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Terror strategy for Fleadh

Gardaí have confirmed they are in contact with Interpol to assess the possibility of any terror threat in the lead-up to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann next month. Superintendent Brendan McDonagh has told The Clare Champion that the assessment of a threat is intelligence-led and that Clare gardaí are in regular contact with Interpol and colleagues in Britain, France and other EU countries. He said there will be a strong visible presence of gardaí on the streets of Ennis during the Fleadh and, in addition to calling in all available resources in the division, he said extra assistance can be used from other counties, if necessary. Adrian Jackson of Safety Solutions said discussions on how to deal with a terror attack have been held with local gardaí. While he wasn’t at liberty to outline what these arrangements are for security reasons, as event controller he said he would be guided by the advice of the gardaí. “We bow to the greater …

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Book of Condolences for Manchester victims

Clare County Council has opened a Book of Condolence at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis in solidarity with the people of Manchester and the UK in memory of the victims of last night’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Bill Chambers said, “By opening this Book of Condolence, Clare County Council is giving the people of Clare the opportunity to express their solidarity with the people of Manchester and the United Kingdom following this senseless and callous attack.” “On behalf of Clare County Council and the people of Clare, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the people of Manchester at this difficult time,” he added. Members of the public are invited to sign the Books at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, during office hours (9am -5pm, Monday-Friday). Once closed, the Book …

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Remembering Brussels victims

Clare County Council has today (Wednesday) opened separate Books of Condolence in memory of the victims of this week’s terror attack in Brussels and the victims of the Buncrana drowning tragedy. Members of the public are invited to sign the Books at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, during office hours (9am-3.40pm, Monday-Friday). A number of Clare people were in Brussels Airport and close to the city’s metro when the bombings occurred on Tuesday morning. Although some were badly shaken, none was injured.

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Tributes to murdered bus inspector

Clare bus drivers were “shocked” by the indiscriminate murder of Athlone-based bus inspector, Laurence Hayes and his wife, Martina, according to a local councillor. Laurence and Martina, who were in their 50s, were on holiday in the resort of Sousse in Tusinia last week, when they were among the 38 victims killed by terrorist, Seifeddine Rezgui. Meath woman, Lorna Carty was also killed in the attack. Martina came from a large, well-respected farming family in Kiltoom, County Roscommon, not far from Athlone. The couple, who are survived by daughter, Sinead,  lived in West Lodge, an estate on the western side of the Shannon in Athlone. A Bus Éireann employee, Councillor Tony O’Brien, who knew Mr Hayes personally, said it was “incomprehensible” what had happened to the couple. He said the couple had packed their bags and were waiting for a bus to go home, when they were brutally murdered. Describing Mr Hayes as a “very witty, chatty and friendly” colleague, who loved life, Councillor …

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