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‘Premature’ to discuss transforming road into Shannon public street

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Calls for Sli Cara in Shannon to be purchased by Clare County Council to develop a public street in the town have been described as “premature”.

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Multi-million Doolin development ‘a miniature of National Children’s Hospital’

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An enhancement scheme proposed for Doolin including the construction of a service centre has been described as “a miniature of what is happening with the National Children’s Hospital”.

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Clare expects Limerick opposition to ‘Europe’s first University town’

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Getting approval for the South Clare Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) that would “become Europe’s first 21st Century University town” is expected to be “an uphill battle” due to opposition from Limerick’s elected representatives.  Senior Planner of Clare County Council, Brian McCarthy has acknowledged recognition to the SDZ in the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy…

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Reopening of Ennis A&E gets new lifeline

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*Photograph: Firestone Hopes of reopening the 24 hour Accident and Emergency Unit at Ennis General Hospital have received a new lifeline.

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Wheels in motion for Ennis town bus service

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A bus service in Clare’s county town has been identified as a target for the Ennis 2040 plan.

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‘We live in North Munster not North Korea’ – Kelly hits out on planning restrictions

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Regulations for the siting and design of rural houses in Co Clare “is going to impose a communist type house for everybody,” Cllr PJ Kelly has claimed. For the last two successive meetings of Clare County Council, the veteran councillor has put forward the same question asking what determines “the appropriate siting of rural houses”,…

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Tourists not staying in Clare due to “third world connectivity”

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“Third world connectivity” to Co Clare is putting tourists off staying in the county, Cllr Pat Daly has claimed. Tourism was listed as a key asset to the Mid West in the draft regional spatial and economic strategy (RSES) produced by the Southern Regional Assembly. The document referred to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient…

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Concern with population projections for Co Clare

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Disappointment has been expressed with the population allocation for Clare from the Department of the Environment as set out in a draft strategic plan for the southern region of Ireland. Arising under the Local Government Reform Act 2014 the Southern Regional Assembly assumed a number of new functions. Chief among these responsibilities is the preparation…

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Street needed to bring heart to Shannon Town

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A proposed streetscape can provide a ‘missing heart’ for Shannon and lead to more businesses setting up in the town. On Tuesday, Cllr Mike McKee proposed at a meeting of the Shannon Municipal District that councillors meet senior officials in the planning department “to agree a strategy to progress a potential streetscape within the town.…

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Parteen ‘will be split in two’ by LNDR

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A South Clare community “will be the only village in the country split by a dual-carriageway”, according to Cllr Cathal Crowe. Last year the €150 million Limerick Northern Distributor Road (LNDR) was given the go ahead with works expected to start in September. It involves the construction of 2.1 km of dual carriageway and 3.5km…

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