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WATCH: CGI video offers glimpse of new €8m Shannon development

SHANNON Group has begun work on its latest commercial property development worth €8 million which will generate over 100 jobs during construction. It is on a multi-use industrial space spanning over 60,000 sq ft, located in the Free Zone. The project will take ten months to complete and will be constructed to international standards providing high energy performance from renewable sources, known as a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB). The new building is designed for both FDI and Irish enterprises seeking high-end multi-functional space, and is suitable for manufacturing, industrial and R&D use. It can be leased as either one unit, three separate commercial units (20,000 sq ft each), or two units at 40,000 sq ft and 20,000 sq ft respectively. Limerick company Nautic Building Co Limited have been appointed as the main contractor. Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said: “We have now started work on the next phase of our property development solution offerings, having completed major infrastructure upgrades …

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No grounding high-flying Clare aviation company

EMPLOYMENT in a Shannon aviation company will more than treble over a six year-period from this Friday when a new takeover of a neighbouring business takes off. Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) employs 320 in its existing hangar, 120 in its UK base and will take on about 300 new employees from Lufthansa Technik. The new hangar, which is almost three times the size of the AAG building, can accommodate nine narrow body Ryanair sized aircraft or two wide body and four narrow body aircraft. Back in April 2015, when investor Patrick Jordan bought the company it was employing about 217. Revenue have grown from €15 million to a projected figure of €80 million by the end of the year, with AAG chief executive, Shane O’Neill expecting growth to more than €100 million over the coming years. Barring some unexpected major setback, Mr O’Neill believes overall employment could increase up to 1,000 in a few years. AAG services, maintains and repairs …

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Leading Clare firm sets out sustainability stall

THE progress of Ei Electronics is one of the great success stories of Clare business, with the company now employing 1060 people in Shannon and still seeking to add to that figure. This week saw it publish its first Annual Sustainability Report, charting its progress over the last 12 months as it seeks to become carbon neutral by 2030. Writing in the report company chairman and CEO Mick Guinnee said that sustainability is vital to the company’s future. “I have set the Ei Electronics Group the ambitious target of being Net Zero Carbon by 2030. In some ways this is a daunting taks – however I believe it is not only achievable but is an essential contribution by this company to the preservation of the planet for future generations. “We will be focusing on the identification and reduction of carbon emission sources – from the design of our products to how we manufacture, where we source our components, our energy …

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Recruitment ongoing at Armada amid numerous challenges

THE Armada Hotel has already filled half of the 100 new roles it advertised in a high profile campaign started at the beginning of winter and the process continues. It plans to have a €3 million expansion and renovation completed early next month, with a new 90-seater restaurant, bar, private dining area and dedicated space for wedding arrivals with panoramic views. Speaking about the progress of the redevelopment, hotel owner John Burke said Covid has made things difficult, but it is on schedule. “After dealing with pre-Christmas challenges caused by restriction changes and issues around staffing due to close Covid contacts, we began the New Year facing into our renovation and expansion programme. “On day one, we were down to 8 staff out of a team of 24 due to Covid. We now have up to 90 people a day on site at different times and the contractors are constantly making arrangements and juggling schedules based on resources available. “It …

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€100 One4All vouchers up for grabs in our great grocery survey

Complete our Great Grocery Survey and you could be in with a chance of winning a €100 One4All shopping vouchers. At The Clare Champion we’re always looking at ways to better understand our readers and how you live your lives as this helps us deliver news, sport, features, information and advertising that you will enjoy reading and find useful. Currently, we’re seeking to better understand your buying habits in relation to grocery shopping and we’d be delighted if you could spare 15 minutes to complete our short online survey. There are €5,000 of shopping vouchers to be won and all completed surveys will be entered into a national prize draw with a chance to win one of 50 €100 ‘One4All’ vouchers. The survey can be completed online by logging onto www.surveymonkey.com/r/GrocerySurvey2022 and following the instructions or keep an eye on our social media and website where you will be able to link through to the survey too. The deadline for …

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Clare shops in running for national awards

A NUMBER of shops and stores in Clare are in the running for prestigious national retail awards. The ShelfLife C-Store Awards are the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the C-Store sector and McNamee’s Londis in Milltown has been shortlisted in the Convenience Store of the Year (Large) and Community Initiative of the Year categories. Commenting on their achievement to date, Londis Sales Director Conor Hayes said, “The honour of being shortlisted in the annual ShelfLife National C-Store Award is a tremendous acknowledgement of the ongoing excellence of McNamee’s Londis, Miltown Malbay. “To be shortlisted in two categories is a truly remarkable achievement and I want to congratulate Kevin and Michelle McNamee and all the staff on this tremendous honour.” Talty’s MACE, Lissycasey, meanwhile, has been nominated for three awards. The Lissycasey shop has been shortlisted in the Convenience Store of the Year (Medium), Food to Go Retailer of the Year and Fresh & Chilled Retailer of the …

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Clare retailers ‘looking forward to better times’

WITH restrictions having been relaxed from last Saturday morning, suddenly people were given more freedom than they have seen in almost two years. It should mark the beginning of a positive spring season for Clare retailers, with Covid fears presumably set to fall along with the risk of infection. Gwen Culligan, proprietor of the County Boutique on O’Connell Street in in Ennis said things are finally looking up. “Yes, we are looking forward to a good season ahead, it’s all very positive and we’re looking forward to better times,” she told The Champion. It was only on Friday evening, January 21, that people found out the restrictions would be gone the following morning, and she said the Saturday, generally the busiest shopping day of the week, wasn’t unusually hectic, but given the time of year that wouldn’t have been unexpected. “We were busy, but this time of year would be a quieter time for us anyway. People will mostly be …

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Boost for Mid-West as Eli Lilly announces new €400m facility

HEALTHCARE and biopharmaceutical multinational Eli Lilly plans to invest over €400 million in a brand-new manufacturing facility in Limerick. The proposed project is expected to create more than 300 new jobs for highly skilled workers such as engineers, scientists and operations personnel, while an estimated 500 additional positions will be required while the facility is under construction. The investment project is subject to planning approval and the company will submit a planning application with Limerick City and County Council in the coming weeks. The new facility will expand Lilly’s manufacturing network for biologic active ingredients, support increased demand for existing Lilly products and play a key role in bringing Lilly’s robust clinical pipeline, including its promising Alzheimer’s portfolio, to patients around the world. Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe welcomed the news saying, “Today’s announcement by Eli Lilly is a solid endorsement by a major global company in the potential of the Midwest region as a place to do …

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