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Ennis protest over health crisis

THE Friends of Ennis Hospital/Shannondoc group are planning a protest for Sunday, May 5, at 3pm. The group also say that some 2,000 people have signed its petition, looking for full A&E services in Ennis to be restored. Sunday’s protest is one of three planned across the region in the coming days, as public anger about the trolley crisis at University Hospital Limerick continues. “Our friends in Nenagh are arranging a protest on Friday, May 3, we will be sending representatives to Nenagh to lend our support. There is a protest planned for 1pm on Saturday, May 4 at City Hall, Limerick in relation to the ongoing crisis in UHL and we are sending a speaker to that meeting too. “We have several speakers lined up for Sunday who have personal experience of the horrors of UHL’s emergency department. We will also be reading into the public record a list of the local election candidates who have refused to sign …

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Trump Doonbeg hit by Storm Hannah

TWO holes at Trump International in Doonbeg have been adversely affected overnight by Storm Hannah. Sand from Doughmore Beach has covered holes one and 18 from tee to green. Work is ongoing today (Saturday) on the holes. The course is closed today as a result. Trump Doonbeg is currently seeking the go ahead from Clare County Council to proceed with coastal protection works. The resort was hit by significant flooding in 2014, which closed several holes for a number of months. Peter O’Connell

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Son’s wish to help inspired Lucy’s writing

WRITING about her experiences and feelings has been one of the most significant factors in Lucy Dineen coping since the sudden death of her son Robert on May 8, 2015, at just 25 years of age. Some time afterwards, Lucy and her husband Gerard walked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to help them come to a greater understanding of their loss and Lucy kept a diary of her 38-day journey, which forms the basis of her book My Camino Through Grief. Speaking this week, as Robert’s fourth anniversary nears, Lucy, who now lives in Carrigaholt, says, “He had a long term illness. He had seizures and we struggled with what they were. We don’t know if the seizures brought on psychological problems as well. He suffered every year of his life really, from the age of 10. It was pretty much hope that kept us going every year until he died. He died in his sleep having one …

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Update: Storm Hannah hitting Clare

AT 10.30pm tonight, Storm Hannah is still hitting Clare hard. Shannon Airport has seen flights cancelled, while the Ryanair flight from East Midlands in the UK, which was due to land at 8.45pm, had to divert to Dublin, such were the weather conditions. The fire service in the Shannon area is working to remove a number of fallen trees and debris on roads, while units in Scariff, Killaloe and Kilrush have also been deployed to keep roads clear. Although a tree has fallen on the N67 near Crags Bridge, two miles from Lahinch, personnel are not in a position to remove it at the current time. Power outages have been reported in the west of the county, at locations including Quilty, Tullabrack and Miltown, while a wind speed of 153 kilometres per hour was recorded at Moneypoint. The public are asked to remain indoors and avoid travel until after the storm has cleared.

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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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