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Council shortlisted for excellence award

CLARE County Council has been included in Chambers Ireland’s shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2016, announced today (Thursday). The council is included among the 23 local authorities shortlisted over sixteen categories. Commenting on the announcement, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said, “Shortlisted in the Supporting Tourism category for its involvement in and support for the Ennis Book Club Festival demonstrates the council’s commitment to showcasing the county as a vibrant tourism destination for themed initiatives of this nature. Entering these awards and reaching the final listings is a great commendation for everyone involved in the Ennis Book Club Festival, which is going from strength to strength.” Continuing, she said,“With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 just a week away, in which Clare County Council will be heavily involved, and with the newly appointed CEO, Pat Dowling, set to take up his position in September, we anticipate seeing the council enter, be shortlisted, and win many more awards …

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Ennis-based Czech man faces extradition

The High Court has cleared the way for a man living in County Clare to be extradited to the Czech Republic after spending some seven years on the run. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled Marek Ster, who has been living in Ireland form some time, should be surrendered to his native Czech Republic. However, he was never extradited as he went on the run after the court made its ruling. Mr Ster, who suffers from a number of health problems is wanted by the authorities in the Czech Republic where he is due to serve a four and a half years prison term, following his conviction for committing gross bodily harm and theft in 2002.He was both convicted and sentenced by a Czech Court in his absence. He was arrested in Ireland, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant, in November 2006. He opposed the application to extradite him, on grounds including that he feared for his and his …

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Israeli ambassador in Ennis

The Israeli ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Ze’ev Boker visited Clare County Council’s headquarters at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis today (Wednesday). Ambassador Boker was greeted by Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Bill Chambers; Mayor of Ennis Ann Norton and Gerard Dollard, interim chief executive of Clare County Council. Ambassador Boker was accompanied by Mrs Amira Arnon, director of the Northern European Department in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Ireland this week.

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Gardaí step up campaign against drink driving

FOLLOWING an intensive Garda campaign to curb drink driving over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the rest of the month will also see specific 24 hour operations. From July 29 to August 1 inclusive, 165 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid confirmed in a review of the weekend on our roads. “Twenty-one people lost their life on our roads in July, the highest of any month this year so far. Two people lost their life and there were eight serious injury collisions over the bank holiday weekend. We urgently appeal to every road user to take extra care on the roads and realise you have a personal responsibility when you get behind the wheel. Slow down, wear your seatbelt, put the mobile away and in particular, never ever drink and drive.” The Garda chief noted of the 108 deaths on our roads so far this year, 24 were passenger. Before …

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Iconic installation in Ennis

The Mirazozo Luminarium at Active Tim Smythe Park in Ennis will be available free of charge to people with disabilities from midday until 1pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 15 and 16. The structure, a giant art installation featuring caverns for members of the public to explore, has been visited by more than two million people in 43 countries around the world at iconic locations such as the Guggenheim in Spain and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Inspired by Islamic architecture and natural geometry, Mirazozo features winding passages of small domes inspired by repeat forms found in the bazaars of Iran. Inside the spaceship-shaped 158 by 94 ft inflatable structure is a multi-coloured world of bright luminous green, red and blue stripes of light forming bouncing patterns of colour on the walls of five interlinked domes. Monica Meehan, Community and Tourism, Clare County Council said, “The delivery of this family entertainment space and the appointment of Futureama Productions to …

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Shannon Airport’s positive first half of 2016

The UK delivered the biggest increase in passenger numbers of any of Shannon Airport’s markets in the first half of 2016, figures show. Passenger numbers released by the airport today show that UK market, including London services, was up by 9% to 362,242 from January to the end of June compared to the same period last year. Overall, passenger numbers were up 4% to 791,155, with a healthy increase (5%) also in another key market, the US. The growth comes off the back of a 5% rise in passengers in 2014, which saw numbers climb by 22% in total from what they were when the airport was separated in 2013. Commenting on the first half of the year a Shannon Airport spokesperson said: “Shannon passenger numbers this year so far, like last year, have been solid. Our continued growth comes at a time when we are implementing significant investment at the airport to enhance the passenger experience and position the …

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Three rescued after sailboat hits rocks

Three men whose sailboat hit rocks after its engine cut out were rescued by Galway RNLI Lifeboat over the bank holiday weekend. The three were sailing close to Kinvara Bay when the accident happened. One of the men raised the alarm and the Irish Coastguard requested the assistance of Galway Lifeboat. Two local fishing boats were in the vicinity at the time, one of which assisted in the rescue operation. The sailboat was not badly damaged and was towed to the Galway Bay Sailing Club in Renville with the three men on board. A Lifeboat crew member also went on board to assist in the tow operation. The three men did not require medical assistance. The lifeboat volunteer crew on this call out were Dave Oliver (Helmsman), Olivia Byrne, Dave Badger and Greg Cullen.

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Water discoloured in Kilrush

Irish Water are investigating reports that a water pipe on the Cooraclare Road in Kilrush has broken, leading to  discolouration of the water supply. The matter was highlighted by Councillor Ian Lynch who said, “Each time it breaks, the water suffers discolouration and lately the water seems to have some additive that has turned the water white. Residents have not been informed of what has been added to the water. He said there were also concerns over asbestos piping. “There is a large section of the pipe work on Cooraclare Road that is still asbestos. The substructure of the road is bog and each time the pipe breaks, this wets the peat and softens it, eventually washing away support for the next section of pipe and undermining it, which results in continuing breaking. “Not alone do people have to endure disruption but their water is discoloured and there is no sign of a permanent solution. The road was overlaid in recent …

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