Local News

Clare FM3 days ago

Funding Boost For Clare Local Authority Housing

Over €400,000 is to be spent refurbishing 22 empty local authority homes throughout Clare. The works will be carried out on homes in Ennis, Clarecastle, Corofin, Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Mullagh, Kilkee, Cross, Sixmilebridge, Newmarket on Fergus, Tulla and Broadford. It's part of a €15 million... Read More

Clare FM5 days ago

Health Minister Told Action Needed at UHL

The Health Minister has been told he must take action to address overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick, both from the opposition and within his own party. The calls have been made after patients at the hosptial criticised the facilities, and after it was revealed that overcrowding there has... Read More


									Controlled Explosion Carried Out On Lahinch Cylinder

Clare Herald2 years ago

Controlled Explosion Carried Out On Lahinch Cylinder

The Army bomb squad carried a controlled explosion on a suspect cylinder discovered washed up on one of the country's most popular beaches on Saturday 7 January last.   At around 5.00pm, a member of the public out walking on the beach in the popular resort town of Lahinch, Co Clare, found what he... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

CLDC Training Programme Offers Route Back To Employment

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) has announced details of its Spring Training Programme which offers individuals who have been unemployed for 12 months or more and who are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment the opportunity to upskill themselves and increase their chances of gaining... Read More

Regional News

Clare FMYesterday

Ennis Set for More Traffic Disruption

A series of roadworks continue in Ennis this week, leading to likely traffic disruption in the town. Road re-surfacing and repair will be carried out on Lower Abbey Street, between Club Bridge and Abbey St. Car Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. Workers will then move onto Upper O'Connell Street this... Read More

Clare FMYesterday

Clare Motorist Pass Operation Surround

Gardai carried out a number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing Checkpoints overnight, including in Clare, under a national coordinated effort called Operation Surround. The Clare regions saw 61 motorists tested in the Clonmoney West, Smithstown and Ballymurtagh area of Shannon Town as part of the... Read More

Clare FM2 days ago

Labasheeda School Loses Appeal to Retain Teacher

The government has turned down a second appeal on behalf of a West Clare primary school, looking retain both of it's teachers. Labasheeda National School is set to receive funding for only one teacher from September, because it's enrolment is falling below the required number of 20 pupils. This... Read More

Clare FM2 days ago

Local Enterprise Office Now Under County Council Remit

The Clare local enterprise office is now under the remit of the county council. It combines the Clare County Enterprise Board and the Council's business support unit Director of Services with the local authority Ger Dollard says it will bring everything under the one roof to provide a more... Read More

Clare FM3 days ago

Clare Setanta Insurance Customers Scramble for Cover

At least 1,000 former customers of Setanta Insurance, based in Clare, have been scrambling to arrange new cover after the company's collapse. The firm's liquidation, announced yesterday, means 75,000 of it's customers are effectively without insurance. The collapse mainly affects van drivers, and... Read More

Clare FM3 days ago

Kilkee Business People Urge Council to Speed Up Storm Repairs

Clare County Council is being urged to speed up it's timetable for post-storm repairs in Kilkee. The Council says it's seeking a contractor to carry out a wide range of repairs in and around the town, and that it's hoped these will be completedby June, but businesspeople fear this will be too late... Read More

Clare FM3 days ago

Terminally Ill 82yr Old West Clare Resident Aims to Raise Awareness

A terminally ill west clare cancer patient says she hopes she can help others take preventative action against the disease. 82 year old Jennifer Hornsby is originally from Wales and this weekend she'll host two easter egg challenges in her Crosses of Annagh garden. The two hour events take place... Read More

Clare FM3 days ago

Clare Kids Encouraged To Save

Clare County Council has backed a motion calling for the government to create a savings scheme for primary school children. The local authority has heard the program would help youngsters mind their funds, by rewarding them if they reach a pre-determined target. Lissycasey public representative PJ... Read More

Clare FM4 days ago

Minister for OPW Says Irish Rail Needs to Take Lead on Ballycar Flooding

The Minister with Responsibility for Public works says flood alleviation works at Ballycar would cost 10 million euro. Responding to calls from Clarecastle TD Joe Carey for the establishment of a working group to re-open the Limerick to Ennis railline. Speaking in the Dáil this morning Minister... Read More

Clare FM4 days ago

Clare's Fire Chief Defends New Plan for Local Service

Clare fire fighters say morale is low within the service, following the adoption of a new operations plan for the local force. SIPTU has claimed that the five year strategy will reduce the minimum number of fire personnel on crews, but the head of Clare's fire service has moved to downplay concerns.... Read More

Clare FM4 days ago

Building Works For Bridgetown National School

Works to extend an East Clare primary school have been given the green light. An extension is to be built at Bridgetown National School, consisting of a single storey building containing a classroom, bathroom facilities, resource room and new entrance. Minor alterations to the existing building to... Read More

Clare FM4 days ago

Fire Fighters 'Anger' And 'Dismay' About Local Plan

The trade union representing Clare fire fighters say staff here are angered and dismayed at a new plan for the local service. The document was adopted by Clare County Council earlier this week, a move which fire personnel say threatens their safety, and that of the public. The five-year Fire and... Read More

Clare FM5 days ago

Loop Head to Open for Tourist Season

One of West Clare's key tourism sites re-opens to the public this Easter weekend. The historic Loop Head Lighthouse will open each day, up until the end of September. Last year saw 19,000 people visit the site, an increase of 2,000 on the previous summer, and it's hoped there'll be more growth... Read More

Clare FM5 days ago

Traveller Family Say they Feared for Safety at a Sixmilebridge Graveyard

A traveller family which left a halting site near a Sixmilebridge graveyard following a near stand-off with local residents say they did so because they feared for their children's safety. However, local representatives in the town insist violence was never a possibility, as Clare FM's Amy Ryan... Read More

Clare FM5 days ago

Council Confirms Flood Works To Take Place In Dooras

Funding has been announced for flood alleviation works in an East Clare community where residents were cut off from their homes. Homeowners in Dooras near O'Callaghans Mills endured severe flooding there for much of the early part of the year, with some forced to leave their homes altogether.... Read More

Clare FM5 days ago

Shannon Group Legislation Agrees

Legislation to establish the new body that will oversee the running of Shannon Airport and surrounding business will be published next week. The bill to establish the new Shannon Group was initially expected last year, but was agreed by Ministers yesterday and is now on track to pass through the... Read More

Clare FM6 days ago

Clare ISPCA Appeals for Information Following Sheepkill

Seven sheep have been killed in an attack Tubber. The ISPCA is appealing for anyone with information on the dogs to come forward. The dogs have yet to be identified and Inspector Frankie Coote says concerns are high that they will repeat the incident. Anyone with information is asked to... Read More

Clare FM6 days ago

Clare Councillors to Appeal for More Roads Funding

Clare's County Engineer says the authority wil only be able to do half the amount of road works that's needed. The government has allocated 16.8 million euro for the year and that's a 46 per cent drop on its 2008 amount. A cross party delegation of Clare Councillors is to seek a meeting with... Read More

Clare FM6 days ago

Councillors Express Concern At UHL A&E Conditions

The Mayor of Clare says he will never voluntarily return to the A&E at University Hospital Limerick. Councillor Joe Arkins’ comments follow a recent illness which left him on a trolley there for over 24 hours, and as other Councillors call for the Health Minister and HSE to take action to address... Read More

Clare FM6 days ago

GAA Pressured Over SKY Deal

Clare political representatives, locally and in Dáil Éireann, are seeking answers from the GAA on the Association's television deal with SKY Sports. The Oireachtas Communications Committee, including Clare TD Timmy Dooley, will grill the GAA's President and Director General today following the... Read More

Clare FM6 days ago

Councillors To Demand Greater Roads Funding

Clare County Council is to send a cross-party delegation to meet with the Transport and Environment Ministers over the county's roads allocation. The local authority has received 16.8 million euro this year, 46 per cent less than in 2008. Councillors are to call for additional money, as the county... Read More

Clare FMLast week

Council To Honour Boru With Meeting In Killaloe

Local politics will make a return to Ireland's former capital today in honour of Brian Boru. Clare County Council will hold it's April meeting in the former seat of Ireland's High King, 1000 years on from his death at the Battle of Clontarf and following on from the weekend's successful millennium... Read More

Clare FMLast week

Money For Burren Farmers

Over 150 farmers are to receive an average of around €6,300, as the government confirms that payments have begun for a key agricultural scheme for North Clare. The Burren Farming for Conservation Programme puts an emphasis on protecting the environment in the ecologically sensitive area. It's led... Read More

Clare FMLast week

Cycling Investment To Curb Car Speeds In Ennis

Speed limits in parts of Ennis are set to be cut, as part of a plan to boost cycling facilities in the town. €650,000 is to be invested in the construction of nearly 10km of new cycle lanes connecting Clarecastle to Ballymaley and the Tulla and Quin Roads, as well as signage and parking spots.... Read More

Clare FMLast week

Killaloe Hosts Medieval Feast

A medieval feast is held in Killaloe today, as part of the town's commemorations of it's most famous son. It's 1,000 years since the death of Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf, and this weekend has seen him remembered with a wide-ranging program of events in the Clare town where he was born, and... Read More

Clare FMLast week

Taoiseach Agrees with Clare COCO on National Flag Concerns

The Department of the Taoiseach has agreed with Clare County Council that protocals relating to the National Flag need to be tightened. The local authority had passed a motion calling for the correct guidelines to be used, particularly at all government, local authority and court buildings after... Read More


									4 Injured In Clare Motorway Collision

Clare Herald2 years ago

4 Injured In Clare Motorway Collision

A woman and 3 teenagers are recovering in hospital after a two-car crash on the M18 motorway in Co Clare yesterday (Wednesday). The collision happened around 4.00pm at Ballysallagh West just a few hundred metres north of junction 10 and at the same location where a 39-year-old cyclist was killed... Read More


									Spanish Fisherman Airlifted To Safety

Clare Herald2 years ago

Spanish Fisherman Airlifted To Safety

A 44-year-old Spanish fisherman is recovering in hospital after he was airlifted from a trawler off the west coast yesterday (Wednesday) after he fell ill on board. The captain of the 'Gonpaz I' raised the alarm at around 7.44am by contacting the Irish Coast Guard's Marine Rescue Coordination... Read More


									Snow Diverts BA Flights To Shannon

Clare Herald2 years ago

Snow Diverts BA Flights To Shannon

A number of British Airways (BA) flights were forced to divert to Shannon Airport on Sunday after snow at London's Heathrow Airport prevented them from landing there.     Hundreds of passengers were taken to local hotels for the night after they were told their flights would not continue their... Read More


									14 Boeings Touch Down At Shannon

Clare Herald2 years ago

14 Boeings Touch Down At Shannon

The largest repositioning of aircraft seen in Europe in many years was completed in less than 4 hours over the weekend with 14 passenger jets arriving in Shannon. The 14 Boeing 737's were operated by Malév Hungarian Airlines which ceased operations on Friday after the European Commission... Read More


									Coast Guard Helicopter Begins Training Missions

Clare Herald2 years ago

Coast Guard Helicopter Begins Training Missions

The Irish Coast Guard's (IrCG) newest Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter has undertaken it's maiden flight and first training missions, however the new chopper won't enter service until July. The new custom-fitted state-of-the-art Sikorsky S92A arrived in Southampton from the US last week... Read More


									Doolin Coast Guard Launches GIS

Clare Herald2 years ago

Doolin Coast Guard Launches GIS

Volunteers attached to one of the busiest Irish Coast Guard units in the country have launched a new high-tech Geographic Information System (GIS) which, it is hope, will significantly increase the team's capability and efficiency. Members of Doolin Coast Guard team in Co Clare have spent the... Read More


									US Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing At Shannon

Clare Herald2 years ago

US Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing At Shannon

A passenger jet, once the official plane of English band Iron Maiden, had to return to Shannon Airport on Thursday after experiencing a pressurisation failure at 28,000 feet. The Boeing 757-200 had taken off from Shannon at 11.40am destined for Bangor in the U.S. and was about 30 minutes into... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

Litter Awareness Is In The Bag For Crescent Shoppers

Limerick County Council has reported a rise in the number of people calling its freephone litter line. An estimated 1,200 phone calls were received in 2011 and this year the Council says it is hoping to encourage even greater numbers of people to report incidences of litter in their local... Read More


									Action Plan for Urban Parks and Green Areas in Mid West

Clare Herald2 years ago

Action Plan for Urban Parks and Green Areas in Mid West

Work has commenced on a new strategy document aimed at guiding the sustainable development and public management of urban parks and green areas in the Mid West Region. The Mid West Regional Authority, in conjunction with Limerick City Council, this week awarded a €56,100 (ex VAT) contract to... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

Positive Results For Clare In EPA Drinking Water Report

Microbiological compliance in Clare County Council’s public water supplies was 100% in both 2009 and 2010, according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report, entitled “The Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland: A Report for the Year 2010”, also shows... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

State-Of-The-Art Incident Command Unit For Mid West Region

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service today (Friday, 27 January 2012) took delivery of a state-of-the-art Incident Command Unit that will be deployed to large fire incidents and other major emergencies throughout the Mid West Region. The 273,000 euro vehicle, which is described as a command and... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

LEADER Funding Advice For Clare Community And Voluntary Groups

Community and voluntary groups involved in conservation, tourism or heritage in County Clare are being invited to participate in a workshop focusing on the process and benefits of applying for funding under the EU LEADER Rural Development Programme. Clare Local Development Company will host the... Read More

Clare Herald2 years ago

Three Arrested In Connection With Limerick Murder

Gardai in Roxboro Road Garda Station investigating the murder of Ger McMahon on Lenihan Avenue in Limerick City on 18th January have arrested three persons in relation to this murder. All three were arrested this morning in the Mungret area of Limerick. One male (30s), a female in her 40s and a... Read More


									Gardai Investigate Limerick Death

Clare Herald2 years ago

Gardai Investigate Limerick Death

Gardai at Roxboro Road are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Limerick in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 43 year old male was found with serious injuries at Lenihan Avenue at around 12:35 AM. He was taken by ambulance to the Mid-Western Regional... Read More