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Back to drawing board for Turnpike parking ban

CLARE County Council are to go back to the drawing board after controversial draft proposals to ban roadside parking in the Turnpike area of Ennis were roundly rejected by residents, businesses, and members of the Ennis Municipal District. . The local authority have assured residents that the draft discussion document circulated had never been a “fait accompli” and they are trying to “find a solution to meet everybody’s needs”. A petition signed by hundreds of locals voicing their opposition was presented to the monthly meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, with many people from the area in the public gallery. The initial proposal included the installation of 46 bollards outside businesses and premises as well as the construction of a new car park on an existing green. The council have agreed to hold a further meeting between officials, elected members and the business community to further discuss and agree a proposed solution. Speaking at this week’s meeting of the municipal …

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Ennis Town Council on the way back?

ENNIS Town Council could be set for a return. Clare County Council CEO Pat Dowling told a meeting of Ennis councillors that in discussions taking place around the possible reintroduction of some local authority structures, “Ennis is most definitely being earmarked”. He was speaking at a meeting to consider the budgetary plan for the Ennis Municipal District. He outlined that the county capital’s position in the national planning framework strategy and its size strengthen Ennis’ position for a return of a local authority structure. Fianna Fáil has been pushing for the return of the local authorities, introducing a bill to that effect earlier this year. Town councils were abolished in June 2014 when the Local Government Reform Act was implemented in a move that drew much criticism. Meanwhile, it was also agreed at the meeting that the Ennis Municipal District would have €274,400 of discretionary funding to spend. Mr Dowling stated, “The general municipal allocation for 2017 for the Ennis …

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Daly is new AILG president

Ennis Councillor Pat Daly is the new president of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG). The former Mayor of Clare beat off the challenge of former Offaly hurler Councillor Danny Owens and Councillor Pat Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny) after a vote at the annual general meeting of the AILG earlier this week. Councillor Daly, who was the outgoing vice-president, said he is delighted and honoured to be selected to this prestigious post. The Fianna Fáil Councillor will represent the needs of almost 940 councillors at government level over the next year. “I am looking forward to representing councillors at national level concerning their pay and conditions and playing a role in the formation of national policy documents for councillors,” he said. “Our elected members, through our association, are fundamental stakeholders in our local government system and it is vital that our voice is heard on issues at all times,” he added. Councillor Damien Geoghegan from Waterford was elected as the new …

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