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Knockaneen application must be accelerated due to Children’s Hospital overspend

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A planning application for a 12 classroom school at Knockeaneen National School needs to be done “quickly” in light of a €450m overspend on the National Children’s Hospital, Cllr Johnny Flynn has said. “Without prejudice to the consideration by Clare County Council of a future planning application that Ennis Municipal District Executive and Roads Engineers …

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Full-time caretaker requested for ‘Clare’s busiest graveyard’

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‘Clare’s busiest graveyard’ is in need of a full-time caretaker according to Cllr James Breen. He led the call for the appointment of a full-time caretaker at Drumcliffe Cemetery at the February meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. The matter was discussed in the Council Chamber twelve months ago following a motion from Cllr Paul …

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Flynn criticises Flynn’s ‘ridiculous’ request for Ennis policing subcommittee

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Members of the Clare Joint Policing Committee have described the request to establish an Ennis District policing subcommittee as “ridiculous”. Fine Gael’s Johnny Flynn in November called on the JPC to “immediately establish an Ennis District policing subcommittee within the structure of the Clare Joint Policing Committee as is allowed for under JPC guidelines”. His …

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Gort Rd Industrial Estate requires ‘serious rebranding & investment’

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Gort Rd Industrial Estate “is in serious need of rebranding and investment”, Cllr Johnny Flynn has claimed. As reported by The Clare Echo in January, there are 28 vacant units at the Industrial Estate, 12 of these are for sale with 15 available to let. “Of the 28 units, 11 are shell and core, externally …

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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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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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