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Disquiet over children’s hospital location

Twenty County Councils, including Clare, have voted on a motion calling on Enda Kenny to review the Cabinet decision of 2012 to build the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s. The motion calls instead for it to be tri-located with the Rotunda Maternity hospital and Adult hospital at the 145 acre Connolly campus off the M50/N3 interchange at Blanchardstown. The Connolly for Kids Hospital (C4KH) campaign has announced that 80% of councils have passed the motion, the majority of them unanimously. The motion has yet to be tabled by 11 councils while four – Kildare, Cork City, Wexford, Carlow – have failed to pass the motion, three of them by just a single vote. The fifteen councils that voted in favour of Connolly are Clare, Cavan, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Westmeath, while Cork County Coouncilvoted to review the St James’s decision. “The Miniter for Health, Leo Varadkar, claimed last Thursday …

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Census day on April 24

The date for Census 2016 has been fixed for Sunday, April 24. The census data collected will be free to use and can be used for a wide range of purposes, including enabling the development of better public services. It feeds into the planning stages of most aspects of Irish life, such as schools, train lines and childcare facilities. The Census is also an important historical record, and Census 2016 will tell the story of our times to generations to come. Census 2016 has ben launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Pádraig Dalton, director general of the Central Statistics Office.

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Taoiseach visits wet and windy Loop Head

HAS there ever been such excitement outside 11am mass in Kilbaha on a stormy Sunday morning in February? An Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited Kilbaha and Carrigaholt where he canvassed mass goers inside the Little Ark church in Kilbaha before the congregation concentrated on what their parish priest, Fr Michael Casey, had to say. An Taoiseach also met with a range of some startled locals outside the church. They were somewhat taken aback to be met by Deputy Kenny and a sizeable media presence. [doptg id=”102″] An Taoiseach and his entourage left before the ceremony started and were met minutes later by a large crowd inside the pavilion, which was buffeted by incessant wind and rain, at Loop Head lighthouse, where Mr Kenny’s grandfather served as a lighthouse keeper. While at Loop Head lighthouse, the Fine Gael leader stressed his belief that while the economic recovery has not reached everybody in the country, he feels that the current government are in …

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Fine Gael top Facebook chat in Clare

NEW data released by Facebook has revealed that Fine Gael are the most discussed political party on Facebook in Clare since November. Across the county, Labour were the second most discussed party while Fianna Fáil are in third spot. Sinn Féin come fourth in the rankings for conversations in Clare, followed by the Green Party, then Renua, the Social Democrats, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance. Facebook’s data, published with less than two weeks to polling day, has also revealed that infrastructure, health and the economy were the most discussed election-related issues in Clare. After that came social welfare, crime and corruption, flooding, education, housing and abortion. In terms of personality politics, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the most discussed political leader in Clare, with Tánaiste Joan Burton coming second. Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin was third in the county ahead of Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin. Eamon Ryan of the Green Party was the fifth most discussed …

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Clare man’s appeal to take in Syrian children

A “watershed moment” is how Ennis man, Aiden O’Neill has described seeing Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi being carried out of the water. Aiden has come to national prominence during the past 24 hours since he started a campaign to find 600 families to foster or adopt 600 Syrian refugees until their own families “can get back on their feet”. Speaking to The Clare Champion he said the response has “overwhelmed” him and exceeded all of his expectations. “I’m a sales rep. I’m just an ordinary Joe Soap. I’d seen all the images on Facebook and that image of Aylan was just a watershed moment for me and I just had to do something. It was just a harrowing image. “I have a two-year-old and a six-year-old. People might give up the cigarettes or drink or find God. I didn’t find God but I couldn’t wash my hands of this.” Aiden says he is looking to find 600 families to adopt …

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George Hook at Young FG dinner

The keynote speaker at this weekend’s Young Fine Gael conference dinner will be An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, while TV rugby pundit, George Hook will deliver what will undoubtedly an entertain after dinner speech. The conference opens at the Radisson Blu Hotel this Friday evening and  will continue until Sunday afternoon, during which time a wide range of party and national issues will be discussed. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and MEP Mairead McGuinness will be among the speakers.  

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Dr Maeve Hillery dies in Dublin

The death has occurred of Dr Maeve Hillery, the widow of former President of Ireland, Dr Patrick J Hillery. The president, Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach, Enda Kenny have led many tributes to Dr Hillery. Dr Hillery, aged 91, passed away peacefully at her Dublin home the weekend. She married Patrick Hillery in 1955, having met while studying in University College Dublin. She was well-known in Clare, especially West Clare where she and her husband holidayed in the family home in Spanish Point. Patrick Hillery was the sixth president of Ireland, holding the position from 1976 to 1990, having previously being Ireland’s first European Commissioner. He also held cabinet positions in Fianna Fáil governments. Dr Hillery will repose at her home this evening (Monday) and a funeral mass will be held at noon on Tuesday at St Fintan’s Church in Sutton, Dublin. She will be buried afterwards at St Fintan’s Cemetery. Dr Hillery is s survived by her son, John; …

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FF leader says Kenny ‘out of touch’

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has branded the Taoiseach’s comments about the choice facing voters in the next general election as “arrogant, out of touch and an indication of how out of touch with public sentiment” Mr Kenny has become. Addressing the annual Éamon DeValera commemoration in Ennis, on Sunday, Deputy Martin said “It is increasingly clear that the Taoiseach has lost touch with the Irish public. The public has lost faith in his Government – it is not within his gift to try and define the outcome of the next general election. The fact that he would try is indicative of the arrogance that has defined the last 12 months of Government activity and is an insult to voters. It is up to the people to decide who will be in the next government and it is up to each party to spell out their vision for the future of the country and put forward credible policies. “Fianna Fáil, …

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