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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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Carmody vows to get medical licence back

Former doctor Paschal Carmody speaks to Carol Byrne about his 12-year battle to vindicate his name, the effect it has had on him and his plans to appeal the Irish Medical Council’s decision that led to him being struck off the medical register

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No tourism information point sign supplied

TUESDAY’S July meeting of Kilrush Town Council heard that the proprietors of Crotty’s public house in Kilrush have to supply identifiable outdoor signage and display units for tourism information themselves. This is despite the fact that they operate a Fáilte Ireland Tourism Information Point. Neither Kilrush or Kilkee have full-time tourism offices this year due to cutbacks.

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Garda chief defends policing strategy

HEAD of the Clare Garda Division, Chief Superintendent John Kerin, has delivered a broadside to MEP Jim Higgins over his assertion that a lack of a garda presence on Clare roads has resulted in more people being involved in fatal traffic incidents.

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Knotweed a ‘very real danger’ to the countryside

THE domination of Japanese Knotweed across the county “represents a very real danger” to the countryside, a meeting of councillors has heard.

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