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Anger as property earmarked for social housing lies empty for 19 years

A LANDMARK property in Mountshannon has lain idle for 19 years, with no progress on plans for sheltered accommodation, in a situation branded by a local councillor as “shocking” and “a disgrace”. The status of Mountshannon House was raised by Councillor Pat Burke who said that “a major mistake” had been made when the property was sold, by the local authority, in 2002. The meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District was told that Respond Voluntary Housing Association had purchased the building with a view to creating homes for the elderly and those with special needs under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS). In response to Councillor Burke’s query, the council outlined how the purchase had been financed by a loan raised by the local authority. A written reply noted that the accommodation scheme has not progressed to-date, and that Respond remains responsible for the building’s maintenance and upkeep “as they own the house with Clare County Council having a charge on …

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Clare’s Covid incidence the fifth lowest in country, figures show

THE 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in Clare is now one third of the national average and is the fifth lowest in the country, new figures have revealed. As of March 30, Limerick’s 14-day incidence rate was 105.7 per 100,000 and Clare’s was 61.4 per 100,000. However, the incidence rate for Tipperary was above the national average at 172.4 per 100,000, with the national average standing at 164.14. The 14-day incidence rate in Clare has fallen to 54.7 for the period from March 23 to April 5. This rate fell slightly in Limerick and Tipperary to 91.3 and 129 respectively. There were 178 Covid-19 cases in Limerick, 207 in Tipperary and 65 in Clare during this two-week period. To close of business on Monday, April 5, the UL Hospitals’ Group Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, has delivered a total of 22,224 first doses and 5,318 second doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The figures include vaccines delivered to frontline healthcare workers across the group, HSE …

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Colaiste Mhuire Student Chops Her Locks For Charity

A COLAISTE Mhuire student is thrilled with the “phenomenal” support she has received for a recent fundraising event for two charities. Holly Cotter (17), Doora, Clarecastle who is completing Leaving Certificate Applied in Colaiste Mhuire, has raised more than €3,650 from cutting her long red precious locks and will continue accepting donations for another two weeks. Having set up an iDonate page, all the proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to Clare Crusaders. Her father, Seamus described the support to date as “phenomenal”. He said the Clare Crusaders are relying on this fundraiser and a new draw with Munster Tech, O’Connell Street, to win a golden ticket for a PS5 playstation, which was won by Nathan O’Shea. “Holly is delighted with her new hairstyle, everyone is admiring it. To go from long red hair to short hair is a massive change for a teenager girl.” Seamus recalled Holly benefited from using Clare Crusaders from the age of five until she …

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New Moneypoint offshore wind energy plan will power 1.5 million homes

THE FUTURE viability of Moneypoint Power Station has been thrown a much needed lifeline under a new proposed offshore wind development project, which has the potential to generate enough energy to power up 1.5 million homes reports Dan Danaher. Under a new public private partnership between the ESB and Equinor, a new multi-million Euro project concerning a 270 km2 flaghship floating offshore wind development is being planned off the coast of Clare and Kerry. Details of the new plan are due to be announced by the ESB under Ireland’s long-term decarbonisation strategy this Friday. The Clare Champion has learned the ESB and Equinor submitted a Foreshore License application to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in January, and a lot of preliminary work has already been undertaken preparing the groundwork for a new planning application. In addition to revitalising Moneypoint Power Station, this project would provide a commercial rates windfall for Clare County Council, pending planning approval. This …

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Clare TD says vaccination texts being construed as scams

A CLARE TD is calling on the HSE to urgently review its text alert system for Covid-19 vaccination appointments as people may be confusing them with scams. People have reported missing their scheduled time as they believe the text informing them of their appointment to be a scam, due to the nature of how it is issued, according to Deputy Cathal Crowe. “The text messages people are receiving are very casual,” said the Fianna Fail TD. “They begin with ‘reply yes or no’ and in this day and age people are quite savvy to scams and phishing texts and this has been well flagged in the media, on Crimeline on RTÉ and so on. “At any given time, there are quite a number of text scams circulating in the country and for this reason, a lot of people I believe have been put off from replying to the text and therefore have lost out on their vaccination appointment. “One lady …

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Clare deputy pulls up minister over fining of priest

DEPUTY Michael McNamara has challenged Health Minister Stephen Donnelly over his previous commitment that no penalties would be imposed for conducting religious services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fr PJ Hughes, parish priest of Mullahoran and Loughduff in Co Cavan, has already received a €500 fine following a Sunday Mass he celebrated on March 7th last in Mullahoran. Speaking in the Dáil recently, Deputy McNamara asked what does it mean when the minister says something in this House? “If a Minister says something in a parliamentary democracy, we assume it to be true, if words have meaning. To borrow a quote, it is a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. What does the Minister mean when he says that 80% of people will be offered a vaccine by the end of June?” The Independent Deputy asked this question in view of a statement made by Minister Donnelly on October 22 during a debate on the Health Amendment Bill. “I assure the …

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423 additional cases of Covid-19 nationally as Clare confirms fewer than five

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of fewer than five additional cases of Covid-19 in Clare and five additional deaths related to Covid-19 nationally. Four of these deaths occurred in April, and one in February. There has been a total of 4,732 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Tuesday, April 6, the HPSC has been notified of 423 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 239,325* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 219 are men / 201 are women 73% are under 45 years of age The median age is 30 years old 199 in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 spread across 19 other counties. As of 8am today, 232 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. As of April 4, 2021, 936,087 doses …

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Parteen woman’s cosy cottage is crowned Home of the Year 2021

A PARTEEN native took the top prize on RTÉ’s Home of the Year 2021 grand finale on Tuesday night last. Jen Sheahan, who now lives in Dublin, won the prestigious award after bowling the judging panel over with her late 1800s artisan cottage in Dublin. Judges Hugh Wallace, Suzie Mc Adam and Amanda Bone chose Jen’s home from among 21 homes across the country. Jen had her eye on a cottage for some time and was delighted when one came on the market in 2019. The property needed a lot of work as it was damp, had no central heating and the toilet was outside. Jen did a complete renovation, knocked all internal walls, dug up the floor and lowered it plus added on an extra floor to make it a two-storey house. Judges were highly impressed by work which includes clever storage solutions throughout and quirky features including a disco ball light in her brightly coloured downstairs toilet. “I …

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