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Farming, fishing & tourism key to combating rural depopulation – Murphy

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*Cillian Murphy. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan Fifteen years on from last seeking a seat on Clare County Council, Cillian Murphy feels “it’s time” to try bring pro community and West Clare ideas to the local authority.

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Chambers wants Cooraclare’s history of having a councillor to continue

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*Cllr Bill Chambers. Photograph: Gary Collins “Politics is a tough life,” Bill Chambers admitted but it’s one he wants to stay in as the countdown to May’s local elections continue. He forms the Fianna Fáil ticket in the Kilrush local electoral area alongside Cllr PJ Kelly. “It’s going to be a hard few weeks, a…

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McNamara to continue community activism post politics

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*Cllr Tom McNamara. Photograph: Gary Collins Tom McNamara has become the third sitting Fianna Fáil councillior to announce his retirement from politics. At the party’s selection convention for the Kilrush Local Electoral Area (LEA) on Friday, the sixty five year old confirmed he would not be seeking re-election for a third term to Clare County…

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Fianna Fáil leader visits Kilrush

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Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin visited West Clare on Friday to open the new constituency office of general election candidate, Rita McInerney. Deputy Martin took the opportunity to visit the Kilrush Community School and to canvass the town of Kilrush meeting locals and calling into businesses plus a visit to the Vandeleur Walled Garden. Speaking…

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Parking site needed specifically for Ennis workers – Daly

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*Photograph by Gary Collins If successful in his attempt to be re-elected, Cllr Pat Daly will celebrate twenty years on Clare County Council in May, parking, health and housing are top of his agenda as he prepares to commence his latest campaign. Daly was selected alongside Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy to contest the local elections…

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Crowe covering the ground in double election bid

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A Fianna Fáil candidate for both the General and Local elections plus a recent new arrival for he and his wife means Cllr Cathal Crowe is set for a busy few months. Speaking to The Clare Echo before his party leader, Micheál Martin renewed the Confidence and Supply agreement with Fine Gael until 2020 meaning…

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Eoin Neylon’s winners and losers from 2018

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As 2018 comes to an end, we reflect on a tumultuous year in Irish politics that’s finishing with a degree of stability suddenly taking hold. Míchéal Martin signing Fianna Fáil up to an extension of the Confidence and Supply agreement, until the Brexit chaos is resolved, has killed all expectation of a Spring time General…

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Blake’s Corner hindering economic development in Ennistymon

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Fianna Fáil’s only candidate for the Ennistymon electoral area has singled out fixing Blake’s Corner as a key aim in his bid to be re-elected. Cllr Richard Nagle was co-opted onto Clare County Council in 1997 and has been a permanent fixture since. On Sunday, he was one of two nominees at the Fianna Fáil…

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Anger in Ennis as Fianna Fáil conventions take place

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Fianna Fáil held three selection conventions on Sunday and its directive to stick with two candidates has left party members angry and annoyed. Members voiced their unhappiness with such a policy being followed in the Ennis Municipal District. At present, the party has three councillors on the EMD, however it is anticipated that Tom McNamara…

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Eoin Neylon: ‘In Clare, we are poor at putting our faith in younger candidates’

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Pictured, Cllr Cathal Crowe (credit Gary Collins) Following the Killaloe FF selection convention, Liam Wiley remarked that Fianna Fáil in Clare were in trouble when it comes to the promotion and recruitment of youth within its ranks, writes Eoin Neylon. Even though there are several talented young members across the county, largely, Wiley has a…

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