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Clare expects Limerick opposition to ‘Europe’s first University town’

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Getting approval for the South Clare Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) that would “become Europe’s first 21st Century University town” is expected to be “an uphill battle” due to opposition from Limerick’s elected representatives.  Senior Planner of Clare County Council, Brian McCarthy has acknowledged recognition to the SDZ in the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy…

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John determined Crowe’s will soar over coming months

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*Cllr Tom McNamara & Cllr John Crowe. Photograph: Eamon Ward It’s shaping up to a busy year for the Crowe family from Sixmilebridge in sport and politics, over the coming months John wants to see them soar.

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‘Pioneering spirit’ on show at meeting for future of Shannon Venue

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*Photograph: Joe Buckley Organisers of the proposed Venue facility have insisted they will walk away from the project if Clare County Council do not acquire the Shannon site while an elected representative has claimed the local authority will purchase the plot of land. Extra seats had to be added to the Bunratty Suite of Treacys…

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‘Kids in danger’ at Clonmoney school

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Motorists’ excessive speed in the area of Clonmoney N.S. is putting the safety of school children at risk, it has been claimed. At the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr Pat McMahon asked the local authority to consider reducing the speed limit in the general area of Clonmoney School, Newmarket-on-Fergus and the entrance…

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Ex Clare hurler wants to bring passion for Shannon to Council

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Described by Fine Gael insiders as “the new kid on the block”, Garret McPhillips has revealed it took him a matter of minutes to decide he would run for May’s local elections. A former minor and intermediate hurler for Clare, Garret was the county’s top scorer in the 1999 minor championship, the same year saw…

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Playground groups struggling with rising insurance premiums

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Playground groups in Clare are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising insurance premiums, elected representatives of the County Council have claimed. Ennis councillor, Mary Howard questioned if the Council’s “public liability insurance can be extended to cover all public playgrounds. An official reply from Director of Service, Leonard Cleary stated that the majority…

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Tourists not staying in Clare due to “third world connectivity”

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“Third world connectivity” to Co Clare is putting tourists off staying in the county, Cllr Pat Daly has claimed. Tourism was listed as a key asset to the Mid West in the draft regional spatial and economic strategy (RSES) produced by the Southern Regional Assembly. The document referred to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient…

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Drug problem in West Clare ‘is out of control’

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West Clare communities are being destroyed by heroine users, it was claimed this week. A 19 percent reduction in drug related offences occurred in Clare between December 2008 and 2018. Last year, a total of 318 crimes linked to drugs were reported in the county, which was three less than the year previous. Speaking at…

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Active Retirement President highlights elderly abuse

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*Kay Murphy, Photograph: ARI.  Elderly abuse continues to be a problem in 2019, the President of Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) has outlined. Shannon’s Kay Murphy has been the President of ARI since April 2017, becoming the first Clare person and the second from the Mid-West to serve in the role. In representing the organisation at…

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12 year old footbridge proposal for Sixmilebridge to be reviewed

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A twelve year old proposal to install at footbridge in Sixmilebridge is to be re-examined. At the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, Fine Gael’s John Crowe asked “due to the large number of pedestrians using the bridge, I am looking for a feasibility study regarding a footbridge being erected over the O’Garney River…

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