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Facebook images uploaded to porn site

ENNIS District Court has heard of the perils of social media after gardaí outlined how a Shannon man uploaded Facebook profile images of female friends to a porn site and added explicit captions. Evan Meehan (23), of Dernish Lawn, admitted to 30 charges of knowingly making a false report tending to show that an offence had been committed, contrary to Section 12 of the Criminal Law Act 1976. The offences relate to dates between October 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Inspector Tom Kennedy told the court that Meehan had taken images of a number of girlfriends who were known to him from Facebook and he wrote comments on the pictures. “He then put them up on a porn site. Because of the comments he had written and how the ladies were dressed, there was sexual connotation attached. They found out and were very upset and distressed,” Inspector Kennedy stated. He said Meehan was identified as the person …

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Grants to protect Clare heritage

Applications are being sought by Clare County Council under two conservation grants schemes announced by Government this week. The local authority has been allocated €50,000 under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017, which is aimed at the repair and conservation of protected structures and generating employment in the local construction sector. Eligible structures include those listed in Clare County Council’s Record of Protected Structures (RPS), and those within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs). Funding awards made under the Scheme will range from a minimum of €2,500 to a maximum of €10,000 per application. Successful applicants will be required to fully match the funding awarded. Meanwhile, €824,000 is being allocated nationally under the 2017 Structures at Risk Fund (SRF),which supports conservation works on a number of protected buildings in private and civic ownership. The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs says it will consider no more than two applications from any local authority, only one of which may be …

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Readers' Survey

Clare Champion – what do you think?

For more than 100 years, The Clare Champion has been the paper of record and choice in Clare. Now, in a changing media landscape, The Clare Champion, is association with Limerick Institute of Technology, is conducting an online survey, which can be found at survey.clarechampion.ie. We are anxious to get feedback and hear what our readership has to say, while, in the new year, we will also be taking to the streets to get the views of the general public. All who participate in the online survey will be entered into a draw for an iPad Mini, with a 12-month digital subscription to The Clare Champion. Also in this issue, we are delighted to offer our readers a chance to win two tickets to see Robbie Williams in the Aviva Stadium in June. The coupon required for the competition is on page 2, with more details on page 6.

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