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Body of Maria Hennigar identified

Remains found in Galway Bay last week are those of a missing North Clare resident, Maria Hennigar, gardaí have confirmed. 35-year-old Ms Hennigar was reported missing on November 22 although she hadn’t been seen since early November. Family and friends of Ms Hennigar had been searching large areas of north Clare despite having no indication where Maria was or if she was actually missing.Hundreds of people joined the searches which also involved the Irish Coast Guard, Clare Civil Defence and gardaí. When part of a body was discovered in the sea near Kilcolgan on November 29, Ms Hennigan’s family was informed and DNA samples were taken so they be could compared to those taken from the body. Maria’s family have thanked the Gardaí and volunteers search teams for their efforts in the search. Today (Friday), her sister, Amanda Hennigar posted of Facebook, “Sadly, we confirm the passing of our sister Maria. We wish to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation …

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13 superintendents in Kilrush in 25 years

WHEN a new superintendent transfers to Kilrush later this month, he will be the 13th officer over a 25-year period to hold the post. Superintendent John Galvin will move on promotion from Ennis to the Kilrush Garda District, when Superintendent Martin McGonnell relocates from West Clare to Blackrock in Dublin on December 13. Superintendent McGonnell was stationed in Kilrush for 20 months. Addressing the point that having such a high turnover of superintendents in Kilrush is not ideal, Clare Garda Chief Superintendent John Kerin acknowledged it is an issue. “There has been a very high turnover, which certainly has not been desirable from my perspective. But, having said that, a lot of the people who have come have brought a lot of experience from different policing perspectives with them. We’ve learned from some of the people that have come there over the years,” he said. “I’m absolutely delighted to have a person of John Galvin’s capability and standing in the …

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Garda alert for missing person

Gardaí in Ennistymon are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Maria Hennigar, missing from Doolin since early November. Aged 35, Maria is described as 5’7″, brown hair, blue/green eyes and of medium build. She was last seen at Doonmacphelim, Doolin. She was reported missing on November 22 by a concerned neighbour. Anyone who may have seen Maria or may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact Ennistymon Garda station on 065 7072180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Garda warning on unlicensed guns

A WARNING has been issued to gun owners that they must ensure their licences are in date. Kilrush Garda Superintendent Martin McGonnell has said a percentage of gun owners in the county do not have the requisite licence. “There are a number that seem to completely disregard it and don’t seem to realise that owning a gun carries a lot of duties and responsibilities. We have a duty to make sure that is the case. When people start running into four or five months without a licence, that’s an issue. I want to remind people that when their licence is out of date, they are carrying an unlicensed firearm. People should be aware of this and should get their firearms renewed,” he warned. “We are going to start a policy of seizing firearms and initiating proceedings. It is a criminal offence to have an unarmed firearm and people who continually fail to obtain a licence will have it seized, possibly …

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Garda safety appeal for holiday weekend

An appeal has been issued by An Garda Síochána to all road users to take extra care over the October Bank Holiday Weekend. Gardaí have cautioned “there will be an increase in traffic as many will be travelling to different parts of the country. The school holidays will also be commencing for all school children, so we appeal to all motorists / motorcyclists to slow down, always wear their seatbelts, wear the appropriate safety clothing at all times, be well rested and never ever drink and drive”. Regional Traffic Superintendent, Western Region, Noel Kelly, said, “ We are anxious to ensure anyone using a vehicle is aware of our Bank Holiday Enforcement Campaign. Garda resources will be deployed with the aim of increasing compliance amongst road users and improving overall road safety. “Motorists are advised that inappropriate speed, Drink driving, seatbelts, poor vehicle lighting and faulty tyres are the greatest contributory factors to road deaths and serious injuries at this time of the …

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Strict traffic plan for Anthony Foley’s funeral

Gardaí will have a strict traffic plan in place for the funeral in Killaloe tomorrow (Friday) of Munster and Ireland rugby star, Anthony Foley. The funeral mass will take place at St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe at 12 noon, with burial after in Relig Nua graveyard. A one way system will be in place around Killaloe along the R463 with the junction of Killaloe Bridge, to Abbey Street Covent Hill, right onto Crossroads, Thomas Street, Chapel Street, left onto New Street and back onto the main Scariff Road – R463. To enable the free flowing of the one way system the following junctions will be closed off to traffic: ·         New Street/ Main Street junction ·         Thomas/Chapel Street junction ·         St Flannan’s Road / Main Street junction ·         St Flannan’s Road/ Covent Hill junction ·         New Street / Ogonnelloe Road junction ·         The Green / main Killaloe square will be free of all traffic for the rest of Thursday and Friday. Funeral vehicular traffic coming from the Birdhill Road/M7 direction …

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Garda alert: 24 hour speed blitz

A GARDA national speed enforcement operation, “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders, will run for a 24 hour period from 7am on this Friday to 7am on Saturday. The objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  The aim of “Slow Down” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. Although 2015 saw a very welcome reduction in road deaths, resulting in 162 road deaths, the joint lowest on record, there has been a marked increase in road deaths in 2016. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions during that time. The …

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Council to reduce speed limits

Clare County Council is inviting the public to have an input in the formulation of the Speed Limit Review 2016 – 2017. Draft bylaws have been developed after a review of existing speed limits on Clare’s 4,000 kilometre road network and following extensive consultation with An Garda Síochána, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the adjoining local authorities in Tipperary, Galway and Limerick. Among the proposed changes to speed limits throughout the county is a reduction in the speed limit from 100 km/h to 80 km/h on the N67 from the Galway border to Killimer, an increase in the speed limit from 80km/h to 100 km/h on the N19 between Shannon Town and the Shannon Industrial Estate, and an increase in the speed limit from 80 km/h to 100 km/h on a section of the R-352 Ennis to Portumna Road. The draft bylaws also propose speed limit reductions of 10 km/h from 60 km/h to 50 km/h on the L-3040-0 at …

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