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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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Council owed €2.8m in traders’ rates

ENNIS Town Council is owed over €2.8 million in commercial rates this year, according to figures provided at this month’s meeting of the local authority.In response to a notice of motion submitted by Councillor Mary Howard requesting Ennis Town Council to report, in tabular form, the amount of monies collected from commercial rates for 2007, 2008, 2009 and up to the end of October 2010, town clerk Eddie Power confirmed €2,852,601 was owed in commercial rates on October 31.The figure at the end of 2009 was €1,065,199, €468,362 at the end of 2008 and €294,952 at the end of 2007.On the receipts side, the town council received rate payments of €3,572,752 so far this year, down over €400,00 on last year and down almost €600,000 when compared to 2007.Ennis town manager Ger Dollard said while the council acknowledges the circumstances that are out there, “people need to understand that the council cannot continue services without that income”.“We are quite happy …

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