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Strike postponed at Element Six

INDUSTRIAL action due to take place at Element Six this week, having been earlier adjourned, has now been postponed for a second time. SIPTU members have been at loggerheads with management for some time over a variety of issues, most particularly a failure by the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation. Representatives of the union told The Clare Champio that their members were under very high levels of stress, with many of them having to take medication to cope with the prevailing situation. A meeting between management and SIPTU took place last Friday, which was chaired by Brian McGinn of the Labour Relations Commission. It is understood that some progress was made at this meeting, which led to the decision to postpone the strike action again. A document is set to be put to the union shortly, with members due to ballot on it thereafter. However, it is understood that there are some concerns already emerging that attempts may …

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Two Clare organic food producers shortlisted

Two County Clare organic food producers have been shortlisted for the upcoming National Organic Awards, organised by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Hens’ eggs from Rathlir Farm, Kilrush are shortlisted in the Best Fresh Product category, while the Burren Smokehouse’s Smoked Irish Organic Salmon is shortlisted in the Best Prepared Product category. Following judging by a team of industry experts, just 20 companies were shortlisted across seven categories. The National Organic Awards, which mark the achievements of Irish organic food and drink growers and manufacturers who create excellent quality organic products in Ireland, will take place at Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters on Thursday, October 13. This year’s prestigious judging panel included JP McMahon, Michelin-starred chef from Aniar restaurant, Co.Galway; freelance journalists Suzanne Campbell and Oliver Moore; Alan Kinnear, International Buying Manager, Ocado, UK online retailer; Al Overton, Head of Buying, Planet Organic, UK’s largest fully certified organic supermarket; Lisa Garrett, Innovation Chef with Le …

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Funding for Feakle housing

A provisional budget allocation of almost €2.5 million has been approved for the construction of ten local authority houses in Feakle. News of the funding has been confirmed to Deputy Joe Carey who said that €2,452,805 would be made available to Clare County Council under the local authority housing construction programme and he expected that construction would be well under way early in the new year. “There is an established need for local authority housing in Feakle and I am confident that the ten houses will help keep local families in the heart of their community. This is in line with the Government’s ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ housing strategy to reverse the years of reduced investment following the economic crash,” he said. “It is important that the benefits are felt across the country and not just in the bigger population centres. For that reason, I am delighted that Feakle is among the first to benefit from the new strategy. “Keeping people in …

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Crusier runs aground in low water

Low water levels on Lough Derg led to a 34ft cruiser with four people on board running aground yesterday afternoon by the Scilly Islands, off the Ogonnelloe shore. At 1.39pm, the Lough derg RNLI lifeboat launched with helm Ger Egan, Lian Knight and Delia Ho on board.  The lifeboat located the vessel at the junction of Scariff Bay and Parker’s Point at 1.54pm. The four people on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. Once the lifeboat crew were satisfied the vessel was not holed, it was taken off the rocks and into safe water. The cruiser continued its onward journey once drives and rudder were found to be undamaged and in good working order. Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, has advised boat users to “to bring charts with you and know the areas close to shore and islands marked as un-navigatable, particularly as water levels are low in the lake at the …

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Hitting the road ‘Down Under’

Tourism Ireland, together with 13 Irish tourism companies, including Dromoland Castle, is preparing to undertake a week-long sales mission to Australia and New Zealand next month – to grow tourism from both markets. The sales mission, which takes place from November 14-21, will target some 300 influential travel agents, tour operators, airlines and travel journalists in the key cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The objective is to engage with travel professionals in the four cities who are currently selling the island of Ireland, or who have strong potential to sell the destination – and to encourage them to extend their Ireland offering, or to include Ireland for the first time, in their future brochures and programmes. Business links between the tourism companies from Ireland and the influential travel professionals in these markets will be strengthened during the sales mission. The island of Ireland has seen very good growth in visitors from Australia and New Zealand over the past …

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€192,00 upgrade of Active Ennis Leisure Complex

Facilities at the Active Ennis Leisure Complex are set to undergo a significant upgrade. The swimming pool at the Highfield Road complex will close to the public from this Friday until Monday, October 17 inclusive to facilitate the €192,000 project which includes energy efficiency upgrades, enhanced disabled access, and improvements to the changing room and toilet facilities. The works are funded under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s ‘Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme’ with Clare County Council contributing 15% of the overall cost. Tim Forde, General Manager of Active Ennis said the works represent the first phase in a series of additions and improvements at Active Ennis facilities. He added, “Over the coming months, the gymnasium at the Leisure Complex will be fully refurbished while a new AstroTurf facility will be developed on the site of the existing one in Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park Lees Road.” “During the course of current improvement works at the Leisure Complex, …

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Cash taken from Cliffs of Moher visitor centre

UP to €20,000 is believed to have been taken in a robbery from the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre between 10pm on Sunday night and 9am on Monday morning. It is believed that power cables were cut to the centre which rendered the security system obsolete. The centre was closed for a period on Monday to allow ESB Networks to restore power to the centre. The Cliffs of Moher is the second most visited tourism attraction in Ireland. Gardai in Ennistymon are investigating and are appealing for information from anybody who witnessed suspicious activity in the area on Sunday night or Monday morning.

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‘Parky’ to be added to airport’s Wall of Fame

Shannon Airport is about to add another famous name to its ‘Wall of Fame’, that of the world’s most famous TV chat show hosts, Sir Michael Parkinson. The photograph of arguably Britain’s greatest ever chat show host taken at Shannon last Friday will be mounted on the wall of fame with over 60 other famous Shannon passengers that flew in and out of the airport across the decades. Others whose image taken at the airport also made the Wall of Fame include a number of Sir Michael’s 2,000 plus interviewees, including, Mohammed Ali , Gene Kelly, Nelson Mandela, Marlon Brando, Bob Hope, Richard Burton and Mick Jagger. Shortly after his arival, Sir Michael was given a tour of the Shannon ‘Wall of Fame’ in the airport’s transit lounge and, as he explored the permanent exhibition, recalled interviewing some of the world-famous people captured in it. The permanent exhibition was unveiled last year to celebrate the airport’s 70th anniversary and Mr …

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