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Show of might by ‘Bridge Rose

ROSE of Clare contestants regularly attempt to woo the Cooraclare audience and the competition judges with displays of dancing, singing or creative recitation.

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‘Tagging’ call for drug offenders

THOSE found guilty of drugs offences should be electronically tagged in a bid to tackle gangland crime, a local councillor has stated.

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Dooley denies party rift

STORIES emerging in the national media had identified Clare TD Timmy Dooley as one of Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin’s few confidants within the party. Reports also claimed there is growing dissatisfaction with a perceived secretive approach by the party leader.

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Pre-school regulations breached

EDITORIAL PARENTS were frightened out of their wits earlier this year when an RTÉ documentary highlighted the mistreatment of children at crèches in Dublin and County Wicklow. It set parents wondering if incidents captured on film could be replicated at the crèche or pre-school where their children were attending.Nothing of that nature has been found in Clare.

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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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