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Up, up and away in Mountshannon

IRELAND’S first sea plane service has taken flight. At 10am on Wednesday, the aircraft made its maiden flight over Lough Derg and when the service is fully operational, it is expected to create up to 50 new jobs.

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Increase in numbers signing on

THE number of Clare people signing on the Live Register increased in June, rising from 9,518 in May to 9,708.The number is lower than June last year, when it stood at 10,198 and the increase last month was due to seasonal factors.

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Water connections survey underway

CLARE County Council has commenced a county-wide pre-installation survey of an estimated 31,000 domestic water connections ahead of the Government’s introduction of water charges, expected in 2014.

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Banner County feeling hot, hot, hot

AFTER some terrible summers and a lot of very poor weather in the first half of 2013, Clare is enjoying a rare heatwave this week.

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Breen in the frame for top table post

THE possible departure of European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton from Cabinet could pave the way for a top-table promotion for Clare Fine Gael Deputy Pat Breen.

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Fairways clean-up welcomed

WORKS on securing Ennis’ controversial Fairways apartments, described as a “haven for anti-social behaviour”, were carried out this week. A contractor working on behalf of the owner of the property was on site on Tuesday. The apartments, near Marian Avenue, have been widely criticised in recent weeks, with claims of drug use, squatting and other forms of anti-social behaviour at the site near a popular playground.

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TDs defend JobBridge scheme

WITH over 5,500 people ­taking part in JobBridge internships, it is easy to see how the scheme could end up blocking the creation of at least some jobs but Clare TDs are backing the scheme, which they say is working well and not preventing job creation.

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Garda stations put up for sale

Three Clare Garda stations, which were closed last year, have been put up for sale by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

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