Town teams are being formed across Clare as rural communities fight to preserve their towns and villages to build a brighter future for the county.
*Cllr Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Martin Connolly Ten years on from losing his seat on Clare County Council, Tony O’Brien capped off a special weekend with his election to the local authority for the third time.
*Alfsono D’Auria. Photograph: Martin Connolly It may have crossed his mind to contest the 2014 local elections but the weekend was Alfonso D’Auria’s first taste of politics as he attended his first election count following his attempt to win a seat on Clare County Council.
*Michael Hillery & Christy Curtin. Photograph: Eamon Ward An estimated €500,000 is required for an upgrade of the culvert and drainage in Miltown Malbay which intends to prevent future flooding in the area.
*Cllr PJ Ryan. Photograph: Martin Connolly Sunday saw PJ Ryan receive his highest vote in politics contesting his fifth local election, the third occasion in which he was successful.
*Mme Xia Lining, Ambassaador HE Xiangdong, Mary Considine,Deputy CEO, Finance and Corporate Services Shannon Group and Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis. China’s Ambassador designate to Ireland visited Shannon Airport for the first time on Friday in what was his first tour outside of Dublin since arriving in Ireland on May 3rd.
With visitor numbers at Doolin “increasing the whole time”, the announcement that progress is being made with the construction of a visitor centre has been welcomed.
Students in Clare are being deprived of their “right to education” as more than three dozen children in the county are without a second level place for September.
*Garret McPhillips. Photograph: Martin Connolly Garret McPhillips has stopped his Fine Gael party from taking legal action following the outcome of a recheck in a dramatic Shannon Municipal District election count on Sunday.
*Mark Nestor is raised aloft. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare County Council’s newest 28 elected representatives have been confirmed following the conclusion of the two day count at Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis.