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Mayor fears for Ennis ghetto creation

THE Mayor of Ennis, Frankie Neylon has warned that ghettoes could be created in the county capital if “coloured people” are given social housing very close to each other. He was speaking at a meeting of Ennis Town Council, where calls were made to allow councillors an input into the allocation of social housing in the town.“I know of one place where there were six coloured people allocated houses. I have no problem with this; they are excellent tenants. But I would not like to see a situation like in other counties where people are leaving their houses. That could create a ghetto,” Councillor Neylon commented.

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Shifting sand dilemma in Kilkee

Kilkee’s famous horseshoe beach, which is running out of sand, was described as “more of a garden than a beach, in parts of it,” at Monday’s meeting of Kilkee Town Council.Councillor Elaine Haugh-Hayes made the comment following news that the Tivoli Cup racquet tournament, which was won by the late actor Richard Harris four times in a row (1948-1951), is to be held this weekend for the first time since 1993.

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Drop in waste threatens landfill future

A MAJOR question mark hangs over Clare County Council’s ownership of its central waste facility in Inagh, following a 70% drop in the amount of waste being land-filled for the first eight months of the year.Closure, leasing the facility, leasing to sell or maintaining the facility as a recycling centre are options currently being considered by Clare County Council in the wake of falling waste volumes.

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Canoeist rescued in Shannon

A Limerick man who was in a canoe that capsized was pulled to safety last Monday evening in Shannon.Terence Briggs was out hunting close to Illaunmanagh with teenager Kyle Harney when he saw the man struggling. He swam out into the estuary to bring the canoeist to dry land.

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CEO letter calls for swift action

IN a letter to Element Six staff this week, the company’s CEO, Cyrus Jilla, warned that there is a need for speedy action on the implementation of the sustainability plan. “I believe there are many of you who wish to discuss the plan, want to see it successful and want to maintain an attractive job at Element Six in Shannon for many years.“For whatever reason, a vocal minority of you and some of your union representatives have slowed down this process at every juncture,” he claimed.

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Unions deny delay caused by holiday

SIPTU and the TEEU, the two largest unions at Element Six, have both denied that the reason for a delay in the Labour Court hearing regarding the current dispute is because a union official is on holiday. Last week the matter was referred to the Labour Court after little progress was made at the LRC, with proceedings set to begin on September 17.

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Everything hunky-dory at Cois Fharraige

SPECULATION that this weekend’s three-day Cois Fharraige music festival in Kilkee was in jeopardy due to a dispute over money between the organisers and St Senan’s GAA Club, on whose grounds the festival is staged, have been dismissed by Kilkee GAA club chairman, Donal Hayes. The event, which is now in its third year and attracts thousands of visitors to Kilkee each September, will start on Friday evening and conclude on Sunday.

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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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