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Mayor odds favour Ennis councillors

Seven out of the eight Clare County Councillors elected to the Ennis area will hold the title of mayor over the coming five years, it emerged this week. Fine Gael’s John Crowe, from the Shannon Municipal District, was elected Clare’s first citizen on Friday, after days of negotiations between his party, Fianna Fáil and the technical group made up of independents and the local authority’s only Sinn Féin member. The Sixmilebridge man will be the only Fine Gael mayor of Clare during this council term. However, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, the only municipal area where the title of the chairperson is ‘mayor’, Fine Gael’s Johnny Flynn was elected as Mayor of Ennis. This is due to the fact that Ennis has a population in excess of 20,000. His fellow Ennis councillors, Independent James Breen and Fianna Fáil’s Tom McNamara, will both hold the county’s first-citizen role during this five-year term. The Mayor of Ennis position will …

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Johnny Flynn elected Mayor of Ennis

Fine Gael councillor, Johnny Flynn is the new Mayor of Ennis.  He was elected to the position at the inaugural meeting of the Ennis Municipal District on Tuesday afternoon. While the position of mayor has been abolished in most towns, it can be retained in towns where the population is in excesss of  20,000. The other council members in the Ennis area include Mary Howard and Paul Murphy of Fine Gael, Tom McNamara, Pat Daly and Clare Colleran of Fianna Fáil and Independents, James Breen and Ann Norton. Councillor James Breen was elected as deputy mayor on the proposal of Councillor Tom McNamara and seconded by Councillor Pat Daly. Mayor Flynn said he was “proud” to be elected as the new mayor for the newly aligned municipal district and said he would be “impartial” and treat its members with respect throughout his term. He paid tribute to his family, who were there to support him at the council chamber, and …

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Kilmaley centre seeks HSE funds

By Dan Danaher Exclusive THE HSE holds the key to unlocking the full potential of a unique €4.73 million elderly care complex in Kilmaley. A second development of 12 homes for independent living for senior citizens in Kilmaley, costing €2.26 million, will be unveiled during an open day this Sunday. These new houses bring to 24 the total number of housing units being provided adjacent to the existing €670,000 Kilmaley Daycare and Health Centre. The purpose-built, state-of-the art units include two bedrooms, kitchen/living room, store room, toilet and shower room. The first 12 houses were built at a cost of about €1.8 million. Developed by Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association Ltd (KVHA) and funded by the Department of Environment, with a 5% local contribution, KVHA has devised an innovative cost-effective proposal that would transform the existing residential care from independent to assisted living. It has requested the HSE to provide €250,000 annually, to cover the cost of five new staff members, …

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