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Concern with population projections for Co Clare

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Disappointment has been expressed with the population allocation for Clare from the Department of the Environment as set out in a draft strategic plan for the southern region of Ireland. Arising under the Local Government Reform Act 2014 the Southern Regional Assembly assumed a number of new functions. Chief among these responsibilities is the preparation…

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16-20 week waiting time for driving test in Clare

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Clare people have to wait between sixteen and twenty weeks to sit their driving test according to the latest data from the Road Safety Authority. Ennis and Shannon both recorded 27 weeks as the longest waiting time for a driving test, while the average waiting time in each area is currently 16.5 and 19.5 weeks…

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Council invited to nominate Dowling for board of Shannon Group

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*Pat Dowling. Photograph by Arthur Ellis Clare County Council has been invited to nominate its CEO Pat Dowling for a position on the board of Shannon Group plc. In 2016, Dowling began his seven year term as the Council’s Chief Executive Officer. Cllr Gerry Flynn first tabled a motion in July of the same year…

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No confidence motion in Health Minister deferred

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A motion of no confidence in Minister for Health, Simon Harris by elected representatives of Clare County Council has been deferred. Harris has been given four weeks to meet with the local authority’s members on the HSE Forum otherwise the motion will be reappearing on the agenda when the Council holds its February meeting. Former…

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Burke maintains rural Clare is not being neglected

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*Photograph by Gary Collins Fine Gael are well placed to win three seats in the Killaloe Municipal District for the first time in the party’s history according to Cllr Pat Burke. Elected to the Council on his first attempt in 2009, Burke is hoping this May he will record a three in a row. He…

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Work to begin on Ennistymon multi-service centre

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*Pictured at the contract signing for a new Multi-Service Innovation Centre in Ennistymon L-R Cllr. Richard Nagle; Aldo Andreucetti, Clerk of Works, General Design, Clare County Council; Urban McMahon, Head of Information Systems & Clare Broadband Officer, Clare County Council; John Moylan, Chief Technician, General Design, Clare County Council; Cllr. Bill Slattery; Leonard Cleary, Director…

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Hayes wants to continue fighting for the people of East Clare

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Almost thirty years on from running in his first local election, Cllr Pat Hayes is still keen to remain as a representative on Clare County Council. Since 1999, Pat Hayes has been Fianna Fáil’s best performer in each electoral area he has contested, his place on the ballot paper for 2019 was…

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O’Brien keen to remain as Killaloe’s voice on the Council

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*Photograph: Boru Tri Club For the fourth local election in succession, Tony O’Brien will put his name forward for the people of the Killaloe Municipal District. As it stands, he is the sole councillor from East Clare’s largest town. According to the 2016 Census, Killaloe had a population of 1,484, O’Brien is adamant he needs…

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€1m allocation for Ennistymon innovation centre

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A multi-service innovation centre in the heart of Ennistymon has been allocated €1m. It is one of eighteen projects nationally that were successful applicants under the Government’s €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which were announced by Taoiseach Leo Vardakar and Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring. The aim of the scheme is to…

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‘Minister Ross is destroying the West of Ireland’

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With an increase in Value Added Tax for those working in the hospitality and tourism sector imminent in January, Clare councillors are demanding a strategy be implemented to alleviate the consequences of the hike. In October’s Budget, Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue raised VAT for the tourism and hospitality industries from 9% to 13.5%. At…

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