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Support growing for mandatory equality training proposal

AN Ennis councillor’s proposal that the Government provide for all local representatives to have mandatory equality and anti-discrimination training has received growing support from a number of organisations. A recent meeting of Ennis Town Council voted against the proposal by Councillor Paul O’Shea. However, as well as receiving support from the Clare Intercultural Network, the proposal has also now been backed by Labour and Travellers’ representatives, Pavee Point.Labour’s Intercultural Group have pledged their support for Councillor O’Shea’s proposal that all public representatives should receive three hours of equality training. “Labour Intercultural Group supports the motion put to Ennis Town Council by Councillor O’Shea to introduce training in equality, anti-discrimination and racism for all public representatives. It is regrettable the council voted down the proposal. It is also regrettable that some councillors voted the proposal down on the grounds that ‘they don’t need training’,” commented Karen McCormack and JM Singh, co-chairs of the Labour Intercultural Group. “Most public representatives have a …

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Jim’s lightshow lives on

THE Christmas spirit of the late Jim O’Driscoll will live on this week, as his family carry on his tradition of lighting up their home in Elm Park to raise money for charity.Jim’s home became synonymous with the Christmas season for more than 10 years, with people coming from all over the county to witness his home decorated with more than 10,000 individual lights and a host of other decorations.He would spend months preparing his home to become a winter wonderland, inviting both the young and young at heart to come along and join in the festive fun. Over the years, he has raised money for charities such as Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Cahercalla Hospice and the Clare Sunset Foundation.Although Jim passed away in March of this year from complications of type 2 diabetes, his family are determined that his last wish to light the lights one last time to raise funds for Diabetes Ireland will come true.On Thursday, the lights …

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Lions Club Christmas fundraising appeal

THE Lions Club of Ennis is hoping to light up the lives of others this Christmas as part of their annual fundraising appeal. The last number of years has seen the Lions raise funds for local charities through the sponsorship of lights on the town’s Christmas tree.This year’s appeal will raise funds for the Brothers of Charity services in Clare. According to Tom Carey, project co-ordinator with the Lions Club of Ennis, “The Brothers of Charity do a lot of good work around the county and we are happy to be able to support this work through our annual appeal.”He explained, “This fundraising appeal has been facilitated by Ennis Town Council and we are urging people to sponsor lightbulbs on the town Christmas tree in the market. Sponsorship costs €20 a bulb and a fundraising page has been set up on mycharity.ie. People can donate by going to the website and hitting ‘sponsor a friend’ and typing in Lions Xmas …

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Discrimination by non-Irish claim

LOCAL people have been discriminated against by non-Irish nationals, it has been claimed by one local councillor, who has called for an end to all kinds of discrimination.Councillor Frankie Neylon was speaking at this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, where councillors voted against a proposal calling for the Government to provide mandatory equality and anti-discrimination training for local representatives.Councillor Paul O’Shea had proposed the council extend their sympathies to the family of Moses Ayanwole, the taxi driver who was murdered in Dublin in November. This was unanimously agreed by all councillors. However, a dispute arose between the councillors following Councillor O’Shea’s proposal that the council request that Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, legislate immediately for mandatory training in equality, anti-discrimination and racism for all local elected representatives throughout the State. Councillor O’Shea stated local representatives are “obliged to the people, that we use appropriate and inclusive language”. However, Councillor Tommy Brennan dissented from the proposal saying, “I’ve served …

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It’s pantomime time with Jack and the Pantaloons

IT’S panto time in Ennis again and the Pantaloons have chosen Jack and the Beanstalk for their 11th production. According to Maeve Fox of the Pantaloons, this year’s production brings a new twist to the classic tale. “This year’s panto is all about a poor boy called Jack who lives with his Mammy, Lola. One day Lola tells Jack that they have no money so he will have to take Dave the cow to market and sell him. On the way Jack meets Lady and Gaga who give him magic beans in exchange for Dave. Lola is so cross with Jack when he gets home with the beans that she throws them out into the garden; overnight the beans grow into a huge beanstalk. Then we find out what happens when Jack climbs up the beanstalk. Will Evil Lord Flatulant evict Lola and Jack from their house?  Will Isabelle fall in love with Jack? Along the way we meet Force …

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