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EPA file still open on asbestos disposal

THE ENVIRONMENTAL protection agency has revealed that a file concerning Clare County Council’s disposal of asbestos-containing wastes at a number of West Clare sites remains open, pending further local authority works. Clare councillors passed the 2018 Budget Estimates recently, in the knowledge that the council was still not able to make a financial provision for the cost of properly disposing of asbestos-cement materials from six unauthorised sites in Kilkee and three in Kilrush. Estimates vary from €1.5 to €3.3 million for the disposal of material, which was first reported to the local authority by Kilkee resident PJ Linnane in June 2013. It is understood that the exact cost will depend on whether the council has to remove all this material or whether it is allowed to remediate the different sites. Asbestos waste material disposal is governed by legal requirements and the requirements of the HSA and the EPA. Responding to Clare Champion queries, the EPA outlined that it has a …

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Trump Doonbeg further information queried

IN a submission to Clare County Council, relating to the further information supplied to the local authority by Trump International Golf Links regarding their planning application for coastal erosion management works, An Taisce claims that the information has not adequately addressed the ecological issues with the application. Clare County Council is due to give a decision on December 21 on the planning application, which seeks to obtain permission to construct coastal projection works on Doughmore Beach. In recent years, the resort has been hit by a number of instances of flooding. “This is largely because they are erroneously conflating the erosion of the dune frontage, as a result of the golf course stopping the dunes’ movement with the natural erosion associated with normal dune dynamics. That, in turn, has led them to claim that the do-nothing scenario will be ‘profoundly detrimental’ to the dune habitats. So the premise of all of their arguments, that the proposed walls will help the …

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Enhancement strategy for Doolin

Details of a village enhancement strategy for Doolin will be outlined at a public meeting on Thursday night next. Bucholz McEvoy Architects, on behalf of Clare County Council and the strategy design team, will present the final plan, which seeks to enhance the public realm of Doolin, at a meeting in Hotel Doolin. Among the enhancement strategies indentified is the creation of a Doolin Greenway incorporating shared surfaces, the provision of additional off-street parking and the provision of designated bus stop locations. “The village enhancement strategy forms part of the Doolin Strategic Master Plan and Enhancement Strategy, which also features plans to develop a Visitors Service Centre at Doolin Pier, details of which are expected to be finalised during 2018,” stated Brian McCarthy, acting director of economic development, Clare County Council. He added, “The event on Thursday night is the concluding element of the preparation of a non-statutory village enhancement plan following previous public consultations in June. Over the last …

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Fight for purchase of Our Lady’s continues

EFFORTS to have Clare County Council purchase Our Lady’s Hospital for future development are continuing, despite the council’s CEO effectively ruling out the proposal earlier this week. CEO Pat Dowling said that a feasibility study into the purchase of the site, which did not sell at auction last week, found it would be financially prohibitive. However, members of the Ennis Municipal District have voted in favour of formally requesting the CEO to buy the site, while Councillor Johnny Flynn has written to the CEO, asking him to reconsider the council’s position. At the meeting of Ennis Municipal District, a motion was proposed by both Councillor Flynn and Councillor Mary Howard, asking that the chief executive buy the site as an “Ennis strategic project”. Councillor Flynn said the Ennis site is the “best one in Clare” to fit in with national policy and avail of potential capital funding under the Government’s National Planning Framework Ireland 2040. The motion continued, “This strategic …

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DAA accused of scuppering new Shannon route

CLARE county councillor, James Breen has asked the boss of the Shannon Group to throw some light on a claim that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) hindered efforts to establish a new flight between a province in China and Shannon Airport. Speaking at a Clare County Council meeting on Monday, Councillor Breen asked Shannon Group chief executive officer Matthew Thomas to confirm or deny whether the DAA had “scuppered” a new deal for a route to China. Councillor Breen said he was present in Shannon Airport in 2015, when a deal was signed in principle between representatives of Yunnan and Shannon Airport for new flights between the two destinations. Mr Thomas said he was not aware of any new deal being “scuppered” and pledged to get back to Councillor Breen with further information. Clare County Council has said that meetings that were held with Councillor Breen, elected members and local authority officials, as well as with the acting chief executive …

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Councillors support rates increase in Ennis and Kilrush

BUSINESSES in Ennis and Kilrush will be hit by a hike in the commercial rate for the third consecutive year, after a majority of Clare county councillors supported the council’s controversial policy of rates harmonisation. Despite opposition from Ennis councillors and Kilrush Councillor Ian Lynch, rates harmonisation was supported by 17 votes to eight. Councillors also voted to approve the 2018 Budget Estimates by 17 votes to eight, after a two and a half hour meeting. Councillor Pat Hayes proposed the adoption of the estimates and this was seconded by Councillor Joe Cooney. According to the council, the latest increase amounts to 2.66% in Ennis in the annual rateable value and 3.94% in Kilrush. Chief executive officer Pat Dowling outlined that the Local Government Reform Act 2014 set out a process whereby the differences in rates multipliers between the former towns and the former county area have to be eliminated over time. This process commenced in 2016. At the same …

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EU grant for Clare maritime opportunities

Clare County Council has been granted funding close on €400,000 from the EU to lure young people into considering maritime-related careers. The local authority’s Social Development Directorate, through its remit to increase overall participation levels in sport and physical activity, has been awarded the EU Erasmus+ programme funding as part of the Atlantic Youth Project. “As the only Irish partner in the European-wide project, Clare County Council is tasked with encouraging and developing the maritime culture of young Europeans, through the practice of water sports and maritime education at school,” explained Tim Forde, head of sport and recreation with Clare County Council. “Over the three-year term of this project, the local authority will facilitate the involvement of a significant number of second level school children with opportunities to participate in water sports in our county, whilst also participating in organised maritime education opportunities that will be EU-funded.” Mr Forde and Liam Conneally, director of social development, Clare County Council, represented …

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Public lighting repairs at town estate

CLARE County Council is “putting safety first” by repairing public lighting at an Ennis housing estate. Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen has supported the local authority’s decision to repair the public lighting in the Mayard Estate on the Lahinch Road. “The lighting has been an ongoing issue for the residents in the estate, complicated somewhat by the ongoing process to have the estate taken in charge by Clare County Council,” said Deputy Breen. “Having worked with the residents of Mayard, which is part of the Shanballa Housing Development, I am only too aware of their concerns regarding the lack of public lighting, particularly with the onset of darker evenings as winter approaches. “I am delighted to receive notification that the local authority is putting safety first in this matter and have repaired the lights. It is now writing to the bondholders to advise that in the interest of public …

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