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Clare jobs boom as number signing on declines

THE numbers signing on in Clare have dipped by more than 1,000 over the last year, with near full employment apparently here once again. Figures this week show there were 4,646 signing on around the county last month, the lowest monthly number since November 2007. Clare’s economy has been on an often uncomfortable rollercoaster since then but the indications are it is now back in good, and indeed still improving, health. Charlie Sexton of CS Fish, which operates in Ennis and Doonbeg, said that labour shortages are starting to become a problem. “Every business would say now that they can’t get workers; every restaurant and hotel in the country would probably say it and we’re the same ourselves.” He feels that but for the impact of Eastern European labour, many more businesses would be struggling to have the staff they need. Derek Barrett runs Shannon company Peach Recruitment, which sources workers for companies across a variety of industries, and he …

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Council issue Storm Hannah advice

CLARE County Council is asking members of the public to stay indoors and to avoid all travel from 8pm to 11.00pm tonight after Met Éireann issued a red level warning for Clare. Met Éireann says north-westerly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with violent gusts of 130 to 150 km/h for a time this evening. The most severe winds will gradually ease as the night goes on.  A Status Orange Wind warning for Clare will be in effect from 4pm to 8pm this evening and again from 11pm tonight until 1am tomorrow morning. The local authority is urging the public not to travel during the red level warning period tonight and says that overnight travel thereafter should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.  Organisers of events taking place in Clare this evening are being advised to postpone events in the interests of public safety due. Clare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will continue …

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Status Red alert for Clare as Storm Hannah hits

MET Éireann has issued a Status Red warning for Clare from 8pm to 11pm this (Friday) evening. Storm Hannah is due to peak this evening with gusts of 150km per hour expected along the western seaboard. This is the fifth alert issued in relation to Storm Hannah. People are advised to stay indoors and not to drive during the alert.  

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London most important link for Shannon

MORE than one-third of Shannon’s passengers last year were people going to or coming from London. New figures from the CSO show that Heathrow was Shannon’s busiest route in 2018, with 276,236 travelling to and from what is one of the world’s greatest hub airports. Another 203,000 travelled to and from Stansted and another 117,326 to and from Gatwick. That adds up to 596,562 travelling between Shannon and London. Overall, Shannon had 1,677,661 passengers over the course of 2018, meaning 35.5% of the passengers were going to and from London. With another 85,000 travelling to and from Manchester, it is very clear that a relatively good outcome for Brexit is very important for Shannon. While the CSO figures for Shannon are somewhat different from others released earlier this year, this is because these statistics do not include passengers on transit flights. The busiest transatlantic route was New York, with more than 118,000 travelling to and from JFK. January and February …

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Tina Kenneally and Fiona Moloney, mothers of Shay and Jack holding the new rugby cup at the Ennis Rugby Club. Photograph by Paul Corey.

Brothers in Arms Legacy Lives On

TWO Ennis families will come together, a year on from Ennis Rugby Club’s U-15s North Munster Cup win, to present a newly-established Brothers in Arms Cup dedicated in memory of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. On April 28, ahead of the first anniversary of Jack and Shay’s tragic passing as they enjoyed the summer sunshine swimming in Ennis, the Kenneally and Moloney families will join in solidarity to present the cup to the new U-15s champions.Coaches Eamon Connaughton and Pádraig Brennan decided to dedicate a new North Munster Cup in memory of the two players, who are deeply missed but never forgotten. Shay’s mother Fiona said, “The cup means so much to us as a family; it is lovely. We were so involved.Most of my Sundays for years were spent on the sideline, so it was like they were all my children. Shay’s favourite things were family, rugby and friends and they were one family. It’s beautiful to have Brothers in …

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Clinical Directors of UL Hospitals Group issue open letter to the Mid West

THE clinical directors of the UL Hospitals Group have written an open letter to the people of the Mid-West, in which they call for “a great collaborative effort”, to improve services in the region. The standard of service provided to the people of the Mid- West has been under fire in recent weeks, after record-breaking numbers on trolleys were recorded at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). From Monday to Thursday this week, more patients were waiting for a bed at UHL than at any other Irish hospital. The letter states, “In recent years, our main acute hospital, UHL, has experienced serious challenges in providing enough inpatient beds for the acutely-ill patients that have presented to our Emergency Department (ED). These shortages have led to unacceptable numbers of elderly and frail patients waiting for far too long in the ED for a bed in the hospital. “The experience of some of these patients has been very bad. We profoundly regret that this …

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Man’s body recovered

THE body of a man has been recovered from the Shannon Estuary. The body was found while a search was being carried out for a Sixmilebridge man on Friday morning. The search was launched when John O’Gorman, who was last seen on Wednesday evening, failed to return home. Two fishermen found the body about 8km south-west of Shannon Airport. The body was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem.

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