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Retail sales on the rise

Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative body, has welcomed the 3.3% annualised increase in value in retail sales. Today (Tuesday) the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published its February 2017 retail sales index, which showed that, although the volume of non-motor retail sales rose by 1.2% compared to January 2017, the value of these annualised sales increased by 3.3%. Lorraine Higgins, of Retail Excellence, said, “We welcome this figure and the upward trend but would warn against being too optimistic. We have been contacted by many members in recent days who are experiencing very negative trading conditions. Some retailers are reporting like for like declines of upwards of 30% against March 2016”. “It is clear that consumer sentiment has been negatively impacted due to concerns about the impact of Brexit. The primary income in over 100,000 homes comes from a company which is dependent of export to the UK market (agri, food, drink). We also believe that there has been …

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€3m operating profit for port company

SHANNON Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has reported a record operating profit of over €3m from 2012, a year that saw tonnage throughput at the company’s ports reach levels not seen since 2008.

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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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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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Murder charge

A 39-year-old Ennis man was charged with the murder of Piotr Nowakowski at Wednesday’s sitting of Ennis District Court.

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Donal spins a Booker nomination

EVERY day Donal Ryan would go to his day job in Shannon, before coming home in the evening to work on one of the best Irish novels in recent years.

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Eagle chicks only survivors of breeding season

The Golden Eagle Trust has revealed the Mountshannon White-Tailed Sea Eagle chicks, the first to be born in Ireland in the wild in 110 years, are the only surviving chicks of this year’s breeding season. The Trust confirmed that an eaglet born to a pair of White-tailed Sea Eagles in Kilarney’s National Park as part of the high profile reintroduction programme died this week after falling from the nest. The pair of Mountshannon chicks fledged last week and are now mobile. They have reintegrated with the adults and the male is providing food for the chicks. The sex of the birds is still unknown as a decision was made not to tag the chicks but now that they are mobile, Dr Allan Mee, project manager with the Golden Eagle Trust, said it looks like the chicks are a male and a female. This is something they can gauge by the size of the birds. According to Dr Mee a female …

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