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Lack of drainage funding is ‘melodeon’ says Cooney

THE council has come in for some criticism regarding the drainage funding for 2010 as funds are already over extended in the Killaloe electoral area. Councillor Joe Cooney raised a motion at last week’s Killaloe Electoral Area meeting calling for the council to carry out road works and drainage works on a section of road from Ayle Cross to Crown-Crown Bridge on the Tulla to Feakle Road.Arising from a reply from the council, which stated there was currently no funding available, Councillor Cooney stressed that a budget for such drainage projects of €20,000 for the whole county was “melodeon”. “I’m not happy with the council’s response this section of road gets flooded every year. €20,000 for drainage works countywide is melodeon,” he said.Seán Lenihan, senior executive engineer, stated that the area’s allocation was spent on the river at the back of the hall in Broadford and in a couple of other areas where arterial works were needed. However, he accepted …

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Festival makes for a swimming success at Scariff

  THE Waterways Ireland Scariff Harbour Festival enthralled and engrossed the people of East Clare last weekend as distinguished guests Roy Garland, Edna O’Brien, Mary Black and Jeanette Ervine descended on the fair shores of the town. Opening the festival on Friday, Northern Ireland peace activist Roy Garland remarked on the first harbour festival, which was opened by the late David Ervine and Mark Durkan in 2003, which, he said, added significance to the occasion as Mr Ervine and Mr Garland shared the same goals. He spoke about his background growing up on the Shankhill Road in North Belfast and of the similar experiences that he and Mr Ervine would have had growing up in the city. “We saw the futility of the old ways of division and conflict. We both wanted to create space for everyone. On one occasion in 1995, I shared a platform on Belfast’s Falls Road with former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, the SDLP’s Mark Durkan, Presbyterian …

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