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Chamber ‘lock-out’ for Cloughleigh residents

TWENTY residents from Cloughleigh, Hermitage, along with Clare County Councillor Tony Mulqueen and staff of The Clare Champion were “locked out” of the Ennis council chamber on Tuesday, where a special meeting of the town council was being held regarding the Ennis Youth and Community Resource Building Project.Disgruntled residents, concerned about the proposal to locate a youth and community resource building in Cloughleigh, had the door of the council chamber closed on them in advance of the meeting start time. Invited members of the press and Ennis West Councillor Tony Mulqueen were not immune from the lock-out and were told that, due to fire and health and safety regulations, no-one else was allowed into the council chamber, on the orders of town clerk Eddie Power. Those who remained outside expressed their anger that they were being kept from a meeting they were entitled to attend.Cloughleigh resident, Seán Kelleher, said, “It’s just typical; you come to voice your opinion and they …

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