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72 unfinished estates in the county

AS Hallowe’en approaches, the spectre of ghost estates lingers across the county. According to the National Survey of Ongoing Housing Developments published this week by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Clare has a total of 72 unfinished housing estates, of which work is ongoing at just eight.

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Fianna Fáil Conference

COMMENTWOULDN’T you just love to be a fly on the wall at the Clare Fianna Fáil regional conference at the West County Hotel in Ennis on Saturday, where grassroots members will have an opportunity to engage with ministers, TDs and senators who, in a matter of weeks, will be voting through a budget that is certain cause extreme hardship to many sections of society.Given Fianna Fáil’s embarrassingly low ratings in the latest opinion polls, there won’t be too much of a spring in the step of the foot soldiers as they converge on what is the first party conference of its kind in the Clare constituency.Clare Fianna Fáil Comhairle Dáil Cheantair chairman, Patrick Moloney, in a welcoming message, states that the conference “gives us the opportunity for bonding and meeting up with fellow party members from all units of the organisation”.Whatever about bonding among the rank and file members, the elected representatives can hardly expect to feel any great warmth.On …

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