Month: February 2018

Clare & Limerick Chambers appear at odds on Government’s National Development Plan

Chambers of Commerce in Shannon and Limerick have differed significantly in their analysis of Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s new national development plan. Shannon Chamber of Commerce is of the view that the plan will create alternatives to Dublin, while its near neighbour is saying that it will do very little to reverse economic imbalance in Ireland. Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber, has commented that “the clear message emanating from the National Planning Framework (NPF) is the Government’s intent to create realistic alternatives to Dublin.” However, her Limerick counterpart, Dr James Ring, has stated that the plan, “is...

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The Miracle of Lourdes

World Day of The Sick takes place each year on 11th February. It was on this date in 1858 that Mary, God’s Mother, first appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes in the south of France. Ever since people have been coming in their millions to the site of the apparitions. No new doctrine was revealed at Lourdes. Bernadette’s role was simply to communicate to each of us, especially when sick, that Mary is indeed our Mother. It is a privilege for me, as Pilgrimage Director each year, to represent the Killaloe Diocese at this international gathering in Lourdes...

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Project 2040 – the Government’s plan to build a fairer, more equal, Ireland

Welcoming the Government’s major strategic vision for the next 20 years, Fine Gael Deputy Joe Carey said Project Ireland 2040 will support families and strengthen communities throughout Clare by ensuring sustainable growth for the future. According to Deputy Carey, Project Ireland 2040 seeks to enhance regional connectivity and competitiveness, improve environmental sustainability and build a fairer, more equal Ireland. Deputy Carey believes that towns and villages throughout Clare will gain in terms of tourism development and attracting foreign direct investment because of the county’s strategic position adjacent to city regions of Limerick and Galway. Highlighting potential benefits for Clare...

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Opposition TDs critical of Project 2040

Independent Clare Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, is not convinced that Project 2040 will produce the balanced regional development that Ireland needs to counter the continuing expansion of Dublin. Speaking in Dáil Éireann, Dr Harty said, “The plan is very urban centred, concentrating service and infrastructure development in five cities and a few provincial towns of strategic political importance. “Vast areas of rural Ireland will fall further behind in job opportunities and sustainability. We need balanced regional development but we also need balanced development within our regions. “Rather than having a view of not wishing to spread resources thinly, we...

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Cllr Gerry Flynn wants illegal dumping tackled

Independent Shannon councillor Gerry Flynn has called on Clare County Council to include the provision of skips in local authority estates for a period during the Spring Clean campaign and an enforcement campaign to ensure householders have a legitimate means of disposing of waste and to prevent illegal dumping. In a written reply the council’s director of service, Ann Haugh, said the provision of skips in council estates “would be in contravention of the ‘polluter-pays’ principle in waste legislation.” However, when Cllr Flynn pointed out that the Government contributed €2 million to tackle illegal dumping across the country, the...

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TY programme aims to showcase career opportunities for students

A week-long programme for Transition Year students has been launched by a number of companies in Shannon to highlight career opportunities they have available to secondary school students. The initiative is led by Molex Ireland in conjunction with Shannon Chamber and involves input from Intel, Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, Reagecon, Chemifoc and Zimmer Biomet. Referred to as STEM Shannon, the Transition Year programme puts the spotlight on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. Students spend the first two days in Molex, the third day in Intel and break into groups of six to move between Lufthansa Technik Turbine, Molex,...

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Search is on for 2018 Clare Rose of Tralee

Aoife Murray, from Sixmilebridge, the 2017 Clare Rose, has officially launched the search to find her replacement to represent the Banner County in this year’s International Rose of Tralee Festival. As reigning Clare Rose, Aoife has fond memories of the past ten months. Despite her initial apprehensions, the little nudge of encouragement she was given to enter has resulted in one of the best years of her life. “Looking back on my experience as the Clare Rose, it really has been the best experience of my life,” said Aoife. “I’ve been lucky enough to do so much more than...

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Cost of renting in Clare continues to climb

According to the latest price report from property website daft.ie, 2017 was another year of double-digit rent increases across Ireland. On average rents increased by 10.4% last year when compared with 13.5% in 2016 and 9% in 2015. Outside of the Dublin area, Limerick, Cork and Galway have experienced significantly larger rent increases than the national average, more than 65% in each case. According to the report average rents in County Clare are now €499 for a 1 bedroom apartment (up 9.6% on last year; €579 for a 2-bed house (+8.9%); €690 for 3-bed house (+8.2%0; €752 for 4-bed...

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Alexandra Dental Practice scoops national award

Alexandra Dental Practice Shannon opened their doors to their state of the art dental practice at Skycourt Shopping Centre in April 2017 and are already proving to set a high standard in dentistry and patient care. Appearing for the first time at the highly prestigious Irish Dentistry Awards in Dublin’s Mansion House, the staff of Alexandra Dental Practice were honoured to receive the Best New Practice in Ireland Award. The Irish Dentistry Awards, now in its seventh year, recognises and rewards the very best in dentistry across the country. According to the organisers, entries for this year’s awards were...

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St Patrick’s Comp to pilot Physical Education for Leaving Cert

St Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon, and St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point have been selected for a pilot scheme to introduce Physical Education (PE) as a subject for the Leaving Certificate. Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection, Pat Breen, has welcomed the announcement. “I am delighted that both St Joseph’s Secondary School Spanish Point and St Patrick’s Comprehensive Shannon are included in the pilot scheme for schools to study Physical Education at senior cycle. “Students beginning the senior cycle this year in these schools have the opportunity to be among the first...

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