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Clare library services reopen to the public

Several libraries across the county reopened this morning in accordance with Phase 3 of the revised Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. They include De Valera Library in, Ennis and those in Kilrush, Kilkee, Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon and Shannon. Other libraries will be opening shortly once the necessary preparatory work has been completed with update on the Clare County Library website and social media pages. Libraries will provide limited services initially, including limits on the numbers accessing the facility at any one time. Libraries will operate in compliance with current physical distancing guidelines and the public are encouraged to use hand sanitisers upon entry to library buildings. Library visits will be of a maximum 15 minutes’ duration and services will include borrow and return of books, printing facilities, delivery service for those cocooning, online services and children’s services including the 2020 Summer Stars programme. The contact and collect service will continue in the other branches and will commence in a …

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Council urged to ‘give confidence back’ to East Clare businesses

AN appeal has been made for support for the East Clare business community, as Ireland moves into the second phase of the re-opening of the economy. Addressing the May meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District, Councillor Pat Hayes asked that the local authority might look to the example set in County Cork where a plan had been devised to support 28 towns in re-opening for business. “We depend on rate payers,” the Fianna Fáil member pointed out, “and they depend on public services. Almost every business has had to close and they’re now slowly re-opening. I would ask that the council officials speak to the business community in East Clare to see what they need to get them back on track, with so many restrictions continuing around public health.” The Caher-based councillor noted that Cork County Council had been making strong efforts in supporting its urban centres to resume economic activity after the lockdown. “When you look around the country, …

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Fears that ‘2m rule’ will force rural pub closures

PUBLICANS in Clare have reacted positively to news that pubs will be allowed to open three weeks earlier than planned, but have voiced concern that the two metre social distancing rule will force some rural pubs to remain closed. Under the accelerated road map unveiled by government last Friday, so-called “wet pubs,” which don’t serve food, can open for business from July 20. Pubs serving food may re-open, along with the rest of the hospitality sector, from June 29. While the news has been welcomed by organisations representing the trade, there is broad agreement that the two metre social distancing rule could mean smaller pubs face closure for the foreseeable future. In Feakle, Gary Pepper of Pepper’s Bar and Restaurant, said described the two metre rule as “a non-runner,” but expressed optimism about the pledge by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to reconsider the guideline. “We’re looking forward to June 29.” he said. “There is a lot of …

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No time for drama as councillors hold monthly meeting at Glór

DRAMA was kept to a minimum when members of Clare County Council gathered at Glór in Ennis for their first full meeting since the lockdown. The state-of-the art auditorium, which has capacity for 485, enabled the attendance of councillors, media and the general public, while also ensuring social distancing. “It’s great to see you all,” said CEO Pat Dowling. “We’ve missed you – a little.” Monday’s meeting coincided with the first day of Phase Two of the road map for the re-opening of Ireland and provided an opportunity for local authority members to assess the impact to-date of Covid-19 on Clare, and to consider the actions needed and the choices to be made to turn the county’s fortunes around. Any councillor considering making a song and dance, in a venue more accustomed to theatrical performances than political ones, would have been dissuaded by the CEO’s sombre account of the economic impact of the coronavirus. Outlining the additional expenditure of €500,000, …

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Killaloe businesses adapt to Covid-19 restrictions

BUSINESSES in Ballina and Killaloe have re-opened on a limited basis as they come to terms with operating new social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic. McKeogh’s Hardware, Ballina, closed for two weeks at the end of March when the national lockdown was announced. Fred McInerney of McKeogh’s recalled they operated on a call-and-collect basis for a number of weeks before they re-opened fully on Monday. Mr McInerney said the area of the store was mapped out before the lockdown and acknowledged most people are adhering to social distancing guidelines. Gloves and hand sanitiser are provided in the store and perspex screens are provided for staff. He said there was a big demand for paint during the call and collect period and now the demand has switched to outdoors with large numbers requesting DIY to complete repair jobs and decking. The Lakeside Hotel is planning to re-open from July 20 with restrictions for social distancing. It is expected their leisure …

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HSA urged to inspect companies to assess social distancing compliance

PRESSURE is growing on the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to carry out unannounced inspections of some Clare companies, who have been accused of putting workers’ health at risk by not adhering to national social distancing guidelines. Deputy Cathal Crowe has revealed that he has received about 24 complaints in recent weeks about workers in different companies who were not able to keep at least two metres apart in line with public health guidelines. The Fianna Fáil Deputy confirmed he is still contacting managers in companies asking them to take appropriate action to address employees who opted to remain anonymous because they feared for their jobs and livelihoods. Shannon Chamber chief executive, Helen Downes has expressed surprise about these complaints, as she said companies are employing all the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of all employees is paramount during this crisis. Deputy Crowe said companies have been responsive and pledged to take the concerns of employees on …

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Clare Gardaí continue Covid-19 checkpoints

CLARE Gardaí are continuing to use all available resources to mount high visibility patrols and checkpoints throughout the county to implement public health measures. As part of the Covid-19 Policing Plan, crime prevention officer, Sergeant Triona Brooks revealed these high visibility patrols are to provide re-assurance and advice to the public. Sergeant Brooks encouraged the public to adhere to the guidelines around staying home and when getting exercise do not go more than two kilometres from their dwelling while at all times maintain social distancing of two metres between the nearest person. “The vast majority of the public are continuing to comply with the guidelines and gardaí fully expect that to continue. Clare Gardaí want to thank those who are complying and ask them to continue this. “If necessary, Clare Gardaí will intervene where venues and outlets are not in compliance or where groups of people are not adhering to recommended measures. “Our priority at all times is to keep …

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