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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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More strikes would break health service Junior Minister claims

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A Clare TD has claimed more strike action by nurses and midwives in Ireland would “break the health service”. Speaking at a Fine Gael selection convention in Kilrush, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen confirmed a sit down between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation…

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Crowe & McPhillips selected as Fine Gael’s Shannon candidates

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Fine Gael have selected sitting councillor John Crowe and former Clare minor hurler Garret McPhillips as their Shannon Municipal District candidates for May’s local elections. Cllr Pat Burke chaired the selection convention which took place at Treacys Oakwood Hotel on Thursday night. The directive from Fine Gael headquarters was to select two candidates, with only…

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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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Eoin Neylon’s winners and losers from 2018

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As 2018 comes to an end, we reflect on a tumultuous year in Irish politics that’s finishing with a degree of stability suddenly taking hold. Míchéal Martin signing Fianna Fáil up to an extension of the Confidence and Supply agreement, until the Brexit chaos is resolved, has killed all expectation of a Spring time General…

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Slattery already sees improvement in Lahinch due to Irish Open

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Lahinch will be showcased all over the globe next July as The European Tour comes to town with The Irish Open taking place in Clare, Cllr Bill Slattery has already praised the event for helping to improve infrastructure in the popular coastal spot. Last weekend, he was selected as Fine Gael’s only…

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Eoin Neylon: ‘In Clare, we are poor at putting our faith in younger candidates’

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Pictured, Cllr Cathal Crowe (credit Gary Collins) Following the Killaloe FF selection convention, Liam Wiley remarked that Fianna Fáil in Clare were in trouble when it comes to the promotion and recruitment of youth within its ranks, writes Eoin Neylon. Even though there are several talented young members across the county, largely, Wiley has a…

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Fine Gael choose candidates in Ennistymon, Killaloe & Ennis

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Fine Gael have opted for a three candidate strategy in both Ennis and Killaloe for the 2019 local elections while at present they have one expression of interest to represent the party in Ennistymon. On Monday night, Cllr Bill Slattery was declared as the party’s sole candidate in the Ennistymon Municipal District. The Lahinch man…

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Conway throws his hat in the ring

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FINE Gael Senator Martin Conway has been added as a party candidate in the Clare constituency for the next General Election. The Fine Gael Executive Council met on Tuesday evening and agreed on the addition of Conway in his native county. Senator Conway will be running alongside his party colleagues Minister Pat Breen and Deputy…

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Flynn & Howard want posters policed in Clare

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Two Fine Gael councillors are tabling different motions seeking action on how election and referendum posters are policed. Cllr Johnny Flynn wants “to ban the use of posters for the local elections in 2019 except at designated official locations” while Cllr Mary Howard is seeking a review to commence “with a view to tightening legislation…

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