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New School on the way for Tulla

By CAROL BYRNE CLARE County Council has given the green light for the development of a new secondary school building in Tulla, subject to 11 planning conditions. The Board of Management of St Josephs Secondary School in Tulla applied for the planning permission, which will see the construction of a new two storey 650 pupil post primary school building in the East Clare village. The development comprises of a building with 26 specialist classrooms, 10 general classrooms, a P.E Hall, general purpose hall, kitchenette and servery, offices, staff areas, two class base special needs unit, sanitary and ancillary accommodation. The works also include the demolition of an existing derelict farm compound. Proposed site works were also to include the provision of 48 car parking spaces including accessible parking via new proposed vehicular in-out access from R462 public road including pedestrian access and drop-off and pick-up facilities. External works include covered bicycle racks, five ball courts, GAA playing pitch, SNU play …

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All good friends in Caimin’s

ST Caimin’s Community,  School recently held a Friendship Week aimed at promoting positive relationships between students and tackling bullying. The approach adopted was for LC1 students to give presentations to junior cycle students. The older students reminded the younger ones to speak out about situations before they escalate and they offered advice on how to deal with bullying and its effects. Other activities during the week included a ‘Thought of the Day’ which was communicated over the school’s intercom. The objective of this was to give students a positive thought to keep their spirits up during the day. During the week LC1 students were visited by Colm Fagan from Aware. Colm spoke to students about how to recognise anxiety and about how to cope with it effectively. Posters, created by the students, were displayed around St Caimin’s to remind them to be aware of the support systems available in the school. There was positive feedback from both staff and students …

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Irish Water to fund abstraction assessment

By CAROL BYRNE IRISH Water is to fund an independent assessment, currently being conducted by North Tipperary County Council, on proposed plans to abstract water from Lough Derg. This came to light at a joint meeting of the Newport and Killaloe electoral area councillors held in Killaloe this week. Concern was raised by the Killaloe Electoral Area councillors after North Tipperary councillor, Phyll Bugler discussed a report featured in a national newspaper that suggested the abstraction could be taken from Parteen in South East Clare. Councillor Bugler said she felt a proposal to take the water from Parteen and not from Terryglass as originally mooted might be “a lesser evil” and could help protect ecological interests in Lough Derg. Although she later stated that she was against any abstraction of water from Lough Derg, her comments were met with staunch opposition from councillors Pascal Fitzgerald, Pat Hayes, Joe Cooney and Pat Burke. Councillor Fitzgerald said he totally objected the taking of …

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Shannon crematorium project in limbo

Owen Ryan THERE has been interest in developing a crematorium at Shannon for  years and the site where planning permission has been granted for one is now going on sale. Two different parties are said to be interested in purchasing it and putting in place the first crematorium in the West of Ireland. Prior to this week’s Shannon Electoral Area meeting, Councillor Gerry Flynn put forward a motion asking that “the proposed sale of land adjacent to Illaunmanagh Graveyard to private speculators for commercial activity be ceased”. His motion also asked that the “land originally purchased from Shannon Development at a reduced price for the purpose of a burial ground in Shannon be retained for that purpose by the council.” In a written report, Clare County Council’s senior executive officer, Michael McNamara outlined plans for the site, and he indicated that more than one party is interested. “The original promoters of the crematorium are no longer interested in pursuing their …

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Asbestosis leaves Cyril on oxygen

Dan Danaher Exclusive PEOPLE living near nine asbestos dumps in West Clare should not attempt to examine or remove it, an Ennis pensioner, who has contracted the life-limiting asbestosis disease, warned this week. Seventy-nine-year-old, Cyril Quinn made the call, as Clare County Council continues its investigations into the alleged dumping of asbestos on public and private lands in Kilrush and Kilkee. Mr Quinn stressed that only personnel who were qualified to remove dangerous substances should be allowed to handle asbestos, once they were dressed from head to toe in protective clothing. Cyril requires an oygen supply practically on a 24-hour basis and needs to go on a nebuliser four times a day. His sitting room had to be converted into a bedroom as he is no longer able to climb his stairs. He said a neighbour of his died from asbestosis, while it has also claimed the lives of other Irish people who were working with asbestos in England down …

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Promoting ‘garden tourism’ in Philadelphia

TOURISM Ireland, together with various Irish tourism enterprises, including Clare Tourism Forum and Shannon Heritage, mounted a major presence at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, to target the increasing number of Americans interested in visiting gardens in Ireland. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s largest indoor flower and horticultural exhibition, attracting about 265,000 visitors each year; an ideal platform to showcase Ireland and the wonderful mix of unique gardens to be found here. This year, the centrepiece of the Tourism Ireland stand was a special garden exhibit called The Wild Atlantic Way. Modelled on Ireland’s newest visitor experience, the space featured a replica of the Poulnabrone dolmen and was designed to bring the wild landscape of our western seaboard to life for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the show.    

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Airports Friday closure averted by High Court order

By Owen Ryan SHANNON Airport will remain open on Friday morning, after the High Court granted an injunction preventing SIPTU from going ahead with a planned four-hour work stoppage. The work stoppage had been due to take place between 5am and 9am and SIPTU had organised it due to an ongoing dispute over a €780 million hole in the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme. It had been set to cause chaos, not just at the Clare airport, but also at Dublin and Cork. Both the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair challenged SIPTU in the High Court and on Wednesday evening, the Court found in their favour. While Shannon was not a party to the case, there was an agreement that the Court’s decision would also stand for the Clare airport.   Aer Lingus was not involved in the High Court case either, but it is understood that its workers who were also due to carry out a similar work stoppage will …

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Crime Prevention Day of Action

A RANGE of measures that householders can take to secure their homes against the threat of burglary was highlighted by An Garda Síochána at Wednesday’s launch of its National Crime Prevention Day of Action. The main entry points by burglars to houses are through a rear window (28%), front door (27%), and rear door (25%). While the latest CSO figures show a 8.9% fall in the level of burglary and related offences between June 2012 and June 2013 compared to the previous 12 months, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious in order to thwart burglars. “Burglars will tend to go for what they view as easy targets –  houses with no lights on, no alarm, or unsecured doors and windows. So it is critical for householders to secure all doors and windows, light up their homes even when out, and have an alarm and turn it on even when at home,” said Sergeant Kelvin …

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