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Raging over Shanagolden waste to energy plan

A WEST Limerick group is appealing for support from residents in West Clare, in their ongoing opposition to the development of a municipal waste to energy plant in Gortadroma, which is located close to Shanagolden. Plans for a gasification plant, which converts waste matter into gas using a heat process, have been approved by Limerick councillors but has yet to receive planning permission. RAGE Limerick (Residents Against Gasification in our Environment) has organised a public meeting on the issue in Shanagolden Community Centre for Thursday, February 18 at 8pm. American company Cadence EnviroPower, who are behind the proposal, claims the process is potentially more efficient than incineration and produces 100 times less emissions. However, the Shanagolden group is concerned at the possible effects on their own area and in West Clare of dioxins emitted from the proposed plant at a landfill site, which is owned by Limerick County Council. Mary O’Connor, secretary of RAGE, says gasification is “unproven technology” and …

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IBEC seeks candidates support on road projects

Ibec Mid-West and Kerry has called on all General Election candidates to support key road projects that will make the region a better place to live, work and do business. Completion of the M20 Cork to Limerick and N69 Foynes to Limerick projects must be prioritised to support job creation and the development of the region’s economy. Ibec Mid-West and Kerry regional director, Sinead Mullins said, “With half a million people living within 10km of the proposed motorway, the crucial M20 Cork-Limerick project needs to be urgently progressed. If delivered, this project can support economic recovery in the entire South-West and Mid-West regions and will underpin the regional contribution to the national economy. All candidates need to publically get behind this vital project which will be a significant advance in developing an effective Atlantic Corridor.” She continued, “The lack of a motorway is damaging connectivity and the competitiveness of the region, while broadening the divide between Dublin and the regions. …

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Jigsaw sets up in Mid West

An investment of approximately €700,000 per year will see Jigsaw provide a new mental health service for young people in the Mid West. News of the investment was announced by Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Mental Health, Social Care and Primary Care and recruitment of a Project Manager for the Limerick project will commence in February. Jigsaw will provide early intervention and prevention services and also help to integrate existing resources to better support youth mental health. Minister for Education and Skills and Labour TD for Limerick City, Jan O’Sullivan, warmly welcomed the establishment of the new youth mental service for Limerick. “Jigsaw is a fantastic service, provided by the organisation Headstrong.  It is already making a very positive impact on youth mental health in ten communities across the country and I am delighted that my colleague Minister Kathleen Lynch has provided the funding to extend the service to Limerick this year.” “Jigsaw is based on the principle of “somewhere to …

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Garda Alert: Searches continue for missing men

A CANDLELIGHT vigil was held at Barefield parish church on St Stephen’s Day for Michael Bugler, the 20-year-old Ennis man who has gone missing in Galway. The vigil was held at the request of friends of Michael, as the search continues for the missing student. Fr Jerry Carey of Doora Barefield Parish said, “We were contacted by friends of Michael about holding the vigil and we were happy to make it possible”. Some of Michael’s family were in attendance at the event, which drew large crowds. A huge group of volunteers are continuing the search for the missing man in Galway this week. Ahead of the searches, gardaí are briefing volunteers in the grounds of Calasanctius College, Oranmore. Gardaí have launched a public appeal for information on the whereabouts of the law student, who has been missing since the early hours of Friday, December 18. The student, originally from Ennis but now living in Galway where he is attending NUIG, …

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A pioneer in education – the late Professor Peadar Cremin

THE death occurred on Monday of the former president of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Professor Peadar Cremin, who played a pioneering role in the development of third level education in the Mid-West. A native of Kerry, Professor Cremin taught in Scoil Íosagáin, Farranree, Cork from 1969 to 1976.He joined the staff of Mary Immaculate College in 1976 as a lecturer in the Education Department. From 1978 to 1998, he lectured in Social and Environmental Studies and was responsible for the organisation of teaching practice. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Acting Head of Education. In 1999, Professor Cremin was appointed as the first lay president of the college in 101 years. Over the term of his presidency, the college community expanded dramatically with, by the time of his retirement in 2011, over 3,000 students enrolled on 30 different academic programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Professor Cremin contributed hugely to the development of the college, including the growth in student …

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Maternity hospital on the move

THE University Maternity Hospital on the Ennis Road in Limerick is to be relocated to Dooradoyle, with the provision of state-of-the-art medical facilities. The announcement was part of the Government’s €27 billion capital plan announced today (Tuesdsay). “I am delighted that under the Government’s six year capital plan Limerick will get a new maternity hospital, located on the main University Hospital site at Dooradoyle. This will mark a new era for maternity care in Limerick and surrounding counties and is very positive news,” commented Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, following the Government announcement. The current maternity hospital, which is also known by its former name of St Munchin’s, was commissioned in the 1960s, having been designed to cater for about 3,000 annual births. In recent years, it has dealt between 4,600 and 5,500 annual births. It is the fifth largest of the 19 maternity units in the country. In addition to its role in providing obstetric care to the women of …

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Limerick end Clare’s four in a row dream

Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19 A contribution of 0-13 from Ronan Lynch paved the way for Limerick’s merited three point win over title holders, Clare in the Munster under 21 hurling championship final, played before an attendance of 14,311 at Cusack Park onThursday evening. [doptg id=”77″] There were periods in the first half when Clare looked like they might make history and win the title for the fourth year in a row, but the visitors had the better of the second half exchanges and deservingly won a place in the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway on August 22. Both teams had their periods of dominance in the opening half, at the end of which Clare held a two point advantage, 0-12 to 0-10. The Shannonsiders registered the first two scores but four in a row for the home side had them 0-4 to 0-2 in front after just seven minutes. Limerick had the better of matters for the next 15 minutes, hitting …

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Clare U-21s poised for four-in-a-row

It’s a situation that few expected the county to be in, an hour away from a fourth successive provincial U-21 title. Having tasted defeat in 13 Munster deciders, Clare finally made the breakthrough in 2009, when they went on to add the All-Ireland crown. They have repeated this achievement in the last three years and are now just one win away from a record fourth successive title. Waterford came to Ennis as hot favourites to end Clare’s reign as champions. However, a magnificent display from a new-look Banner saw them emerge with a two-point win, 0-23 to 1-18. It was a similar situation for Limerick 24 hours later, as they went into their semi-final against Tipperary as underdogs. They too produced a very impressive display, however and at one stage, they were 14 points clear and coasting. Tipperary fought back to level and this rally, together with Limerick having centre-back Barry O’Connell harshly sent off on a second yellow card, …

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