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FG councillors support new coalition deal

A majority of Clare Fine Gael councillors support the current proposed national coalition of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party, according to the findings of a Clare Champion survey. Councillor Gabriel Keating said efforts should have been made to form a national government made up of a number of political parties last March. Stressing the need for a new government to be elected as quickly as possible, he is a little reluctant to give his full support for a Fianna Fáil (FF), Fine Gael (FG) and Green Party (GP) coalition as he doesn’t think this will be good for rural Ireland. Instead, he supports a coalition of these parties with Labour and a group of rural Independents like Michael McNamara, which he feels would be better able to deal with these challenging times. Councillor Johnny Flynn said he would not vote for any coalition deal with Fine Gael and Sinn Féin as he disagreed with some of their …

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“The unknown was the disaster for everyone”

THE Leaving Cert is one of the great Irish rites of passage but the class of 2020 will never negotiate it. It may not be ideal but Alan Cunningham, principal of St Caimin’s in Shannon, feels it is probably the least worst option at this stage. “Yeah, the unknown was the disaster for everyone. Taking into account everyone’s wellbeing, keeping them hanging until July 29, when it might not have happened either. They had to come up with some kind of plan and it is what it is now, we can all get on with it and see how it comes out the other end.” Some young people are happy with the idea of predicted grades, but not everyone is, he feels. “There’s a fair mix. You’d have some people delighted with it and some people who would feel they have a better chance on the day, with the paper. Every student has their individual way of looking at it. …

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charity walk raises €32,728 for Irish Motor Neurone Association

AN ARNACRUSHA-based charity organiser has revealed he is “overwhelmed” by the huge sum raised from a recent charity walk in memory of his mother and sister who died after contracting Motor Neurone Disease. Paraic Conlon initially set a fundraising target of €10,000 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). However, the Tulla native managed to raise more than treble this figure by collecting €32,728 following a charity walk in the 12 O’Clock Hills in Kilkishen thanks to tremendous support from a large group of family and friends. “A lot of extra people turned up for the walk and people who did walks later that day gave great donations. It hit a chord with a lot of people. A lot of people in the locality know people who have the disease. “Two days after the walk, I had collected €16,500 and I still had about 50 sponsorship cards to collect. The final amount blew my mind, it was so much. …

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The Clare weddings cancelled due to Covid-19

LONG planned weddings have had to be cancelled all over the county in recent months, much to the disappointment of those who had been all set to walk down the aisle. Amy Ryan from Quin had been due to marry Tommy Considine from Clooney in August but now those plans have been put on ice. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s not the end of the world but you put a lot of effort into planning it and then it kind of goes up in smoke,” says Amy. The couple have been together for nearly 11 years and she said that calling it off was the right option for them. “It’s gutting for everyone. We looked at what other people had done, getting married and Zoom and all that but we’re a bit traditional.” Prior to a recent address from the Taoiseach, when proposed phases of reopening the country had been laid out, they had still planned to go …

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10 additional Covid-19 deaths nationally

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that a total of 10 people with COVID-19 have died. There have now been a total 1,497 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of 11am today the HPSC was notified of 159 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 23,401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The total in Clare has increased by two to 308 cases. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday May 11 (23,144 cases), reveals: · 57% are female and 43% are male · the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years · 3,050 cases (13%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 389 cases have been admitted to ICU · 6,997 cases are associated with healthcare workers · Dublin has the highest number of cases at …

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One additional Covid-19 case in Clare

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed that a total of 24 people with COVID-19 have died. There have now been a total 1,488 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of 11am on Tuesday the HPSC has been notified of 107 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has been one new case in Clare bringing the total in this county to 306. There is now a total of 23,242 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday May 10 (23,089 cases), reveals: · 57% are female and 42% are male · the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years · 3,031 cases (13%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 386 cases have been admitted to ICU · 6,906 cases are associated with healthcare workers · …

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National Lottery

Winning Lotto ticket bought in Lissycasey

A family run store in Lissycasey has sold a winning Lotto ticket worth €4,041,306, the National Lottery has confirmed. This golden ticket was sold at Talty’s Mace Circle K in Lisseycasey, a village with a population of approximately 400 people. The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought in Talty’s Mace Circle K on the day of the draw (Saturday 9th May) and the National Lottery has confirmed that it is yet to hear from the lucky winner. Talty’s Mace Circle K is a well-known local business in the Lisseycasey area and has been run by the Talty family for almost half a century. Speaking on selling the golden ticket worth more than €4 million, Cathal Talty, owner of the store said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have sold the winning Lotto ticket. Since the weekend there was a lot of speculation locally about where the winning ticket was and then when the call came through from our National …

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15 additional Covid-19 deaths nationwide

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed that a total of 15 people with COVID-19 have died.  There have now been a total 1,467 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of 11am today the HPSC  was notified of 139 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two of those cases were in Clare, bringing the total in this county to 305. There is now a total of 23,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 9th May (22,894 cases), reveals: · 57% are female and 43% are male · the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years · 2,998 cases (13%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 383 cases have been admitted to ICU · 6,834 cases are associated with healthcare workers · Dublin has …

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