Infrastructure

Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme

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Project description

This scheme in the townlands of Clonroadmore, Ballybeg and Clareabbey will involve the following works:

  • Flood Overflow Culvert from St. Flannan’s Stream to the Clare Abbey flood plain, with associated overflow structure and outfall structure
  • Flood Overflow Culvert from Ballybeg Stream to the Clare Abbey flood plain, with associated overflow structure, outfall structure and open drain
  • Upgrade of the existing flood defence embankment between the Quin Road and the Clarecastle tidal barrage, including rehabilitation and construction of sluices and modification of the existing backdrain.

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Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme

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  • This scheme encourages a joint approach with communities and groups of local residents and landowners for the cutting of hedges/trees which need attention. The new grant scheme will provide a grant of €25 per km of roadside hedge/overhanging trees to be attended to. Minimum length of road network per application is 5 km.

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Through investment in roads, water and our public amenities we are going to see progress.

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Shannon Airport

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From a Shannon Airport perspective the scraping of the travel tax was welcome in a bid to boost tourism traffic to the country.

Shannon Airport, on January 1st 2013 celebrated the beginning of a new era for Ireland’s most historic airport as it officially became an independent entity overnight.

Since then the airport has worked towards the development of the International Aviation Services Centre at Shannon, which is targeting the creation of a significant number of primarily aviation related jobs within a three to five year period, building on the existing cluster of 40 aviation related companies in Shannon currently.

Last October Ryan launched 8 new services from Shannon which was a great boost to the region.

On December last Shannon Airport welcomed another major boost for services in 2014 as Aer Lingus Regional announced 100,000 new seats across three UK routes for next year.

 

Roads

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The Revised Estimate for the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport provides for a total budget of €1.27 billion in 2014, a small increase on last year. This is very welcome at a time of constrained spending across Government.
· This increase relates primarily to the Government Stimulus Plan announced on Budget day which provided for additional capital funding of €82.5 million for specific projects and programmes next year.

Key beneficiaries of the Stimulus are:

  • Local and regional roads – €50 million;
    · Sport – €13 million for the indoor arena at the National Sports Campus;
    · An extra €11.5 million for the Sports Capital programme which will allow for a new round of the Programme with allocations being made in 2014;
    · Tourism – €8 million for the development of the Wild Atlantic Way along the West Coast of Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

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