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Bunratty diaspora centre meeting stalled

CLARE County Council has passed the first selection stage, following a submission made to Fáilte Ireland, for Bunratty to be the location for the proposed National Diaspora Centre. However, the council is awaiting already postponed information meetings with Fáilte Ireland, which were due to take place at the end of July. It was envisaged in the circulated tender documentation that a meeting would take place between the selected county councils and Fáilte Ireland. Last March, the Government announced that it was seeking expressions of interest from potential partners to develop and operate a National Diaspora Centre. A Fáilte Ireland study had concluded that a diaspora centre could be viable and self-financing. The study found that a National Diaspora Centre has the potential to be a major tourism attraction, with particularly strong appeal for the Irish diaspora. However, the study found that it would also have to be of interest to people living in Ireland, as well as to overseas visitors, …

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Planning refused as ‘Mills graveyard comes under historical scrutiny

PLANNING permission has been refused to extend Kiluran Graveyard in O’Callaghan’s Mills, arising from the discovery of “significant archaeological features” at the site. The Kiluran Graveyard Committee submitted an application to Clare County Council, seeking to extend the existing graveyard, which is presently accessed by a right-of-way from the public road, with all associated site works, in February of this year. This week, Clare County Council refused the application on the basis that “it is considered that to permit the proposed development would injure or interfere with the historic remains and setting of the adjoining archaeological monuments”. On the file, Clare’s architectural conservation officer and archaeologist, Risteard Ua Cróinín, outlined that the existing graveyard is a recorded archaeological monument as an ecclesiastical complex. He highlighted that this complex included the remains of a medieval church, medieval graveyard and bullaun stone. He explained that under the Monuments Acts 1930 to 2004, no development may take place near the monument without the …

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Kildysart water problems continue

Water consumption restrictions on the Kildysart Public Water Supply scheme will remain in place until at least Tuesday next. On Tuesday last, approximately 1500 customers were advised, as a precautionary measure, that water on the scheme was not suitable for drinking due to the discolouration of the water caused by increased manganese levels. A Clare County Council spokesperson said, “At this stage the water quality has improved because of the ongoing modifications to the water treatment process. The general quality of the water is not yet at a satisfactory level and following consultation with the HSE it is advised that the water is not suitable for drinking until further notice.” The spokesperson continue,”In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group Water Supply should not use tap water until further notice except for the flushing of toilets, flushing of internal house plumbing systems, dishwashing, personal hygiene, and laundry as high …

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Water restrictions remain in place

WATER tankers will be on hand in Kildysart and Coolmeen once again today, as a water restriction and public drinking water alert remains in place. The HSE, in conjunction with Irish Water and Clare County Council, introduced the precautionary measure on Tuesday night, after higher levels of manganese were discovered in the  Kildysart Public Water Supply. Approximately 1500 customers of the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group Water Supply are affected by the water notice. Water tankers will be located at Kildysart Secondary School from 10am to 11am and 6pm to 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and at the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen from 12 noon to 1pm and 8pm to 9pm on Thursday and Friday. All users on the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group Water Supply are being advised not to use tap water until further notice except for the flushing of toilets, flushing of internal house plumbing systems, dishwashing and personal hygiene. Ice …

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Water supply alert in Kildysart

The HSE, in conjunction with Irish Water and Clare County Council, have advised that  the Kildysart public water supply is not suitable for drinking until further notice. Approximately 1,500 customers of the Kildysart public water supply and the Coolmeen group water supply are affected by the water notice. The precautionary measure has been  introduced due to water discolouration caused by increased manganese levels in the public water supply. Water will be provided via tankers at Kildysart Secondary School and outside the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen from 10am to 12 noon on this Wednesday. Water tankers will also  be located at the school from 10am to 11am and 6pm to 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and at the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen from 12 noon to 1pm and 8pm to 9pm on Thursday and Friday. People are advised to boil water obtained from tankers before consumption. A spokesperson for Clare County Council said, “In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Kildysart public water supply and …

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Asian family claim they are ‘victims of racism’

AN Asian family living in Shannon’s Cúl na Gréine housing estate claim they are victims of racism, having been verbally abused, assaulted and having had their house egged many times over several years. They have blasted Clare County Council claiming they have failed to respond to numerous complaints and that the racism has come from the local authority, as well as those behind the direct abuse. One family member said that assurances they were given when they arrived have not been honoured and that incidents of racism were ignored by the local authority. “We are here for seven or eight years, since this estate was built. We were the first tenants here and when we signed the lease, we were given an assurance that if there was any anti-social behaviour, the people involved would be evicted. It was in the terms and conditions. We thought it sounded good, we were naïve, we didn’t know that council estates could be like …

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Clohaninchy coastal works could be ‘years’ away

One of the communities worst hit in the January and February storms may have to wait years for permanent coastal protection works, it emerged this week. Clare County Council estimated in February that coastal protection works at Clohaninchy, near Quilty, would cost in the region of €4.7 million, the second highest cost of “remedial works” in an individual area in the county after Lahinch (€6.064m). This week, the Clohaninchy Action Committee received a letter from the office of the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works saying a new coastal protection project is not eligible for funding because money made available was for “repair” of damaged coastal protection infrastructure. The letter was in response to an email from committee chairman Michael Neenan to then Minister Brian Hayes, on May 14, reminding him of his visit to the area in January and requesting “favourable consideration” for funding for a structure to permanently protect homes and properties from future …

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Councillors call to have recruitment embargo lifted

CALLS were made to have the recruitment embargo on the employment of local authority workers lifted at a meeting of Clare County Council. Councillor Christy Curtin raised a motion calling for an update on staffing and budgetary matters arising from the newly established Municipal District Offices and Local Enterprise Office and Service Centre. Meanwhile, Councillor PJ Ryan asked the council to request the relevant minister to lift the embargo on the employment of local authority workers. Councillor Curtin asked for a time-frame for alignment of road engineering areas with municipal district areas and the implications for delivery of the road and allied infrastructural services. According to Eddie Power senior executive officer at the Human Resources Department of the council, the realignment of the five roads engineering areas to four roads engineering areas to coincide with the new Municipal Districts of Shannon, Ennis, West Clare and Killaloe has been completed. “An adjustment at operational level to the functional areas of SGSS’s …

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