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Taoiseach to face protests on Clare visit

ENDA Kenny is to face protests when he comes to Clare on Monday, with the revised water charges still the subject of much public anger. Gardaí met earlier this week to make plans for Monday, when the Taoiseach is set to visit TTM Healthcare at Ballymaley, speak at the Shannon Chamber president’s lunch in Dromoland and open Genworth’s new business centre in Shannon. There is speculation that jobs will be announced at TTM Healthcare and while there were reports that new jobs would also be announced at Genworth, a company spokesman told The Clare Champion this is not the case. It is understood that another Shannon company, which is due to take on new staff in 2015, are also hopeful that the Taoiseach will visit them. At a so-called street meeting in Shannon on Tuesday night, representatives of the We Won’t Pay anti-water charges campaign said they have plans to protest when the Taoiseach is in Clare. They also said …

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State Funeral of Albert Reynolds

The State Funeral of former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader, Albert Reynolds takes place today, Monday. RTÉ will broadcast live coverage on television, radio, online and mobile of the State Funeral. On Saturday, Mr Reynolds lasy in repose at the Mansion House, Dublin before being brought to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook, Dublin. David McCullagh will present special television coverage of the State Funeral, starting at 11.30am on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now. John Bowman and Mary Kennedy will provide commentary on the funeral mass of the former taoiseach in the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook, at which Father Brian D’Arcy will be chief celebrant in the presence of the Archbishop of Dublin and a number of other con-celebrants. The President, Michael D Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and other dignitaries will be in attendance. At approximately 2pm, the funeral cortege will proceed to Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill, County Dublin where Mr Reynolds will be laid to rest …

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Tributes to the late Albert Reynolds

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have led tributes to former taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, who died in the early hours of this Thursday morning. Mr Reynolds, who was 81, was first elected to the Dáil in 1977 for Fianna Fáil in the Longford-Westmeath constituency. He succeeded Mr Charlie Haughey as taoiseach and party leader in February 1992. Mr Reynolds served as taoiseach for two terms in a short period and in that time made a huge to the peace process in Northern Ireland. Mr Reynolds was a frequent visitor to Clare, and Shannon in particular, when he held the industry portfolio in cabinet. He also met a number of VIPs at Shannon Airport. President Higgins said, “I have learned with great  sadness of the death of former taoiseach and a member of the Council of State, Albert Reynolds. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Kathleen  and the entire Reynolds family. Albert Reynolds will be remembered as …

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Foynes Tower controls flying once again

THE clock at Foynes historic air traffic control tower, will be turned back to the glorious early days of aviation on July 5 and 6 next, as the 75th anniversary of the first ever commercial transatlantic flight is celebrated. Organisers of the Foynes-Shannon 75th Anniversary Air Show, which will mark the landing in July 1939 of the Pan American Airways Yankee Clipper flying boat that brought the first commercial flight across the Atlantic, have confirmed that the restored ATC tower at the facility will be the control base for the spectacular air show. Officers from the Air Traffic Control base at Shannon Airport will transfer over to the historic Foynes base for the two air show extravaganzas, which are set to be attended by over 10,000 people. The two spectacular displays will amount to the biggest air- show of the year in Ireland, as more aircraft than any other such event in the country will take to the skies and …

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Battling for a Galway county council seat

By Nicola Corless As the final week of canvassing begins for Elections 2014, we take a look at the local candidates in the Loughrea Electoral Area Eight seats are up for grabs in the Loughrea Electoral Area, which extends from Kinvara to Kiltullagh and on to Kilreekill, Abbeygormacan, Derrrew, Kilquan and Tiranascragh. Thirteen candidates are in the running in the constituency, to represent an electorate of 37,416. In 2009, the total electorate was just shy of 31,000 for the then seven-seat constituency. Since the boundary change, Athenry has moved into the Oranmore-Athenry area and, with it, sitting Councillor in the Loughrea Electoral Area, Fine Gael’s Peter Feeney. Fine Gael is running four candidates in the new electoral area, including three sitting councillors, Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher, Loughrea; Jimmy McClearn, Killimor and Bridie Willers, Ardrahan. Joe Byrne from Kinvara is a first-time candidate but with strong family ties to the party. Fianna Fáil has put forward three candidates: Shane Donnellan from Loughrea; …

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Enda Kenny in Ennis

TAOISEACH  Enda Kenny was in Ennis on this Friday, as part of the Fine Gael’s campaign to muster support for their candidates in the European Elections. After meeting party members at the Temple Gate Hotel, and speaking with the local media, Mr Kenny went on a walkabout with MEP Sean Kelly, Clare’ Fine Gael Oireachtas members, councillors and local election candidates. Among those he meet were pupils from Coláiste Muire on their lunch break.

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McNamara welcomes commitment on legal reform

CLARE TD, Michael NcNamara has welcomed a commitment from the Taoiseach that reform of the legal sector will go ahead. He was speaking in the Dáil after the resignation of Alan Shatter as Minister for Justice. “Unlike many, but not all on the backbenches of this House, I am more concerned with policies than personalities. Earlier this week the Cabinet agreed a mechanism for charging for water in the fairest way possible. It did so because it was part of the memorandum agreed with the Troika by the previous government. So too, was reform of the legal sector. Taoiseach, I want a commitment from you that this Government will not confine its reforms to those which affect the poor but will also carry out reforms that affect the wealthiest and most powerful sectors of our society. I want a commitment that the Legal Services Bill will proceed to Report Stage,” the Labour deputy said. Taoiseach Enda Kenny replied: “You have …

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Local Enterprise Offices launch

GOVERNMENT top brass will be out in force tomorrow (Tuesday) for the national launch of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOS). Taoiseach, Enda Kenny; Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan will attend the launch at Westmeath Local Enterprise Office in Mullingar. Tomorrow’s event will announce that the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, based in every county, are now open for business and that 35 independent State agencies previously providing services in this area are now abolished. The LEOs will provide a “first-stop-shop” for all government supports for small business in easily accessible locations across the country.  

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