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Trump resigns as director of Doonbeg Golf resort

Donald Trump has resigned as director of the companies behind his golf resort and hotel in Doonbeg. Submissions to the Companies Registration Office show that Mr Trump stepped down as a director of the two companies which operated Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg on January 19, a day before his inauguration as US President. TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Ireland Management Ltd, which are behind the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, continue to list Mr Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr as directors. The move follows a pledge by Mr Trump to resign all of his directorships in order to avoid any conflict of interest as US President. The Doonbeg resort was acquired by Mr Trump in 2014 for around €8.7million. It was valued at €23 million by the businessman just one year later in financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Newly filed accounts show that the company incurred a …

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Planning ahead for County Clare

Clare Public Participation Network, the organisation of Community and Voluntary Groups in County Clare, is holding its first county level public meeting of 2017 on Wednesday next at 7 pm in The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. Each Public Participation Network is required to hold two county level plenary meetings each year and these meetings are the main decision making forums for the whole organisation. At Wednesday’s meeting the PPN’s board members, ‘the secretariat’ will be reflecting on the great year that Clare PPN had in 2016 and will be calling for input from all member groups about what activities to prioritise in 2017. Marie Therese Carroll, the representative from Ennis Municipal District explained, “The PPN is a great resource for community groups. In the last year, as well as having our community representatives participating in Clare County Council’s committees, we have been able to organise training and workshops for group members in all sorts of things from media and social …

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Clare museum expanding collection

Clare Museum is seeking donations to expand its collections for future generations to enjoy. The Ennis-based Museum is particularly looking for items relating to the 1917 East Clare byelection which began Eamon de Valera’s political career, Ardnacrusha Power Station on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the ESB, Shannon Airport and the Free Zone on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Brendan O’Regan, and Clare participants in the Spanish Civil War. According to Museum Curator John Rattigan, “Clare Museum collects items that exist in or relate to Clare. Our collection is our greatest resource as it underpins exhibitions and educational activities.” “Last year we successfully collected information technology items. This year we are particularly interested in any items relating to the 1917 by-election or the hunger strikes of that year. The centenaries for both will be commemorated during 2017,” said Mr Rattigan.

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Ballyvaughan roadworks to cause delays

Motorists intending to use the N67 between Ballyvaughan and New Quay from today (Monday) to Friday, February 10 may face delays because of roadworks. Necessary road improvement works are being undertaken on behalf of Clare County Council from 8am to 6pm daily. Works are to last three weeks and the contract is funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). It involves the laying of a new road surface on a 6km section of the N67 between Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. The works will be undertaken from a point 3km from the Galway border (Flaggy Shore junction) to Muckinish Hill (approximately 8km east of Ballyvaughan). The bulk of the works will be done under a single-lane closure but there may be some delays of 10 to 15 minutes for a portion of the works. Alternative detour routes will be signposted.

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Ennistymon solar farm under the spotlight

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Candidate failed to provide documentation

TWO people involved in last year’s general election in Clare were referred to gardaí, after a failure to furnish donation statements/statutory declarations. The Standards in Public Office Commission sent 66 files to An Garda Síochána, including ones on Niamh O’Brien, Fís Nua’s candidate for Clare and her election agent, Greim na hEaladh. Ms O’Brien said she actually believed she had returned the required documents and she expects the matter will be sorted out easily. “I actually thought I had returned documents and they didn’t get them. Tony Mulqueen (Commissioner for Oaths) will tell you I was up with him signing them. I’m going to have to fill them out again. I’m not one bit worried about it or bothered about it; it’s not as if there are big, brown envelopes coming my way. I wouldn’t have received anything over €100 so it’s all very basic.” Ms O’Brien said she has spoken to gardaí about the issue in recent days and …

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Striving to reduce workplace accidents

CIF director general, Tom Parlon, has called on construction companies to redouble their efforts to reduce accidents on site for 2017. “Construction companies have worked tirelessly with their industry partners to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities. The industry employs over 140,000 people directly and continues to strive to improve safety management and awareness in the sector. Health and Safety Authority statistics show that tragic accidents are much more likely to occur within the micro-enterprise and self-employed sectors of the industry. It is vital that we redouble our efforts to get the safety message to smaller companies and sole traders, to reduce accidents and always strive towards a zero-fatality industry.” According to DKM consultants, construction activity is anticipated to grow by 9% per year up to 2020. This growth will be driven by ambitious government targets in housebuilding and infrastructure development as well as commercial growth. DKM estimates that 112,000 new jobs will be created by the sector by 2020 to deliver …

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

The Irish Family Planning Association and CervicalCheck will launch the Pearl of Wisdom campaign on Sunday, to mark the start of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The campaign highlights the importance of women aged 25-60 attending for their free regular smear test. The Pearl of Wisdom campaign is supported by RTÉ broadcaster Maura Derrane. As part of the campaign, women with experience of screening and treatment will share their stories to raise awareness of the importance of screening. In Ireland, 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and over 90 die from the disease. Regular screening allows for detection of abnormalities at the pre-cancerous stage, when they can be easily treated. The test is free, only takes a few minutes, and can be accessed from over 4,500 registered practitioners nationwide. During European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 22 -28), women are asked to check when their next test is due or to book their first test by visiting …

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Doonbeg locals are ‘fond’ of Trump

AHEAD of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Doonbeg parish priest Fr Joe Haugh has offered his unequivocial backing to the New York-based billionaire. In a joint interview with The Times [UK] and German newspaper Bild, US President-elect Trump said Doonbeg was a “magnificent property” but added that “now, I couldn’t care less about it”. He made his comment in the context of his frustrations with EU bureaucracy. “They were using environmental tricks to stop a project from being built. I found it to be a very unpleasant experience. To get the approvals from the EU would have taken years. I don’t think that’s good for a country like Ireland,” he commented. However, Fr Haugh insists that Mr Trump’s comments were not demeaning towards his business in West Clare. “Doonbeg is now out of his agenda. He has to concentrate on the USA. That’s what he means. He’s not downgrading Doonbeg or anything. …

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Brothel uncovered in Ennis estate

TWO people have appeared before a sitting of Ennis District Court charged in connection with the running of a brothel from a housing estate in Ennis. Celia Galan (40) and David Navaro (49), both with an address of 47 Drumroe, Rathbogue, Limerick are charged with living on the earnings of prostitution. The charge alleges that on July 23, 2016 the defendants did knowingly live in whole or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person and aided and abetted that prostitution. At Wednesday’s sitting of Ennis District Court, Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, outlined that gardaí were alerted that a brothel was being run from 5 Station View on the Quin Road in Ennis. He said gardaí followed up and both defendants were arrested and questioned in relation to the matter. He said the charges before the court “forms part of allegations they are facing”. The matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who directed that …

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