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Controversial housing development finally finished

  ***The year in review*** AFTER years of delays and controversies, along with expenditure of more than €5 million of taxpayers’ money, a relatively humble 22-bed affordable and step-down housing development was finally completed. The project at Glaise na Rinne was controversial as far back as 2007, before construction ever began, as residents of Cluain Airne claimed the site was inappropriate, as the development was going onto a local green area.Five years later – a period during which the residential property market collapsed, removing the need for specific affordable housing developments – it was finally completed.Of the 22 houses, 16 are affordable housing and the other six are step-down units. The most expensive of the affordable units are priced at €102,000, while an average of €230,000 was spent on providing each house, meaning huge losses.At a council meeting in November, Shannon town manager and Clare County Council director of housing, Bernadette Kinsella gave some details of the expenditure on the …

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Companies reduce workforces but hope for future employment

  ***The year in review*** INDUSTRIAL employment at Shannon remained relatively stable in 2012, while the creation of a new entity to manage the industrial estate and the creation of new incentives for companies to come to the region has given hope for the future. Also, it’s hoped that the Government move to put Enterprise Ireland and the IDA in charge of enterprise development in the Free Zone will lead to job creation.While there weren’t huge job losses, there were some companies who reduced their workforces.Towards the end of January, it emerged that local IT company Avocent was making 13 of its workers redundant.In a statement at the time, the IT company said it was consolidating its operations. “Avocent International Ltd has informed employees at its Shannon facility of plans for a collective redundancy in its operations and sales departments. “This difficult decision is no reflection on the quality of the employees affected by this reduction, who have served the …

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Town council honours Order of Malta

LAST week Shannon Town Council awarded a civic reception to the Shannon Order of Malta in recognition of their 40 years of work, while the 2012 Community Grants were allocated and the Liosta na Laochra award winners for 2012 honoured.Liosta na Laochra is a scheme that honours outstanding achievements by local people. Mayor Michael Fleming paid tribute to all who were nominated for the awards and said, “It’s a pity that one or two were missed out on. It’s not down to Shannon Town Council it’s up to people to make a nomination to the council and then we look at it. Unfortunately, there were one or two missed this year but hopefully we’ll get back on top of it next year.”Five of this year’s winners are members of the Shannon Meteors Trampoline Club, Jonas Landrock, Callum Minter, Cillian McMullen, Shannon Minter and Caoimhe Garrett, all of whom were winners at the All-Ireland Trampoline Championships.Athlete Karl Fitzmaurice was honoured after …

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Work on hangars may begin next year

SENATOR Tony Mulcahy has said the construction of new hangar facilities in Shannon could begin as early as next year, as part of efforts to attract aviation businesses.He said he received details from the Department of Finance of a seven-year government-backed accelerated capital allowance scheme, which will promote the construction of certain aviation-specific facilities at Shannon.“It is abundantly clear from a report prepared by the management of Shannon Airport and assessed by KPMG, that the viability of Shannon Airport and the surrounding businesses cannot be justified through passenger growth alone,” he said.“By introducing a capital allowance scheme, the Government is underlining its commitment to marketing Shannon as a one-stop-shop for all airline needs, including use of hangars to house aircraft and pilot-training but primarily for the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector. “It is clear that Shannon is well positioned to develop as an aviation services centre, considering the availability of zoned development lands, established expertise, geographical location on …

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Town council expenditure expected to fall by €4,000 for 2013

SHANNON Town Council’s budget for 2013 was passed on Monday evening, although council members clashed on certain aspects of it.The council’s expenditure is projected to drop by €4,000 next year, declining to €141,000. The town rate is to remain at €2.11.In the draft budget document, Shannon Town manager Bernadette Kinsella said funding is tight. “The draft budget has been prepared in a continuing difficult economic climate. This is reflected in a reduction of funds available from Clare County Council and the maintenance of commercial rates at 2010 levels in recognition of the demands being placed on the business community.“The draft budget sets out the amounts necessary for the council to fund its operations for the coming year. Gross expenditure is estimated at €141,000 and projected income is estimated at €41,000. This results in a net expenditure of €100,000 and represents the demand from Clare County Council for 2013. This level of demand does not necessitate an increase in the town …

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