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Protest to target maternity hospital

THE Irish Birth Movement has announced a protest for the easing of maternity restrictions outside University Maternity Hospital, Limerick next week. A group of women, including mothers, midwives, doulas and other birth activists are protesting at various locations nationwide. They have organised these protests as a response to the apparent negligence of a roadmap for when maternity restrictions will be eased as the rest of society reopens. Their Mid-West protest is planned for May 16 at 12pm following their claim a woman has a right to her chosen partner’s presence throughout the duration of her pregnancy, labour, and birth in line with the World Health Organisations guidelines. The group stresses that partners are not visitors – rather they are an essential part of the process and support needs of the woman. “The restrictions come at a high cost: international research has documented that maternity restrictions cause great concern for many women and contribute to a significant rise in perinatal mental …

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Clare junior camogie team ready for road to redemption

Littlewoods National Camogie League Division 3 Group 2 Round 1 Limerick v Clare at Kilmallock, 2pm (John Horgan, Cork) DRIVEN by a valid sense of injustice having been unceremoniously ejected from last year’s All-Ireland Premier Junior Champion-ship, Clare are determined to cherish every minute of this year’s season. After contesting the 2019 All-Ireland Semi-Finals against eventual champions Kerry in Cusack Park, Clare harboured legitimate hopes of a historic breakthrough with their second team. However, with the tightening of government restrictions dictating that only one team per county would be permitted to field in the All-Ireland Camogie Championships, the Banner’s 2020 hopes fell on stony ground. Coming only days after a rousing opening group victory over Offaly, it was a devastating means of bowing out of the campaign according to joint-manager Ann-Marie McGann. “It was quite a sickener I can tell you. We really thought that we could go far in the championship so to see Armagh winning it, a team …

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Lahinch houses on hold over concerns about infrastructure

CLARE County Council has put plans for a large housing development in Lahinch on hold amid concerns about its impact on local infrastructure. The local authority has sought further information from developer Victoria Cross Limited which applied for planning permission to Clare County Council to construct 28 new houses at Station Road, Lahinch. The proposed development would consist of two two-storey dwelling houses, eight dormer dwelling houses and 17 single storey dwelling houses In its request for further information, the local planning authority has requested the company to submit a detailed hydrological assessment of the catchment area by a suitably qualified hydrologist. Having regard to the pattern of surface and ground water drainage on site and within the vicinity of the site, the planning authority isn’t satisfied that the description of the hydrological aspects of the site and surroundings set out in the Natura Impact Statement is accurate. The authority requested a revised NIS with accurate current information regarding the …

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Two arrested and cash, weapons and suspected drugs seized following Garda searches

SHORTLY after 10am this morning, uniform Gardaí in Ennistymon, assisted by the Garda Dog Unit, Armed Support Unit, the Divisional Drugs Unit, Customs Revenue Officers and Social Welfare Inspectors, executed a number of search warrants in the Ennistymon area. During the course of the operation Gardaí seized €40,000 of suspected cannabis herb and a sum of cash believed to be in the region of €20,000. Gardaí also seized two suspected imitation firearms, slash hooks, knives, hatchets and a baton. Two men, aged in their 20s and 50s, were arrested and are currently detained at Kilrush Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. The suspected drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.

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Tough opener for Clare against high-flying Galway team

National Camogie League Division 1 Group 1 Round 1 Galway v Clare at Athenry, Saturday 2pm (John Dermody, Westmeath) WITHOUT a competitive or even a challenge match in six months, Clare’s league campaign begins with a baptism of fire on Saturday against a Galway side they have found increasingly difficult to keep pace with in recent years. That is all to do with Galway’s elevated development path that has now positioned them in the top two teams in the country along-side current champions Kilkenny. Cathal Murray’s side have contested the last two All-Ireland Finals and famously secured a first ever National League and Championship double in 2019, albeit with the assistance of current Clare coach Conor Dolan. Indeed, Dolan’s addition to Clare’s backroom team is not just insightful when facing Galway but it would have been interesting to see how the season would have panned out had Covid not darkened our doors in 2020. After all, by the time the …

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Clare gardaí seek information after money stolen from tills

MONEY was stolen from the till of the East Clare Golf Club last week after entry was gained by force. The sum of money was stolen sometime between 7pm on Wednesday, May 5 and 7am the following morning. “If anyone was in the area on the night of Wednesday into Thursday Morning, 7pm to 7am May 5 to 6 and saw anything suspicious or may have information, we are asking them to contact Killaloe Garda Station on 061-620540,” said Clare Victim Liaison Officer Garda Siobhán Madden. Meanwhile in a separate incident in Quin at 3.30am on Sunday morning, May 9 the alarm was activated at the Tailor And Blue Coffee Shop on Main Street. Entry was gained by forcing the front door and the daily float containing cash was stolen. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious which may assist gardaí in their enquiries to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-6848100.

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Clare Vaccination Centres Administer 10,171 Vaccines In One Week

MORE than 10,000 vaccine doses against Covid-19 were administered in two Clare mass vaccination centres over a one-week period, according to official figures. The UL Hospitals’ Group has confirmed a total of 10,171 vaccine doses were administered between the Radisson Blu, Meelick 7,267 and Treacy’s West County, Ennis, 2,904 sites from May 2 to May 9. Up to close of business on Sunday May 9th, Group vaccinators had administered a total of 57,573 Covid-19 vaccine doses across the Mid-West. This regional total is composed of 51,777 Dose One and 5,796 Dose Two vaccinations Doses administered at the three Mid-West Vaccination Centres in the Radisson Blu, West County Ennis and Abbey Court Nenagh to that point in time, account for 69% of the overall regional total, with 39,730 doses having been delivered there. Last week, Week 18 of the programme, was the busiest to date. Between Sunday May 2nd and close of business on Saturday May 8th, 11,406 doses were delivered …

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Crowe resigns from Ireland-Israel parliamentary friendship committee

CLARE Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe has tendered his resignation from the Ireland-Israel parliamentary friendship committee in protest against Israeli state aggression in the disputed Gaza Strip/West Bank region and in solidarity with those impacted by this action. “I have contacted the Ceann Comhairle’s office this afternoon to inform him of my intentions to resign from the Ireland-Israel parliamentary friendship committee with immediate effect,” said Deputy Crowe. “I am doing so in protest against continued Israeli aggression and incursions into disputed parts of the Gaza Strip. “In recent days, there has been a huge escalation of violence in the Gaza area with rockets being fired by both militant fighters on the Palestinian side and the Israeli Armed Forces. “I don’t condone what either side is doing but I think the root cause of this latest ignition of violence has been works to create a new Israeli settlement in the disputed land earlier this month. “The Israeli government has acted very …

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