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Contractor for Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme withdraws tender

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Works on the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme have been dealt a blow as the appointed contractor has formally withdrawn the tender. It comes weeks ahead of an anticipated start date with Clare County Council having informed local residents in April that work was soon to get underway. However a contractual issue relating to a…

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More than €200,000 funding awarded for playgrounds in Clare

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Five Clare primary schools are to receive a total of €207,130 for playgrounds under the second phase of 2018 CLÁR funding, Doolin National School is to receive €44, 980.32 for the provision of a play area that will include school-safety surfaces, fencing and suitable equipment, while Dromindoora National School has been allocated €49,636 for an…

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€66,000 in Clár funding for Clare projects

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€66,000 will be provided for three Clare capital projects under the first measure of funding in the new Clár funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. Kilmaley Meitheal will receive €18,000 for the resurfacing and redesigning of the existing Church carpark, new tarmac, lining and upgrading of existing footpaths and school safety measures…

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Sixmilebridge break new ground on Arena development

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€40 million is expected to be made available in the next round of the Sports Capital Programme. Sixmilebridge GAA have commenced work on their new Sports Arena at their Cappa Lodge grounds. They received €71,000 from the programme last year towards the facility having previously been awarded €80,000 for works there in 2014. Minister of…

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New classroom on the way for Ogonnelloe N.S.

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One of east Clare’s fastest growing schools has been given the go-ahead for the construction of a new mainstream classroom, including en-suite toilets and a separate WC facility for assisted users. Ogonnelloe National School has been given the green light from Department of Education and Skills to proceed with an extension. Built in 1995, the…

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Rural Clare residents being discriminated against

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Clare’s five members of the Oireachtas are failing the county with their inability to tackle matters that matter to rural parts of the county according to Cllr PJ Kelly. He expressed the views in an ensuing discussion following a motion from Cllr Pat Hayes. At the June meeting of Clare County Council, Hayes sought the…

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Breen wants more flyers to use Shannon Airport

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For Shannon Airport to maintain its existing services and add extra slots, Clare TD Pat Breen says local people must support it when booking flights. Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, Shannon Airport celebrated an increase in traffic with passenger numbers set to rise by almost 8% on last year. This follows on a 5%…

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Eoin Neylon: Ireland saw spate of Trumpian tactics

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MY FIRST Clare Echo column began with the words “Where Clare leads, Ireland follows”. Last Saturday, that mantra held true as the county’s voters pointed the way for Ireland with a resounding Yes vote. Where as many thought the proposal to repeal the 8th amendment would win, no-one saw the scale of that win coming.…

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Microsemi contract will result in extra employment

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A recent €3.2 million contract is going to result in extra investment and employment at Microsemi in Clare. Last week, the Ennis based multinational company announced it was awarded a €3.2 million contract under the European Space Agency’s General Support Technical Program (GSTP) to develop a cost-effective integrated motor drive solution for thrust vector control…

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Clare TD’s clash in Dáil Éireann over Roche

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TWO Clare TD’s clashed in the Dáil today (Thursday) when Clarecastle pharmaceutical plant Roche was the point of discussion. Independent TD, Dr. Michael Harty put the question to fellow TD Pat Breen if “IDA Ireland and the Department still searching for a replacement industry for the plant in Clarecastle and what success have they had…

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