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No falling foul of fines for Kilrush mutts

NOT a single Kilrush dog owner has been issued with a fine for incidents of dog-fouling inside the last five years, according to Clare County Council. In reply to a question of how many fines had been issued under Section 21 of the Litter Pollution Acts since 2005, Mary McMahon of the county council said that no fines have been issued during that time.

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Hopes high for an end to headshop legal highs

FINE Gael Deputy Pat Breen is hoping that the ban on headshop products, announced by the Minister for Health and Children this week, will lead to the closure of the one remaining headshop in Ennis.He added that it is vitally important now that the new legislation banning substances with mood-altering effects sold in headshops will be followed by the introduction of a regular monitoring system of new products which may now be developed.It has been stated that by the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern that the legislation will very likely close many headshops as most of the substances currently on sale in such premises have been found to contain psycho-altering components. The headshop, Harmonisation, off Parnell Street in Ennis was closed on Tuesday evening at 6.40pm and again on Wednesday morning at 11am and on Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm and 4pm. It remains to be seen if it will reopen for business.Deputy Breen commented, “I welcome the news that the …

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Councillor accused of not being well informed

COUNCILLOR Paul O’Shea has been accused of not being “well informed” with a motion objecting to water charges, which lacked “credibility”.The councillor said at this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council that the introduction of water meters to 1.1 million householders will be further bad news for Ennis families. “Not only will they now have to face water charges but it is also likely that they will be forced to pay for the installation of meters,” Councillor O’Shea said.He proposed that Ennis Town Council remain opposed to the re-introduction of domestic water charges.Councillor Peter Considine commented, “It is not well informed to say that people will have to pay for the installation of water meters. This motion lacks credibility. If someone comes up with a motion like this, they should come up with ways of meeting the costs. People will have to pay for what water they use, encouraging people to use water more carefully,” he commented.He continued, “I don’t …

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