Month: November 2017

Council seeks to identify major data centre sites

With doubts emerging over whether computer giant Apple intends to proceed with a proposed €850m data centre in Athenry following legal delays, Clare County Council has moved to identify sites suitable for large-scale data centres in the county. Last week the Taoiseach met with Apple’s chief executive officer, however, Tim Cook refused to be drawn on whether the huge project planned for Galway will proceed. On Monday, the local authority issued a statement saying it is now seeking expressions of interest from landowners, companies and developers who own or can identify sites that will support the development of one...

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Marty launches 4-star Treacys Oakwood Hotel

Shannon’s Oakwood Hotel is once again in good hands having returned to family ownership with the Treacy family from Waterford adding the 4-star property to their growing portfolio. Since taking over in May this year, Maria and Ed Treacy have not been sitting on their laurels. The newly rebranded Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel has already been awarded a prestigious 4-star rating by Fáilte Ireland. The family business was founded by Jim and Bridget Treacy in Waterford City 40 years ago. Today the family own and manage hotels in Waterford, Enniscorthy, Carrickmacross and, of course, Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis....

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Coordination needed to avoid domestic violence fatalities

A recent seminar in Ennis heard that a coordinated risk assessment plan must be implemented by all state agencies working with children and those affected by domestic abuse. Failure to do so, warned domestic violence consultant, Madeleine Bell, will lead to further cases of child deaths. Ms Bell was addressing a Listening to the Child seminar organised by the Clare Local Area Network on Violence Against Women (CLAN). The event focused on the adverse affect domestic violence has on the children and emphasised the need for a coordinated safety planning and risk identification approach to working with women and...

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‘Bouncers’ and ‘Shakers’, two comedies for November

After the huge success of Man of La Mancha last year, Muse Productions will return to their roots, in more ways than one. In choosing two small cast comedies, director Ted Germaine is drawing on a long tradition of using the format of such plays to showcase new talent and grow the company. Bouncers and its companion piece Shakers, written by John Godber and Jane Thornton, use comedy and drama to show the multiple aspects of a single night out, from the perspective of cocktail waitresses, the bouncers, their customers, and would-be customers. Over the course of the two...

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Clare Fire Service seeks to fill vacant positions

Despite a larger than normal turnover of staff, the county’s chief fire officer believes that Clare’s part-time firefighting service is facing up to challenges that have been caused by an upturn in the economy. Adrian Kelly was responding to a joint motion co-signed by six councillors regarding the sustainability of the retained firefighter model in Clare. The six, J. Flynn, G. Flynn, C. Curtin, M. Begley, PJ Kelly and I. Lynch expressed an interest in the delivery of 24-hour fire and rescue cover into the future in terms of work/life balance, income, population decline, staff retention etc. The motion...

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What does ‘Paddy’ think of Brexit?

So what does ‘Paddy’ think of Brexit – here are some thoughts by Dermot Hayes, the well-known disability activist and a member of Clare County Council’s Social Development SPC where he represents the social inclusion sector. The sun went down on the British Empire many decades ago. Then on the  23rd of June 2016, the subjects of the UK voted to withdraw from the democratic European structure. This will have a major impact on the citizens of Ireland. Having spent the last few months asking my neighbours, friends, business people, farmers, family abroad and local politicians what they think...

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Graduates warned against income linked loans

Professor Vincent Cunnane, the President of LIT, has warned against the dangers of income-contingent loans (ICLs) as the sole means of financing third level education, describing it as a potentially significant barrier to education. According to Dr Cunnane, “ICLs might provide a short-term cash injection to the exchequer, but our students, society and eventually the state will pay far too high a price for this questionable option.” His comments were made during his speech at the Limerick Institute of Technology’s annual conferring ceremony. Addressing 1,700 graduates, Professor Cunnane said that any move to implement this particular recommendation would curtail...

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Dooley describes NPF as a Dublin-centric strategy

Clare TD Timmy Dooley has described the Government’s National Planning Framework as an abysmal and doomed effort to address regional economic imbalances and growing chaos in the capital. Intended as a blueprint for how Ireland will be developed up to 2040, Deputy Dooley lashed out at the first draft of the plan saying, “not alone will the NPF fail to address the economic imbalance between east and west, it will, in fact, deepen the divide.” He added, “In producing this document, its principal authors An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and his senior ministers are pumping more and more investment, jobs...

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Lufthansa Technik staff go to Hell and Back for charity

A group of 25 employees from Lufthansa Technik Shannon have raised €11,000 funds for the Bumbleance charity by participating in the Hell and Back challenge. A group of 25 employees from Lufthansa Technik Shannon have raised €11,000 funds for the Bumbleance charity by participating in the Hell and Back challenge.  Bumbleance is the world’s first interactive, state-of-the-art, children’s national ambulance service for critically ill and seriously injured children. Padraig Minogue introduced his co-workers at Lufthansa Technik to the idea. They engaged with the project and their support and team participation led to a substantial amount of money, €11,000, being...

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Urgent review of rural settlement policy called for

Almost two decades after approving measures to exclude non-locals from building homes in rural areas, members of Clare County Council now want the policy removed. Back in 1999, the Clare County Development Plan (CDP) included a policy prohibiting non-locals from building new homes in rural areas. It defined a local person as anyone born in the area or with immediate relatives living there, or any person who resided in the area and/or whose parents have been resident for a minimum of 10 years. Now, with the passage of time, the policy has become an impediment to rural development and...

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