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Strategic development zone application almost set to go

LONG after it was first mooted, Clare County Council and the University of Limerick are putting the finishing touches to an application for the creation of a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in the south east of the county.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Shannon Municipal District councillors, Director of Service Liam Conneally said that the Council hopes to be in a position to make the application by the end of this week.

Councillor Michael Begley said it is at least two and a half years since it was first considered and he hopes it moves relatively quickly after the application is made. “Hopefully the Minister won’t spend the rest of his tenure deciding.”

Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council PJ Ryan complimented the work that was done by the Council executive. “Every time it was mentioned you said work was going on and now we see the fruits of that.”

He suggested that Clare’s Oireachtas members be contacted and asked “to put their weight behind it.”

Mr Conneally said that the Council will organise a briefing session for the Oireachtas members after the application is submitted.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.