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Cancer survivor supports retention of ECAT

The threatened withdrawal of Government funding for public rural transport, such as the East Clare Accessible Transport (ECAT), has been condemned by a cancer survivor. Mary Dolan from Killanena, who had a successful operation for bowel cancer about two years ago, said she would be “devastated” if she could no longer use the service.

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New airport authority glitch

THE composition of the new Shannon Airport Authority is up in the air, with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions backing the abolition of the board in a row over ministerial halving of worker representation.Two weeks ago, The Clare Champion was first to reveal that Transport Minister Noel Dempsey had sent out a directive to the chairmen of the three State airport authorities cutting back on numbers to be seated around the boardroom table.

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Varied views on Lisbon among Independent councillors

With the second vote on the Lisbon Treaty looming, all of the larger political parties are lobbying for a Yes vote, while a number of independent Clare politicians are set to do the same. Owen Ryan spoke to the seven Independent county councillors about how they will vote ENNIS East councillor Tommy Brennan said that he will be voting yes in the Lisbon Treaty Referendum, although he says he won’t be trying to make the case for the treaty publicly. “I’ll be supporting the treaty but it’s not up to me to tell anyone how to vote,” he said.Councillor James Breen (Ennis West) said he is still undecided but is leaning towards a yes vote. “I’m going to Dublin tomorrow for an information meeting with Marian Harkin and I’ll make up my mind after that. I’ll probably be voting yes,” he said.In the Killaloe Electoral Area, Councillor Michael Begley said he was strongly in favour of ratification. “I voted yes …

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McDonald advises voters to read treaty articles

ARTICLES 11 and 28 of the Lisbon Treaty should be read by voters before they vote, according to Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, who was in Shannon last week. Ms McDonald attended a ‘peace conference’ organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance and the Irish Anti War Movement.She was speaking on the Lisbon Treaty clauses, which she believes are leading to a loss of Irish control over the country’s foreign policy and represent a drift away from neutrality.

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HSE in €8m cuts package

A PACKAGE of ­measures including further bed closures in acute hospitals in the region will have to be introduced by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to save over  €8 million by the end of the year, it has emerged this week. The 10-bed Elderly Care Unit has been closed in Ennis hospital since the opening of the acute Medical Assessment Unit last April and it seems unlikely it will re-open due to budgetary constraints.

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‘We’ll be back’

MUHAMMAD Ali is set to make a return visit to his ancestral home of Ennis with his wife Lonnie revealing this week “we will be back”. Thousands of people turned out on Tuesday to give the boxer a hero’s welcome to Ennis and the family were so moved by what they witnessed that Lonnie has vowed that the family will make a return visit to the Banner.And seeing as the pair are permanent residents of Phoenix Arizona, which has been twinned with Ennis for a long number of years, the couple should have no trouble keeping up-to-date with goings on in Ali’s ancestral home.Speaking to those gathered for a civic reception in Ennis on Tuesday, which was broadcast live via a big screen to thousands of fans in Abbey Street Car Park, Lonnie thanked the people of Ennis for the welcome they had given to the Ali family.She said, “It’s interesting because if you look at Muhammad’s pugilistic skills and …

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