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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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‘Funding will come for a Shannon project’ – Breen

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Individuals involved in The Venue which requires close to €8 million to get off the ground have been urged to stand by the project. Director of Economic Development with Clare County Council, Liam Conneally when commenting on a motion from Cllr Mike McKee at the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District stated, “A lot…

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More strikes would break health service Junior Minister claims

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A Clare TD has claimed more strike action by nurses and midwives in Ireland would “break the health service”. Speaking at a Fine Gael selection convention in Kilrush, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen confirmed a sit down between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation…

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Crowe & McPhillips selected as Fine Gael’s Shannon candidates

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Fine Gael have selected sitting councillor John Crowe and former Clare minor hurler Garret McPhillips as their Shannon Municipal District candidates for May’s local elections. Cllr Pat Burke chaired the selection convention which took place at Treacys Oakwood Hotel on Thursday night. The directive from Fine Gael headquarters was to select two candidates, with only…

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Burke maintains rural Clare is not being neglected

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*Photograph by Gary Collins Fine Gael are well placed to win three seats in the Killaloe Municipal District for the first time in the party’s history according to Cllr Pat Burke. Elected to the Council on his first attempt in 2009, Burke is hoping this May he will record a three in a row. He…

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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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Slattery already sees improvement in Lahinch due to Irish Open

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Lahinch will be showcased all over the globe next July as The European Tour comes to town with The Irish Open taking place in Clare, Cllr Bill Slattery has already praised the event for helping to improve infrastructure in the popular coastal spot. Last weekend, he was selected as Fine Gael’s only…

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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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