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Tourists injured in North Clare crash

Two German tourists were removed to hospital following a two-vehicle collision in North Clare. The men had been travelling along a narrow country road at Toornahooan, a short distance from Doolin, when the accident occurred. Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon along with ambulances from Ennistymon and Ennis responded to the incident along with gardaí. Members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard were also requested to assist. The two male occupants of the rental car were injured in the collision while the driver of the second vehicle was unhurt. The injured were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

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Fisherman rescued after falling into sea

A fisherman, believed to be a non-national but living in Clare, has been rescued after he fell into the sea near Spanish Point. The man, in his 40s, was fishing off rocks  when he fell into the water. The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard and an ambulance were sent to the scene after members of the public raised the alarm. One passerby waded out into the waves with a lifebuoy and threw it to the man who was safely brought ashore. The man, who was shaken after his ordeal, was uninjured.

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Book returned to library after 29-year loan

‘Honest Abe’ most likely would not have been impressed by the failure of one Clare County Library service members to return a loaned book on the former US President after almost three decades. A copy of ‘Makers of History; Abraham Lincoln’ by Herbert Agar was loaned out by the Clare County Council library service in 1987 but has only just been returned. A volunteer from a local charity shop returned the book to Shannon Library after identifying it as library property when going through a pile of donated items. ‘Makers of History; Abraham Lincoln’ was first published by Collins, St James’s Place, London, in 1965.

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Government fails to champion PO payment options

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Timmy Dooley has hit out at the Social Protection Minister following the issuing of a circular to all staff in his Department relating to social welfare payments. The notice states “Customer wishes should be facilitated where they choose to receive their social welfare payment at their local post office”. The Clare TD explained, “Far from actively encouraging payments at Post Offices, as is the commitment on page 48 of the Programme for Partnership Government, this circular merely outlines the options open to social welfare recipients and instructs staff to “facilitate” customer wishes. “The previous Government attempted to divert business away from Post Offices by asking social welfare recipients to collect payments from a bank rather than their local post office. These latest circulars will do nothing to reverse the damage that has already been done; they just pay lip-service to the commitment made in the Programme for Government. “This gesture by Minister Varadkar is deeply …

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Council attends celebrations at French Embassy

Clare County Council was represented by Leas Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Murphy at the French Embassy in Ireland’s Bastille Day celebration in Dublin. The celebrations complemented the 1916 commemoration with re-enactments depicting various episodes in Ireland’s long and shared history with France including Hoche and Tone’s Bantry Bay expedition of 1796, French General Humberts expedition to County Mayo in 1798, the 1916 Rising and Ireland’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme during Wold War 1. The celebrations had concluded before word of the Nice tragedy became known on Thursday night. Clare County Council has opened a Book of Condolence in memory of the victims of the attack. Members of the public are being invited to sign the Book during opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the corporate headquarters of Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis. The book is available until Friday after which it will be delivered to the French Embassy in Dublin.

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Jet in medical emergency

A US bound flight turned around over the Atlantic yesterday afternoon and diverted to Shannon Airport after a passenger on board fell ill. United Airlines flight UA-914 was travelling from Paris to Washington and was about 600 kilometres west of the Ireland when the crew declared a medical emergency and sought clearance from air traffic controllers to divert to Shannon. The Boeing 777-200 jet landed at 3.40pm and was met at the terminal by HSE ambulance paramedics. The patient was assessed and stabilised at the scene for being removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. Flight 914 continued its journey a shor time later.

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Concerns over motorway service area

MEMBERS of Clare County Council have questioned plans for a new online motorway service area, claiming it could have a negative impact on businesses in Newmarket and Shannon. A letter presented to this week’s meeting of Shannon Municipal District from Halcrow Barry stated, “Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is promoting a scheme to provide online motorway service areas at specific locations across the Irish motorway network. Halcrow Barry is the appointed consultant engaged by the TII to carry out the site selection process and design of the scheme. “We previously presented to the Shannon Municipal District in November 2015, regarding the site selection process for an online motorway service area on the M18 between Junction 7 (Hurler’s Cross Sixmilebridge) and Junction 12 (Ennis). “The site selection study is now complete and the preferred site has been identified as Site 1E. Site 1E is situated on the eastern side of the M18 in the townlands of Ballyconneely and Ballynacraffa, approximately 1.5km north-west …

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Poison bait danger to pets

DOG owners in the Tulla Road and Knockanean area of Ennis are being advised to keep their pets under control following two separate incidents where traps were deliberately left in open areas. In the first incident, poison-laced food was picked up by a German Shepard that subsequently died, while in another incident, a dog had to have surgery after swallowing a sausage baited with a treble fishing hook. County dog warden Frankie Coote has appealed to dog owners to be on the alert when out walking their pets and to ensure they remain under their control at all times. “This is very sinister. Although we did have a couple of incidents last year where cats were poisoned and shot with air guns, the use of the treble hook is new to me. I would just ask people to be on alert, keep their pets under control and that way they can’t pick up anything harmful,” he said. “If pets are …

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