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Man exposed himself at drive-thru

A MAN exposed himself to a McDonald’s employee, when she delivered his breakfast meal to his car, to “shock” her for the “thrill of it”, Ennis District Court heard on Wednesday. Stephen Gillam (44) with an address at Glasha in Doolin, and who runs a guest house in the area, pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour at McDonald’s restaurant on Gort Road, Ennis on June 7 last. The incident, which involved the defendant exposing himself while taking delivery of his breakfast meal, was described by his defence solicitor, John Casey, as “a prank”, similar to what one would expect of “candid camera”. Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, outlined that at 9.50am on June 7 last, the defendant went to the McDonald’s Drive Thru and placed an order. “He was told to park at the front because there would be a delay in fulfilling his order. An employee had to come out to give him his order and when …

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Council to reduce speed limits

Clare County Council is inviting the public to have an input in the formulation of the Speed Limit Review 2016 – 2017. Draft bylaws have been developed after a review of existing speed limits on Clare’s 4,000 kilometre road network and following extensive consultation with An Garda Síochána, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the adjoining local authorities in Tipperary, Galway and Limerick. Among the proposed changes to speed limits throughout the county is a reduction in the speed limit from 100 km/h to 80 km/h on the N67 from the Galway border to Killimer, an increase in the speed limit from 80km/h to 100 km/h on the N19 between Shannon Town and the Shannon Industrial Estate, and an increase in the speed limit from 80 km/h to 100 km/h on a section of the R-352 Ennis to Portumna Road. The draft bylaws also propose speed limit reductions of 10 km/h from 60 km/h to 50 km/h on the L-3040-0 at …

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New air service from Shannon to Stockholm

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is to launch a new service from Shannon to Stockholm in Sweden next year. The new service will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from August 1 until October 17, 2017. Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said,“This new service will not only have a positive impact for inbound tourism for the West of Ireland, but will also provide valuable business connectivity as people using the service will be able to connect at the SAS hub at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for flights to over 22 destinations including Copenhagen, Oslo Helsinki, Gothenburg, Billund, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and a host of domestic airports in Sweden. The announcement is another first for Shannon and a great boost for the region by one of the world’s major airlines. We are thrilled to welcome SAS to Shannon and we look forward to working with them to ensure the success of the new service.” Alan Sparling, GSA for SAS in Ireland …

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Part VIII process for Blake’s Corner

A proposal for a new bridge to resolve the traffic chaos at Blake’s Corner in Ennistymon can be dealt with through a Part VIII planning process. This follows the receipt by County Council of confirmation from An Bórd Pleanala that the proposed improvement scheme of a new bridge upriver of the existing bridge can proceed without the requirement to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or a Natura Impact Statement. “Clare County Council is now in a position to resume its consideration of the issue and will be liaising with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) with a view to identifying and progressing toward a solution to the longstanding traffic problems at Blake’s Corner,” a spokesperson said.

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Public dental service under threat

STAFF shortages, clinic closures and a lack of policy and direction by the HSE are putting an intolerable burden on the public dental service, it has been claimed. Speaking at the HSE dentists annual seminar in Athlone, Fintan Hourihan, chiefexecutive of the Irish Dental Association, pointed out that while the under 16 population had increased by 20% over the past decade to 1.1million, the number of dentists in the public dental service charged with looking after their oral health had dropped by 20% due to a recruitment embargo. Mr Hourihan said the fact that dentists in some areas were pulling almost as many children’s teeth as they were filling was a stark example of how bad the situation had become. He called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to intervene in the situation immediately. “Figures for six community care areas – for which exact numbers are available – show that almost 16,000 primary school children missed their school screening …

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Armed robbery at Ennis Shop sparks man hunt

Gardaí in Ennis investigating the armed robbery of a shop in Ennis last night (Sunday) are now hunting for a man in his early 20s. The incident occurred at around 10.19pm on Sunday, when a man entered Hogans shop at Claureen, on the Lahinch Road brandishing what appeared to be a short firearm. He intimidated the staff and made them hand over the contents of the till before fleeing on foot in the direction of Shanaway Road. The man is described as in his early 20s and was wearing a black leather jacket, gloves and a dark hoodie. At the time of the robbery he had the hood up, and used a white scarf to hide his face. He is also believed to have been wearing dark jeans, dark shoes with a white trim at the bottom of the shoes, and he is understood to have spoken with an Eastern European accent. Anyone who may have seen a man matching …

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Consultant deflects objections to €5m Cratloe solar farm

Terra Solar, which is leading the development of solar energy generation in Clare, has submitted additional information to Clare County Council in relation to its application to build the county’s first solar farm at Cratloe. Following a request for additional information from the council’s planning department, Terra Solar engaged independent experts and undertook additional surveys of the Ballymorris site in order to ensure that council planners and residents could be assured on all aspects of the proposed development. “We have carefully chosen the site at Ballymorris and have designed our solar farm so as to have minimal impact on the environment and on the local community. We are pleased to provide this additional information to Clare County Council and it is important that the general public also take the opportunity to understand our proposals”, said Donal Fewer, Project Director, Terra Solar. “We will continue to work with the council and local residents as we seek to develop solar energy generation …

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Condition of Scariff road ’embarrassing’

A COUNTY council senior executive engineer has warned residents at Poulagour, Scariff that he would “not be looking after the public’s expenditure” if the council carries out works on a local road. Hugh McGrath said if he carried out works, as requested, on the L8050 at Poulagour and after a few years the road “disimproved because people were being negligent” then he would “not be looking after the public’s expenditure”. He was responding to a motion by Councillor Joe Cooney, who called for works to be carried out on this road, “where the road surface is in very poor condition”. Mr McGrath advised that a section of this road was upgraded in the 2016 Restorative Maintenance Programme (surface dressing). “However, it is accepted that there remains a significantly damaged section of this road that needs to be addressed. Damage is being caused by roadside trees, water from lands and waste from cattle using the road.” He said that the council …

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