Month: September 2017

Dowling wants Govt to speed up building process

Key personnel changes among Clare County Council’s top officials have been a breath of fresh air. Pat Dowling, the new CEO, and recently appointed Director for Social Development Liam Conneally are displaying an openness and willingness to deal with difficult issues in a true spirit of partnership and cooperation with elected councillors. Take for example the housing crisis in Ireland that is of historic proportions. The legacy of the economic collapse since 2008 has left local authorities bereft of funds to provide adequate social housing in their areas. Last week Cllr PJ Kelly called for financial and tax incentives...

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Shannon Festival 2017 another huge success!

For the second year in succession, the Shannon Festival has been a remarkable success attracting thousands of local people and visitors for a full and varied programme of events suitable for all the family. There was some anxiety about the weather leading into the event however Friday and Saturday remained mainly dry and the showers that arrived on Sunday failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance. This year, event organisers kept a focus on their overall aim of developing The Venue, a multi-functional arts and cultural centre for the enjoyment of the people of Shannon and surrounding areas. At...

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Ennis woman to present childrens’ news on RTE

An Ennis woman who was born in Nigeria has joined  RTE’s news2day team. Zainab Boladale was born in Lagos but has lived in Ennis since she was four years old. Following a call out to media and journalism graduates across the country, and a comprehensive audition process, Zainab was chosen to join the team and is broadcasting live on RTÉ Two and RTÉ News Now.  Zainab studied journalism Zainab studied journalism at Dublin City University and previously worked as a digital news reporter. In 2017 she was named Journalist of the Year at the DCU Hybrid Awards and was...

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Shannon councillors precluded from involvement in any Aldi appeal

Shannon Municipal District councillors may well have wanted success for Aldi’s planning application to build a new supermarket – but it appears that they failed to make any submission backing the proposal during the assessment period. For this reason, Shannon Municipal District as a body and its individual councillors are precluded from becoming involved in making a submission to the statutory process should Aldi decide to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala. At their recent bi-monthly meeting, members of Shannon Municipal District expressed their frustration with the decision taken by Clare County Council’s planning department to refuse Aldi...

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Toronto and Reus added to Shannon Airport’s summer destinations for 2018

Next summer a new direct route will operate from Shannon to Toronto plus there is the return of a service to Reus in Spain, 100km from Barcelona and convenient for holiday destinations along the Costa Dorada at Salou and Cambrils. The announcement was welcomed by Pat Breen, Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Employment, commenting on the new service to Canada, he expressed the hope that this will be popular with business travellers and tourists. A new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be used on the service which will operate four days a week for almost...

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Tourism boom looks set to continue despite fall-off in British visitors

Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that visitor numbers continue to increase, up 3.1% in the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. However, the number of visitors from Britain has dropped by 6.2% as a consequence of Brexit and the subsequent depreciation of sterling against the euro. According to Minister Shane Ross, the overall growth in visitor numbers is being driven by excellent numbers from North America, and strong performances from mainland Europe and long-haul markets such as Australia. While expressing concern about the British market, Minister Ross said...

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Housing issues dominate council’s agenda

Returning from the summer recess, members of Clare County Council learned that demand for social housing is greatest in Ennis and Shannon, followed by Kilrush, Ennistymon and Killaloe. Director of service Liam Conneally provided the information in response to a motion from councillors Christy Curtin, Ian Lynch, Gerry Flynn, Johnny Flynn and PJ Kelly. a There are now 2,644 housing applicants listed by the local authority. Not all are in need of housing as the list includes 129 transfer applicants, 114 with lease tenancies of up to 10 years and 1,160 in receipt of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). A...

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Shannon Town fails to cash in on grants scheme

Clubs and community organisations in Shannon Town have failed to cash in on a €2 million Government scheme to fund community facilities. Of those that did apply, only four applicants in the Shannon Municipal District received funding totalling a paltry €2,500 out of the €64,000 allocation for County Clare. However, not a single cent was allocated to sports clubs or community organisations in Shannon Town. The scheme provided small capital grants to community groups and was administered by Clare County Council through its Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).  A report provided at last week’s Shannon Municipal District meeting outlined...

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Irish hospitality sector wins support from councillors

Fine Gael councillor Mary Howard has won the support of Clare County Council for her call to back the hospitality industry’s Support Your Local campaign. Cllr Howard said the sector provides employment for 6,682 people in 291 pubs, 18 hotels, 60 restaurants, 72 off-licences, 9 wholesalers and 3 producers. They pay €141.6 million in wages and generate a tourism spend in Clare of €265m. The hospitality sector is a key driver of economic activity which impacts on every town and village. Cllr Howard believes the sector must have support if it is to remain sustainable into the future. The...

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Dog show and fun family events at Cratloe GAA

On Sunday 1st October Cratloe GAA Club will host their 16th Annual Dog Show, originally organised to help towards the cost of building the Michael Murphy memorial sports hall. The event has been a great success from the off due to the great work and know-how of Michael Prior of the Munster Dog Training and Behaviour School and members of the hall development committee at the time. For the last few years, three branches of the GAA in Cratloe; the Minor, Senior and Camogie Clubs have worked together to ensure the continued success of this event for the benefit...

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