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‘Premature’ to discuss transforming road into Shannon public street

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Calls for Sli Cara in Shannon to be purchased by Clare County Council to develop a public street in the town have been described as “premature”.

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Ennis Data Centre ‘will be the same as having a goldmine’

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‘An unbelievable’ spin off for Co Clare is envisaged from the Ennis Data Centre while the concerns of local residents must be heeded, a recent Council meeting has heard.

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Clare expects Limerick opposition to ‘Europe’s first University town’

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Getting approval for the South Clare Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) that would “become Europe’s first 21st Century University town” is expected to be “an uphill battle” due to opposition from Limerick’s elected representatives.  Senior Planner of Clare County Council, Brian McCarthy has acknowledged recognition to the SDZ in the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy…

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Reopening of Ennis A&E gets new lifeline

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*Photograph: Firestone Hopes of reopening the 24 hour Accident and Emergency Unit at Ennis General Hospital have received a new lifeline.

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No formal approach from Council on The Venue since public meeting

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*Kevin Thompstone. Photograph: Joe Buckley One week on from a highly charged public meeting surrounding the future of The Venue in Shannon, no formal approach has been made by Clare County Council regarding the project.

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‘We live in North Munster not North Korea’ – Kelly hits out on planning restrictions

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Regulations for the siting and design of rural houses in Co Clare “is going to impose a communist type house for everybody,” Cllr PJ Kelly has claimed. For the last two successive meetings of Clare County Council, the veteran councillor has put forward the same question asking what determines “the appropriate siting of rural houses”,…

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Gort Rd Industrial Estate requires ‘serious rebranding & investment’

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Gort Rd Industrial Estate “is in serious need of rebranding and investment”, Cllr Johnny Flynn has claimed. As reported by The Clare Echo in January, there are 28 vacant units at the Industrial Estate, 12 of these are for sale with 15 available to let. “Of the 28 units, 11 are shell and core, externally…

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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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Insufficient funds for Gort Rd – Tulla Rd link

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A new road which would link two of Clare’s busiest routes has been put on the backburner due to insufficient funds. In the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021, close attention was given to infrastructure safeguards for a link between the Tulla Rd and the Gort Rd. At a meeting of the Economic…

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Active Retirement President highlights elderly abuse

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*Kay Murphy, Photograph: ARI.  Elderly abuse continues to be a problem in 2019, the President of Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) has outlined. Shannon’s Kay Murphy has been the President of ARI since April 2017, becoming the first Clare person and the second from the Mid-West to serve in the role. In representing the organisation at…

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