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8th Amendment Count Live

Updates from the Clare count centre in Shannon following Friday’s vote on the Eighth Amendment. 2.50pm That concludes today’s updates from the Shannon count centre, it has certainly been a resounding yes vote in Clare. For full in depth analysis of the referendum in the county make sure to pick up next week’s Clare Champion. 2:46pm Clare has voted yes. From an electorate of 83,225 there was a total valid poll of 53,407 with 34,328 in favour of the proposal and 19,079 against. This means Clare voted yes by 64.2% to 35.8%. The announcement was greeted with cheers of approval from the remaining yes campaigners in the count centre. 2:33pm Counting complete here, but the returning officer needs the all clear from Dublin before making an announcement. 1.29pm SeamusRyan was involved in the preparation of the tallies at today’s count, having spent the last number of weeks campaigning for Together for Yes. The organisation had canvassed over 21,000 houses in …

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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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