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Chambers wants Cooraclare’s history of having a councillor to continue

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*Cllr Bill Chambers. Photograph: Gary Collins “Politics is a tough life,” Bill Chambers admitted but it’s one he wants to stay in as the countdown to May’s local elections continue. He forms the Fianna Fáil ticket in the Kilrush local electoral area alongside Cllr PJ Kelly. “It’s going to be a hard few weeks, a …

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Bring back the Fleadh to Clare

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*Fergus Rovers members dancing at The Height in Ennis. Photograph: John Meyler Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann could be returning to “the home of traditional music” in the next five years if Ennis councillors get their way.

Dialysis centre at Ennis General would save Department €1000s

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Opening a kidney dialysis centre at Ennis General Hospital would save the Department of Health thousands of euro according to elected representatives of Clare County Council. A joint motion from councillors Pat Daly, Pat McMahon and James Breen requested the local authority to ask both the HSE and Department of Health “to provide a kidney …

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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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McNamara to continue community activism post politics

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*Cllr Tom McNamara. Photograph: Gary Collins Tom McNamara has become the third sitting Fianna Fáil councillior to announce his retirement from politics. At the party’s selection convention for the Kilrush Local Electoral Area (LEA) on Friday, the sixty five year old confirmed he would not be seeking re-election for a third term to Clare County …

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Kelly & Chambers selected as Fianna Fáil hit with another retirement

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*Photograph: Eamon Ward Fianna Fáil have been rocked by the retirement of another sitting councillor. Clare’s longest serving local politician, PJ Kelly and former Mayor Bill Chambers were confirmed as the party’s two candidates in the Kilrush Local Electoral Area. Members were left surprised on Friday night when Cllr Tom McNamara announced his retirement from …

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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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