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Clare’s youth leading the way on climate change

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Clare councillors are keen to follow the example set by students across the county by identifying ways to help the environment.

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Annual road safety event needed for Clare’s secondary school students

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*Photograph: An Garda Síochána It has been almost two years since Clare County Council have held a road safety event for secondary school students in Clare. 

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Eircodes to help clamp down on illegal dumping in Clare

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*Waste being collected from Doonbeg. Photograph: Doonbeg Community Development A fight against Clare’s “scourge of illegal dumping” could utilise Eircodes to clamp down on what it seen to be a big problem across the county.

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Ennis councillors repeat call to purchase Rocky Rd site

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Ennis’ elected representatives on Clare County Council have declared the local authority “will live to regret” passing up on the opportunity to buy 17 acres of land at the Rocky Rd if the purchase does not go ahead. 

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€9.7m contract signed for Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme

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*Back Row L-R: Jonathan Reid, Ryan Hanley Consultants and Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW. Front Row L-R: Michael Mannion, Ward & Burke Contractors; Cllr Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare; and Carmel Kirby, Director of Physical Development, Clare County Council. A contract for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme has been signed. Clare County Council…

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Full-time caretaker requested for ‘Clare’s busiest graveyard’

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‘Clare’s busiest graveyard’ is in need of a full-time caretaker according to Cllr James Breen. He led the call for the appointment of a full-time caretaker at Drumcliffe Cemetery at the February meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. The matter was discussed in the Council Chamber twelve months ago following a motion from Cllr Paul…

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Assurance given to frightened Turnpike residents & businesses

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*Cllr Pat Daly and Cllr Johnny Flynn with residents at the Turnpike last Friday. Photo by Martin Connolly Turnpike business owners and residents have been reassured a draft proposal which would see the renovation of a green area at Gallows Hill into parking spaces and the introduction of 46 bollards will not happen. Fourteen people…

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‘Better chance of Pope coming to Ennis meeting than TII’

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Frustrated members of the Ennis Municipal District hit out at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for failing “to come in and meet” elected representatives while Clare County Council stated the state agency’s “commitment  to the county is absolute”.  Safety concerns at a number of junctions within the District were raised in discussion following a motion from…

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Value for money needed if Rocky Rd site is to be purchased

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A purchase of lands at the Rocky Rd for use as an amenity for residents of Ennis will not be made unless value for money will be assured. At the December meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Johnny Flynn sought an update on whether the local authority had progressed with the purchase of roads…

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Installation of water fountains mooted to tackle plastic waste

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Consultations will take place between Clare County Council and Irish Water to determine if water fountains can be installed across the county. It comes following a notice of motion from Cllr Mary Howard at the December meeting of the local authority. She requested the putting in of fountains throughout Clare “considering the difficulty presented by…

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