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€6.8 in funding for 5 Clare projects

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*Loop Head Lighthouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan €6.8 million in funding has been secured for five Clare rural regeneration and development projects. Loop Head, Lahinch, Doolin, Kilrush and Holy Island were the successful Clare County Council projects that have been granted aid under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), a key component of…

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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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‘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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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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Blake’s Corner hindering economic development in Ennistymon

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Fianna Fáil’s only candidate for the Ennistymon electoral area has singled out fixing Blake’s Corner as a key aim in his bid to be re-elected. Cllr Richard Nagle was co-opted onto Clare County Council in 1997 and has been a permanent fixture since. On Sunday, he was one of two nominees at the Fianna Fáil…

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Anger in Ennis as Fianna Fáil conventions take place

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Fianna Fáil held three selection conventions on Sunday and its directive to stick with two candidates has left party members angry and annoyed. Members voiced their unhappiness with such a policy being followed in the Ennis Municipal District. At present, the party has three councillors on the EMD, however it is anticipated that Tom McNamara…

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No vibrancy in the heart of Clare towns & villages

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*Photograph: Patrick Comerford Co Clare is suffering from both rural and urban decline, members of the Rural Development SPC have said. Cathaoirleach of the SPC, Cllr Pat Hayes briefed members on a proposed pilot for rural social housing and regenerated derelict sites at a meeting in Hotel Woodstock recently. “There is a big question being…

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Wiley concerned by lack of youth in Fianna Fáil

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Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to become a Fianna Fáil candidate in the local elections in May, Liam Wiley will get behind their Killaloe representatives and hope to be rewarded in five years time. Party members voted at convention on Friday for sitting councillors Alan O’Callaghan, Tony O’Brien and Pat Hayes to contest…

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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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