support, Haven Horizons is involved in prevention. Haven Horizons is at the start-up phase and the retention of this office base would support the development of a range of projects that will have a positive impact on their work,” Greene stated.

€2,800 per annum is the current rental rate for the premises. The disposal of the property is pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 and Section 211 of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

Mayor of Ennis, Clare Colleran Molloy proposed the lease, “There is a long standing relationship with Clare County Council and Clare Haven, it is wonderful that the County Council and Ennis Municipal District have close collaboration with Haven Horizons. I’m proposing the renewal of the lease for Clare Haven”. “I would absolutely like to second,” Cllr Mary Howard commented.

Approval was granted at today (Monday’s) meeting of Clare County Council.

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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