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Scariff Teagasc building not for sale

TEAGASC has entered into a new leasing arrangement with Clare Local Development Company for its Scariff base, which will mean the decision to close and sell this Teagasc office by January 2012 will not take place. The proposed closure was announced earlier this year and it had been intended to sell the Teagasc building redeploying staff to its Ennis base thereby cutting a service in East Clare. However, a five-year lease has been signed by Clare Local Development Company to take up residence in the building, while Teagasc is to lease a room within the building to maintain an advisory service at the centre. The advisory service previously offered at the Teagasc centre will be cut but the organisation will still maintain a presence for farmers by holding appointment-based clinics, with an advisor in Scariff, on a number of days each week. The new arrangement came about after the initial decision to close the Scariff facility was met with public …

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Ciara’s peace poster secures place in Lions district competition

TULLA Secondary School pupil, Ciara Bassford, is to go through to the district level stages of the Lions International Peace Poster contest after she was named the Clare winner of the competition.  The Lions International Peace Poster contest is an annual competition organised to encourage children aged between 11 and 13 to creatively express what peace means to them. The contest allows pupils to share their unique image of peace with others, so all have a greater tolerance and international understanding.This year’s competition kicked off in late October running in schools across the county, co-ordinated by Rosemarie Harte of the Clare Lions Club and the closing date for submissions was November 15. Participants were asked to design a poster with an international theme under the title Children Know Peace. Ciara, who is 12, designed a poster that depicted international people in their national costumes intermingling with one another. Following a judging process of all the entries submitted, Ciara’s poster design …

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Council under fire over gritting exclusion

Clare County Council engineers have come under fire for the exclusion of key sections of regional roads in East Clare from Phase One of the local authority’s latest Winter Maintenance Programme.Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes and other East Clare councillors complained about the absence of parts of regional roads from Feakle to Scariff, Whitegate to Portumna and Killanena to Gort at a recent Killaloe Electoral Area meeting.The issue was raised by Councillor Hayes, who asked the council for an update into what plans have been put in place by the area office concerning grit, salt and sandbags to ensure they are in place for immediate use in the case of emergencies.Councillor Hayes claimed the current Winter Maintenance Programme published by the council was not approved by local councillors, despite a previous request for input into the preparation of this plan.The Mayor of Clare stressed it was vital that sandbags, grit and salt should be made readily available as quickly …

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Volunteer nomination for Tuamgraney man

TUAMGRANEY man, Colm O’Brien has been nominated as an outstanding volunteer for the Ireland Involved Awards for his involvement with the vegetarian society. Volunteer Ireland recently announced the shortlist of 33 outstanding volunteers for this year’s Ireland Involved Awards having received hundreds of entries to the competition. Colm has been chosen as a finalist in the animals and environment category of the competition for his work with the Vegetarian Society of Ireland (VSI), which promotes the positive aspects of vegetarianism. Nominated by fellow VSI volunteer Grace Hillis, Colm has been involved with the Vegetarian Society of Ireland (VSI) committee for over six years and has served as both chair and webmaster. During this time, Colm has helped develop the website, www.vegetarian.ie.  The aim of the organisation is to advance education and to promote positive aspects of vegetarianism in relation to health, animal welfare and environmental issues.Colm created the e-newsletter, edited the magazine, liaised with stockists and manned the phone line. …

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Upgrade aims to end ‘foul smells’ in Quin

A planned €500,000 upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant in Quin is expected to result in the end of  “foul smells” emanating from the existing plant after heavy rain.  Details of the proposed development were outlined at Monday’s meeting of Ennis East Electoral Area councillors, with councillors welcoming the proposals. The proposed development comprises the upgrade of the existing municipal wastewater treatment plant at Quin Gardens and will double the existing plant’s capacity.  The works will increase the capacity of the treatment plant to a population equivalent of 1,400 to serve the needs of Quin village and its environs in the future. Quin village has a projected population target of 789 persons by 2017. The proposal includes a splitter chamber; a storm overflow tank; an aeration tank; a settlement tank and for the removal of existing sludge beds and their replacement with a new sludge tank.A public notice was published in August and a site notice placed on the site. …

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