*Bill Slattery. Photograph: Gary Collins Bill Slattery is to make his return to the Council Chamber of Clare’s local authority later this year.
*Ann Norton Having gone from being the first candidate home in 2014 to the receiving the lowest first preference of all successful Ennis Municipal District, it proved to be an emotional election for Ann Norton.
*Pat Daly and Clare Colleran Molloy. Photograph: Martin Connolly In the four elections he contested up until last weekend Pat Daly never had to endure a wait until the final count to secure his seat, the new experience was “scary” for the Ennis man.
*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.
*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.
Ennis will be electing at least one new councillor following tomorrow’s local elections.
*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.
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”.
A Fianna Fáil local election candidate who committed to not using posters during the campaign has broken his word.
*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.