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Extension at Illaunamanagh ‘a life & death situation’

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*Photograph: Noel Moore Works on an ‘urgently required extension’ at Illaunamanagh Graveyard in Shannon Town will not commence until March 2020. Cllr Gerry Flynn asked that the planning section of Clare County Council “proceed to a Part 8 Planning process as soon as possible due to the urgency of the required extension to Illaunamanagh Graveyard…

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‘GDPR a bit like Brexit’ McKee claims in call for more CCTV

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Gardaí in Shannon are “under-resourced” and “CCTV can be their eyes”, Sinn Féin councillor Mike McKee has said. Speaking at the November meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, he proposed “that in light of recent anti-social behaviour” the SMDC install CCTV “on an experimental basis” to provide more safety and security. An official response from…

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Wiley concerned by lack of youth in Fianna Fáil

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Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to become a Fianna Fáil candidate in the local elections in May, Liam Wiley will get behind their Killaloe representatives and hope to be rewarded in five years time. Party members voted at convention on Friday for sitting councillors Alan O’Callaghan, Tony O’Brien and Pat Hayes to contest…

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‘Devastation’ at decision to withdraw Springfield flood relief plans

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There is “devastation” at the decision by Clare County Council to withdraw flood relief plans at Springfield. Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the local authority, Cllr Cathal Crowe criticised environmentalist Peter Sweetman for filing an objection against works in Clonlara which led to the Council deciding to shelf plans for necessary works at the location…

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Clare address denying suicidal people access to psychiatric units claims ex patient

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Suicidal Clare men and women are not being admitted to the Limerick Psychiatric Unit because of their address, it has been claimed. Mental health advocate, Gary Fitzgibbon addressed elected members of the Shannon Municipal District (SMD) at their July meeting and gave a detailed account of the conditions dealt with by people struggling with their…

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Parteen ‘will be split in two’ by LNDR

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A South Clare community “will be the only village in the country split by a dual-carriageway”, according to Cllr Cathal Crowe. Last year the €150 million Limerick Northern Distributor Road (LNDR) was given the go ahead with works expected to start in September. It involves the construction of 2.1 km of dual carriageway and 3.5km…

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‘We’ve a town & an airport to protect’ flood defences needed at Shannon

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A senior engineer in Clare County Council has expressed his confidence that funding will be provided for essential works at the Shannon Embankments which would protect the Airport and town from flooding. As the town is below sea level, the Shannon Estuary Flood Defences are critical to its protection. While protected by embankments and two…

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‘Meelick pitch better than Cusack Park’ councillor claims

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Meelick’s GAA pitch is superior to the surface at Cusack Park, it was claimed this week. Cllr Cathal Crowe made the surprising remark at the July meeting of the Shannon Municipal District when discussing the prevention of flooding at the grounds belonging to the South Clare club. He proposed “That Clare County Council (Shannon Municipal…

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Grass cutting costs Council €250,000 annually

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“Nearly all of the grass cutting” conducted by staff of Clare County Council is being maintained for historical reasons, it has been revealed. Senior Engineer with the local authority, John Leahy made this known in a response to a motion from Cllr Cathal Crowe at the Council’s July meeting. The annual cost of grass cutting…

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Councillors call for display of house numbers outside every home

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Clare homeowners cannot be forced to display the number of their house outside a property despite a motion from three councillors. “We call on Clare County Council to ensure that every house, in every estate, street, laneway, etc. should be required to display the number of the house on their property,” read a joint motion…

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