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The high cost of affordable housing for subcontractor

A SUBCONTRACTOR this week told The Clare Champion he has twice been left unpaid following works on the affordable housing development at Glaise na Rinne, adjacent to Cluain Airne.A spokesman for Galway firm Conrock Ltd said the company is down over €60,000 and have laid the blame at Clare County Council’s door. The company are currently considering a picket of the site, in protest.In a statement, the company outlined the circumstances it has faced. “On two separate occasions, Clare County Council entered into contracts with two different building contractors, who subsequently turned out to have inadequate financial backing to complete the projects for which they had been commissioned. Not only is this a gross mishandling of scarce public funds but it has also resulted in smaller, sub-contractors like ourselves being left without payment for works done.“We were contracted on both occasions to carry out the mechanical services (plumbing, heating, ventilation, gas installation and so on) on the Glaise na Rinne …

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Change for Good wheels into Shannon

UNICEF Ireland and Aer Lingus’ Change for Good cycle wheeled into Shannon at the weekend as part of a trip that will see it visiting the airline’s largest bases in Cork, Belfast and Dublin as well as Shannon Airport. Marking the 15th anniversary of the campaign, which has already raised $15 million for children around the world, the cycle is being undertaken by Brian Rutter of Aer Lingus’ cabin crew.“While I’m cycling across the country, the Change For Good campaign is being extended and will run right through until June 1,” explained Brian. “Normally, we would collect spare change from people on international flights only but for this week, we’ll be collecting on every Aer Lingus flight. So please, if you are on one of our flights, please give generously.” Brian was one of a group of Aer Lingus, UNICEF Ireland ambassadors who visited Zambia in February of this year to see how the money raised was changing lives there. …

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Chamber urges ‘yes’ vote in Treaty referendum

SHANNON Chamber has urged all local businesses to throw their weight behind securing a ‘yes’ vote in the European Fiscal Treaty Referendum, with President Damian Gleeson saying nowhere in the country needs a ‘yes’ vote more.Mr Gleeson claimed passing the treaty would pave the way to more fiscal and economic stability for both Ireland and Europe.He made the call when announcing that Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, will address a special Shannon chamber breakfast briefing on the Treaty at the Radisson Hotel on Monday, May 21 at 8am.The Chamber president claimed a ‘yes’ vote will lead to greater business confidence and investment and a strengthening of Ireland’s position in Europe.“We must make it clear that we are very much open for business and are fully committed to stable economic and fiscal management of our economy in the year ahead. There is nowhere in Ireland that urgently needs this positive message more than Shannon at the present time.“Continued inward investment and …

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