Major changes to local electoral areas in Clare

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Significant changes have been made to the local electoral areas in Clare.

A report published by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee will redesign the geographic and political landscape in the county ahead of next year’s local elections.

At present all of Clare is served by four Municipal Districts; Ennis, Killaloe, Shannon and West Clare. There are eight councillors each representing Ennis and West Clare while the figure is six each in Shannon and Killaloe.

The report recommends that the twenty eight seats in the Council be retained and the district of North Clare reintroduced. This would be a four seat district and would take in areas of the West Clare and Killaloe District among them Ennistymon, Ballyea, Ruan, Corofin, Liscannor and Miltown Malbay.

West Clare’s Municipal District is to be renamed Kilrush and lose three seats. It comprises of the areas between Loop Head and Kildysart and now takes in the parish of Kilmaley.

Ennis will also lose a seat aswell as Clooney and Quin which now transfer to the Killaloe MD where there is one less elected representative. Clonlara is added to the Shannon Municipal District which gains an extra seat as a result.

Keep your eyes on The Clare Echo as our Political Columnist Eoin Neylon will be analysing the changes.

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, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. 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 - paraic@clareecho.ie

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