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Donna McGettigan selected to take Council seat of Mike McKee

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*Donna McGettigan. Photograph: Martin Connolly

Donna McGettigan will take the place of Mike McKee on Clare County Council.

On Friday evening, the constituency office of the late Mike McKee was packed to capacity as members of Sinn Féin gathered for convention to find out that McGettigan was the sole nominee to succeed the long-serving McKee.

A candidate during the local elections in the Ennis Municipal District where she received 277 first preference votes, Donna has lived in Shannon since 1997. She has served in numerous roles in local Sinn Féin Cumann.

Although she will be Sinn Féin’s sole representative on Clare County Council, Donna’s co-option means there will be five female councillors, the highest there has ever been at one time in Clare.

Sinn Féin’s Ard Chomhairle will have to finalise the paperwork before Donna becomes Cllr McGettigan. The Belfast native is confident this will be completed in time for the February meeting of the local authority.

McGettigan will also sit on the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) and the Local Traveller Accommodation Advisory Committee.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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