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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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No confidence motion in Health Minister deferred

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A motion of no confidence in Minister for Health, Simon Harris by elected representatives of Clare County Council has been deferred. Harris has been given four weeks to meet with the local authority’s members on the HSE Forum otherwise the motion will be reappearing on the agenda when the Council holds its February meeting. Former…

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More resources needed for female refugees – Crowe

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*Photograph by Gerry Hall Greater resources are needed for female refugees in Ireland, Cllr Cathal Crowe has claimed. Last Wednesday, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan announced the commencement of the Domestic Violence Act which has created a new offence of coercive control. The act also includes measures to recognise an intimate relationship as…

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‘Bizarre’ proposal to extend Limerick boundary into Clare

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Clare and Limerick’s neighbourly rivalry has erupted once more with calls for a boundary extension causing anger. Fianna Fáil Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon at the Metropolitan District meeting called for an extension of the administrative boundary of Limerick City and County Council into Co Clare. He maintained residents in Shannon Banks and Westbury feel more connected…

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Water supply restored in Parteen & Clonlara

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*Photograph: O’Connors Cross c/o Cllr Cathal Crowe Water supply has been restored to parts of Parteen and Clonlara.  Residents of the South East Clare areas were without water for two days after a water main burst in the early hours of Thursday morning. Supply was restored on Saturday evening while engineers had rerouted a series…

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Crowe covering the ground in double election bid

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A Fianna Fáil candidate for both the General and Local elections plus a recent new arrival for he and his wife means Cllr Cathal Crowe is set for a busy few months. Speaking to The Clare Echo before his party leader, Micheál Martin renewed the Confidence and Supply agreement with Fine Gael until 2020 meaning…

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Tour bus operators receive no financial incentives to visit Cliffs

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No incentives are given to tour bus operators that travel to the Cliffs of Moher. Clare is home to Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and subsequently large amounts of tour buses travel to the Cliffs of Moher daily. Individuals involved in the hospitality and tourism sector have spoken about the how the amount of…

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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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Ennis Data Centre cannot become ‘another Athenry’

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All of Clare’s five Oireachtas members have been urged to be vocal in their support of the planned €500m Ennis data centre. Three members of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Pat Daly, Cllr Tom McNamara and Cllr James Breen put forward a motion at Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council where they asked the local…

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Anger in Ennis as Fianna Fáil conventions take place

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Fianna Fáil held three selection conventions on Sunday and its directive to stick with two candidates has left party members angry and annoyed. Members voiced their unhappiness with such a policy being followed in the Ennis Municipal District. At present, the party has three councillors on the EMD, however it is anticipated that Tom McNamara…

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