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15 candidates fighting for 7 seats in Ennis Municipal District

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Ennis will be electing at least one new councillor following tomorrow’s local elections. 

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‘My only brand of politics is the truth’ – Gerry Flynn

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*Cllr Gerry Flynn. Photograph: Eamon Ward An additional candidate running in Shannon Town plus a public backlash from giving his ‘honest opinion’ on The Venue project has Cllr Gerry Flynn braced for a battle in the local elections.

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Hayes hits out at lack of Council built houses

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Dermot Hayes has hit out at the amount of Council houses built in Clare from 2016 to 2018 and has called on the county’s electorate to end “the cosy consensus between long-time councillors and the top table”.

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Nestor breaks his no election poster promise

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A Fianna Fáil local election candidate who committed to not using posters during the campaign has broken his word.

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“Enough is enough” Sunday’s protest seeks reopening of Ennis A&E

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*Some of the crowd gathered at the January 2017 protest. Photograph: Martin Connolly A group behind a protest taking place this Sunday are “demanding” the reopening of the accident and emergency unit plus the upgrade to a model three hospital at Ennis General Hospital.

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Turning 18 a milestone in the political life of Mark Nestor

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At 27 years of age, Mark Nestor is Fianna Fáil’s youngest candidate in Clare for the local elections and he has been handed the challenge of ensuring they retain three seats in the Ennis Municipal District in the wake of Cllr Tom McNamara’s retirement.

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Hayes goes Independent following defection from Labour Party

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*Dermot Hayes with the late Martin Naughton.  Dermot Hayes will run as an Independent candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for May’s local elections.

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Volunteer accolade for Mags Keane as Clarecastle named Community of the Year

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*Carrigaholt volunteer Mags Keane, Clare Volunteer of the Year’, pictured with Mayor of Clare Councillor Michael Begley at the inaugural Clare Community Awards 2019. Photograph: Paschal Brooks Carrigaholt volunteer Mags Keane and Clarecastle were named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Community of the Year’ respectively at the inaugural Clare Community Awards ceremony held in Hotel…

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Hayes leaves Labour Party

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Disability activist Dermot Hayes has left The Labour Party having been a member for close to two decades. Speaking to The Clare Echo, the Corofin native who was nominated against Seamus Ryan for the party’s local election selection for the Ennis Municipal District confirmed he informed Labour HQ the days before the convention that he…

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‘Awful lot of confusion’ around vacant homes in Clare

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“A disparity between GeoDirectory and CSO figures” has significantly overstated the amount of vacant dwellings in the county. At the December meeting of the Social Development SPC, Mairead Corbett an Administrative Officer with Clare County Council gave members an update surrounding action on vacant homes. Their initial work on vacant homes started in December 2017…

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