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Shannon may face US pre clearance competition

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has warned of possible competition from other airports in the EU who may be granted customs and immigration Pre clearance by the US authorities in direct competition with Shannon and Dublin airports. Up until now, Ireland is the only EU country where passengers can pre clear US customs in both Shannon and Dublin airports. That means that passengers travelling from Shannon and Dublin Airports to America can save up to two hours of queuing at immigration in the United States by pre-clearing in Ireland. Passengers simply collect their bags once they land in the US and are free to go. The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) said pre clearance in Dublin attracted passengers from the UK and other European countries, many of whom use Ireland as a transit stop for pre clearance. Clune was speaking after the US department of Homeland Security named 11 airports this weekend as potential locations for preclearance operations. “Over the …

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Four Clare villages to benefit from renewal scheme

Some €380,000 has been earmarked for local improvement schemes in Clarecastle, Kilkee, Scariff and Shannon from the €10 million national kitty. Each of the four Clare projects will receive €95,000 to finance a wide range improvements that have been put forward by local community groups to make their towns and villages more attractive places in which to live and work. In Clarecastle, the funding will be used to put electric and phone cables underground, replace lighting columns, provide lighting for public spaces, redesign traffic dominated spaces, upgrade footpaths and crossings, as well as planting and painting throughout the village. The €95,000 allocated to Kilkee will be used for landscaping and to provide public art at Percy French Green and the Carrigaholt roundabout. Scariff will benefit from work on safety and access to the access to public areas while the allocation to Shannon will go towards delivering the Shannon Town Green Infrastructure Plan. “We are determined to get this funding delivered …

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Memorial to honour those who died in Viet Nam War

DEFENSE and Air Attache with the US Embassy in Dublin, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Martin will lay a wreath at a memorial honouring the men and women killed in service in South-East Asia, including the Viet Nam War, when it is officially unveiled in Ennis on Remembrance Day next week. The memorial will be launched on Friday, November 11, in Monastery Park and has been designed by Rory Breslin. Also in attendance for the unveiling will be representatives of the American Legion in Ireland providing a bugler and US and Irish flags for the ceremony, representatives from Clare County Council, US Viet Nam veterans and other officials. The memorial includes a list of those who served and lost their lives, along with the inscription, which read, “This memorial is dedicated to the Irish men and Irish women who served with allied forces in South-East Asia during the period 1964 through 1975.” Below the names are the words, “We express our heartfelt …

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Martina puts granny in the frame

AN image captured by Corofin’s Martina Corry of her grandmother has pipped more than a thousand other entries to be selected as a winner in a nationwide competition. Martina’s photograph of her grandmother, Josie O’Brien, at her Tulla home was chosen as one of 12 winners in the Centra Live Today competition and will now feature in the store’s 2017 calendar. She will find out later this week if the photograph has taken the top award in the competition, judged by renowned photographer, Barry McCall, as well as Pippa O’Connor. Martina explained that the photograph was taken when she arrived to pick up her grandmother to take her to her niece’s 80th birthday party. “She was just standing there waiting for me and she just looked so cute I decided to take a photo. It was about three weeks ago and I had it on Instagram. “I didn’t tell her I’d entered it into the competition until they called me …

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Council requested to provide photographs of Springfield flooding

Clare County Council has been requested by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to provide additional information, including photographic evidence of flooding in Springfield. The request was made in respect of the OPW’s ongoing review of the council’s request for funding approval. This development emerged in a week when the council was notified by the OPW of its decision to allocate €49,500 to undertake remediation  works on a 250m section of river embankment (Blackwater River). The council expects remediation works to commence during November. Weather permitting, it is hoped the works will be completed by the end of the year. The council has completed a procurement process and has identified a consultant who would carry out a focused feasibility study with a view to identifying a sustainable solution to the historic flooding issues at Springfield, Clonlara. As of June last, the council has been seeking funding approval from the OPW to appoint a consultant. It envisages that any flood prevention works approved ancillary …

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Charity run raises over €5,000 for Pieta House MidWest

OVER €5,000 has been raised for Pieta House MidWest thanks to the support of those who took part in UL Hospitals’ Group annual charity 5k run and walk. Over 200 people completed the course around Dooradoyle and Raheen, the majority of them hospital staff. Another 25 health workers completed a 5k in Nenagh to help raise funds for Pieta House, which offers counselling and other suicide and self-harm supports to people around the country. Speaking after presenting a cheque for over €5,000 to Pieta House, UL Hospitals CEO Colette Cowan said, “Our annual 5k is part of our Healthy Ireland strategy at UL Hospitals. Two of the pillars of this strategy are looking after your mental health and promoting physical activity for people of all abilities. We were delighted to be able to again support the great work that is being done locally by Pieta House for people in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary who are going through a mental health …

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Public consultation on proposed Shannon Town Park project

Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed Shannon Town Park project are being asked for their input during a five-week period of public consultation. The €910,000 project will see the enhancement and incorporation of the existing town park woodland and the adjacent Rineanna Park into a flagship town park for the people of Shannon. A full design team, led by a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, was appointed in late September to progress the design and planning phases of the project and Clare County Council anticipates that contractors could be on site in mid-2017, subject to statutory planning procedures and approval. Clare County Council is now asking members of the public for its input while the Local Authority is also planning to engage with various stakeholders, including schools, residents, locals and visitors to the area. A questionnaire will be made available in the Shannon Municipal District Office, Shannon Library and at Shannon Leisure Centre, while ideas …

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Bridge Complex transfer a ‘legal mess’

The controversial transfer of assets owned by one of the biggest community organisations in the county to a component group, without the approval or consultation with shareholders, has been described as a “legal mess”. Conflicting reports have emerged whether or not the assets owned by the Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex can be transferred to Bridge Kids Crèche. Councillor PJ Ryan, who is one of the largest shareholders, has questioned the transfer, describing it as a “legal mess”, while a special member, who didn’t wish to be named, has alleged the transfer is “illegal”. However, a spokesperson for the former complex committee, who have resigned en bloc, has insisted that this transfer is permitted under the rules of the society, as the assets are being invested in another charitable organisation. It has also emerged that a special member has submitted a letter to the Bridge Complex Society asking the “management committee to resign and any member of that committee employed …

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