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McKee wants Clare to show solidarity with Palestine

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Israeli goods may be boycotted in Clare in a show of solidarity with Palestine. Sinn Féin’s Mike McKee proposed that “That Clare County Council supports the call to introduce a ban on trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.” At the June meeting of the local authority, Cllr McKee said “I’m not going…

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Clare can have a version of Cat Laughs or RiverFest

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Clare may soon be getting its equivalent of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Limerick’s RiverFest or the Galway Arts Festival. At the June meeting of Clare County Council, Cllr Cathal Crowe asked for an appraisal and costing of hosting “a major annual festival along the lines of Limerick’s Riverfest, Galway’s Arts Festival and Kilkenny’s…

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‘Third world health service’ in Clare

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An Ennis Hospital Working Group is being established to “lobby Government and the HSE for the provision of a level three hospital or equivalent of 24 hour A&E for Ennis and Clare”. Proposed by councillors Johnny Flynn, Christy Curtin, Gerry Flynn, James Breen, Joe Cooney and PJ Kelly, all former members of the Ennis Hospital…

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Ennis leaving rest of Clare in the long grass

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THERE is apartheid in County Clare when it comes to grass-cutting, according to Cllr Cathal Crowe. His views came in light of a motion from Cllr Gerry Flynn which called on the local authority to share resources across the county. “In view of the tremendous work done by the Gardening Section of Clare County Council…

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Papal visit campaign gathers momentum

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THE campaign to get Pope Francis to visit Co Clare when he comes to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in 2018 is gathering momentum. Fianna Fáil Councillor Cathal Crowe has added his voice to the campaign started by East Clare tourism advocate Eoin O’Hagan. Cllr Crowe’s request reads: “That Clare County Council liaise with…

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‘Major concerns’ for human health in Clare over cement plant plans

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THE granting of a licence to Irish Cement to burn alternative fuels would be bad news for County Clare, it has been warned. Clare County Council has made a detailed submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposal to burn alternative fuels at its plant at Castlemungret in Limerick. In a statement, Cllr…

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