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SkyCourt to stamp out unruly teen behaviour

FOLLOWING consultation with local businesses and the gardaí, SkyCourt Shannon is attempting to eliminate what it calls “a new phenomenon of unruly behaviour by a small minority of disruptive teenagers, which has been creeping into the shopping centre since early new year”.

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One applicant 14 years on housing waiting list

THERE are 351 applicants on the housing waiting list who have expressed a preference for Shannon and at least one has been on the list for the last 14 years.

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Electricity firms defend fees for reconnection

IN letters to Shannon Town Council, both Electric Ireland and Airtricity have defended the reconnection fees they charge to customers.

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Former Shannon Development chief takes over Chamber

SHANNON Chamber has selected former chief executive of Shannon Development, Kevin Thompstone, as its new president.He succeeds Damian Gleeson of Grant Thornton, who held the position for two years.Mr Thompstone said he was honoured to take up the position and when he spoke to the Clare Champion on Tuesday he acknowledged that it’s a difficult time for some of the Chamber’s members. “It’s not unique to this region or unique to Ireland but we’re in the middle of a pretty deep economic crisis that’s effecting nearly every part of the world. That’s just the reality of business life at the moment but having said that, Shannon Chamber has a good cross-section of members across industrial sectors and people are making a good fist of things. It’s the nature of business, you have an upward cycle and a downward cycle and we just happen to be in one of the trough periods at the moment.”Mr Thompstone lives locally and he left …

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All-party criticism of Government

PARTY rivalries were set aside to a certain extent as Shannon Town Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the Government “to review its approach to resolving the country’s financial situation insofar as it is unfairly impacting on the most vulnerable in our society”.

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National accolade for Caimin’s pupil

ST Caimin’s Community School pupil Evgeniya Soldatkina achieved the highest mark in Ireland in the Junior Certificate technical graphics exam last June.

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Views being sought on school patronage

THE views of the parents of Shannon children on the patronage of local primary schools are being sought by the Minister for Education, while the six Shannon schools have urged parents to take part and claim much will be lost if there are changes.

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Calls for agency air-quality monitoring after incident

THERE were calls for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to closely monitor Shannon’s air quality at this week’s meeting of local area councillors.

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Helping teen talk from Coleman at St Caimin’s

WELL-known clinical psychologist David Coleman will be giving a talk on the theme of Helping your Child Navigate the Teenage Years at St Caimin’s on January 24.

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Controversial housing development finally finished

  ***The year in review*** AFTER years of delays and controversies, along with expenditure of more than €5 million of taxpayers’ money, a relatively humble 22-bed affordable and step-down housing development was finally completed. The project at Glaise na Rinne was controversial as far back as 2007, before construction ever began, as residents of Cluain Airne claimed the site was inappropriate, as the development was going onto a local green area.Five years later – a period during which the residential property market collapsed, removing the need for specific affordable housing developments – it was finally completed.Of the 22 houses, 16 are affordable housing and the other six are step-down units. The most expensive of the affordable units are priced at €102,000, while an average of €230,000 was spent on providing each house, meaning huge losses.At a council meeting in November, Shannon town manager and Clare County Council director of housing, Bernadette Kinsella gave some details of the expenditure on the …

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