*Michael Begley. Photograph: Martin Connolly In Clare politics, being the Mayor in an election year is a risky position, for Michael Begley this gamble paid off.
*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.
*Eugene Long (centre) with Joe Carey and John McInerney Upon retiring from An Garda Síochána in February after 34 years of service, Eugene Long did not envisage an entry into local politics.
Of all 51 candidates for the local elections on May 24th, Shannon councillor Gerry Flynn was the only one to refuse to sign a pledge to give his support for the restoration of health services to Co Clare.