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Clare expects Limerick opposition to ‘Europe’s first University town’

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Getting approval for the South Clare Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) that would “become Europe’s first 21st Century University town” is expected to be “an uphill battle” due to opposition from Limerick’s elected representatives.  Senior Planner of Clare County Council, Brian McCarthy has acknowledged recognition to the SDZ in the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy…

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John determined Crowe’s will soar over coming months

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*Cllr Tom McNamara & Cllr John Crowe. Photograph: Eamon Ward It’s shaping up to a busy year for the Crowe family from Sixmilebridge in sport and politics, over the coming months John wants to see them soar.

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‘Pioneering spirit’ on show at meeting for future of Shannon Venue

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*Photograph: Joe Buckley Organisers of the proposed Venue facility have insisted they will walk away from the project if Clare County Council do not acquire the Shannon site while an elected representative has claimed the local authority will purchase the plot of land. Extra seats had to be added to the Bunratty Suite of Treacys…

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Kerin successor as Chief Supt ‘will be appointed in near future’

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*John Kerin. Photograph: John Mangan A successor to John Kerin as Chief Superintendent in County Clare will “be appointed in the very near future”, Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon has confirmed. Speaking at a special meeting of Clare County Council on Monday, the Southern Region Assistant Commissioner for An Garda Síochána diffused concerns that the…

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Tourist incentive proposed to attract more Shannon flyers

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Clare County Council have been encouraged to partner with Shannon Heritage to make it more attractive for tourists to fly into Shannon Airport. Independent councillor, PJ Ryan proposed at last Monday’s meeting of the local authority that it team up with Shannon Heritage to tempt passengers to use Shannon Airport by giving “entry to their…

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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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Clare Garda Division faces possible merger

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Fear has been expressed that the Clare Garda Division will merge with Galway as part of a restructuring of the Garda organisation across Ireland. At the beginning of the year, Bellharbour native John Kerin retired as Clare’s Chief Superintendent, concluding forty one year’s service to An Garda Síochána. His position has yet to be filled…

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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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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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Flooding concerns for road approaching Shannon Industrial Estate

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“Serious flooding” occurred on a road servicing Shannon Industrial Estate over the Christmas period according to Cllr PJ Ryan. The Independent councillor highlighted the issue at the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District. Cllr Ryan put forward a motion which asked the MD to carry out drainage and repair works to prevent flooding “on…

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