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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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‘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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