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Fianna Fail's Bill Chambers celebrates his election with his grandson Aaron during the election count at The West county Hotel, Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Working together to ‘lift’ Kilrush out of slump

THE West Clare Municipal Authority is to meet with Kilrush Chamber of Commerce because the town “needs to be pushed on” according to a local representative.

Councillor Bill Chambers requested that a meeting be set up with the chamber and “any other interested parties, with the view of promoting Kilrush as an industrial, commercial and tourism centre”.

At the recent West Clare Area meeting, Councillor Chambers claimed, “This was a very active town until 30 years ago. There was lots of employment….it is backwards we have gone.”

The Fianna Fáil councillor said he believed the town was missing out on tourism business, particularly from the Killimer ferry, because of the lack of a hotel in the town.

“This town badly needs a lift and, if Kilrush is going well, then the whole area is going well,” he said.
Responding to the councillor’s request, meetings administrator in the municipal district, John Corry said he would arrange the meeting, if councillors agreed.

“Historically, Kilrush Town Council held regular liaison meetings and communicated on a regular basis with Kilrush Chamber of Commerce, with the objective of promoting Kilrush.

“Following an invitation at the July meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) have advised that they are communicating on an ongoing basis with the key agencies to provide support and services to help start, grow and develop micro and small business.

“A representative from the LEO will attend at the November meeting of the West Clare Municipal District,” he stated.


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