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Concern over loss of Clare agriculture office

CLARE looks set to become the only county in Munster without a local Department of Agriculture office, if the Government proceeds with a national rationalisation of offices. The Government has approved a plan submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for a reorganisation of the department’s local office network. The plan involves a reduction from 57 to 16 in the number of offices from which the department will operate district veterinary, forestry and agricultural environment and structures support services in the future. The department has set a target of 12 months for the implementation of the plan.

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Funding deficit hits Kilrush Town Council

TOWN councils might as well be declared defunct such is their low level of funding, according to a long-time local public representative. Speaking at a special meeting of Kilrush Town Council last Thursday, convened to discuss An Bórd Snip Nua’s recommendation to abolish all town councils, Councillor Tom Prendeville said, “Local government is on a life support machine for as long as I know it”.

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Safety issues bypassed on slip roads?

WITH plans to reclassify the Ennis Bypass as a motorway due to go ahead this Friday, concerns have been raised that slip roads leading to and from the bypass will be “highly unsafe”, once the speed limits are increased. The Ennis Bypass will see its speed limit increasing from 100kph to 120kph, however, locals have highlighted issues with the new limits.

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Third complaint over Clare Mental Health Services

A COMPLAINT concerning the care and treatment of a 59-year-old Clare man with Parkinson’s Dementia and suspected Lewy Body disease in the Clare Mental Health Service has been sent to Health Minister, Mary Harney, The Clare Champion can exclusively reveal. This is the third complaint against Clare Mental Health Services. The Mid-West Health Service Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation into the latest complaint containing allegations of a serious nature submitted by his family to officials at local and national level.

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Gardai investigate ‘shots fired’ claim

IN the latest twist to the ongoing feud in Clougleigh, Ennis, it is understood from local sources that a member of a well-known criminal family has moved into the area. Tensions have been running high in recent weeks in the Ennis estate with the feud between two Traveller families erupting in a series of public rows in the area.

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