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New Site For St Joseph’s Hospital

A SITE has been secured for the construction of a new €25 million St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis. The construction of the 100-bed, community nursing unit on five acres of Diocesan lands located near the Turnpike in Ennis will ensure that elderly care services remain at the heart of the county town, according to Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen. Deputy Breen said, “I am delighted that a site has been secured at this central location in Ennis for the construction of the new €25 million St Joseph’s Hospital. The sale of the 5.09 acres of land remains subject to planning permission for the development of the 100 bed Community Nursing Unit, but I believe the site provides the best option following the appraisal of a number of sites in the Ennis environs by the HSE. “The new state-of-the-art St Joseph’s Hospital building has been prioritised in the HSE Capital …

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Average house price in Clare approaches €200k

THE average price sought for a house in Clare is now approaching €200,000. That’s one of the findings of the latest Daft.ie house price report, which analyses trends in the Irish residential sales market in the second quarter of the year. It found that the average asking price for Clare is €196,817, up 11.5 % on the second quarter of 2018. The average was up 3.1% compared to the first quarter of 2019, and the increase from the trough of the recession is 64.6%. There were 136 transactions involving new homes, a reduction of 13% year on year. The asking price for an average one-bed apartment in Clare was €84,000 during the quarter, while for a two-bedroom terraced house it was €99,000. Three-bedroom semi-detached houses had an average asking price of €132,000, while the average for four-bed bungalows was €270,000. For five-bed detached houses it was €284,000. Writing in the Daft.ie report, economist Ronan Lyons found there is still little …

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Sixmilebridge Lotto Ticket Worth €1 Million

Clare is home to Ireland’s newest millionaire after a Lotto ticket worth €1 million was sold in Sixmilebridge. The National Lottery is now appealing to its Lotto players in the Banner County to check their tickets after the top prize of €1 million was won on last night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw (Saturday 22nd June). The winning ticket was sold at Reddan’s Store and Sixmilebridge Post Office in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare. Reddan’s Store is no stranger to selling winning tickets as it sold a winning Lotto jackpot ticket worth €4,433,754 in July 2014, which was claimed by a Clare family. Speaking on selling this winning ticket, Tony Reddan, owner of Reddan’s Store said: “It’s incredible to have sold another winning Lotto ticket worth a massive amount of money. I couldn’t believe it when the National Lottery called last night and it’s almost five years to the day since we sold the €4.4 million Lotto jackpot winning ticket! It is really …

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Regular to find dead carcasses on West Clare holdings

*WARNING THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING Evidence was produced in court this week of starving and dehydrated animals on lands operated by a West Clare man, writes Carol Byrne. A court has heard “it was a regular feature to find dead carcasses” on lands operated by a West Clare man after evidence was produced of starving and dehydrated animals, cattle that had suffered “excruciating” chemical burns and animals who had died in “severe pain”. Martin Gerard Foley, aged 66, of Lislanahan, Kilkee appeared before Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday, having pleaded guilty to 20 offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. These included failure in his duty to protect animal welfare, failing to provide adequate food and failing to comply with animal health and welfare notices. State prosecutor Lorcan Connolly, BL, explained that 193 counts against Foley had been condensed to 20, covering offences at various holdings operated but not all owned …

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Workers braced for further cuts at Moneypoint

IT is expected that new cost-saving measures, potentially redundancies, will be announced at Moneypoint within days. While an announcement had been expected on Thursday of this week, that has now been deferred to next Monday and staff at the plant are very concerned. One long-time employee told The Clare Champion on Wednesday that he has never seen morale as low at Moneypoint, with huge uncertainty about what the future will hold. This year has already seen significant cutbacks, with the vast majority of contractors at the plant already having been let go, while it is understood that at the moment the plant is almost devoid of personnel each weekend. Ireland is due to finish generating electricity from the burning of coal by 2025 and Moneypoint reportedly uses in the region of two million tonnes of coal per annum. In a statement on Wednesday, the ESB said it was “committed to engaging and communicating with stakeholders” on the challenges faced by …

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Trump meets Clohanes National School children and staff

PUPILS and staff of Clohanes National School met with President Donald Trump this morning, as he played the ninth hole at Doonbeg. School principal Aideen O’Mahony brought the children to her family’s land adjacent to the golf course, but only expected they would see the President’s group playing, not that they would get to speak to the American leader. “We brought the children back to the hill, just near the ninth green. My parents home is there, so we brought them there and we were standing on a hill on my parents land. We could see them coming up along the ninth fairway and he played the ninth green. Then one of the Secret Service came over to us and said the President wanted to meet the teachers. We went over and met him and shook hands, he said can I get the children here, and then he said, no, I’ll go to them. He walked over to them, shook …

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