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Slattery defeat ‘takes gloss’ from otherwise fantastic campaign for Garrihy

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*Joe Garrihy. Photograph: Martin Connolly Taking a seat on Clare County Council at the expense of Bill Slattery has taken a “huge gloss” off Joe Garrihy’s election success. 

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More political pain for Ger O’Halloran

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*Ger O’Halloran. Photograph: Martin Connolly In his second bid to become a county councillor, Ger O’Halloran once again came up short as the closest candidate to the elected bunch.

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Fine Gael not taking legal action following election controversy

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*Garret McPhillips. Photograph: Martin Connolly Garret McPhillips has stopped his Fine Gael party from taking legal action following the outcome of a recheck in a dramatic Shannon Municipal District election count on Sunday.

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Mary Howard ‘burst into tears’ on learning she topped polls

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COUNCILLOR Mary Howard referred to politics as a “blood sport” as she reflected on being the first ever female to top the polls in Ennis on route to her election on Sunday morning. Celebrations weren’t muted despite Mary knowing well in advance that her seat was safe: “I did [know] but the reality is that…

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Kilrush needs to be West Clare’s benchmark – Cllr Lynch

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*Cllr Ian Lynch. Photograph: Gary Collins Kilrush must set the way for the rest of West Clare and Cllr Ian Lynch is adamant the town needs a voice on Clare County Council to do just that.

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‘I saw more backsides on a trolley than in my nursing career’

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*Patricia McNamara addressed the crowd at Sunday’s protest. Photograph: John Mangan A retired nurse who also experienced life as a hospital patient recently has declared there “is no privacy or dignity” for individuals receiving medical care at University Hospital Limerick (UHL)

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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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UL Hospital Group CEO to meet Clare councillors

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Following on from a motion of no confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris, Clare councillor are to be briefed by the CEO of UL Hospitals Group today.

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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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Ex Clare hurler wants to bring passion for Shannon to Council

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Described by Fine Gael insiders as “the new kid on the block”, Garret McPhillips has revealed it took him a matter of minutes to decide he would run for May’s local elections. A former minor and intermediate hurler for Clare, Garret was the county’s top scorer in the 1999 minor championship, the same year saw…

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