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Groundbreaking Clare tome to be released as an audiobook

A groundbreaking Clare book is to be released as an audiobook following a donation of funding by a local county councillor. The boom, ‘We Are Human Too’ was co-produced by Clare-based Disabled People’s Organisation, Clare Leader Forum, and co-written and edited by well-known Activist Ann Marie Flanagan. The book was written as a historical record and to spotlight the voices, experiences, and rights of disabled people, advocating for substantial State reforms. Funding to turn the book into an audiobook was announced by North Clare Green Party councillor, Liam Grant. The decision to fund the audiobook came about at an event celebrating the book in Corofin where Ann Marie and Dermot Hayes are from and where the movement was founded over 30 years ago. “This publication is a testament to our community’s spirit and commitment to equality,” said Grant. “By funding the audiobook, we are removing barriers and ensuring that the powerful message of inclusion and equality is accessible to all. …

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Extended lifeguard cover ‘will save lives’ says Grant

EXTENDING the lifeguard season on Clare’s popular beaches will save lives in the future, according to Councillor Liam Grant. The former lifeguard has welcomed Clare County Council’s decision to introduce lifeguard cover for the last two weekends in May at Lahinch, Spanish Point, Kilkee and Fanore. The Green Party Councillor tabled a motion to the local authority in October 2022 highlighting the need to increase the lifeguard cover at “big beaches” to include weekends in May. He also pointed out extending the lifeguard season for Clare’s bathing areas is a great boost for tourism. “Since joining the council I’ve got the lifeguard season extended to include weekdays in June and the last two weekends in May. Clare are the first and only county in the country to do this so I’m happy with the progress so far. “However, when you look at the UK, many of their beaches are lifeguarded from Easter until the end of September. I think that’s …

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Councillor calls foul on dog owners in Lahinch

Two motions about dog fouling, which were before the March meeting of the West Clare Municipal District (MD), gave rise to a good humoured debate amongst councillors. Councillor Liam Grant (GP)asked the council to address the serious dog fouling issues in Lahinch, requesting it to target several days to enforce dog fouling fines in an effort to stop the issue. The councillor said he wants to see something similar to the “slow down” days conducted by An Garda Síochána. He has also requested data on how many dog fouling fines have been issued by the local authority in Lahinch over the last three years. “In Lahinch, this came up as I was involved in a beach clean on the St Bridget’s Bank Holiday weekend, organised with a couple of different community groups…the amount of dog fouling – I think I counted 20 bags of poo myself,” he said. “There is a weird trend that is happening of people picking up …

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People ‘booted out’ for short term rentals in North Clare

THE lack of houses available to rent around North Clare is causing huge stress for people, who find it extremely difficult to get a place to live, says Councillor Liam Grant. “It’s definitely the number one thing people ask me about. In an act of desperation they come to me to ask if I know of anywhere to live and I have to disappoint people all the time. It gets to me, it’s very sad. I hate that I can’t help them with it,” he said this week. During the summer time the situation is particularly acute, he says, while businesses in the area are facing labour shortages due to the lack of accommodation. “You have a lot of people commuting to North Clare for work now. You’ll find a lot of people have accommodation until May but then they’re booted out for short term letting, so they have to leave. “It’s very difficult for people to get anywhere to …

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Grant all set for co-option

LAHINCH’S Liam Grant will next week be co-opted as a Green Party representative to Clare County Council, replacing Susan Crawford. In advance of taking the seat, Mr Grant said, “It is a great privilege and a very humbling experience to represent the Green Party in West and North Clare. As an Earth and Ocean Science graduate, I am very passionate about the environment, particularly when it comes to water. I want to put an end to beaches being closed in the county due to high levels of bacteria in the sea. We need to bring our water and wastewater infrastructure into the 21st century.” “As the incoming Green Party Councillor, I look forward to working in tandem with Senator Róisín Garvey. Róisín has already done tremendous work in the area, and we share a similar vision for the future. With sea swimming becoming ever more popular I would like to see the development of tidal swimming pools, similar to that …

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Grant to fill vacant council seat

LAHINCH man Liam Grant is set to fill the seat on Clare County Council that was left vacant following the resignation of the Green Party’s Susan Crawford. Mr Grant is set to be co-opted at the Council’s October meeting, and will be the third person to fill the Green Party’s sole seat on the Council, with Ms Crawford having succeeded Róisín Garvey who is now a Senator. According to information provided by the local section of the Green Party this week, Mr Grant is an Earth & Ocean Science graduate, who has run his own surf school and a technology company in the past. He has also qualified as an EMT and beach lifeguard, while he currently works as a retained fire fighter in Ennistymon and as a vaccinator. An avid surfer, he is also a GAA player. Speaking ahead of his co-option, Mr Grant said, “It is a great privilege and a very humbling experience to represent the Green …

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