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€6.8 in funding for 5 Clare projects

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*Loop Head Lighthouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan €6.8 million in funding has been secured for five Clare rural regeneration and development projects. Loop Head, Lahinch, Doolin, Kilrush and Holy Island were the successful Clare County Council projects that have been granted aid under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), a key component of…

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RSES highlights ‘demise in vitality of Kilrush town’

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Various challenges facing the town of Kilrush have been highlighted in a draft report by the Southern Regional Assembly. Despite requests by Clare County Council, Kilrush was not included as a key town in a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the southern region of Ireland. Its omission comes down to the fact that…

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Rail spur line to Shannon Airport will close the gap with Dublin

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*Jackie Whelan. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan A prominent Clare businessman has declared a spur line to Shannon Airport will result in increased passengers and more people staying in the West of Ireland. Jackie Whelan is the owner of the West Clare Railway, Tullagower Quarries and alongside his wife Pauline is the co-owner of The Railway Bar…

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Town Park ‘will enhance Shannon’s beautiful landscape’

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Work on the development of the new Shannon Town Park has begun after Clare County Council signed a contract with M. Fitzgibbon Contractors. Completion is expected in mid 2019. The works include formal footpaths and a cycle track, an adventure play area and a bandstand/performance area, the first cycle pump track to be built in…

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Parteen park & ride would help environment & Thomond Park

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A possible park and ride facility in Parteen will be examined to reduce the amount of motorists in South Clare. Fianna Fáil councillor, Cathal Crowe proposed that “Clare County Council, Limerick City & County Council, Irish Rail and Transport Infrastructure Ireland explore the possibility of providing park and ride facilities in proximity to the old…

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€40m Doonbeg development plans stalled

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*Photograph by Chris Hathaway Development plans estimated to cost €40m at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg Ireland have been stalled by Clare County Council. On Monday, the local authority sought further information from TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd on its plan to build 53 holiday cottages, a ballroom/function room, a leisure centre and a…

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Council invited to nominate Dowling for board of Shannon Group

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*Pat Dowling. Photograph by Arthur Ellis Clare County Council has been invited to nominate its CEO Pat Dowling for a position on the board of Shannon Group plc. In 2016, Dowling began his seven year term as the Council’s Chief Executive Officer. Cllr Gerry Flynn first tabled a motion in July of the same year…

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Doyle wants to inject pace & fresh blood into Council

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Twenty seven year old, Beckha Doyle maintains Clare County Council needs an injection of pace and fresh blood, she wants to be the one to make the transfusion in Killaloe. A native of Tuamgraney, Beckha comes from a family of six which she feels exposes her to the many issues affecting people of varying age-groups…

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‘Awful lot of confusion’ around vacant homes in Clare

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“A disparity between GeoDirectory and CSO figures” has significantly overstated the amount of vacant dwellings in the county. At the December meeting of the Social Development SPC, Mairead Corbett an Administrative Officer with Clare County Council gave members an update surrounding action on vacant homes. Their initial work on vacant homes started in December 2017…

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‘Women need to start supporting women’ – Howard

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Ennis Municipal District will lose a seat and therefore a councillor following May’s local elections, Cllr Mary Howard is not in favour of the changes and feels the people of Clare need more female representatives on the Council. Last month, Cllr Howard was selected alongside Cllr Paul Murphy and Cllr Johnny Flynn…

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