Tulla is more divided than parts of Northern Ireland according to one native of the East Clare town.
This Wednesday saw the Killaloe Municipal District hold their first meeting since the local elections, Beckha Doyle was frustrated and disappointed there wasn’t a new face among them but she’s adamant her time in politics will come.
*Barry O’Donovan. Photograph: Martin Connolly As the Green Party secured their first seat on Clare County Council since the 2009 election of Brian Meaney, one of their two candidates in the county maintained the elected councillors need to stand up and address ‘climate chaos’.
*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.
Pat Burke will mark ten years as a county councillor when the local authority sits down for it’s June meeting next week.
*Alan O’Callaghan. Photograph: Eamon Ward Securing 326 extra first preference votes in the space of five years was ‘critical’ for Alan O’Callaghan in retaining his seat on the County Council.
*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.
*Joe Cooney is elected to Clare County Council for the fourth time. Photograph: Martin Connolly Not alone was Joe Cooney the first candidate elected in the Killaloe Municipal District for the third time in a row but yet again the O’Callaghans Mills man secured the highest first preference vote in Clare as he has previously…
*Cllr Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Martin Connolly Ten years on from losing his seat on Clare County Council, Tony O’Brien capped off a special weekend with his election to the local authority for the third time.
*Photograph: Eamon Ward Six of Clare’s twenty eight councillors attended all Municipal District meetings over the last five years.