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Roche confirms closure after new deal fails

Hundreds of workers in a Clarecastle pharmaceutical manufacturing facility have been left reeling after talks to copperfasten an expected takeover by another global giant ended unsuccessfully. Roche Ireland has confirmed that negotiations for the transfer of the Clarecastle manufacturing site to a global pharma services company have ended without an agreement following a rigorous examination. As announced in November 2015, production at Clarecastle will cease in a phased approach currently estimated to be completed between 2018 and 2019 when the company will exit the site. Roche will now enter into formal consultation with employees and their representatives about the planned closure of the site. Barring a new deal with another global giant, the closure will cost the local economy an estimated €20 million in direct and indirect jobs. Workers were informed about the unsuccessful end to negotiations at a meeting in the Clarecastle facility on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, the company said it is …

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New twist on Clarecastle petrol station plan

AN appeal against Clare County Council’s refusal of planning permission for the redevelopment of a filling station in Clarecastle has been withdrawn. Plans for the redevelopment of the existing Maxol filling station on the Ennis Road were earlier this year refused permission by Clare County Council, who found that the proposal could “endanger public safety” and have an “adverse impact” on the vitality of Ennis and Clarecastle. Maxol Ltd had looked to redevelop its existing filling station on the Ennis Road in Clarecastle, which they said would lead to the creation of 12 to 15 jobs. While the appeal has been withdrawn, Maxol are open to submitting a new development proposal for consideration by the planning authority. The original proposed development would have included the demolition of the existing forecourt building, canopy, fuel tanks and all associated structures at the station. It was also proposed to demolish an adjoining disused dwelling, associated sheds, boundary walls and structures. Under the plans, …

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Bus route could be worth €200,000 a year

A BUS route running from Clarecastle to Ennis could be worth €200,000 a year to an operator, it has been claimed as the pedal is being put back on efforts to initiate a service. Councillor Johnny Flynn, at this week’s meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, urged that the Minister for Transport and the National Transport Agency support any licence application to initiate a trial bus route from Clarecastle through Ennis and on to the Gort Road Business Park. According to Councillor Flynn, this could have the potential to become phase one of “an important transport option” for students, residents, visitors and workers in Ennis. He outlined that a feasibility study had been carried out by Ennis Town Council into the possibility of running a service. “The work was done but the collapse of the economy put a stop to it,” he said. According to the councillor, the proposed route has 1,300 students and 1,695 workers living and potentially travelling …

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Zoe on top of the world

A Clarecastle woman has danced her way to the top of the world. Zoe Griffin has been named senior ladies champion at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow. “I’m delighted, this is always something that I wanted to do and I couldn’t believe it when it happened. When I went to the competition I was aiming for top five but to win, I’m just delighted,” the 21-year-old told The Clare Champion. Zoe was just three-weeks-old when she first visited Scoil Uí Ruairc School of Irish Dancing accompanying her older sister Sonya. “I’m part of the furniture now,” she laughs. She explains, “My sister was a dancer so I just went with her. She was eight and I was only a baby then, I suppose I was born into it.” Zoe was among the 14 solo qualifiers and a céilí team from Scoil Uí Ruairc to compete in Glasgow. Collectively, the dance school have brought home a world championship, two …

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Clarecastle filling station plans halted

CLARE County Council has put the brakes on plans to redevelop a filling station in Clarecastle, saying the proposal could “endanger public safety” and have an “adverse impact” on the vitality of Ennis and Clarecastle. Maxol Ltd had looked to redevelop its existing filling station on the Ennis Road in Clarecastle, which they said would include the creation of 12 to 15 jobs. Plans included the demolition of the existing forecourt building, canopy, fuel tanks and all associated structures at the station. It was also proposed to demolish an adjoining disused dwelling, associated sheds, boundary walls and structures. Under the plans, a new forecourt would have been provided with a 100m2 shop, including off licence. It was also proposed to have a self-service food and seating area. However, the plans have been refused by Clare County Council. The planning authority stated, “It is considered that the proposed development would have an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Ennis …

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Council seeks plan for unfinished Clarecastle development

Clare County Council has formally asked Grant Thornton, the receivers of the unfinished development at Cois Fhorgais in Clarecastle village, to furnish their plans for the site. The development, which is known locally as Devine’s Field, has been in a state of disrepair for several years. Local Fine Gael Deputy Joe Carey has been advised by the council’s planning department that they recently carried out an inspection of the unfinished development at Cois Fhorgais, Clarecastle and had written to the receivers, Grant Thornton, with reference to the long-term resolution of the site and current issues therein which require immediate attention. “As you are aware, the above site is listed on the Register of Unfinished Housing Developments and it is noted that little or no recent works have been carried out on the site to rectify the situation. There is currently a live extension of planning permission on the site, which will expire in April 2016. Consequently, the planning authority has requested the …

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Roche worth €20 million to economy

  The closure of Roche Ireland would result in an estimated loss of €20 million annually for the Clare economy, according to Ennis Chamber. In the event that Roche Ireland does not secure a new buyer for the purchase of the Clarecastle pharmaceutical factory as a going concern, Ennis Chamber has warned that closure of the plant would result in the loss of 240 people who are directly employed and hundreds of other people employed as contractors who are local suppliers to the facility. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, the chamber estimated that a closure of this magnitude and the loss of direct and indirect jobs would result in a loss of €20 million annually for the Clare economy. The chamber is calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton as well as the IDA to intervene in the proposed exit of Roche from their site in Clarecastle. Speaking about the announcement, Ennis Chamber …

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Roche confirms shock closure

More than 240 Roche employees have been left reeling following the shock closure of its small molecules manufacturing site in Clarecastle. Roche, which is one of the biggest employers in Clare, today informed employees at its over of its intention to exit the site. The closure has been described as a “black day for Clarecastle and Clare” by Clare Fine Gael Deputy Joe Carey in view of the hundreds of jobs that are directly and indirectly linked to the factory. According to Deputy Carey, Roche has a three-year timeframe for the closure of the plant. “Today is a very difficult day for everyone on site. Clarecastle has been a significant and successful manufacturing site since 1974 and the proposal for Roche to exit the site is in no way a reflection on the performance of the people or the site,” according to Gerry Cahill, Managing Director, Roche Ireland Limited. “We will do our utmost to support our colleagues during this transition.” …

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