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Moneypoint can become ‘Silicon Valley for renewables’

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*Moneypoint. Photograph: Páraic McMahon Despite the looming loss of over 100 jobs at Moneypoint, there is hope for the site of the power plant with one West Clare elected representative maintaining it has the potential to become “the Silicon Valley for renewables”.

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‘West Clare not dead in the water’ despite Moneypoint blow – Lynch

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*Cllr Ian Lynch. Photograph: John Mangan Kilrush councillor Ian Lynch hit out at the lack of work done by Clare’s Oireachtas members in standing up for the county as West Clare attempts to pick itself up following last week’s announcement over 100 jobs are being cut from Moneypoint.

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ESB management accused of ‘ruining West Clare’

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*Photograph: Páraic McMahon ESB have been slammed for their treatment of their workforce in West Clare following last Tuesday’s announcement that an expected 100 plus jobs are to be cut, one month after refuting claims such a scenario was on the cards. 

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Council delegation formed to fight for future of Moneypoint

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*Moneypoint Power Plant. Photograph: Páraic McMahon A delegation of West Clare councillors are today (Wednesday) issuing a letter to secure a meeting with two Ministers plus a number of agencies and the ESB on the future of Moneypoint.

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Slattery returning to Council Chamber

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*Bill Slattery. Photograph: Gary Collins Bill Slattery is to make his return to the Council Chamber of Clare’s local authority later this year.

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Slattery defeat ‘takes gloss’ from otherwise fantastic campaign for Garrihy

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*Joe Garrihy. Photograph: Martin Connolly Taking a seat on Clare County Council at the expense of Bill Slattery has taken a “huge gloss” off Joe Garrihy’s election success. 

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Slattery hits out at Conway as he loses Council seat

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*Bill Slattery. Photograph: Gary Collins As the only sitting councillor to lose their seat, Bill Slattery’s final count elimination in the Ennistymon LEA came as a shock, more frustrating than the defeat for him was the actions of so-called party colleagues.

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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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Ennis Data Centre cannot become ‘another Athenry’

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All of Clare’s five Oireachtas members have been urged to be vocal in their support of the planned €500m Ennis data centre. Three members of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Pat Daly, Cllr Tom McNamara and Cllr James Breen put forward a motion at Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council where they asked the local…

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History’s absence as a compulsory subject to be reviewed

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A review will be undertaken to determine if history should be an option subject for the Junior Certificate. At the Fine Gael Ard Fheis over the weekend, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh announced he has committed to a review of the decision to remove it as a mandatory subject. “It’s already recognised that…

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