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Support plea for new rates group

SHANNON businesses are being urged to get behind a new group looking to cut commercial rates.Tenants at the town centre were written to last week with information about the ‘Employers for Affordable Rates’ group and Darragh O’Connor, who has the Texaco station in Shannon, said he is hoping Clare business people will support it. “I heard about it starting up and I got in contact with them. “I found there wasn’t much happening in the Clare area so I offered to try and get businesses in. It turns out John Dillane in the Ennis Chamber is involved and both of us are trying to get businesses in Clare working. This started off as Wexford Employers Against Rates and it has turned into Employers For Affordable Rates and it’s being rolled out to the other counties,” he said.He said while other people may be suffering more than himself, the burden of rates is still very onerous. “It’s very serious. For me, …

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Brennan elected new mayor

ON Tuesday night Councillor Mary Brennan was elected Mayor of Shannon for the coming year. She has already held the mayoral chain for the last couple of weeks, having taken office a little early following the election of Tony Mulcahy to Seanad Éireann. Councillor Brennan was elected unopposed on Tuesday and speaking to The Clare Champion afterwards she said she is enjoying her role. “I took over a few weeks ago and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been to loads of functions and it’s a great honour.”She feels employment is the biggest issue facing local Government and her own family has been hit by emigration. “One of my sons went to Canada three weeks ago and the other one is going to Perth next Wednesday. 2It’s a shame that the airport is being used more for goodbyes than hellos,” she said.Councillor Brennan said she wants to see co-operation across party lines on the council. “All of the councillors have been …

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Derelict apartments make way for green area

A LANDSCAPED green area that has been developed on the site of the former Tradaree Court Flats, the scene of ongoing anti-social behaviour since the flats became derelict, was officially opened this week.Acting Mayor of Shannon, Michael Fleming was joined by Mayor of Clare, Councillor Christy Curtin to mark the occasion by joining with members of the project team and officials from Clare County Council in a tree-planting ceremony. The apartments, which were built in the 1970s to house single-parent families, comprised 30 one-bed apartments. They formed part of the property portfolio taken over by Clare County Council from Shannon Development in 2004.The flats, which were in a deteriorating condition, were finally vacated with the re-homing of last occupant in August 2009. The two apartment blocks were demolished in December 2010 allowing for the reinstatement of the ground for the provision of a green area. The project, which was included in the council’s Social Housing Investment Programme in 2009, was …

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Airport director welcomes business jet pre-clearance

SHANNON Airport has welcomed a procedural change for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that clears a significant hurdle with regard to capitalising on business aviation opportunities for the airport. Welcoming the revised procedures by US authorities, which will enable much faster turn-around for business jets, Shannon Airport director Mary Considine said this is a very important development for the airport. The announcement comes ahead of a business aviation conference titled Financial Solutions for Business Aircraft (FiSBA), co-hosted by Shannon Airport and Shannon Development on June 29 and June 30 at the Strand Hotel, Limerick. The potential for significant global private jet operations out of Shannon Airport is set to be explored as part of the first ever business aviation conference to be held in Ireland. Shannon Airport in 2009 became the first airport in the world to offer full US pre-clearance. “This change in procedure clears one of the most important hurdles that was in our way in terms …

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Concern over alleged planning breach

MEMBERS of the Cronan Membership Association attended this week’s meeting of Shannon area county councillors to voice concerns about an alleged breach of planning conditions in the area.They claim that a condition imposed on a planning application granted five years ago has not been complied with.Jim Duffy of the group claimed residents have had to deal with an excessive amount of traffic in their area for a number of years because of a failure by Jim Woods Building Contractor to comply with a condition attached to the decision to grant him planning permission for a residential development in 2006.Mr Duffy claimed that a temporary access onto Cronan Grove/Cronan Lawn was supposed to be closed upon the opening of the Southern Primary Road in 2007. He said residents are now left dealing with “an astronomical amount of traffic”.“People are greatly concerned. It’s the main route for children going to St Caimin’s and St Conaire’s and it’s getting worse,” he added.Mr Duffy …

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New mayor for Shannon

SHANNON has a new mayor following the election of Mary Brennan to the position this week.Also at Tuesday’s town council meeting, Vincent Coleman was co-opted to the body. Mr Coleman was nominated by Sean McLoughlin, who said he is a long-standing member of Fine Gael and someone who has served the community well. His nomination was seconded by Councillor Mary Brennan.Independent Councillor Gerry Flynn congratulated the new member, while Councillor Patricia McCarthy said she is sure he will represent the people of Shannon very well. “In spite of some of the acrimony, we do work as a unit for the people of the town,” she added.A number of other councillors also welcomed him to the council, along with town manager, Bernadette Kinsella.When the vacancy for the position of mayor was discussed, Councillor Brennan was nominated by Councillor McCarthy, while she was seconded by Councillor Sean McLoughlin.“I’d like to thank the members for this unique honour. The vacancy has been brought …

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Shock at death of Tomás Mac Cormaic

THERE was shock in Shannon this week following the sudden death of former town clerk, Tomás Mac Cormaic.Mr Mac Cormaic was found dead at his home on Tuesday. He was aged 76.A native of Kilkishen, Tomás had worked in Shannon Airport, Clare County Council as well as companies such as LanaKnit and EI while he also spent some time in England. He married his late wife, Eithne in 1965 and they had nine children together.Tomás became Shannon town clerk in 1982 and held the position until the summer of 2009, when he stood down following the local elections, shortly before his 75th birthday.In an interview with The Clare Champion after announcing he was stepping down from his position as town clerk, Tomás said he had enjoyed his time in the role hugely and identified the transfer of responsibility for the town from Shannon Development to Clare County Council as a highlight. “The biggest highlight was the transfer of the town …

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McLoughlin selected for county council position

SEAN McLoughlin has been selected as Fine Gael’s successor to Tony Mulcahy on Clare County Council. A successful candidate for Shannon Town Council at the last two local elections, Mr McLoughlin defeated Marinella Raftery at last Thursday’s selection convention in Bunratty.There were 77 votes cast on the night but members of the party’s national executive carried out the count and did not reveal the breakdown of the votes.Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, Councillor McLoughlin said that with a Shannon councillor having departed, he felt it was a good time to stand. “It’s something that I would have thought about over the years but when Tony was there I had no business going. When he moved on, some people would have said I was the natural successor but Fine Gael is good and fair and there was a contest,”He said that he intends to keep his cab licence at Shannon Airport but will be mostly concentrating on county council …

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