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HSA investigate death on East Clare Farm

The health and safety authority is investigating the death of a man in his early 70s at a farm in Feakle. It is understood the man was found at a work yard on the farm by a relative in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday. Gardaí scenes of crime attended the scene and currently the HSA is carrying out an investigation into the death. A garda PSV inspector is due to carry out an inspection of a tractor which was at the scene.  

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Clare Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Joe Downey.

Firearms stolen in Carrigaholt

Gardaí fear that a quantity of firearms stolen from a house in Carrigaholt may be used in criminal activity. Clare’s Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Joe Downey has expressed his concerns following the theft of a gun safe from the house at Rehy East sometime between midnight on April 17 and 2pm last Sunday afternoon. He added that gardaí will be monitoring online activity as part of their investigation. A grey gun safe, measuring 4’x2’, was stolen. The safe contained a semi automatic Beretta shotgun, two Sako bolt action rifles, a Mauser pump action shotgun and a single barrel Pedretti shotgun.

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Exhibition finds a ‘Home’ in glór

Visual art works and sculpture pieces responding to the theme ‘Home’ will be exhibited at glór in Ennis from May 18 to June 16 at the annual Embrace for Arts and People with Disabilities exhibition. Each year up to 300 participants with different abilities engage with local professional artists who teach a wide range of visual art and performance forms including environmental art, film, animation, textiles, mosaic, music, dance and drama. This year’s Embrace exhibition and performance event presents a culmination of their unique, colourful, bold and sensitive works. Established in 2001 and funded by the Arts Council, the Embrace programme works with up to 20 organisations and 30 professional artists on its Arts & Disability Programme to provide art and performance workshops for up to 300 participants per year . For 17 years local and national organisations such as the HSE, Enable Ireland, The Dulick Centre, West Clare Mental Health and the Brothers of Charity have partnered with the …

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Clare Drugs Unit Seize €250,000 worth of Cannabis

Drugs with an estimated street value of €250,000 have been detected and seized after Gardaí from the Clare Divisional Drug Unit stopped a car at Latoon South, Ennis on Friday evening, May 11. The detection was made as part of an ongoing intelligence led operation into drug trafficking in the Clare Division. During the course of the search of the car gardai discovered a quantity of cannabis herb (subject to analysis), the male driver a man in his 40’s was arrested and taken to Ennis Garda station where he is being detained under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 as amended. A follow up search was carried out at a house at Ballyclough Avenue, Ballinacurra,  Weston, Limerick by Gardaí a large quantity of cannabis herb was discovered. The approximate street value of the total amount of cannabis discovered was €250,000 (subject to analysis). Investigations are ongoing.

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Gender equality award for UL

The School of Education and the Physics Department at University of Limerick has been awarded Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) Bronze Department Awards. The award recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality and specifically representation, progression and success for all. In particular, the charter was set up to encourage the advancement of careers for women in STEM, and higher education and research. The School of Education will be the first School of Education to receive an award in the higher education sector in Ireland. Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and the Health Research Board require Irish HEIs to secure Athena SWAN Bronze awards by the end of 2019 to ensure they are eligible to compete for research funding allocated by any of the three agencies. By the end of 2023 HEIs will be required to hold Athena SWAN Silver awards to be eligible for research funding. University of Limerick was one of the …

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Inquiry into CervicalCheck Screening Programme

The Cabinet has agreed this week to establish a scoping inquiry into the issues which have recently come to light in relation to the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. Dr Gabriel Scally has been appointed to carry out the inquiry and report back to the Minister for Health by the end of next month setting out his findings. Dr Scally has also asked an international expert in women’s health, Dr Karin Denton, consultant in cellular pathology, North Bristol NHS Trust and previously regional head of screening quality assurance, Public Health England, to provide assistance in undertaking this review. Minister for Health Simon Harris said, “I gave a commitment that some good would come from this situation and today Cabinet has agreed to establish a scoping inquiry into the issues which have recently come to light in relation to the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. We need to examine the facts and get answers quickly for Irish women, while also identifying issues that may merit …

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Bishop’s invitation to choose life

THE question posed by the Eight Amendment to the Contitution has profound moral and religious implications for us all and specifically for the right to life of the unborn child, according to the Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan. “The choice we make will shape our society for generations to come,” he said in the introduction to his pastoral letter, published this week. Cherishing Life Christians believe that all life is sacred and is a gift from God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says ‘The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit.’ To destroy the body is to deny the human soul its right to full development. Modern medicine and science has done so much to help us appreciate …

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Clarecastle solar farm ‘will not affect pilots’

THE global energy company behind plans for a proposed solar farm in Clarecastle have insisted that pilots flying in and out of Shannon Airport will not be affected by reflections of the sun from its solar panels. Engie Developments Ireland Ltd has applied to Clare County Council seeking a 10-year planning permission for the development of a solar farm on a site located in the townlands of Lissan West and Ballaghafaddy West, Clarecastle. The proposed solar farm will comprise the construction and operation of solar PV arrays mounted on metal frames on a site over 33ha, inclusive of a single electrical control building, substation, up to eight inverter units, one temporary construction area with ancillary facilities, boundary fencing with CCTV, an access track and all associated works. According to the developers, the solar farm, if given the go-ahead, will have a generation capacity of up to 19mw, enough electricity to power approximately 3,356 households. The planning application has been objected …

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