*Bill Chambers and his grandson. Photograph: Martin Connolly He’s been an elected representative on Clare County Council since 1985 and Bill Chambers is looking forward to what the next term brings with his Fianna Fáil party adding young blood in the guise of Mark Nestor and Shane Talty.
*Mike Taylor. Photograph: Martin Connolly Comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with suggestions of co-living by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy “deeply hindered” the prospects of Fine Gael candidates in Clare for the local elections according to one runner who felt his own liberal views decreased his West Clare vote.
*Joe Killeen. Photograph: Martin Connolly Upon his election to Clare County Council, Joe Killeen shared his concern for North Clare’s future and the need for it to be seen as a viable option for families to choose to live in.
*Ann Norton Having gone from being the first candidate home in 2014 to the receiving the lowest first preference of all successful Ennis Municipal District, it proved to be an emotional election for Ann Norton.
*Pat Daly and Clare Colleran Molloy. Photograph: Martin Connolly In the four elections he contested up until last weekend Pat Daly never had to endure a wait until the final count to secure his seat, the new experience was “scary” for the Ennis man.
When he decided to join Fianna Fáil to contest the local elections, Cillian Murphy said “it was time”, after an unsuccessful attempt in 2004 his time has come to represent the people of West Clare on the County Council.
*Roisin Garvey. Photograph: Martin Connolly Twenty years ago Roisin Garvey made a promise to her then unborn son that some day she would run for election, that day came and resulted in her winning a seat on Clare County Council on Saturday.
*Pat Hayes. Photograph: Martin Connolly Elections bring out a mix of emotions and that was certainly the case for Pat Hayes who was delighted first and foremost to be the second candidate elected in the Killaloe Municipal District but disgusted with the ongoing treatment of East Clare especially regarding Clare Bus.
*PJ Kelly. Photograph: Martin Connolly An elected representative since 1974, PJ Kelly has been ever present on Clare County Council but 2019 saw him receive his highest ever backing from an electorate.