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Still no funding for dormant daycare unit

GOVERNMENT funding to open the purpose-built Clarecastle dementia daycare unit, that has lain idle for one year, is still not available.The Minister of State for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady, met with Clare deputies Joe Carey, Timmy Dooley and Minister for Defence Tony Killeen this week and confirmed that there is currently no funding to open the dementia daycare unit and such funding is unlikely to become available in the short-term.Deputy Carey said that the unit is ready to open and provide daycare services for 25 dementia patients, but there is no funding for its operation and staffing.He said he is hugely disappointed and concerned that the government will not provide funding to open the unit, which is built on the grounds of the Clarecastle Daycare Centre. The unit has been completed since May 2009, but remains closed. He added that the decision was a further example of the Government not making the right decisions for regional healthcare …

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Glór benefit aims to HELP homeless

HOMELESS organisation HELP is hoping to raise funds to assist those currently living rough in Ennis through a specially organised concert in Glór. According to Josephine O’Brien, an advocate for the homeless with HELP, there are presently seven people living on the streets in the town. Some of them are living rough close by the Glór venue. The concert, organised in conjunction with Glór, will see Brian Flynn acting as MC over 18 acts, who will take to the stage in an effort to raise funds for HELP. Among the line-up are the Cú Chulainn Step Dancers, The King Family and Friends, Ben Escorcio, Pat Marsh, Josephine Marsh, Joe Flynn, Dave Culligan and Suzanne Murphy to name a few.  Ms O’Brien has highlighted that the seven on the street, the majority of whom are not Irish citizens, have found themselves living rough due to circumstance; having lost employment and are left without access to benefits.  “Some are sleeping rough at …

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Bring your bike back to Gort Road Recylcling Centre

TRANSITION Town Ennis is launching a bike-recycling initiative and a family cycle programme to mark the start of National Bike Week this weekend. The events are supported by Ennis Tidy Towns and Clare County Council Environment Section respectively.Called the Bring a Bike Back initiative, the group is hoping to tap into the large amount of unused and unwanted bikes out there.Colm O’Gairbhith from Transition Town Ennis pointed out that so many homes have bikes lying around unused. “Either children grow out of them, bikes get slightly damaged and never repaired or that fitness resolution of a few years ago, which involved splashing out on a bike, got replaced by another fitness resolution. “We’re asking people to take that bike, which is just taking up space and give it to us and we’ll match it up with someone who needs a bike and can’t afford one,” he said.The initiative is being held beside the Ennis Recycling Centre in the Gort Road …

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