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Job opportunities in tourism

THE Irish Hotels Federation is calling on Leaving Certificate students to consider a future in tourism. President of the IHF, Michael Vaughsan said that there are excellent career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality sector, particularly for skilled and qualified employees looking to progress rapidly to management roles. He noted that by now students throughout the country will have submitted their CAO applications. However, over the coming weeks, thousands will continue to examine their course options further and many will opt to avail of the change of Course facility, which is available up until March 1. Commenting on the career opportunities in the sector, the Lahinch hotelier said, “The outlook for Irish tourism is very positive and there are many exciting opportunities for anyone beginning a career in the sector. We’re experiencing strong growth with trips to Ireland up significantly over the last 12 months and this is having a direct impact on employment.” There are a large number of …

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Storm damage running at €36.8m

CLARE County Council has estimated that the damage visited upon Clare’s coastal communities following the recent storms at almost €37 million. In a report to Monday’s council meeting, senior engineer, Tom Tiernan said the estimated cost for remedial works to be implemented with a view to restoring appropriately the vast array of public infrastructure, damaged by the recent storms, was €36,801,284. The estimate of damage caused by Storm Christine was €23.7million but now, in the wake of Storm Brigid, the estimate has been revised upwards to €36.8 million. Having escaped the brunt of Storm Christine, Kilkee wasn’t so lucky second time round. The cost of remedial work in the resort is placed at €875,360. Lahinch was the big casualty with Mr Tiernan estimating the damage caused at €6,064,689. Further estimates included Cloughaninchy in Quilty (€4,716,945), Kilbbaha (€3,498,950), New Quay (€3,449,200) White Strand – Doughmore in Doonbeg (€1,550,250), Doolin (€1,025,500).  With regard to private entities, the report states there was damage to …

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Don’t nominate – Donate a pint

CLARE Ógra Fianna Fáil has called on young people to support its campaign aimed at turning the dangerous ‘NekNomination’ craze into a positive. The #NekDonate campaign, which is being run by Ógra members in towns and third level colleges across Ireland, encourages young people to donate a pint of blood instead of necking a pint of alcohol. “Our campaign is about encouraging young people to take a small step that could help save a life. We are calling on young people to donate a pint of blood instead of necking a pint of alcohol,” Patrick Clancy of Clare Ógra, commented following the local launch of the campaign. “The NekNomination game that has swept across social media in recent weeks encourages social media users to outdo each other with increasingly dangerous drinking scenarios. It has clearly spiralled out of control in recent days with more and more young people putting their lives at risk to satisfy peer-pressure. This game only serves …

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Boston mayor backs Shannon

THE commencement of the new Aer Lingus daily service between Logan and Shannon airports will be key to supporting strong business and tourism synergies between the two regions, according to the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh. After meeting a Shannon Airport delegation led by Chairman Rose Hynes, the Mayor Walsh said that the new daily service reflects the economic ties today and deep historical links between the regions. Mayor Walsh parents emigrated to Boston from Carna and Ros Muc, County Galway in the 1950s and intends to make a return visit during the summer. “No one needs any introduction to the historical influence of the Irish on this part of America but there is also a very strong economic connection today between here and the West and South coasts of Ireland, which Shannon Airport serves,” he said. Shannon Airport Authority Chairman Rose Hynes said that the new daily service from Shannon will underpin the strong tourism market into the West …

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Plain packaging ‘the nail in the coffin’ for retailers

By Jessica Quinn RETAILERS in Ennis and Shannon are fearful for the future of their businesses and jobs, as a result of the growing trade in illegal cigarettes in the county. They say plans for the introduction of plain packaging will drive tobacco sales further underground, with more and more people turning to illicit and counterfeit products. According to one concerned Ennis shopkeeper, “this will be the nail in the coffin”. Cancer, asthma and heart health charities have welcomed the move to plain packaging and Revenue and the gardaí say they do not believe the plan will lead to increased smuggling. However, local retailers have a very different view, saying it will make it easier for the illegal trade to thrive. A survey carried out last year showed that one in three cigarettes smoked in Ennis were illegal. The study of discarded packs found on the streets and bins of the county capital was carried out in July and are …

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Clare needs more IDA Action

WHILE Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara has welcomed the establishment of Local Enterprise Offices in each local authority with more funding, more staff and more services, he still maintains the IDA needs to do more on the jobs front. Deputy McNamara said he was hopeful that the fusion of local authority and county enterprise board effort under the guidance of Enterprise Ireland will lead to the creation of new local businesses and jobs. “The plan which will combine new supports with business services currently delivered by the enterprise boards is a good one. A “first-stop shop” located in local authority offices makes sense. There will also be additional services including a new Young Entrepreneurship Fund, Microfinance Ireland, Credit Guarantee Scheme, and access to services from Revenue and Department of Social Protection,” he said. However, Deputy McNamara said that local effort can only achieve so much and the IDA needs to be much more pro-active in Co. Clare where foreign direct …

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Noel Gavin of Kilkee who is running in the local elections in May in the West Clare area.

Noel bidding to snap up votes

A LOOP Head community activist predicts up to 10 new local elections candidates will come under his political umbrella group by the end of the month. Noel Gavin, an award-winning photojournalist with over 40 years’ experience with national and international media, is one of the Clare candidates, who has signed up to Independents Together (IT). Kilbaha-based sculptor, Jim Connolly, who established the Irish Citizens’ Party in 2012 has now formed IT, which he insists is a “unique concept in the development of democratic politics”. Keen to provide a political voice for people who feel abandoned and disillusioned by traditional party politics, the Rural Resettlement founder has already recruited two new candidates from Cork; Ross Cannon from Fermoy and Denis O’Brien from Mallow. Another high profile outgoing independent Dublin councillor, is committed to signing up to a series of “humanitarian principles, which put the quality of life of all citizens as a top priority”. In addition to the existing line-up, Mr …

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Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins

Mayors claim more than €40,000 in 2013

Former Mayor of Clare Pat Daly and current Mayor Joe Arkins have topped the list detailing how much Clare County Councillors have recouped in allowances, expenses and miscellaneous payments in addition to their basic salaries of €16,565. On the other end of the scale, Councillor Johnny Flynn claimed no expenses Ennis East Pat Daly (€40,294.83) SERVING as the county’s mayor for the first half of the year, Fianna Fáil’s Councillor Pat Daly has claimed the second-highest amount of €40,294.83, just €850.66 below current mayor Councillor Joe Arkins. A total of €3,907.04 was claimed for attending 10 conferences and events. As well as the councillor’s basic pay of €16,565, which is subject to taxation, and the annual allowance of €5,339, Councillor Daly received the mayor’s allowance of €13,500. Councillor Daly represented the county in both Chicago and New York over the St Patrick’s Day festivities last year, claiming subsistence expenses of €717.72. His mobile phone allowance was €212.07 from July to …

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