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‘Serious litter problem’ on N18 according to IBAL

WHILE Shannon performed very well in the 2009 IBAL litter league, there was an early shot fired across its boughs, as the 2010 league was launched this week.IBAL produced a litter report card on key tourist entry points and it found that the N18 (northbound and southbound) from Shannon Airport has a “serious litter problem”.The assessors described the road as, heavily littered with large pieces of plastic, especially on central median and litter hidden by long grass.While they were negative about Shannon, they found that the litter there isn’t as bad as at sites close to Dublin Airport, Dublin Port Tunnel, the Cork-Waterford Road and the Cork-Limerick approach road.Mayor of Shannon Seán McLoughlin said that the comments have to be taken seriously and that the growing problem of litter has to be tackled. “It’s fair comment. I brought it to the attention of the council in Shannon some months ago but the reply was that the money wasn’t there because …

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Leisure centre bookings being taken ahead of reopening

BOOKINGS are now being taken for classes at Shannon Leisure Centre, which is due to reopen on July 3. Councillor Patricia McCarthy is on the board of the leisure centre and she said that work is now back on track. “Everything is on target now for July 3 and bookings are being taken for classes. The tennis courts are nearly done – we’re waiting for the surface to go on them and for netting. The skatepark is nearly finished too, we’re just waiting for the modular shape to go in,” she said.Work on the leisure centre was delayed after a dispute with builders. The length of the delay sparked an online campaign seeking its reopening and a public protest outside a meeting of Shannon Town Council earlier this year. Membership of the leisure centre can also be booked and prices are at 2007 levels.Details of upcoming activities are available on the leisure centre’s website, on a noticeboard at the town …

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