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“Wrong, insensitive and needless”-tweets mean Forde won’t chair Shannon Group

JUST after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon it seemed that the six month wait for a new chairperson of Shannon Group was about to end, with the announcement that agri businessman Aaron Forde would be appointed. However less than seven hours later there had been a sensational U turn, after details of tweets written by Mr Forde emerged. On Tuesday evening the Department of Transport released a statement saying that Minister Eamon Ryan would not proceed with the appointment and that in a phone call to Mr Forde, the Minister had indicated to him that his “use of social media was below the standard expected of the chairperson of a State board”. While Mr Forde’s Twitter account has been deleted, some of his tweets are being shared widely. In one, he wrote a reply to a news story about the introduction of public Services Cards and asked “Do the knackers who are collecting multiple SW payments have one?” In another tweet …

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Clare people urged to take part in project marking 100 years of Irish policing

THE Garda Síochána Retired Members Association have made an appeal to the people of Clare to get involved in a new project ahead of next year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the service. The project, ‘Capturing our History – an Oral History of An Garda Síochána 1922-2022’ will record and capture the oral living history policing in modern times. It will also seek to add to the lore of recorded history of Irish policing. A spokesperson commented, “Our appeal is to all retired members, serving members of the Garda Síochána, their families and the wider public for their participation in this worthwhile event. They possess photographs, records and memories/recollections of their service across the length and breadth of Ireland especially in some notable and dark times in the turbulent history of our Nation. It’s vital that this unique history is not lost.” The GSRMA is a national association of retired Gardaí and widows in Ireland and …

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High Profile Banner Business Men Commit To Forming New Committee For Clare GAA

A seven strong committee of high profile Clare men will be proposed to clubs at next Tuesday evening’s meeting of Clare GAA to develop a new strategic plan for the future of Gaelic Games in the county. The Clare Champion understands that the names being proposed are: Ennis native Tony Garry, (former CEO of Davy Stockbrokers) Clarecastle’s Mark O’Connell (CEO of Repucon Consulting) Parteen man Conor Gilligan (CEO of Roadbridge) Ogonnelloe’s Colin Kelly (CEO of Gyrogy) Eoin Conroy of Barefield (CEO of Titan Experience) Ennis man Eoin Doohan (Managing Director of DFP Group Enda Connolly of Ennis (Managing Director of CMP Investment Partners) All seven have committed to taking on the tasks identified by the Eire Óg Inis motion which was first brought to Convention in December, and was due to be discussed clubs this Friday evening at the first meeting of 2021. That meeting was postponed and will now be held on Tuesday evening next at 6.30pm. The club …

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“We Have To See Numbers Going Down Massively Before We Can Even Discuss What Is Going To Happen Next”

Derrick Lynch Clare football boss Colm Collins is aiming to have a new coach for his panel confirmed at the end of this month. It follows the departure of Brian Carson who had spent two years in the role, with the UL lecturer outlining that personal and professional opportunities for the coming year were behind his decision to step away. The remainder of the backroom team have committed to another season alongside the Kilmihil native, but the date for when that season will begin is currently up in the air. The announcement by the GAA that all activity would be suspended until at least April means that a major redrafting of the fixtures schedule is now on the cards, with a repeat of last year’s schedule which saw the club championships run before the intercounty championship the most likely outcome. Collins, who is also the manager of last years beaten Clare senior football finalists Cratloe, outlined that his preference would …

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16 new cases of Covid-19 in Clare brings 14-day total to 172

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 16 new Covid-19 cases in Clare while there have been 47 additional deaths related to Covid-19. 44 of these deaths occurred in February, 2 occurred in January and 1 in December. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 51 – 99 years. There has been a total of 4,082 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Wednesday, February 17, the HPSC has been notified of 901 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 212,647 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 473 are men / 422 are women 65% are under 45 years of age The median age is 36 years old 437 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 43 in Galway, 39 in Kildare, 32 in Meath and the remaining 301 cases are spread across all other counties. As of 8am today, 771 Covid-19 …

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Clare GAA Chair Dismisses Social Media Rumours Ahead Of First Meeting Of 2021

Derrick Lynch The first meeting of Clare GAA in 2021 will be held virtually this Friday night with motions carried over from December’s Convention expected to be discussed. Among them is a motion from Eire Óg, with the Ennis club calling for Clare GAA to “establish an independent committee to develop a five year strategic plan”. It detailed that the committee should consist of five people who are independent of the county board, and drawn from business and commercial interests with a strong record of commitment and involvement in the GAA. The key areas identified for the committee to focus on are finance and fundraising, optimisation of the Centre of Excellence at Caherlohan and other facilities, Coaching and Games Development, Governance, Public Relations along with marketing and social media. The motion was the brainchild of former Clare minor coach Niall O’Connor, who had also urged clubs to make their voices heard at this Friday night’s meeting. A similar motion from …

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Shannon Group tells workers it will restore 20 percent pay cut once passenger numbers top one million

THE Shannon Group has stated that it will restore a unilateral 20% pay cut imposed on its workforce once airport passenger numbers reach one million. However, any pay restoration may not be until the second half of 2022 before Shannon Airport will reach the one million target. This follows the Shannon Group telling the Labour Court that it currently estimates that passenger numbers for 2021 for Shannon Airport will be well short of one million and will reach 600,000 due to the Covid-19 pandemic impact. At the court, the Shannon Group revealed that passenger numbers collapsed last year to 360,000 from 1.72m in 2019. Unions representing 160 workers at all grades and including Airport Police and firefighters have rejected the offer by the Shannon Group to restore the 20percent pay-cut once passenger numbers top one million. At the Labour Court, unions were seeking restoration of the 20 percent pay-cut imposed last year and a plan to return the monies deducted since …

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Full programme for 15th Ennis Book Club Festival launched

THE full programme for the 15th Ennis Book Club Festival was announced this week. This year’s festival will be a hybrid of online events in March with live events taking place in April and September. As always Ennis Book Club Festival 2021 will offer opportunities to engage with favourite authors and features an additional programme of events for younger readers. While the festival cannot welcome book lovers to Ennis this March as ever, it will provide plenty of events to stimulate discussion and inspire reading, from the comfort of the couch. Commenting on the programme for the 2021 Ennis Book Club Festival, Artistic Director Dani Gill, says, “We have had to re-imagine the festival several times this year with the changing circumstances, and while people are having to remain at home, we hope that at least, there have been some good books on the go, and that people will engage with our online offerings next month. “A lot of work …

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