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Charity cheques instead of cards

The Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe has foregone his Christmas card allowance to support local organisations and charities. Councillor John Crowe will present Cahercalla Hospice, the RNLI, Clarecastle Daycare Centre and Going Strong Sixmilebridge with cheques for €250 each. “I am delighted to contribute my Christmas card allowance to the respective fundraising efforts of these organisations who for very different but important reasons rely on such donations,” he said.

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Putting the Market under cover

A €1.75m loan for the proposed redevelopment of the market area in Ennis has been approved by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Arrangements are being made to draw down the loan from a lending institution. The Council says the detailed design stage for the proposed project is currently being finalised. The project will go to tender during the first quarter of 2015. Mayor of Ennis  Johnny Flynn welcomed the news, describing the proposed development as “a 21st century project for a town with its origins in the 12th century”. “I initiated a request for a feasibility study for a covered market in 2011, particularly in light of the successful Limerick milk market project. Four years on, I am delighted to see that Phase One of the project is being progressed and the council is putting Munster’s largest town on the path to once again becoming the go to town for the people of Clare and the …

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A rallying call to join PPN

Clare’s community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups have just over a week remaining to register their interest in participating in the newly established Public Participation Network (PPN). Replacing the Clare Community Forum, the PPN is aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by the public in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across the county. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor John Crowe said all groups interested in becoming members of the Network should register by Friday, January 9. “The PPN will enable community groups to interact with local government at different levels, as well as facilitate Clare County Council in developing policy and in plan making. It will be the main link through which the Council connects with the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors. The PPN’s primary objective is to enable the public to take an active formal role in the policy making and oversight activities of …

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12.5% increase in Cliffs of Moher visitors

Visitor numbers at the Clare County Council owned Cliffs of Moher visitor attraction have increased by 12.5% during 2014 breaking the one million mark for the first time. Figures released reveal that visitor numbers have hit 1,075,000 for this year, representing an increase of over 115,000 visitors on the overall figure for 2013. 2014 marks the fourth successive year of increased visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. The visitor centre has also seen substantial investment in product and facilities in 2014 with a spend of over €600,000 on additional coach parking facilities, new exhibition content, restoration works in O’Brien’s Tower and a redesign of the foyer at the visitor centre. “A number of positive factors combined during 2014 to drive visitor numbers over the one million mark,” Katherine Webster, Director of Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. “New routes and increased access into Shannon Airport, the launch by Failte Ireland of the Wild Atlantic Way on which the …

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NRA under fire over motorway works

  The National Roads Authority (NRA) has been asked to attend the January meeting of Clare County Council to address public dissatisfaction over the remedial works carried out on the motorway linking Crusheen and Gort. The call came the NRA was subjected to stinging criticism of the effectiveness of work carried out on the motorway, despite two recent road closures. Councillor Pat Hayes told a recent council meeting motorists were still complaining about a section of the motorway between Gort and Crusheen and weren’t happy with recent works carried out by the NRA. “The work carried out by the NRA didn’t address the issues that people were complaining about – the dips, hollows and aquaplaning in wet weather. The NRA spent between three to four weeks working on this road and nobody seems to know what they were doing. “It was all hush hush. The public need to know what is going on. The NRA should be invited to address …

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green light for estates speed reduction

  Clare County Councillors have backed the reduction of vehicle speeds from 50 to 30 kilometres per hour in new and existing housing estates throughout Clare. This proposal was made by Councillor Johnny Flynn at a recent council meeting where he received cross party support for the introduction of new safety measures in urban estates. He was supported by Councillor Paul Murphy, who tabled a similar motion requesting the council to consider simple effective measures at reducing vehicle speeds in housing estates by considering them at initial design and planning application stages, which might help prevent accidents and tragedies.” Councillor Flynn’s proposal was made after Transport Minister Paschal Donohue requested local authorities to submit proposals for the reduction of speed limits in existing housing estates from 50 kilometres per hour to 30 kilometres per hour. Minister Donohue also sought the use other measures such as speed ramps in housing estates aimed at improving safety for the most vulnerable road users …

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IWS recognises Liam’s dedication

FORMER Clare Civil Defence officer and water safety development officer (WSDO), Liam Griffin, has been named Irish Water Safety’s 60th Life Governor in recognition of his dedication towards the humanitarian goal of saving lives from drowning. Clare County Council’s WSDO from 1996 until his recent retirement, Liam followed in the footsteps of the late Noel Carmody, who died before his time and was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best WSDO’s ever. Liam maintained and then improved standards in the performance of his duties as WSDO and as a member of Irish Water Safety (IWS). Clare is one of the most challenging counties in which to hold this brief, being surrounded by water on three sides. To the west is the Atlantic Ocean, with the west coast famous for its many swimming and surfing beaches, from Bishop’s Quarter in North Clare, to Fanore, Lahinch, Milltown Malbay, Spanish Point and Kilkee in the south. Inland, Clare is bounded by …

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Councillors insist on public meeting with Irish Water

CLARE County Council members have rejected the offer of meeting with Irish Water officials on a one-to-one basis. Instead, after protracted debate this week, councillors insisted that they would meet, as a group, with Irish Water at 10am next Monday in the council chamber, with the public and media present. From 11am, councillors would have the opportunity to meet privately with Irish Water if they want to. It was also suggested that the various municipal districts could meet with Irish Water to discuss capital projects in their respective areas. Monday’s adjourned county council meeting had heard that the proposed “clinic” with Irish Water would consist of six and a half minute, one-to-one meetings between each of the 28 councillors and the Irish Water delegation. However, on Monday, Councillor Cathal Crowe said if the councillors were denied the opportunity to meet in public and as a group with Irish Water, they should not meet them at all. On Wednesday, Councillor Gerry …

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