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Fianna Fáil add 5 candidates to local election ticket

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*Mark Nestor. 

Fianna Fáil have made five additions to their local election ticket across the county.

Tourism consultant, Cillian Murphy will run alongside sitting councillors PJ Kelly and Bill Chambers in the Kilrush electoral area. Ten years ago he co-founded Loop Head Tourism, the Kilkee resident is the owner of Murphy Blacks Restaurant along with his wife Mary. This will be his second attempt seeking election to the Council, Cillian contested the 2004 election representing The Green Party and was eliminated on the first count.

Having had to deal with the sudden retirements of Richard Nagle and Michael Hillery in the Ennistymon local electoral area, whom between them have a combined 56 years experience in local politics, the party has now managed to source three candidates.

Postmaster, Shane Talty from Lahinch the son of the late Francie a former Fianna Fáil stalwart, INTO President Joe Killeen and Ballyvaughan’s Martin O’Loghlen who has been involved in the elections of TD Timmy Dooley have all been selected by party headquarters in the Ennistymon LEA. Killeen is a first cousin of former Minister for Defence, Tony Killeen.

26 year old Mark Nestor is their youngest candidate in the county, he joined elected representatives Cllr Pat Daly and Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy on the ballot paper in the Ennis Municipal District. He sought a nomination in December at a selection convention where the instruction from headquarters was to choose two candidates, Daly and Colleran Molloy being the winners while Clarecastle’s Bernard Hanrahan came third and Nestor in fourth position four months ago. Since November, Mark has been the Development Officer with An Clár as Gaeilge.

Nestor said it was “an honour and a privilege” to be selected. “I thoroughly look forward to the challenge ahead and can’t wait to get the show on the road, to start knocking on doors and to start meeting and listening to the people of the Ennis Municipal district,” the Cloughleigh man stated.

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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