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McDonald advises voters to read treaty articles

ARTICLES 11 and 28 of the Lisbon Treaty should be read by voters before they vote, according to Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, who was in Shannon last week. Ms McDonald attended a ‘peace conference’ organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance and the Irish Anti War Movement.She was speaking on the Lisbon Treaty clauses, which she believes are leading to a loss of Irish control over the country’s foreign policy and represent a drift away from neutrality.

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HSE in €8m cuts package

A PACKAGE of ­measures including further bed closures in acute hospitals in the region will have to be introduced by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to save over  €8 million by the end of the year, it has emerged this week. The 10-bed Elderly Care Unit has been closed in Ennis hospital since the opening of the acute Medical Assessment Unit last April and it seems unlikely it will re-open due to budgetary constraints.

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‘We’ll be back’

MUHAMMAD Ali is set to make a return visit to his ancestral home of Ennis with his wife Lonnie revealing this week “we will be back”. Thousands of people turned out on Tuesday to give the boxer a hero’s welcome to Ennis and the family were so moved by what they witnessed that Lonnie has vowed that the family will make a return visit to the Banner.And seeing as the pair are permanent residents of Phoenix Arizona, which has been twinned with Ennis for a long number of years, the couple should have no trouble keeping up-to-date with goings on in Ali’s ancestral home.Speaking to those gathered for a civic reception in Ennis on Tuesday, which was broadcast live via a big screen to thousands of fans in Abbey Street Car Park, Lonnie thanked the people of Ennis for the welcome they had given to the Ali family.She said, “It’s interesting because if you look at Muhammad’s pugilistic skills and …

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A proud day for Ali

HE was introduced as a “proud Irish man”, and for those few lucky enough to gain access to the civic reception held in his honour, it was clear that for Muhammad Ali, Tuesday, September 1 the day he returned to his Ennis roots, was indeed a very proud day for both he and his family.Ali and his family were visibly touched by the outpouring of support and love for this son of Ennis as he returned to his ancestral home.

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A reunion of the O’Gradys

‘WOUNDED but not defeated’, the words that adorn the O’Grady family crest and an appropriate motto for the man who would go on to become world heavyweight champion.It was an emotional day for three members of the O’Grady family in Ennis who not only were invited to attend the civic reception held in honour of Muhammad Ali’s visit, but they were all personally called on stage by Ali’s wife, Lonnie, to meet the champ.

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Corley’s vision realised this week

IT’S been seven years of a wait but this week saw the realisation of a vision long held by former Ennis Town Council chairman Michael Corley.Seven years ago, the former councillor first proposed that Muhammad Ali be invited to Ennis in light of the boxer’s family links with the town. And this week, Mr Corley was thrilled to sit amongst those invited to attend a civic reception held in the legendary boxer’s honour.

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