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Councillors reject €10 annual lease for community centre

ENNIS town councillors have asked the town council not to lease the Community and Resource Building at Cloughleigh to Clare Youth Service for a lease of €10 a year for the next 10 years.At this week’s monthly meeting of Ennis Town Council, town manager Ger Dollard told councillors they were looking for the go-ahead to dispose of the building at Cloughleigh Road and to lease the property, the Community and Resource Building, which is currently under construction, to Clare Youth Service for the next 10 years for just €10 a year.A number of councillors said they saw issues with giving the go-ahead to this agreement, particularly as they had not seen the terms of the lease, nor had been given adequate assurances about restrictions of use that would be enforced at the centre, which is due to become a youth centre and café.Councillor Michael Guilfoyle said he had concerns with allowing the lease to be finalised, as he had not …

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Armed robbery in Cloughleigh

TWO female shop assistants at Cusack Stores, Cloughleigh, Ennis were threatened by robbers with a machete and baseball bat on Tuesday evening.A senior garda source confirmed that three young males wearing balaclavas entered Cusack Stores between 6.50pm and 7pm on Tuesday. “One was carrying a machete and one was carrying a baseball bat. Both of these armed men went in behind the counter of the shop and threatened the two female staff. The third party remained outside the door of the shop on lookout,” he said.“They took two cash registers and made off on foot from the shop. Between €1,500 and €2,000 was taken in the robbery. One of the cash registers was found shortly after the incident near the shop but the other hasn’t been recovered,” he continued.Gardaí said neither of the shop assistants were injured in the robbery but were extremely traumatised as a result of being threatened with weapons. No customers were in the shop at the …

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Water situation improves in town

NO water cut-offs are scheduled in the Ennis town area for the coming days but Ennis Town Council continue to closely monitor the situation, according to the town engineer, Eamonn O’Dea.Speaking at this week’s monthly meeting of the council, Mr O’Dea said the reservoir levels are now full, having dropped critically on the Wednesday after Christmas. There are still some problems in the pipe network in some areas of Ennis, including the Doora area and parts of the Kilrush Road but the council is working around the clock to resolve these. The main ongoing issue now is the supply of water to Clarehill, which is currently being supplied from the West Clare supply, a situation that the council hopes will end in the coming days.In response to a request for an update on the water situation in Ennis from town councillors, Mr O’Dea explained that difficulties had commenced before Christmas. “There were those whose pipes froze and lost their water …

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