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Clare welcome pack breaks ground for Irish integration

The Mayor of Clare, councillor Tony Mulcahy, on Friday launched a welcome pack for immigrants in the county containing information on employment, welfare supports, education and training, legal issues and health.The pack was compiled by The Clare Immigrant Support Centre and is the culmination of a year’s work. The Welcome Pack for Immigrants in Clare, the first of its kind in the country, is published in four languages and will be distributed through a number of outlets including libraries, health centres and public information outlets as well as on a number of websites. Orla Ní Éilí from the Clare Immigrant Support Centre explained how the pack was conceived and developed. “There is a ferocious amount of information out there for people but it can be hard to pick your way through it. There is nearly too much information available. We held five focus groups and then started developing the pack to cover things that they highlighted. These groups consisted of …

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Few regrets for former Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was in Ennistymon on Friday to launch the National Tourism Conference. He spoke to Nicola Corless about his tenure as Taoiseach, tourism and the recent flooding BERTIE Ahern is pleased when he thinks back on his time as the country’s leader but hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes and there are things he says he would do differently, if he had his time again.Against the backdrop of some of the worst flooding in living memory in Clare, many people are pointing the finger at the development on floodplains but more stringent legislation on the issue is not needed, according to the former Taoiseach.“All I can tell you is that the engineers and architects at the time who are all very professional people, they stand over the developments,” Mr Ahern said. He recalled the floods seven years ago in his Drumcondra constituency, pointing out that the parts flooded were not necessarily new developments erected in boom years.“We had …

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Laurel Lodge extends olive branch

Laurel Lodge Accommodation Centre, an emergency centre for homeless men, was officially opened in Ennis this week. Service manager, Patrick Cahill, spoke to Carol Byrne about its role in the community. Laurel Lodge, a 13-bed facility that caters for homeless men in Clare was first dreamt up 11 years ago.Now fully operational, Pat Cahill of Saint Vincent de Paul, who officiates over the running of the centre, said it makes a real difference to those who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of being without a roof over their heads. Since 1998, a local SVP sub-committee has worked tirelessly with local agencies and the Clare Homeless Forum to provide an emergency hostel service for Clare. The SVP vision for homeless services, as documented in their policies, training and quality initiatives, is to put people first. This vision ensures that the property, services and staffing meet the standards needed to provide for a safe, secure and caring service.In 2006, a …

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