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Kilrush engineer wins award

Kilrush native and former Dublin City Engineer, Michael Phillips, has won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award,’ at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2016. In his work at Dublin City Council, Phillips has been responsible for strategic planning of infrastructure and implementation of ground-breaking projects such as the Dublin Port Tunnel, Ringsend wastewater treatment works, the Santiago Calatrava bridges of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett and latterly, the Rosie Hackett Bridge, over the River Liffey. The overall Engineering Project of the Year Award was won by the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline. The winners were announced at the seventh annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, in association with ESB, at a special ceremony held in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin. Speaking at the awards ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel Dublin, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General, commented on the vast array of engineering talent that had gathered for the flagship awards ceremony. “The engineering profession is the real winner of this year’s …

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Lynch seeks better use of Shannon Estuary

COUNCILLOR Ian Lynch has hit out at a lack of investment in Clare and a failure to make proper use of the Shannon Estuary. In a letter to Deputy Pat Breen, Councillor Lynch stated, “I see a recent announcement that the Government is seeking preclearance for freight from the port of Limerick, making the port of Foynes a shipping hub for Europe. “While the announcement is a welcome one for the region, it again shows the Government’s lack of commitment to County Clare and long-term foresight to maximise the Shannon Estuary’s potential. It’s hard to imagine why the Government would limit such a positive prospect to a port that is restricted for vessel turnaround and draft. This is even harder to imagine when the Shannon Foynes Port Authority controls the shipping to the second-deepest water port in Europe at Moneypoint but yet it remains undeveloped.” He feels the estuary is West Clare’s best hope of economic recovery. “The Shannon Estuary …

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Newspaper champions water safety

The Clare Champion has been named winner of a national award in recognition of the newspaper’s coverage of water safety issues. This week Irish Water Safety presented The Clare Champion with a Media Appreciation Award at the annual awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The award is presented to those who have excelled in media coverage that brings awareness of water safety to the public above and beyond others. Managing director of The Clare Champion John Galvin received the award on behalf of the newspaper. He commented, “We are delighted to receive this award. As Clare is a coastal county, water safety should be of vital consideration and be taught at an early age. We at The Clare Champion want to do our part to ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of water safety.” Roger Sweeney, marketing manager and deputy CEO at Irish Water Safety, stated, “It’s thanks to The Clare Champion that more people are more aware of …

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Nominations invited for Cissie Roughan Award

Clare County Council is seeking nominations for the Cissie Roughan Award 2016, a civic award honouring individuals and voluntary organisations that have contributed significantly to the town of Kilrush. Set up in 1993 by Kilrush Town Council to give public recognition to Councillor Cissie Roughan’s work as a member of the Local Authority from 1980 to 1991, the civic award promotes and encourages participation and achievement in the arts, social, business, education, sporting and general life of the town. The award scheme is open to anyone to nominate the person or persons, not necessarily resident in Kilrush, who have made an outstanding contribution to Kilrush society. Councillor Bill Slattery, Cathaoirleach of the West Clare Municipal District said, “Clare County Council is aware of the vital importance of community spirit and activity to the town, and of the positive contribution and effect of those who strive for community spirit and welfare in a range of endeavours. Such people play a vital …

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New governance structure to secure future of Bridge Complex

Plans are being made to set up a new governance structure to help secure the future of Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex, following a public meeting in the village earlier this week. A recent Clare Champion investigation revealed that the Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) cancelled the centre’s registration on April 17, 2015 over its failure to submit annual audited accounts to the registrar. It also found that November 21, 2007 was the last time that annual audited accounts were lodged with the RFS for the year ending December 31, 2006. It has been decided that local resident Pat Hayes will operate as an independent facilitator to seek legal and accountancy professional advice, and to put this information to a group of special members, shareholders and members of the Bridge Kids interim management. Mr Hayes, who is a parent of children attending the crèche, said he would be prepared to link-in with the present interim board of management to form …

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Criticism of proposed Ballycasey centre sale

THE proposed sale of Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre by Shannon Group was criticised at this week’s Shannon Municipal District meeting. Shannon Group were criticised for short-term thinking by looking to sell property, while it was claimed that selling the premises is very worrying for many of the business people based there. Councillor Gerry Flynn put a motion before the meeting asking that the Shannon Municipal District “call on Shannon Group to provide information concerning the sale of property from the property portfolio provided by the Government to maintain and support Shannon International Airport. That information also be provided concerning the recent proposal to offload Ballycasey workshops and also advise the council of any property in their ownership in the vicinity of SkyCourt Shopping Centre.” The independent councillor said that the closure of the old Shannon Development offices close to the town centre had a negative impact on the nearby businesses, while he said the council could do with knowing …

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Heroes were just in time

THE lifesaving actions of three heroes in Clare have been recognised at the annual Irish Water Safety Awards this week. John McDonnell, Sergeant John Casey and Sergeant Marie Crowley were presented with the Irish Water Safety Just in Time Award for their part in the rescue of a man from a car that had entered the water at Ballyvaughan Pier last August. Near tragedy was averted when Sergeant Casey, who at the time had just transferred to Ennistymon Garda Station from Ennis, jumped into the water along with local John McDonnell to save the man. They both managed to pull him from the sinking car and carried him safety ashore, while Sergeant Crowley managed gathering onlookers. At the time, Superintendent Martin McGonnell praised the garda members and Mr McDonnell for their quick thinking in dealing with the emergency. The award was presented to the trio by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney at the annual national awards …

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New video-link GP service for Kilrush

Plans have been unveiled for the provision of a video-based remote doctor service in Kilrush, as efforts intensify to halt cutbacks in the out-of-hours Shannondoc service in West and East Clare. It remains to be seen if this will satisfy campaigners seeking a full restoration of GP out-of-hours services throughout the county. Under a new rationalisation plan, which was supported by doctors at a recent annual general meeting, Shannondoc’s Kilrush and Ennistymon services will relocate to Miltown Malbay during weekdays, with the same operating hours applying. Kilrush and Ennistymon will only now open at weekends until 7pm. Shannondoc is to introduce a video-based remote doctor service at its Kilrush centre, allowing it to remain open nightly for two hours. The new service provides for a remote doctor to connect with the Kilrush clinic via a secure, high-definition video link. Patients will contact Shannondoc as they normally would and a triage nurse will first determine if the patient requires a GP …

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