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Priests will be next to be breathalysed coming from Mass

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Clare motorists have been urged to take “personal responsibility” to ensure they have no alcohol in their system before going behind the wheel of a car. Monday’s meeting of the Clare Joint Policing committee saw members debate the impact drink driving legislation is having on people living in the county. Cllr Pat Daly asked Superintendent…

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No posters to be used by sitting Ennis councillors

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*Photograph: Eamon Ward Sitting councillors in the Ennis Municipal District have agreed not to put up posters ahead of May’s local elections. At Tuesday’s meeting, Cllr Paul Murphy put forward the proposal asking elected representatives to sign up to a voluntary charter and abstain from using posters in the upcoming campaign. “This has been going…

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Assurance given to frightened Turnpike residents & businesses

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*Cllr Pat Daly and Cllr Johnny Flynn with residents at the Turnpike last Friday. Photo by Martin Connolly Turnpike business owners and residents have been reassured a draft proposal which would see the renovation of a green area at Gallows Hill into parking spaces and the introduction of 46 bollards will not happen. Fourteen people…

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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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Ennis needs festival in 2020 to fill Fleadh void

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*Crowds gather for the 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photograph by Eamon Ward An enhanced Fleadh Nua or separate traditional music festival is needed in Ennis for 2020. Having hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2016 and 2017 as well as the 2018 and 2019 Munster Fleadh, a replacement festival must be lined up for…

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Clareabbey Roundabout ‘like Mondello Park’

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*Clareabbey Roundabout. Photograph: Gary Collins A scheme designed at improving the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at one of the busiest roundabouts in the county is being devised. An update was sought by Cllr Paul Murphy as to what future safety measures were proposed for the Clareabbey Roundabout. In a reply to the January…

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Ennis councillors aboard shared train ownership with Kilkee

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A shared ownership scheme between Ennis and Kilkee over a train to be used at both destinations throughout a calendar year is to be investigated. At the January meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Mary Howard put forward a notice of motion “considering the success of the Christmas train over the four days” that…

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‘Better chance of Pope coming to Ennis meeting than TII’

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Frustrated members of the Ennis Municipal District hit out at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for failing “to come in and meet” elected representatives while Clare County Council stated the state agency’s “commitment  to the county is absolute”.  Safety concerns at a number of junctions within the District were raised in discussion following a motion from…

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Ennis let down by ‘unacceptable ghost station’

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Ennis falling from Ireland’s cleanest town to its twenty second has been described as “unacceptable”. In the space of one year, Ennis went from being Ireland’s cleanest town to its twenty second. This came following the final Irish Business Against Littter (IBAL) survey of 2018. An Taisce, who carried out the survey, commented in its…

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Murphy sees ‘glaring gender imbalance’ on County Council

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*Photograph by Eamon Ward Whether or not he as Clarecastle’s only public representative on Clare County Council will receive a backlash in May over Roche’s looming closure is something Cllr Paul Murphy is unsure about but he’s certain on the gender imbalance that exists on the local authority. Roche is set to close its Clarecastle…

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