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Taylor becomes Clare’s first openly gay politician

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Kilkee’s Mike Taylor is Clare’s first openly gay politician after his place on Fine Gael’s ticket for the 2019 local elections was confirmed. On Thursday, the twenty year old was selected alongside Cllr Gabriel Keating for Fine Gael in the Kilrush electoral area. He joined the party in 2011 off the back of the General…

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Keating & Taylor confirmed as Fine Gael’s candidates in Kilrush

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A directive from Fine Gael’s Executive Council has selected Cllr Gabriel Keating and Mike Taylor as the party’s candidates in the Kilrush electoral area for May’s local elections. It had been speculated that there would be a contest between the two to secure a place on the party ticket up until Cllr Mary Howard who…

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Absence of Shannon to France flights ‘an absolute disgrace’

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With Brexit looming, concern has been expressed with Shannon’s lack of air connectivity with the rest of Europe. Shannon Airport currently has UK hub connectivity through London Heathrow, but following Britain’s exit from the European Union the airport will be without connectivity into an EU hub. Shannon Group has appealed to the Government to safeguard…

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Lack of certainty regarding ESB’s future at Moneypoint

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Moneypoint Power Station. Pic: Fergal Clohessy

*Photograph: Fergal Clohessy Fear has been expressed that ESB could follow the example of Bord na Mona by announcing sudden job losses in the future at its Moneypoint power station. At the end of October, Bord na Mona announced they were cutting 430 jobs as it moves away from peat harvesting by 2025 under its…

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Co Clare ‘will always be indebted’ to Chief Supt Kerin

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*Photograph: John Mangan In a week where a documentary on whistleblower, Maurice McCabe cast a dark shadow on An Garda Síochána, one member of the force has been hailed for his service to Co Clare. On Monday, a mayoral reception was held for Chief Superintendent John Kerin ahead of his upcoming retirement. Warm tributes were…

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West Clare tourist information point reopens

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The Kilrush Tourist Information Point for West Clare has reopened to the public. Located at the former Lillis Travel Agency office in the town square, the service is a rural development and tourism initiative of Clare County Council in the West Clare Municipal District and is supported by Kilrush Chamber of Commerce. Councillor Gabriel Keating,…

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Review of speed limits in Clare needs to be accelerated

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Pressure is being put on Clare County Council to ratify speed limits for the entire county. At the June meeting of the local authority, Fianna Fáil’s Michael Hillery asked when a review of speed limits in Clare will be put on the agenda for ratification. Recently appointed Senior Engineer, John Leahy responded “As agreed at…

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