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Councillor James Breen

Ennis Chamber seeks rates meeting

Ennis Chamber is seeking an independently facilitated meeting with Clare County Council to discuss the issue of the increase in commercial rates passed in the recent annual budget meeting of the local authority, and the further proposed increase for next year. This follows last week’s Day of Action by the Chamber when a large group of businesses gathered in the public gallery of Áras Contae an Chláir for the monthly meeting of Clare County Council to highlight their concerns about the rate changes. Ennis Chamber submitted a letter to the meeting and following interjections from Councillors PJ Kelly and Ann Norton as well as a number of attempts by Councillor Johnny Flynn and an adjournment, the letter was accepted by the meeting with Cathaoirleach James Breen agreeing to put it to County CEO Tom Coughlan for consideration. However according to a spokesperson for the business member organisation they are “concerned” that the local authority will “attempt to side step and …

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Clare dog warden retains post

Clare County Council has awarded a 24-month contract to Midland Animal Care Limited, from County Offaly, to run the Clare Dog Warden Service from January 1. The successful contractor has confirmed to the council its decision to maintain the current employment status of the existing dog warden and kennel assistant. The contract includes the management of dog control throughout Clare, and the running of the dog shelter at the Gort Road, Ennis. Kieran O’Donnell, Clare County Council’s procurement unit, said, “Midland Animal Care Limited met all of the criteria which the council set out in its tender process. Midland Animal Care Limited is also running both the Offaly and Roscommon Dog Warden Services and therefore, has an established track record.” James Barry, senior staff officer, environment directorate, added, “Clare County Council is confident of a seamless transition from the ISPCA to Midland Animal Care Limited. The council acknowledges the role played by ISPCA in operating the service since the opening of the …

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Flood risk maps on display

DRAFT maps produced by the OPW to identify and prioritise the most feasible solutions to managing Ireland’s flood risk will remain on public display at Áras Contae an Chláir, in Ennis until Wednesday, December 23. The maps, which form part of the Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme, have been drafted following surveying and modelling of 6,700 km of watercourse throughout Ireland. The areas featured are typically communities, large and small, where flood risk is concentrated. The majority of the areas are at risk from fluvial (river) and tidal sources. The main flood maps being published under the statutory public consultation are available to view at Áras Contae an Chláir and on the individual CFRAM project websites, accessible via www.cfram.ie. Members of the public wishing to make a comment or observation to the OPW on the flood maps may do so before the deadline of close of business on December 23. People whose land and property is shown to be within one of the three …

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French ambassador visits Clare

The French Ambassador, Jean Pierre Thebault today (Monday) made a courtesy visit to Aras Contae an Chlair where the potential for ongoing engagement between County Clare and France was discussed. The Ambassador undertook to visit the county again in the near future for a more detailed discussion on the tourism, food and hospitality sectors in particular. He also expressed a keen interest in engaging in relation to Shannon International Airport and exploring the potential for further links with France. The Ambassador also visited Kilmaley National School in response to a message of condolence sent to him following the terrorist attack in Paris in which 129 people died. The puplis noted that this represented almost the same number on the roll in their school.  

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Severe flood warning issued for all County Clare

Clare County Council has issued a severe flood warning for all of County Clare in advance of a potential period of heavy rainfall during Saturday. The Council says a combination of anticipated heavy rainfall (50-80mm), elevated water levels in waterways, saturated ground, spring tides and strong winds is likely to result in localised flooding in many areas. The Council said river levels throughout the County are approaching levels experienced in November 2009 and weather patterns over the next 48 hours will determine whether those levels are likely to be exceeded. Businesses, householders and other property owners who have experienced flooding in the past are being urged to operate on the basis of a very high level of alert. The Council will operate an Emergency Helpline during Saturday to accommodate members of the public wishing to report blocked roads and flooding. If required, a Crisis Management Team will also be established at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, on Saturday. …

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Councillor James Breen

Draft county development plan on display

Clare county councillors have unanimously backed the preparation of a new six-year strategy for the future development of the county. The Draft Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023, the seventh such plan developed in Clare since 1964, sets out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the functional area of Clare County Council. Once adopted, the plan will replace the existing Clare County Development Plan (2011-2017), the Kilrush Town & Environs Development Plan (2014-2020) and the Ennis & Environs Development Plan (2008-2014). The draft plan goes on public display throughout the county today (Tuesday) until February 29, 2016, which also is the closing date for receipt of public submissions. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, James Breen outlined the importance of everybody taking the opportunity to review the draft plan and having a direct input in the future economic and social development of the county. Councillor Breen added, “My colleagues on Clare County Council and I are committed to working …

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New arts development plan

A NEW County Arts Development Plan, which aims to build on the progress made by the local arts sector in recent years, is being prepared. Submissions from interested parties are being invited by the Clare County Arts Office to the proposed plan, the development of which coincides with the development of a National Cultural Policy by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It also follows the recent launch of The ArtsCouncil’s new 10-year strategy. The Clare County Arts Office says it will be reflecting on the work done over the last number of years in the county and looking forward to help further sustain and develop such work. Siobhán Mulcahy, county arts officer, said, “The aims in the previous plan have stood us in good stead over the last number of years, but we welcome this opportunity to review them and to create tangible objectives, plans and policies that will continue to place County Clare as a leader in …

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Work begins on Ennis market rejuvenation

WORK on revamping Ennis’ market to include a new “iconic” covered building for traders has now begun in the town centre. It is expected that the new market will be ready in time to be showcased to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will flock to Ennis for next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Construction work has started on the Ennis Market Rejuvenation Project with a finish date of July 2016 for phase one of the redevelopment of the market at Garraunakilla. The new market will have room for 25 stalls, made up of internal covered areas and also space for stalls in the courtyard outside. The actual number of stalls for each market will vary, depending on the size of the stalls to be accommodated. According to the council, the allocation of stalls will be done through an open process and following discussion with market traders and other interested parties. Speaking to The Clare Champion at the site …

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