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Shannon among cleanest towns

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Shannon to be among the cleanest towns in Ireland. Shannon is positioned sixth in the ranking of 40 towns and cities and deemed Cleaner than European Norms. Ennis also recorded one of its best results in years, in 14th position. While nearly all of Ireland’s main towns are now clean, pockets of our major cities continue to suffer from significant levels of litter, The study, conducted by an Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but 7 of the 8 bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas. IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst. Of Shannon, An Taisce reported: “Shannon has scored very highly, with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. The N19 Approach from Shannon Airport and Exit 8 on N18 coming from Limerick were …

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Modular Automation unveils €3m Shannon expansion

Modular Automation, a leading supplier of automation solutions for Medical Device and Technology multinationals,has opened a €3m expansion at its Shannon plant. The enhanced facility, which was constructed by Nautic Building Co and designed by architect Noel Kerley, was unveiled on Monday by Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon. he expansion doubles the company’s footprint in Shannon to 50,000 sq. ft., and includes a state of the art Innovation Centre and Technology Lab. The new Innovation Centre strengthens Modular Automation’s position as the preferred partner in the delivery of high performance automation and robotics solutions for its growing client base. This project is part of a strategic growth plan, which also involved the opening of a subsidiary in Florida in 2015, and coincides with the company’s 30-year business anniversary. Modular Automation, who now employ 110 people, has experienced significant growth over recent years and this has resulted in the generation of many highly skilled positions. To support future growth, the company …

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RNLI launches to assist fisherman

The Lough Derg RNLI came to the assistance of a fisherman who got into difficulty on the lake on Sunday evening. The lifeboat was launched just before 6pm when the man’s boat became wedged on a rocky shoal in Youghal Bay. The fisherman, uninjured and wearing a lifejacket,  was taken on board the lifeboat while his boat was then taken off the shoal and towed to Youghal Bay. Lough Derg RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Peter Kennedy said boat users should bring charts with them and know the areas close to shore marked as un-navigable.

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Claims linked to uninsured drivers static

ALTHOUGH the number of motor insurance claims relating to uninsured or untraced drivers has increased by 17% this year, according to new figures released by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), the number of claims made in Clare has remained static at 18. In the period from January 1 to the end of July 2016, there were 1,644 claims of this type around the country, representing an increase of 235 claims compared to the 1,409 that were lodged during the same period in 2015. The largest number of claims were in Dublin, which accounted for 42% of all these uninsured or untraced driver claims, and the next highest number of claims were in Cork (129) and Galway (92). Four counties experienced a decline in the number of claims, the largest drop being in Limerick which had 80 claims, down from 95 in 2015. The number of claims in Clare were the same across both years. David Fitzgerald, chief executive …

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IFA wants action on commonage plans

IFA Hill Committee chairman Pat Dunne has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to open up the process for planners to submit Commonage Management Plans. IFA will not accept any delays in payments to the 7,000 commonage farmers, who have applied for GLAS and whose Commonage Management Plan must be submitted by the end of October. Currently, planners are assessing commonages but do not have the facility to make the online application for the plan. Mr Dunne said that the minimum stocking level for the individual farmer must be in place by the end of the year but IFA is insisting that once a Commonage Management Plan is lodged, this triggers full payment to the commonage farmers involved. With the third phase of GLAS due to open shortly, it is expected that another 3,000 commonage farmers will join the scheme with a commencement date of January 1, 2017. In relation to commonages, where difficulties may arise, IFA is insisting …

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Kilrush ghosts to feature in movie

A BOOK depicting life in Kilrush in the 1940s is currently being made into a Hollywood film. Ghosts of Kilrush, which was written by Joe Riley who now lives in the Philippines, was published in 2003. He sold the film rights for a mere dollar. “The story in the book is very simple,” Joe explained. “You had Auntie May, whose son was murdered at St Senan’s Well. I was a little kid of four years of age. I had no mum or no dad. What ended up happening was two people mending each other. That’s what the story is about.” The book is being made into a film by Los Angeles-based Grafton Street Productions, whose executive producer is Chris Cusack. He is a former associate producer with the Disney ABC Television Group and an executive producer with Vin Di Bona Productions. “He has roots, I believe, in Clare,” Joe said. Some of the film crew were in Kilrush in early …

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AA advice on driving with children

With schools reopened, the AA is urging parents to take all precautions necessary when travelling with children, after 9% of drivers admitted to having been involved in collisions or near-misses while attending to a child in the car. An AA survey of almost 11,000 motorists found that 7.5% of drivers had been involved in one collision or a near miss as a result of a child’s behaviour while driving, with almost 2% of drivers experiencing multiple incidents. Drivers aged 36-45 are most likely to have been distracted by a child while driving, with just under 13% reporting involvement in at least one collision or near miss as a result a child’s behaviour. While female drivers are more likely to be involved in one incident as a result of being distracted by a child, they are slightly less likely than their male counterparts to be involved in multiple incidents. Misbehaviour, sudden, unexpected illnesses, and issues with car restraints were among the …

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EU boost for natural gas plant

THE proposed Shannon liquefied natural gas plant, between Tarbert and Ballylongford, County Kerry, across the estuary from Killimer, received much-needed EU support this week. MEP Seán Kelly secured the backing of his EU counterparts to prioritise the development of such energy supplies in Europe’s future gas strategy. As co-author of the European Parliament’s report EU Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas Storage, Mr Kelly secured the backing of MEPs belonging to the parliament’s International Trade Committee, who voted in favour of supporting the development of LNG supplies, such as that which could be supplied from Kerry. “In 2015, 41% of gas imports from outside the EU came from Russia. Reducing dependence on Russian gas is vital for the EU and therefore, increasing our home-grown LNG supplies is essential,” said Kelly, EPP group spokesman for energy and specifically for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). In the report, Mr Kelly points to a Polish example whereby a new LNG terminal there will diversify …

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