*Cllr Ian Lynch with his wife Irene and son Reuben at the LE19 count. Photograph: Martin Connolly Getting to spend time with his children during their formative years has prompted Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) not to contest the General Election.
Clare’s longest serving councillor has declared all members of the County Council both elected representatives and staff were “asleep at the wheel” with regard to planning Moneypoint’s future.
*Photograph: Martin Connolly It began earlier than expected but the battle is on as candidates from all over the county begin their campaign to be elected to Dáil Éireann.
Caution has been issued by elected representatives with consideration for ‘the health of future generations’ and that ‘communities could be split’ if masts are to be erected in parts of the county.
*Traffic congestion in Kilrush. Photograph: Páraic McMahon A requested traffic survey to determine the use of Clare’s road network is not needed, senior officials in the local authority have said.
“An accommodation deficit” in Co Clare is hindering the ability to maximise the amount of tourists staying overnight in the county.
West Clare is currently without a designated road technician leading to concern amongst elected representatives that several projects could subsequently “be left on the long finger”.
Criticism has been voiced with the manner in which West Clare’s social housing stock has been managed.
*Kilrush Town Hall. Efforts to increase the publicity of a rates reduction scheme in West Clare have been condemned.
Younger workers may be enticed into applying for jobs with Clare County Council if a motion to aid unskilled youths is acted upon.