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Fight night for charity

WITH just days to go, the excitement is building in the run up to the Clare Conquest white collar boxing night. Clare Conquest is an unstoppable animal for the boxers now. As fight night approaches these men and women are growing ever more energized and motivated.

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Council says no to retail variation

A CONTROVERSIAL proposed change to the Ennis and Environs Development Plan, which it has been claimed would pave the way for a multi-million euro retail development on the outskirts of the town, will not go ahead as members of Ennis Town Council agreed this week not to vary the local development plan to include the proposed modification.

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Councillors invited to Purple Flag meeting

THE Purple Flag for a safer and more appealing town centre, is becoming a real possibility for Ennis with the town council accepting an official invitation from the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) to explore the initiative in an Irish setting. The invitation was received last week by Councillor Johnny Flynn in his chairing role of the Municipal Policy Committee (MPC).

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Opposition to large-scale supermarket

Opposition to the proposed development of a 70,000ft2 foodstore at the junction of Tobarteascain and the Clare Road in Ennis is gathering momentum.The investment of over €34 ­million will create 300 construction jobs and between 180 and 200 permanent sustainable jobs at a time when unemployment is at its worst in Clare since the 1980s, according to Seamus Lynch, managing director of Michael Lynch Limited.“Contrary to claims that we plan to build a shopping centre, the planning application we made is for a foodstore and  not a shopping centre,” he said. “Specifically, the site will include a foodstore, a purpose-built community building to house a much-needed new library that will be handed over to Ennis Town Council free-of-charge  and a new office building for Michael Lynch Limited.  “Our planning application has clearly stated that Tesco will continue to operate at the Ennis Shopping Centre, it will not be closing.”Ennis Chamber and Ennis Development Forum said they want to bring clarity …

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