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80 new jobs at Shannon Technical Services

EIGHTY additional jobs are to be created by Shannon Free Zone aviation services company, Shannon Technical Services by the end of 2023. The jobs will be in operations, commercial/administraton and aviation technical services. Welcoming today’s announcement Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said; “It is very heartening to watch a company grow its market share to the extent that it can announce the delivery of such commendable employment levels for Shannon by the end of its fourth year in operation. “Shannon’s link with aviation is long-standing and to have a new nameplate operating from the Free Zone, whose leaders and employees have the industry experience and capability to make such an immediate impact in the global aviation market is most encouraging. “The support from the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, is an endorsement of the strength of the company. This announcement will provide valuable employment and job opportunities in the Mid-West region and in Dublin in a variety of aviation-focused disciplines. “News …

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Online planning applications on the way say Clare County Council

PEOPLE in Clare will soon be able to apply to build a house from the comfort of their couch, with plans in place for the introduction of online planning applications. It is expected that the new system will be implemented by Clare County Council next year. Councillor Cillian Murphy outlined the need for an online system to submit planning applications at the monthly meeting of the council. He described it as “crazy” that people prepare planning applications digitally on a computer before printing them out and travelling to the planning office, where they are then digitised again by scanning. He said this is a waste of resources, pointing out there would be environmental benefits if planning agents did not have to travel to the planning office. Councillor Donna McGettigan agreed that it “makes sense” to allow planning applications to be made online. Councillor Gerry Flynn stated that it “seems practical”, however he cautioned that not everybody has computer skills. “This …

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Record Number Of Clubs Confirm Participation In 2021 O’Gorman Cup

The 2021 GAA provincial championship draws were made this week, with the countdown now firmly on to the return of competitive action across the country. While no details are yet available as to when club players are allowed to return to training, it is believed that a date toward the end of May is being considered ahead of the Government’s next announcement in the roadmap to reopening the country. Ahead of that, there is something for club football players in Clare to look forward to after the draws were also made this week for the 2021 O’Gorman Cup. The competition, which has been played since 2006, is named in memory of the late John O’Gorman, who was a central figure in Clare GAA and beyond throughout his life. He was also a former officer of the Clare football and county boards. With club teams unlikely to see action in the championship until the autumn, this year has seen the biggest …

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Sean Hegarty

Sea giants to power the future

Turbines up to 300 metres high on massive floating platforms will be developed by ESB with experienced partners, reports Dan Danaher A NEW floating offshore windfarm of 1,400 megawatts will be developed off the coast of Clare and Kerry in two phases by ESB and joint venture partners, Equinor, a world leader in floating offshore wind technology. Once complete, the windfarm will be capable of powering more than 1.6 million homes in Ireland. Subject to the appropriate consents being granted, it is expected to be in production within the next decade. In an interview with the Clare Champion, Moneypoint station manager, Sean Hegarty said it is envisaged the new turbines will be constructed on an enormous floating concrete base weighing up to 15,000 tonnes, with the turbine built on a corner of the triangular structure. While the turbines in Peterhead off the UK coast, developed by ESB’s partners Equinor have a different base structure, he confirmed that, above the water, …

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Fewer than five new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Clare, as five day average drops to two

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of fewer than five additional cases of Covid-19 in Clare and 15 additional deaths related to Covid-19 nationally. Of the deaths notified today, two in April, three in March, six in February, four in January or earlier. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 56 to 90 years. There has been a total of 4,856* Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Tuesday, April 20, the HPSC has been notified of 401 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 244,695** confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 217 are men / 181 are women 73% are under 45 years of age The median age is 31 years old 182 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 31 in Donegal, 23 in Limerick, 22 in Cork and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 17 other counties.*** …

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Ennis Áras to turn teal in support of ovarian cancer day

CLARE County Council will light up Áras Contae an Chláir in teal next month to show its support for World Ovarian Cancer Day. At this month’s meeting of the local authority it was confirmed that the council’s headquarters would be lit up on May 8 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer which has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. The date also marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of the Clare Cancer Support Centre (Sláinte an Chlár) in Kilnamona. A joint motion requesting that Áras Contae an Chláir be lit up in honour of World Ovarian Cancer day while also acknowledging the anniversary of the Clare Cancer Support Centre was proposed by Councillors Clare Colleran Molloy, Susan Crawford and John Crowe. The council headquarters will join other high profile buildings nationwide in the action including the Mansion House, the National Concert Hall, the Titanic Building, Cork City Hall, UCC, NUIG, Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Councillor Colleran Molloy …

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‘Significant increase’ in breaches of domestic abuse court orders, JPC hears

ALCOHOL and drug use in the home have been blamed, in part, for what Clare’s Garda Chief Superintendent has described as “a very significant increase” in breaches of court orders in cases of domestic abuse. Outlining crime figures for January to March at the meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Chief Superintendent Seán Colleran noted a 43% rise in the breaches of barring orders, safety orders and protection orders issued by the courts to protect victims and families. The rise, from 21 breaches in the first quarter of last year to 30 to date in 2021, is in sharp contrast to a general drop across most crime categories during the pandemic. The chief superintendent also outlined an increase of 10% in the number of domestic disputes where no offence was disclosed. These rose from 92 incidents between January and March of last year to 101 in the same period in 2021. Concerns about domestic abuse during the pandemic were …

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Key Elements of €5 Billion Green Atlantic

THERE are four key elements to the multi-billion Euro Green Atlantic initiative announced by the ESB, which will result in the creation of a renewable energy hub in Moneypoint Power Station. The first part is renewable enablement. Work has already started on transforming Moneypoint into a green energy hub, breaking ground on a new €50m Sustainable System Support facility in the coming weeks. This new plant will provide a range of electrical services to the electricity grid which would previously have been supplied by thermal fired power stations. Its operation will enable higher volumes of renewables on the system. The second element is the creation of a floating off-shore wind farm of 1,400MW off the coast of Counties Clare and Kerry, which will be developed in two phases by ESB and joint venture partners, Equinor, a world leader in floating offshore wind technology. Once complete, the wind farm will be capable of powering more than 1.6m homes in Ireland. Subject …

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