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Ryan expects Greens to cause a surprise in Clare

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*Photograph: John Mangan This summer’s drought and the fodder crisis have helped people realise we can no longer ignore climate change according to Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan. Ryan was in Clare last week to launch Barry O’Donovan and Roisin Garvey as their two candidates in the 2019 local elections. On whether they can both…

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Dublin’s dominance over Shannon continues

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Dublin’s dominance over Shannon Airport was further highlighted in passenger numbers for October. Shannon Airport’s figures for October show an overall five percent increase in total terminal traffic. A spokesperson for Shannon International Airport told The Clare Echo, “We expect this positive growth trend to continue as we head towards year end. We expect further…

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Clare County Council named local authority of the year

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CHAMBERS Ireland has named Clare County Council Local Authority of the Year 2018 at its 15th annual Excellence in Local Government Awards. The awards which were presented at a ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin on Thursday night (22 November 2018) in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, aim…

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Ex Irish international remembered as ‘midfielder with great vision’

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*this article was updated at 10.47pm. Photograph: RIP.ie Tributes have been paid to former junior Irish international, Paul Carr who was cremated on Wednesday. Paul died on Sunday at University Hospital Limerick, he is survived by his father Tommy, mother Vivienne, sister Vivienne, brother Pat, extended friends and family. It was with Newtown that his…

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Murphy & Hayes highlight effects of loneliness

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*Photograph: Gary Collins A specific campaign aimed at assisting individuals described as lonely is needed in Co Clare according to local representatives. On Friday, the adjourned November meeting of Clare County Council heard about how loneliness can affect individuals and society. A joint motion from councillors, Paul Murphy, Pat Hayes and Ann Norton asked the…

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Kilkishen committed to freedom

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Next weekend, Kilkishen Cultural Centre hosts an art exhibition entitled ‘Commitment to Freedom’. Padraig Cotter will open the exhibition on Friday November 30th at 6:30pm. From 11am to 1pm the following day, a free workshop ‘Art as Meditation’ will take place, however spaces are limited so booking is essential, to do so email artoutoftheordinary@gmail.com A…

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‘Minister Ross is destroying the West of Ireland’

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With an increase in Value Added Tax for those working in the hospitality and tourism sector imminent in January, Clare councillors are demanding a strategy be implemented to alleviate the consequences of the hike. In October’s Budget, Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue raised VAT for the tourism and hospitality industries from 9% to 13.5%. At…

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Lough Derg Blueway one of many beneficiaries from funding

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€3.8m will come into Co Clare as part of Rural Grants from the Department of Rural and Community Development this year. A host of projects and schemes are set to benefit as a result of the funding which is an increase on the €3.5m allocated in 2017. The breakdown of this figure sees €1,038,844 for…

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Shannon adds East Midlands summer service

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Ryanair has announced a new twice weekly East Midlands service that will commence out of Shannon International Airport in April. It will run from April 5th to October 25th next year operating during Shannon’s summer season with flights every Monday and Friday. The airport anticipates the route will add 22,000 seats. Managing Director of Shannon…

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Contract signed for Lahinch public toilets

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An upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in Lahinch are scheduled to open in May 2019. On Tuesday, Clare County Council signed a contract with O’Brien Builders & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd. for the delivery of an upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in the seaside town of Lahinch. Included in…

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