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More demonstrations in offing

The lobby group opposing the controversial extension of Limerick City into parts of South-East Clare has vowed to organise more public demonstrations if the Government fails to heed their message.Following last Sunday’s boundary protest at Westbury, Clare Against the Boundary Extension (CABE) chairman, Jim Gully said, “I am not ruling out the possibility of staging more demonstrations or protests in the near future. This could happen if the Government doesn’t listen to the committee and take our views on board.”Mr Gully said Environment Minister John Gormley needs to meet the group as soon as possible and has written to him to set up a meeting. “We will do whatever it takes to oppose this boundary extension. We tried to meet Denis Brosnan and his committee and they refused to meet us,” he said.A decision on further plans of action was due to be discussed at a committee meeting on Wednesday night.In a short address to the crowd at Westbury Housing …

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County council rezones land for private hospital

Clare County Council this week rezoned land on the outskirts of Ennis, clearing the way for a private hospital to be built on the site.  Land at Shanvogh, Shanaway Road, had been zoned as residential under the Ennis and Environs Development Plan 2008-2014 and following a planning application for a private hospital, members of Clare County Council had to decide whether to contravene the plan and change the zoning.Three-quarters of the county councillors had to agree to the material contravention of the plan in order for it to be passed. The motion was carried by 28 votes to three, meaning a hospital can now be built on the site.Council planners had previously recommended that planning permission be granted for the 100-bed hospital subject to conditions and councillors passing the motion. Councillor Johnny Flynn, who is also a member of Ennis Town Council, stated that he supported the proposal to change the zoning because it provided a health service and job …

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New action group for unemployed

A NEW group entitled Clare Action for Unemployment has arranged for an address by MEP Marian Harkin to take place at the Community Centre on Chapel Lane on Friday.Dermot Hayes is one of the founders of the new group and he says it is vital that the unemployed, who are most affected by the economic collapse of recent years, have their voices heard.“I live across from the social welfare office and the amount of people that are going there for the dole is crazy. I know 10 people that have emigrated from Ennis alone, not to mention the rest of the county. At the same time, the country is putting €50 billion into the banks and no one is saying stop.”He works with people with disabilities and said that there have been serious cutbacks in this area, while there are delays in getting money to people when they become unemployed.Mr Hayes says the first thing that the new body will …

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Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly attends St Columba’s Church during this year’s harvest festival on the invitation of Canon Bob Hanna.  It was the bishop’s first visit to a Church of Ireland church since his appointment. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

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