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Businesses to lose out on €2m

BUSINESSES in Clare are set to lose more than €2 million in the next three years if a replacement organiser is not found for the Etape Hibernia cycle event, which was cancelled last week.The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia, Ireland’s first closed-road mass-participation cycle event, was held in Clare in August 2010. It was held again last year, with further races due to take place this summer, in August 2013 and in August 2014. Over the last two years, it brought more than 3,000 participants and thousands more supporters to the area, as well as generating €2 million for the local economy. However, IMG Challenger World last week pulled out of organising the 84-mile event for the remainder of its projected five years, saying losses made continuing the event “unsustainable”.A statement from the company said it “invested significant resources and funds in launching the event. However, after recording losses in the first two years and the projection of a greater deficit …

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Clare best for business, says Breen

“Clare is the best county in Ireland to do business in.” That was the essence of a keynote address delivered by Deputy Pat Breen to 120 key US business leaders at an economic networking event in New York last week.The networking event was organised by Clare County Council and hosted by Kilrush native Noel Kilkenny, the Irish consulate general in New York. “I was happy to lend my support to this Clare County Council business networking forum and it was a very important event in terms of delivering the message loud and clear that now is the time to invest in and benefit from Ireland’s recovery and that given County Clare’s strong relationship with the United States, that County Clare is the best county in Ireland to do business in,” stated Deputy Breen.Deputy Breen, who is chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, told the business leaders that the Irish economy is growing again and is back …

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Three Clare publicans settle tax liabilities

Three Clare publicans found themselves with combined bills in excess of €185,000 late last year after revenue audits revealed they had under-declared their income tax and VAT.John Redmond of Circular Road, Kilkee had the highest of the Clare liabilities. He was found to owe in excess of €70,000 tax, more than €8,000 interest and €21,146 in penalties, totaling €100,000.Fellow Kilkee publican Michael O’Mara of 12 O’Curry Street, was found to have under-declared tax to the value of €31,741. He was charged interest of more than €5,000 and penalties of €12,697, bringing his final settlement to €50,000.Patrick Reddan with an address at Main Street, Killaloe was found to owe just under €24,000 in tax, less than €5,000 in interest and just over €7,175 in penalties. His total settlement was €39,962.  A West Clare farmer was among more than 400 people fined or penalised between October 1 and December 31 last year. Kevin Sexton of Craggaknock in Mullagh was fined €6,000 as …

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Ireland ‘open for business’

A Clare TD will celebrate St Patrick’s Day Stateside after becoming the first chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee to be invited to the White House. Deputy Pat Breen will travel to the US for a programme of events to mark St Patrick’s Day. While there, he has promised, he will “relay the message that Ireland is open for business”. “It is an honour to represent the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade at this year’s St Patrick’s Day reception in the White House,” Deputy Breen commented.“Our national holiday, St Patrick’s Day, offers our country a unique opportunity to present itself on the world stage. While it is a time when people around the globe celebrate Ireland and what it means to be Irish, it also offers a chance to build relationships and strengthen bonds,” he added.Deputy Breen stressed the value of the “enduring friendship” and “economic ties” between Ireland and the United States.“There are now around …

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Three bundles of joy for Ennis couple

THEY say three’s a crowd but for Ennis husband and wife, David Mullin and Dymna Considine, they wouldn’t have it any other way.The pair have just become the proud parents of not one, but three babies, who are currently being cared for in the Mid-Western Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick.The three are made up of identical twin boys, Tony James and Owen Hugh, and their little sister, Julie Ellen. The very little bundles of joy were born on March 7 at 34 weeks following a caesarean section. According to dad David they are all doing well and just need some extra care because they were born premature. Tony James weighed in at just 5lb 2oz, Owen Hugh at 4lb 13oz and Julie Ellen at 4lb 1oz.David said, “When we went in for our scan the sonographer said there’s your baby, then the lady said she’d have another look and then she paused and said I think these are twins. We asked …

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National award for Clare firms

TWO Clare firms, TTM Healthcare based in Ennis and Tekelek Europe Ltd in Shannon, have been named among Ireland’s best-managed companies in this year’s Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme.

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County town to recreate the magic

The Create The Magic initiative, aimed at improving customer service in a bid to make Ennis the friendliest town in Ireland, is set to be re-launched. In preparation for the tourist season and ahead of St Patrick’s Day, Ennis Chamber and Ennis Development Forum, in association with KT Sullivan & Associates, have announced a re-launch of the popular initiative. Create The Magic was launched in March 2011 in recognition of tough economic times for local businesses and their customers.  “It is an initiative that has challenged business owners and employees to work together to really listen to their customers and raise the bar on their service offering.  It is intended to bring positive energy, pride and success into the community and enable Ennis and Clare to be the first out of recession and to be considered the friendliest town and county in Ireland,” explained a spokeswoman for Ennis Chamber. “The initiative has since broadened to encompass collaborative marketing initiatives to …

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Ennis development decision appealed

THE developers behind controversial proposals to construct a €34 million retail development on the outskirts of Ennis have appealed the town council’s decision to refuse the development planning permission. Michael Lynch Limited has requested that An Bord Pleanála hold an oral hearing to decide the fate of the project.In January, Ennis Town Council refused planning permission for the development on a site at the Limerick Road/Tobarteascain Road, considering the proposal to be “premature” pending the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant at Clareabbey and the implementation of the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme.The proposed development was opposed by a number of groups including Ennis Chamber, businesses and traders associations and residents, with fears that it could lead to a ‘doughnut effect’. According to an appeal lodged by Tony Bamford Planning on behalf of Michael Lynch Ltd, “The application was refused for two technical reasons and both can be readily overcome through a series of appropriate and effective engineering solutions.”   …

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