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€6.8 in funding for 5 Clare projects

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*Loop Head Lighthouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan €6.8 million in funding has been secured for five Clare rural regeneration and development projects. Loop Head, Lahinch, Doolin, Kilrush and Holy Island were the successful Clare County Council projects that have been granted aid under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), a key component of…

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RSES highlights ‘demise in vitality of Kilrush town’

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Various challenges facing the town of Kilrush have been highlighted in a draft report by the Southern Regional Assembly. Despite requests by Clare County Council, Kilrush was not included as a key town in a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the southern region of Ireland. Its omission comes down to the fact that…

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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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Keating & Taylor confirmed as Fine Gael’s candidates in Kilrush

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A directive from Fine Gael’s Executive Council has selected Cllr Gabriel Keating and Mike Taylor as the party’s candidates in the Kilrush electoral area for May’s local elections. It had been speculated that there would be a contest between the two to secure a place on the party ticket up until Cllr Mary Howard who…

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O’Halloran & Griffin celebrate 25 years of business in Kilrush

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O’HALLORAN & Griffin Ltd are preparing this week to celebrate 25 years in operation. In that quarter of a century, much has changed in the business of providing top quality furniture to the people of West Clare, however one thing that has remained constant is a focus on customer service delivered by a family-run unit,…

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Violet-Anne inspired to run for Council after living in rat-infested house

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Violet-Anne Wynne who herself was “at risk of homelessness” has pledged to be “a voice for the voiceless” if elected to Clare County Council. A confirmed Sinn Féin candidate in the Kilrush area, the mother of five is determined to speak up. “I could bring a hell of a lot and be a voice for…

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Fianna Fáil leader visits Kilrush

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Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin visited West Clare on Friday to open the new constituency office of general election candidate, Rita McInerney. Deputy Martin took the opportunity to visit the Kilrush Community School and to canvass the town of Kilrush meeting locals and calling into businesses plus a visit to the Vandeleur Walled Garden. Speaking…

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Increase in monthly live register figures while Tulla sees 20% annual reduction

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More than 5,000 people signed on to the live register in Clare for December. 5,009 individuals were on the register in the county last month which is an increase on the 4,814 in November according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office. However, there has been a 15.8 percent drop in the amount of…

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Moneypoint has been out of action for 3 months

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Turbines at Ireland’s largest coal-burning station, Moneypoint have been out of operation for three months. A forced outage at the facility in Kilrush, Co Clare has seen all three coal-filled units out of action and subsequently no electricity generated by coal at the plant since October. The latest EirGrid data highlighted that the grid is…

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FDI in Ennis hindered by rent yields & lack of ideal property

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*Clare Technology Park. Photograph: PJColeman.com A lack of “ideal vacant property” and lower rental yields is hindering foreign direct investment in Clare’s county town. Such views were expressed at the final 2018 meeting of Clare County Council’s Economic Development SPC. Jennifer Collins who in July was appointed as the local authority’s Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC)…

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