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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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