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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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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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Ennis wants to follow the Kilkee way by discouraging plastics

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Kilkee have set the way and now Ennis wants to follow according to councillors in the town who want to discourage the use of plastics. Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District expressed her desire for the town “to emulate the efforts of Kilkee & Westport…

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‘Gurrier too nice a term’ for Ennis vandal

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GDPR rules will make it more difficult to install CCTV at the location of a recent vandal attack in Ennis. Last month, a World War 1 memorial at the Ennis Peace Park was vandalised in an anonymous and unexpected attack leading to a motion from Cllr Mary Howard at the Ennis Municipal District’s November meeting,…

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Huge drop in animals being impounded & euthanized in Clare

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There has been a reduction in the instances of dogs and horses being impounded, seized and euthanized in Co Clare. Figures up until the end of September show only five horses have been euthanized in the county this year in comparison with 45 in 2015. Six horses have been rehomed this year which is a…

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