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New card to shame disabled parking space offenders

THE Clare Sunset Foundation has come up with a card to be put on cars that have unfairly occupied disabled parking spaces.The Sunset Foundation are an organisation for visually impaired people and they are also behind the Clare Talking and Social Club, which provides company for over a 100 people who live alone. The card bears the slogan, “You have taken my parking space, would you like to take my disability?” and it’s hoped it will make the offending drivers think twice about taking disabled spaces. Pat Murphy of the Clare Sunset Foundation said people taking disabled spots unjustly is very frustrating for people affected. “It would have been something that people have noticed happening a lot and we decided that we’d try to do something about it,” he said.The cards are available from 065 6824875 or claresunset@gmail.com. Every year the Clare Sunset Foundation sends 30 people to Lourdes and all money raised will go towards this fund.

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State tourism agencies to be grilled

Stunned hoteliers and other tourism interests will be demanding explanations rather than excuses for the unprecedented 2009 slump in overseas tourism to the West of Ireland when they come face-to-face with the responsible State agencies.Even though they were forewarned that the last two years for tourism were going to be a struggle – “nothing prepared us for the 2009 outcome in the West of Ireland” a leading tourism industry operator said.“In each of the past two years they told us that we were facing into the perfect storm, which meant that we were facing into a year when every possible negative factor and adverse influence would be running against us. We can only guess at what they are going to say this year,” he said of the upcoming return of the Tourism Roadshow. The big national tourism bodies, Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are due to line up beside Shannon Development and are certain to face close questioning when the …

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Honours for adult education groups

Two adult learning organisations have been short-listed for the AONTAS STAR awards, which highlight outstanding examples of adult education each year.Ennis CDP Parent Support Programme and Scariff Community Garden Project are two of the three projects short-listed in the Munster local category. The Ennis CDP Traveller Parent Support Programme was established in 2006 as a response to the need, identified by Traveller parents, for more supports with their children’s education. The aim is to support Traveller parents with their own and their children’s educational development. Meanwhile, the Scariff Community Garden Project is aimed at creating a community space where people with an interest in gardening can work collectively and learn the necessary skills to promote the community. They are a voluntary led group who, over three years, have developed a community garden at the back of the East Clare Co-Op in Scariff. Speaking on behalf of FETAC, Ann Devlin, one of the 16 judges adjudicating, said. “The standard of nominations …

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Honours for adult education groups

Two adult learning organisations have been short-listed for the AONTAS STAR awards, which highlight outstanding examples of adult education each year.Ennis CDP Parent Support Programme and Scariff Community Garden Project are two of the three projects short-listed in the Munster local category. The Ennis CDP Traveller Parent Support Programme was established in 2006 as a response to the need, identified by Traveller parents, for more supports with their children’s education. The aim is to support Traveller parents with their own and their children’s educational development. Meanwhile, the Scariff Community Garden Project is aimed at creating a community space where people with an interest in gardening can work collectively and learn the necessary skills to promote the community. They are a voluntary led group who, over three years, have developed a community garden at the back of the East Clare Co-Op in Scariff. Speaking on behalf of FETAC, Ann Devlin, one of the 16 judges adjudicating, said. “The standard of nominations …

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Business books 30 new jobs in Ennis

A new business soon to open its doors in Ennis, has the potential to create up to 10 jobs in its first year and up to 30 in its second year at its base of operations in the Clonroadmore Business Park.CRS Bookings, a company aimed at hoteliers in Ireland and the UK, will offer a one-stop solution to total online revenue generation and management for the hotel industry. It is set up by Clonlara man, Michael O’Dwyer with managing director Shane Mansell who is experienced in the hospitality industry in the US and Eugene Harris as a non-executive director, who has also held a long career in the hotel industry in the US. The business is based at Fergus House in the Clonroadmore Business Park and claims it is uniquely positioned to offer a booking engine, Global Distribution Service (GDS), and Alternate Distributing System (ADS) channels consolidated into one easy to use web-based system. Through the service they aim to …

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Where does the Government go from here?

I don’t think Fianna Fáil will get too carried away by the latest public opinion poll in this week’s Sunday Business Post that showed them narrowing the gap with Fine Gael.The main point of the poll is that if a general election were held now, Fine Gael and Labour would romp home with a good overall majority. It also showed Fianna Fáil leaking seats all over Dublin.The poll does not surprise me. I have spent all the past week in Bertie Ahern’s constituency of Dublin Central and have spoken to a lot of people that I know voted for Fianna Fáil down through the years. I was amazed at the change of attitude among those people over the past year or so. The bulk of the people I spoke to – and remember these were what I would have thought were dyed-in-the-wool Fianna Fáil supporters – would now vote for anybody but Fianna Fáil. No wonder Bertie Ahern’s brother Maurice …

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Taking the Mid-West to task

THE Mid-West Task Force shouldn’t be hijacked for political gain, according to Clare TD Timmy Dooley. At last Thursday’s Dáil debate he said that it was a topic that shouldn’t be used for political point scoring.   “I had the opportunity to discuss with Denis Brosnan, the chairperson of the task force, his views on these issues and his concerns about the advancement of some of the elements identified in the report. “He made it clear to all of us that he wanted a co-operative approach across all political divides and stressed the necessity of avoiding political point scoring. Politics being politics, perhaps he as a former chief executive could carry off that suggestion. However, it has not happened and there has been a level of going for the soundbite rather than taking action.“This is unfortunate because this is not about the task force nor the recommendations. It is about the lives of men, women and children who have been …

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Shannon loses out to Cork

IT’S been a week of mixed news for Shannon Airport.  The good news – all legal requirements have been met to enable private aircraft avail of the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) pre-inspection station at Shannon. It’s a development that signals enormous revenue and opportunities for the airport.The bad news – both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have announced plans to fly to a total of 15 new destinations from Cork this summer. For many of the routes, it will be a simple matter of Shannon’s loss being Cork’s gain. To rub salt into Shannon’s wounds, Ryanair has also announced a new summer route from Knock to Reus-Barcelona.Shannon has fallen victim on two fronts. Ryanair has engaged in a long-running row over the Government’s €10 travel tax and charges at Shannon, which it claims are uncompetitive. The second blow comes by way of Aer Lingus’ decision to enter into a franchise deal with Aer Arann to provide feeder points into …

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