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West Clare Cancer Centre never received Wynne’s €12k payment

IT has emerged that the West Clare Cancer Centre never received a financial boost of just over €12,000 that was expected to come to it, following a payment from TD Violet Anne Wynne to Rural Resettlement Ireland (RRI) over two years ago. The Sinn Féin TD made the payment to RRI to resolve an underpayment of rent and at the time representatives of RRI said it would be given to the West Clare Cancer Centre. However, it is now understood that due to a clause in its constitution, RRI could only transfer the money to another housing body. None was identified, and with the company having since gone into liquidation, its remaining assets are to be distributed by its liquidator. It is also understood that the West Clare Cancer Centre was not made aware of why the payment had not been made, nor was Ms Wynne. An article in last week’s Clare Champion stated that Ms Wynne had made a …

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‘Facing homelessness incredibly difficult to cope with’ – Wynne

CLARE TD Violet Anne Wynne this week posted a video saying her family have become homeless, and on Wednesday she told the Clare Champion that it is “probably the most stressful situation that anyone can find themselves in”. Ms Wynne is a mother of six, with her youngest child born in February and she said the family are currently in a short term rental, but it’s only for a couple of weeks. “We’re in a holiday home I was able to rent. It’s only for a specific time period, because we are in the summer season and there is a high demand for holiday homes at this time. It’s not only not sustainable, but it’s not available as an option going forward.” She said while staying in the West Clare area is desirable for the family, it may not be possible. #homelesscrisis@DarraghOBrienTD @fiannafailparty @FineGael @greenparty_ie Ireland 2022,when a TD can end up homeless!!! pic.twitter.com/jbulbTvurm — Violet-anne Wynne TD (@WynneTd) June …

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Clare TD’s partner pleads guilty to drugs and insurance charges

THE partner of newly independent Clare TD, Violet Ann Wynne has pleaded guilty to drugs possession, writes Gordon Deegan. At Kilrush District Court sitting in Ennis, solicitor for John Montaine (39), Patrick Moylan entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client to the illegal possession of cannabis at the family home at Pella Road, Kilrush on February 11 last year. Mr Moylan said that Mr Montaine was unable to come before the court as he currently has Covid-19. Mr Montaine uses cannabis for medicinal purposes and no evidence was provided to the value of the drugs seized and the facts around the seizure will be heard in court in June. Mr Moylan also entered a guilty plea on behalf of Mr Montaine to driving with no insurance while driving a 192 registered black Ford Grand C-Max at Decomede, Lissycasey, Co Clare on February 8 2021. Judge Larkin said that what was before the court “is a serious matter”. Mr …

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Clare councillor rejects TD’s criticism of local Sinn Fein

SINN Féin councillor Donna McGettigan has said that the rancorous departure of Violet Anne Wynne from the party is unfortunate, while she says she herself has not considered a future Dáil bid. On Tuesday, she said efforts had been made to deal with all issues raised by the woman who caused a major upset by taking a seat in the 2020 general election. “Any issue that we were made aware of, we tried locally and nationally to resolve them. It’s just very unfortunate that they couldn’t be resolved and Violet Anne felt she had to leave the party. “I’m not going to get into the tit for tat, the he said she said, because it’s not going to help her and it’s not going to help us either. Unfortunately she’s gone, the seat is gone and what we’re going to do going forward is hit the ground running. “On our social media you’d have seen we’ve been out, we’ve delivered …

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Violet-Anne Wynne opens up on why she resigned from Sinn Fein

It was draining to be in such a messy situation the Kilrush TD tells Owen Ryan LESS than three weeks after the birth of her sixth child, Violet Anne Wynne’s resignation from Sinn Féin has focused negative attention on the country’s most rapidly growing party. In an interview with the Clare Champion Ms Wynne said that the party in this county is divided, that she wasn’t supported around her pregnancy, that the internal problems were preventing her delivering for the constituency and that Mary Lou McDonald never contacted her after the birth of her daughter or after she quit the party. She is going to continue representing Clare as an independent TD, and says it is very likely she will contest the next general election. Ms Wynne caused a stunning upset when she took a seat in the 2020 general election, but just before the poll it came to light that she owed some €12,000 in rent arrears. She says …

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Wynne questions Minister over prospecting licence plan

A SERIES of questions have been put to the Minister for the Environment, by Clare’s Sinn Fein TD over proposals to prospect for silver and gold ore in East Clare.  Deputy Violet Anne Wynne tabled the Parliamentary Questions (PQs) to Minister Eamon Ryan on foot of controversy over attempts by a Navan-based mining company, Minco, to secure a prospecting licence for a number of towanlands in Tulla and Bunratty Upper. (Read about the public meeting against the move here) The deadline for submissions was extended to Sunday last, after a public outcry, and intervention from Senator Róisín Garvey.  Minister Ryan confirmed the extension to January 23, outlining that an additional 14 days had been given. The Kilrush-based representative asked a range of questions of the Minister on his knowledge of the East Clare proposals and mining and prospecting policy generally.  In response to a question on what kind of environmental impact statements are required when a company applies for a …

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New investor sought after “devastating” blow To Moneypoint plan

THE ESB and the government are being urged to seek another investment partner for the proposed €2 billion windfarm off the Clare coast following the “devastating” withdrawal of Norwegian firm Equinor. Clare Dáil Deputies Cathal Crowe and Violet-Anne Wynne have expressed different views on the impact of this setback for a major element of Moneypoint’s €5 billion Green Atlantic initiative. Deputy Wynne believes the future of the offshore windfarm project is called into question. “Are other foreign investment partners going to be similarly off put by Ireland’s excessive bureaucracy in terms of planning and regulation?,” she asked. While Deputy Crowe accepts it is very disappointing that Equinor have withdrawn from their partnership with the ESB to develop the offshore Green Atlantic windfarm, he thinks the project can still very much proceed. Deputy Crowe is calling on the ESB and the government to immediately put their heads together and find a replacement partner. Equinor has pulled out of the Irish market, …

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‘Voices need to be heard’

Clare TD questions county’s exclusion from pyrite scheme review THE Tanáiste has said that homeowners in Clare, whose properties are being damaged by pyrite, will have to be included in efforts to assess the effectiveness of a State-supported remediation scheme. Leo Varadkar made his remarks in response to a Dáil question from Deputy Violet Anne Wynne who voiced concern as to why a working group, set up to review the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme, had failed to include a representative from this county. The Clare Sinn Féin TD said that while the establishment of the group was a positive move, the government could not continue to ignore the people of this county. “I would like to know why a representative from the Clare pyrite group was not invited and included,” she said. “This is completely unacceptable, disheartening and, quite simply, not good enough. It has taken 12 years to get to this point for those affected in Mayo and …

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