Following last Monday’s decision by members of Clare County Council to increase the local property tax by fifteen percent, Sinn Féin have hit out at the move describing it as “an unjust tax on the family home”.
*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.
*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.
*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.
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…
*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.
*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)
*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.
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.
*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…