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16-20 week waiting time for driving test in Clare

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Clare people have to wait between sixteen and twenty weeks to sit their driving test according to the latest data from the Road Safety Authority. Ennis and Shannon both recorded 27 weeks as the longest waiting time for a driving test, while the average waiting time in each area is currently 16.5 and 19.5 weeks …

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Street needed to bring heart to Shannon Town

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A proposed streetscape can provide a ‘missing heart’ for Shannon and lead to more businesses setting up in the town. On Tuesday, Cllr Mike McKee proposed at a meeting of the Shannon Municipal District that councillors meet senior officials in the planning department “to agree a strategy to progress a potential streetscape within the town. …

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Labour’s Seamus wants to see Ennis fulfil its potential

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Seamus Ryan has been selected as a Labour candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for May’s local elections. A librarian in Ennis, Seamus was put forward as a candidate following Monday’s selection. Disability activist Dermot Hayes withdrew his nomination meaning there would be no contest which shocked his potential competitor, “I personally was surprised, I …

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Sports capital grants a boost for Shannon

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*Shannon Town Utd before their 2018 FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Final vs Pike Rovers. Photograph: Joe Buckley Seven Clare projects previously marked as invalid for a Sport Capital Grant are now to receive funding. A further €241,400 in Sport Capital Grant Funding for Clare has been announced for seven projects deemed invalid in 2017. Soccer club, …

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Shannon Airport rebranding could tackle Dublin’s monopoly

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Dublin Airport’s monopoly could be tackled by rebranding Shannon Airport to put emphasis on the Wild Atlantic Way. Inspired by an editorial which featured in The Clare Echo at the end of November, Cllr Paul Murphy put pen to paper on a motion which gives “a massive opportunity to rebrand the airport”. Stuart Holly’s editorial …

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Kuwait to stop Shannon transit service

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Kuwait Airlines will no longer use Shannon Airport as a stopover for its service to New York. At the weekend, the airline confirmed it had received approval for a direct route to the Big Apple. This negates the need for the three-time weekly service to stop in Shannon as it has done since 2016. It …

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Reeling in the Years, Clare style: 1967

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This fifty-two-part series, brought to you by Ennis journalist Cian O Broin, looks at the best and brightest of Clare’s years along with its deepest and darkest. Travelling back in time to 1967 all the way up to 2019, each week we shall revisit three or four moments that defined the year in County Clare. …

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Shannon man causing a shake up in Copenhagen

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A Shannon man living in Denmark since 1981 is to be refused citizenship of his adopted country for refusing to comply with new laws which insist he must shake hands with the Mayor of Copenhagen. Billy O’Shea (61) a translator and writer in Copenhagen in recent months applied to become a citizen of Denmark. The …

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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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McGettigan maintains there is a mood for change in Clare

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*Pictured: Violet-Anne Wynne & Donna Deirdre McGettigan Enough is enough as far as Donna Deirdre McGettigan is concerned with the people of Clare hungry for change in how local government in the county is managed. Prior to Christmas, the Belfast native was selected as Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for the local …

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