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Importance of volunteering highlighted at launch

The importance of volunteering was highlighted recently at the launch of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, where Caher’s Kathleen McNamara, the winner in the Sports and Recreation category at the Ireland Involved Awards last year, was among those present.

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Finsa’s ‘no comment’ on Labour Court hearing

Management at Finsa Forest Products Ltd declined to comment on their failure to attend a sitting of the Labour Court last Friday after efforts made during two conciliation conferences yielded little resolve for the workers facing redundancies at the Scariff chipboard factory.

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Application for Kilkishen houses

Plans to develop a further 16 houses in a Kilkishen estate have been lodged with Clare County Council in the past week.

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Labour and Fianna Fáil do battle in the east

EAST Clare might well be represented by two TDs in the next Dáil. Indications in the General Election race suggest there is an outside chance of this result.

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Feakle roads included in three-year plan

A SENIOR engineer in Clare County Council has confirmed that plans to carry out a full overlay of the roads affected by sewerage works in Feakle have been included in a three-year plan under the road works programme.

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Concern about future of Mountshannon House

THE proposed transfer of a 19th century East Clare house to the Housing and Sustainable Communities Ltd under a new government scheme has caused disquiet among local county councillors.

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B&Bs to benefit from new tourism brochure

A NEW brochure, which aims to assist B&B operators in East Clare compete more effectively for tourism, has been launched this week under a European programme.

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New school building for Tulla moves a step closer

ST Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla is a step closer to acquiring a new school building as the Tánaiste announced this week that the school has been sanctioned to begin the process of appointing a design team.The Department of Education and Skills published its school building work programme for 2011 and St Joseph’s new school project has been progressed to the stage where briefs will be formulated this year with a view to appointing a design team.Commenting on the recent development, school principal Margaret O’Brien said, “we are thrilled”.Half of the school currently operates out of prefab classrooms and it is accepted that the current school facilities and site are unsuitable. Ms O’Brien stated that although this progress has been made, it is essentially the beginning of the new school building process. She stressed that it had taken a lot of planning over the past 10 years to bring this project forward to the development stage.It is envisaged that the …

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