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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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‘Funding will come for a Shannon project’ – Breen

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Individuals involved in The Venue which requires close to €8 million to get off the ground have been urged to stand by the project. Director of Economic Development with Clare County Council, Liam Conneally when commenting on a motion from Cllr Mike McKee at the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District stated, “A lot…

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‘Golden opportunity’ to turn Shannon Shamrock into theme park

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Shannon Group “have a golden opportunity” to turn an unused hotel into a historic theme park in Bunratty, local councillors have claimed. In 2009, the Shannon Shamrock Hotel closed as a new owner could not be found to take over its operations. In April 2017, Crescent House Ltd who had taken ownership of the site…

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Street needed to bring heart to Shannon Town

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A proposed streetscape can provide a ‘missing heart’ for Shannon and lead to more businesses setting up in the town. On Tuesday, Cllr Mike McKee proposed at a meeting of the Shannon Municipal District that councillors meet senior officials in the planning department “to agree a strategy to progress a potential streetscape within the town.…

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Sinn Féin hold housing protest

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Less than a dozen people attended a housing day of action protest and march organised by Sinn Féin. At lunchtime on Friday, Clare Sinn Féin members gathered at the Daniel O’Connell Monument in Ennis where they distributed leaflets to passers by, which labelled Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil a “coalition of chaos”. From the monument,…

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McGettigan maintains there is a mood for change in Clare

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*Pictured: Violet-Anne Wynne & Donna Deirdre McGettigan Enough is enough as far as Donna Deirdre McGettigan is concerned with the people of Clare hungry for change in how local government in the county is managed. Prior to Christmas, the Belfast native was selected as Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for the local…

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Sinn Féin confirm candidacy of Moran, McGettigan & McKee

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Sinn Féin have unveiled three candidates to contest the upcoming local elections in Clare. Noeleen Moran who received 4,216 first preference votes for the party in the 2016 General Election will represent the party in the Ennistymon area. Her selection was confirmed over the weekend with the Ballyvaughan native already announced as a candidate in…

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Extension at Illaunamanagh ‘a life & death situation’

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*Photograph: Noel Moore Works on an ‘urgently required extension’ at Illaunamanagh Graveyard in Shannon Town will not commence until March 2020. Cllr Gerry Flynn asked that the planning section of Clare County Council “proceed to a Part 8 Planning process as soon as possible due to the urgency of the required extension to Illaunamanagh Graveyard…

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‘GDPR a bit like Brexit’ McKee claims in call for more CCTV

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Gardaí in Shannon are “under-resourced” and “CCTV can be their eyes”, Sinn Féin councillor Mike McKee has said. Speaking at the November meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, he proposed “that in light of recent anti-social behaviour” the SMDC install CCTV “on an experimental basis” to provide more safety and security. An official response from…

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Demand to use derelict houses to solve housing shortage

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Pressure has been put on Clare County Council to avail of derelict sites to tackle the housing crisis that has gripped the country. At Monday’s meeting of the local authority, Fianna Fáil’s Pat McMahon asked that they “examine the potential of the Derelict Sites Act to acquire properties in towns and villages suitable for housing…

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