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Taylor becomes Clare’s first openly gay politician

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Kilkee’s Mike Taylor is Clare’s first openly gay politician after his place on Fine Gael’s ticket for the 2019 local elections was confirmed. On Thursday, the twenty year old was selected alongside Cllr Gabriel Keating for Fine Gael in the Kilrush electoral area. He joined the party in 2011 off the back of the General…

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‘Time was right’ for Nagle to retire

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Richard Nagle has said the time was right to retire from his position as an elected representative of Clare County Council. Nagle will not contest May’s local elections despite being selected as a Fianna Fáil candidate in December. His upcoming retirement was first reported by The Clare Champion, it now means the party will be…

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Ennis councillors aboard shared train ownership with Kilkee

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A shared ownership scheme between Ennis and Kilkee over a train to be used at both destinations throughout a calendar year is to be investigated. At the January meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Mary Howard put forward a notice of motion “considering the success of the Christmas train over the four days” that…

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Reeling in the Years Clare style: 1968

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FOLLOWING on from last week’s introduction to this column, week two and our second stop on this 52-part series brings you back in time to 1968. So what were the main talking points in the Banner County 50 years ago? Ennis journalist Cian O Broin delves into the archives… CLARE ROSE TAKES THE CROWN The…

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10 Clare schools to undergo work this summer

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Ten schools in Co Clare are to undergo major improvement works over the summer period. Cratloe N.S., Rockmount NS and SN Cluan an Atha in Inagh are three primary schools to receive funding for structural improvements under the Summer Works Scheme. Seven Clare schools including two post primary schools will receive funding for windows. These…

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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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Contract signed for Lahinch public toilets

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An upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in Lahinch are scheduled to open in May 2019. On Tuesday, Clare County Council signed a contract with O’Brien Builders & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd. for the delivery of an upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in the seaside town of Lahinch. Included in…

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Ennis wants to follow the Kilkee way by discouraging plastics

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Kilkee have set the way and now Ennis wants to follow according to councillors in the town who want to discourage the use of plastics. Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District expressed her desire for the town “to emulate the efforts of Kilkee & Westport…

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O’Shea’s prowess on the field remembered by former coach

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One of Clare’s most talented footballers of the millennium has been remembered as a warrior on the pitch, after dying at the age of thirty seven. Michael O’Shea lined out for the Clare senior footballers for fifteen seasons, making his debut in 1999 and retiring in 2014 when the county secured promotion from Division 4…

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Council warning following cliff jumping viral video

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CLARE County Council has warned against the dangers of cliff jumping, following the circulation of a video on social media showing people jumping from the cliffs at Kilkee’s West End. “Clare County Council strongly advises the public NOT to engage in such activities. This is extremely dangerous and could have life altering repercussions,” Clare County Council…

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