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‘Funding will come for a Shannon project’ – Breen

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Individuals involved in The Venue which requires close to €8 million to get off the ground have been urged to stand by the project. Director of Economic Development with Clare County Council, Liam Conneally when commenting on a motion from Cllr Mike McKee at the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District stated, “A lot…

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Betty’s back 20 years after last local election bid

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Twenty years on from contesting her last local election in Clare, Betty Walsh is back but with a different party. In 1999, Betty was one of seven candidates in the four seat Killaloe constituency where she polled 397 first preference votes while flying the flag for The Labour Party. “People here were not represented, it…

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Crowe covering the ground in double election bid

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A Fianna Fáil candidate for both the General and Local elections plus a recent new arrival for he and his wife means Cllr Cathal Crowe is set for a busy few months. Speaking to The Clare Echo before his party leader, Micheál Martin renewed the Confidence and Supply agreement with Fine Gael until 2020 meaning…

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‘GDPR a bit like Brexit’ McKee claims in call for more CCTV

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Gardaí in Shannon are “under-resourced” and “CCTV can be their eyes”, Sinn Féin councillor Mike McKee has said. Speaking at the November meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, he proposed “that in light of recent anti-social behaviour” the SMDC install CCTV “on an experimental basis” to provide more safety and security. An official response from…

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Clare address denying suicidal people access to psychiatric units claims ex patient

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Suicidal Clare men and women are not being admitted to the Limerick Psychiatric Unit because of their address, it has been claimed. Mental health advocate, Gary Fitzgibbon addressed elected members of the Shannon Municipal District (SMD) at their July meeting and gave a detailed account of the conditions dealt with by people struggling with their…

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Council needs ‘to get house in order’ at Shannon

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Clare County Council needs to “get our house in order” at the offices of the Shannon Municipal District according to Cllr Gerry Flynn. Flynn who is Cathaoirleach of the SMD, proposed that the local authority “enhance the green area to the front of the Municipal District Offices in Shannon. The current appearance leaves a lot…

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‘Meelick pitch better than Cusack Park’ councillor claims

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Meelick’s GAA pitch is superior to the surface at Cusack Park, it was claimed this week. Cllr Cathal Crowe made the surprising remark at the July meeting of the Shannon Municipal District when discussing the prevention of flooding at the grounds belonging to the South Clare club. He proposed “That Clare County Council (Shannon Municipal…

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Decision to dispose of land for Shannon Crematorium’s use deferred

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A proposal to dispose of lands for the extension of a crematorium service in Shannon has been deferred until September. Elected officials in the Shannon Municipal District were briefed on a proposal to dispose of lands measuring .54 acres at Illaunmanagh at their July meeting. This is adjacent to where the Council sold lands to…

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Is Mayor or Cathaoirleach just a title?

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Having the title Cathaoirleach as opposed to Mayor of the Municipal Districts across Ireland has caused many debates but is it just a title or can the person in the position really influence change regardless of how it is said or spelt, we asked some of the people vacating and taking up the role in…

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Cathaoirleach determined new role won’t cost his seat

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Clare’s first citizen is hopeful the new role won’t put his seat at jeopardy for next year’s local elections. Cllr Michael Begley is the new Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. He is “honoured” to have the role. “When you get into politics you can aspire to a lot of things but as I said in…

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