Day: December 5, 2017

Dr Harty rails against developing Dublin into a city-state

Independent Clare Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, has strongly criticised the draft National Framework Plan and the Government’s “unbalanced” aviation policy. Just a week ago the country faced the prospect of a Christmas election, the resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald prevented that outcome. Prior to this, Independent Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, crossed swords with the former Tánaiste in relation to the National Framework Plan drafted by her Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Reminding the Dáil that the Partnership for Government that he and other independents signed up to had promised to bring the benefits of recovery to every community,...

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UL scholarships worth over €280,000

Students from across the country were presented with scholarships totalling nearly €280,000 at last week’s awards ceremony in UL. There were more than 110 awards, including over 30 sports scholarships. Once again 40 students will benefit from the UL40 Scholarships, introduced in 2012 to mark the college’s 40th anniversary and valued at €2,000 each. Thirty-three outstanding sportspeople received UL Sports scholarships in 2017. Gold UL Sports Scholarships were awarded to Irish women’s rugby captain, Niamh Briggs; Clare’s All-Star winning hurler Tony Kelly and hockey player Shane O’Donoghue, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics. Bachelor of Engineering student Cian...

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Carrigoran celebrates at national awards ceremony

Carrigoran House is celebrating after claiming a top honour at the NHI Care Awards, a national event recognising care excellence in nursing homes. Paula McCarthy and Veronica Callinan were named winners in the Social & Recreational Programme Award category. Carrigoran House represented Clare at the ceremony, with Geraldine Doona a finalist in the Director of Nursing / Person in Charge Award and Anne McNamara a finalist in the Innovations in Dementia Award category.   RTE’s Marty Whelan hosted the ceremony at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, in front of over 400 representatives from the nursing home, older person care and health...

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Shop Local for Christmas

Clare County Council is campaigning for people to shop local on the basis that every €10 spent in County Clare will generate €24 of benefit to the local economy. If you love your country and your county then the message is clear, Shop Local and please spend as much as you can in Clare this Christmas and into 2018. I have always promoted the shop local concept so here is a selection of gift ideas available close to home. Maloney Hardware in SkyCourt has great cut-price offers on Christmas trees starting at just €25, as well as lights and...

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Willie Walsh tells local audience Aer Lingus will look at opportunities for Shannon

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of IAG, the International Airlines Group, has told a local audience that Aer Lingus, will look at opportunities for Shannon. This was one of the points made by IAG CEO Willie Walsh when he addressed an audience of almost 300 business executives at Shannon Chamber’s president’s lunch in Dromoland Castle Hotel last Friday. Describing Aer Lingus as the group’s “trophy asset”, Walsh said that IAG’s rationale for purchasing the airline was the opportunity offered by its transatlantic network, the benefits from Ireland’s geographic position, both for Shannon and Dublin, and pre-clearance, which, he said,...

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A Journey of Hope – new book celebrates 40th anniversary of Milford Care Centre

This year marks the 40th anniversary of hospice care at Milford Care Centre, pioneered by the Little Company of Mary (LCM) Order, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, and both milestones are recorded in the newly published book, A Journey of Hope.  Entitled A Journey of Hope, the book is written by Sister Brigid Finucane one of the three pioneering nuns who worked in the original hospice. A Journey of Hope chronicles the history of the Order, including the young Mary Potter’s radical social and caring work in 19th century Britain. It also records the Order’s arrival in...

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Frommer’s recommends Clare as one of the Best Places to Go

One of the world’s most reputable travel guidebook publishers Frommer’s has recommended County Clare as one of the ‘Best Places to Go’ in 2018. The Frommer’s team of editors and writers selects locations they believe will be the best holiday destinations for the year ahead. Citing Star Wars: The Last Jedi as one of the calling cards leading to the inclusion of Clare on the list, it stated, “The rugged western coast of Ireland isn’t just one of the best places to go in the world; it’s among the best in the galaxy”. “It is fantastic to see Co...

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Clarecare services threatened by lack of funding

Clarecare’s annual report for 2016 shows growing demand and increased delivery of support services to the people of Clare, however, there are concerns that these may be threatened as funding is required to comply with regulation. Like many organisations in the not-for-profit sector, Clarecare must satisfy the registration requirements and reporting protocols of a growing number of State agencies, legislation and individual demands of the various Service Level Agreements with statutory bodies. According to general manager, Fiacre Hensey, “Clarecare must be compliant with the standards and demands of good governance, implement proper and updated policies and procedures, be fully...

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Long overdue road works an early Christmas gift for Newmarket

Someone once wrote that Christmas waves a magic wand over this world. This year the good citizens of Newmarket-on-Fergus will be delighted to hear that Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has a magical message for them. After many years of putting up with roadworks, potholes and uneven surfaces on the Main Street, Deputy Carey is bearing good tidings with confirmation that the long-awaited water mains replacement programme is getting underway this week. What this means is that Clare County Council will finally be in a position to carry out the long-awaited resurfacing work on Main Street and Ballycar...

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Transport Minister rules out rail spur to Shannon Airport

A rail spur linking Shannon Airport to the Ennis-Limerick railway has been effectively ruled out by Transport Minister Shane Ross after the matter was raised in the Seanad by Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell. As a member of the Mid-West Regional Authority in 2004, Senator O’Donnell recalled that the issue was very much to the fore. He believes, “there is both a logistical and financial logic to providing a spur from Shannon Airport onto the existing Limerick to Galway rail line.” Following its reopening in 2010, Senator O’Donnell believes there is now a functioning line in place and if...

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