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Stuck with the status quo

EVERYWHERE I go I hear people say there is a crying need for a new politcal party in Ireland. This week alone I heard of two new parties being formed with the aim of contesting the next elections. Doubtless we will hear of others in the coming months and weeks.

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I have a deal for you

“The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.” Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

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Going to bat for Clare’s undocumented

FINE Gael Clare TD and chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, is set to lead a cross-party delegation to Washington next month to lobby American politicians on key legislation that could assist the undocumented Irish in the US. “There’s hardly a parish in Clare that isn’t directly or indirectly affected by the plight of illegal Irish immigrants in the US where thousands work or live illegally,” Deputy Breen told The Clare Champion. He is well-placed to put a word in for Clare on the Washington trip. Deputy Breen said scarcely a week goes by without hearing stories of Clare people being unable to return home for family occasions such as weddings and funerals. “Their illegal status leaves them under the constant threat of deportation or being refused entry on their return,” he said. Deputy Breen’s visit to Washington on September 9 is both timely and crucial as a new piece of legislation, the Pro-Immigrations …

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Van driver offers sweets to child

A suspicious approach to an 11-year-old child by an elderly man driving a van, has this week sparked a garda investigation, with the public being asked to remain vigilant.

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Super drug dog has his day…again

OLLIE, the customs dog at Shannon Airport, has become the nemesis of cannabis dealers, having denied them substantial financial returns.

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Letters confirm Kilrush link to Titanic

The ill-fated Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives, could have been built in Kilrush.

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The future’s Whyte

ENNIS’ record-breaking ultra marathon runner Keith Whyte is set to have, not one, but two races named after him in West Cork. Plans are also underway to create Ireland’s first world championship-recognised 100km course, to also be named in honour of Keith. There are even plans to erect a plaque in Cork to recognise his sporting achievements.

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