Month: October 2017

National bravery awards for Clare heroes

Clare heroes featured strongly in this year’s National Bravery Awards which were presented by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl at Farmleigh House on Friday. The honours are awarded by Comhairle na Mire Gaile, the Deeds of Bravery Council, which was established in 1947 to provide suitable recognition by the State for acts of bravery. In all, awards were presented to four people from County Clare. Congratulating the recipients, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, said: “The Bravery Awards are the only such awards made by the Irish State to its citizens and it is fitting that these courageous acts of bravery are...

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Work begins on major traffic calming project

Work has commenced on a major traffic calming project on the road leading to Tradaree Court and Cluain Airne despite a call from Cllr Gerry Flynn for a public consultation meeting to inform residents of what is planned for their area. Following a meeting of Shannon Municipal District on Friday, Cllr Flynn expressed his disappointment that the community had not been consulted in the way he had intended. Shannon Municipal District took the unusual step of including the proposal to install the traffic calming measures on the agenda of its annual budget meeting. Welcoming the project, which may yet...

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Stockton’s Wing honoured after 40 years in music

A musical journey that began four decades ago in St Michael’s Villas, Ennis, was celebrated recently when Clare County Council awarded a Civic Reception to past and present members of Stockton’s Wing. This was a wonderful tribute attended by band members, councillors, officials, guests from the world of music as well as family and friends. On behalf of the council Carmel Greene introduced the band and told how the name came from a line in Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘Backstreets’ from the album ‘Born to Run’: “Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton’s Wing, where desperate lovers...

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Ryan suspects influence of Dublin lobby on Shannon Airport

Allegations of political interference at the highest levels were made when members of Clare County Council aired concerns about Shannon Airport at their October meeting. Fianna Fáil councillor Pat McMahon is recognised as one of Shannon Airport’s strongest advocates on the council. However, even he appeared exasperated following the recent disclosure of passenger number data by the Central Statistics Office. After being approached by staff fearful for the future, he tabled a motion calling on the council to examine additional strategies to support Shannon Airport. Commenting on the CSO passenger figures for Irish airports during the year 2015-16, Cllr...

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No progress on Shannon’s flood defences

Shannon’s flood defences were a topic for debate at the recent meeting of Clare County Council following the recent severe weather. The west of Ireland was buffeted by storms as a result of Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, without doubt, climate change and the severe weather events are becoming the norm. This issue was revisited by Clare County Council when Cllr Gerry Flynn called on the local authority to plan for the reality of global warming. Independent Shannon councillor last raised the issue of flood defences in December 2016. At the time he learned that the embankments surrounding Shannon...

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AIB offers best value in growing mortgage market

AIB continues to offer the best value in the mortgage market by recently announcing a 0.25% reduction in its Standard Variable Rate (SVR), the fifth rate reduction for existing customers in three years. Based on this, a customer will see an annual repayment saving of €315 on a €200,000 mortgage over 25 years. At current rates, this represents a lifetime interest payment saving of approximately €7,800 on the same mortgage. AIB has also added to its fixed rate product offering with a new 7-year fixed term rate, the most competitive on the Irish market at 3.5%, to offer customers...

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Harty concerned that Clare hurlers may play for Limerick

Possible changes to county boundaries could result in Clare-born playing with Limerick if the proposals get the go ahead. Clare TD Michael Harty expressed his concerns during a private members motion from the independent group of deputies on the Local Authority Boundaries Review in Dáil Éireann. Moving the constituency boundary is always a vexed issue and Deputy Harty recalled that Limerick’s attempt to annex a portion of south-east Clare proved very contentious in 2011. A committee chaired by Denis Brosnan had proposed to incorporate Shannon Banks, Westbury and parts of UL on the Clare side of the Shannon into...

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Large turn-out for annual community awards

There was a large turn-out representing community and residents groups from throughout Clare for Clare County Council’s annual community awards presentation. Cllr Gerry Flynn presented the awards for the Best Kept Local Authority Estates while Cllr Pat Hayes announced the winners of the Clare in Bloom competition. Opening the event, Mayor of Clare Cllr Tom McNamara said, “The Clare Community Awards give official recognition to those who are individually and collectively making a real positive difference in their communities on a daily basis. There is something very uplifting about seeing members of any community coming together. It is important...

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Obair project receives funding of €2O0,000

An Obair project, to develop the Tradaree Food Hub in the centre of the village, has been awarded €200,000 from the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Joe Carey said Obair now has the opportunity to redevelop a landmark building on the village’s main street formerly known as the Tradaree Arms. Obair, he said, is providing matching funding of €200,000 to complete the works which will include a kitchen training unit for chefs, a production unit for enhanced meals on wheels service and an incubation unit for small business start-ups. Deputy Carey said, “This project is...

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Flynn’s budget proposal gives individual councillors control of €120,000

Individual members of Shannon Municipal District will have access to €20,000 for their own projects in the community as a result of changes adopted this year. Only three councillors attended the annual meeting to consider a draft budgetary plan for 2018. The three gave their unanimous support to a proposal taking back control of €120,000. The Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides for General Municipal Allocation (GMA) funding to be made available to municipal district councillors. Heretofore, councillors in Shannon have opted to allow the district engineer exclusive use of this funding. Cllr Flynn said it’s time that councillors...

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