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Ukraine’s instability a threat to Chernobyl

THE increasingly volatile situation in strife-torn Ukraine has raised fresh fears over a $2 billion internationally funded construction project to make the still highly unstable Chernobyl nuclear power plant safe for the next 100 years, according to a leading anti-nuclear campaigner. The world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at Chernobyl – a two hour, 120 kilometre drive – north of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on April 26, 1986. The explosion affected the lives of more than seven million people. Twenty-eight years later, efforts are still continuing to try to prevent the spread of its deadly radiation. A gigantic containment shield – the largest movable structure ever constructed – was due to be placed over the leaking reactor by October 2015 but it has now emerged that this could be delayed by up to two years, Chernobyl Children International CEO, Adi Roche has said. “At the heart of this latest setback for the huge engineering project is the economic crisis facing Ukraine because …

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Rape Crisis faces funding shortfall

RAPE Crisis Midwest is facing a “significant” shortfall in funding this year, with no funding for overheads or rent for their Ennis centre at the Tracklands Business Park. The organisation recently launched a range of promotional products in Glór, with the aim of highlighting the centre and raising funds to allow the valuable work of the organisation to continue in the Mid-West. Over 70 guests attended the launch, with the event attended by public representatives, staff and volunteers of Rape Crisis Midwest, press, An Garda Siochána, Child and Family Agency and other charitable organisations in the locality. The promotional items were purchased after the organisation received a grant from COSC, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. The guest speaker was Marie Donnellan, in her last formal role as Clare Rose. Marie is following the tradition of many other Roses in establishing a relationship with Rape Crisis centres. According to the executive director of Rape …

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Norwegians invade Ennis in search of knowledge

ENNIS was recently invaded by Vikings. However, it was not gold these Vikings were after but knowledge. They came to learn how to set up family learning classes. Twenty-four Norwegians visited the Clare Family Learning Project. Their ultimate goal is to set up family learning programmes in their region in Norway, similar to what is being done locally in Clare. While here, the group gained valuable ideas through visiting classes in action, meeting parents who have already attended classes and meeting family learning tutors and the partners that the Clare Family Learning Project work with. The visitors, from Nedre Eiker Municipality, included 11 adult education teachers, two primary school principals, three kindergarten teachers, the head of all schools and kindergartens in the region, a volunteer co-ordinator, a cultural leader, a pedagogical leader and others interested in the notion of family learning. Principal of the Adult Learning Centre in Nedre Eiker, Elizabeth Engeset, visited the Clare Family Learning Project website and …

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A wheel challenge for the late Seamus

HUNDREDS of cyclists will set off from Ennis this month for a very special fundraising event and to remember an avid member of a local cycling club, who died suddenly last year. This year’s Dolmen Challenge Tour is being dedicated to the memory of the late Seamus Mullane, a keen cyclist and member of Dolmen Cycle Club. The father-of-four was also known to many through his work with Aer Lingus in Shannon and, more recently, the court service in Ennis. As part of the cycle, the participants will pass the Mullane family home in Kilnaboy and will mark a minute’s remembrance at the nearby graveyard. The cycle will take place on April 27, leaving from the Woodstock Golf and Country Club on the Shanaway Road at 10am. As well as honouring the life of the late Mr Mullane, the event will also raise money for the valuable work of Doolin Search and Rescue. According to John Colleran of Dolmen Cycle …

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New leadership teams at BNI

THREE chapters of BNI in Clare have announced the appointment of brand new leadership teams and chapter directors consisting of prominent local business people. The highly successful Abbey, Armada and Heritage chapters welcomed Jason Coyle (CJT Motor Services), John Hogan (Hogan and Co Accountants) and Tomas McKenna (McKenna Consulting Engineers) as chapter directors, while six other local business people have assumed leading roles as membership co-ordinator and secretary treasurer respectively. The new teams will steer the networking groups in building new business and boosting the local economy through effective networking among its members. The three BNI chapters support more than 200 jobs locally and consist of local businesses and trades, including a kinesiologist, printer and engineer. The groups have generated more than €1,700,000 in business in 2013, a record set to be broken this year under the guidance of the new leadership team. Speaking of the new Clare leadership teams, Sandra Hart, executive director, BNI Ireland South and West said …

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Home and Garden Supplement 2014

Home and Garden Supplement

This week, we’ve published a special Home and Garden supplement, full of hints and tips to help improve your property now that spring is here. We are making an online version of the supplement available free of charge. Read the supplement here.

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New chair of Clare Association in Dublin

THE new chairman of the Clare Association in Dublin (Muintir an Chláir) is Gerry O’Reilly. A native of Moyhill, Corofin, he has been an outstanding supporter of the association for many years. A committe member and PRO for the association in recent years, he succeeds Inagh native Liam O’Looney, who stepped down after over six years as chairman, having been first elected as interim chairman. Tributes to Mr O’Looney were led by the new chairman at the association’s annual general meeting in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin. Mr OReilly told the meeting that Mr O’Looney is a long-serving, dedicated member of the association and made an outstanding contribution as chairman. He has played a big part in the success of the association and he was glad that he would be remaining on in the committee as PRO. Mr O’Reilly also made an appeal to all Clare people in Dublin to join and support the association. He noted a lot of young people …

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Gardaí on their bikes for blood cause

THEY provide the sweat and the gears but it is up to you to provide the blood. Over five days, from May 12 to May 16, a group of around 20 gardaí, including Sergeant John Ryan and Chief Superintendent John Kerin from Ennis Garda Station, will undertake a gruelling 1,000km cycle that will see them visiting each one of the 26 counties. The Garda Blood4Life 2014 Cycle is a novel charity event. It’s not a fundraiser. Instead, it aims to recruit blood donors and to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation in communities in every county. People are asked to pledge a unit of blood on the IBTS website at www.giveblood.ie. Alternatively, call 021 4807400. Better still, attend a local clinic and turn your pledge into a donation. Many of those who pledged a unit of blood last year have since returned to give second and third donations.

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