*Farmers protesting at Kepak, Tiermaclane. Photograph: John Mangan An estimated 800 people in the county have thus far partaken in peaceful protests led by farmers.
*Cllr Ian Lynch. Photograph: John Mangan Kilrush councillor Ian Lynch hit out at the lack of work done by Clare’s Oireachtas members in standing up for the county as West Clare attempts to pick itself up following last week’s announcement over 100 jobs are being cut from Moneypoint.
*Photograph: Páraic McMahon ESB have been slammed for their treatment of their workforce in West Clare following last Tuesday’s announcement that an expected 100 plus jobs are to be cut, one month after refuting claims such a scenario was on the cards.
*Moneypoint Power Plant. Photograph: Páraic McMahon A delegation of West Clare councillors are today (Wednesday) issuing a letter to secure a meeting with two Ministers plus a number of agencies and the ESB on the future of Moneypoint.
Clare TD, Timmy Dooley has declared residents of rural Ireland are being treated as “second-class citizens” with no ban on smoky coal in place in parts of the country.
*Mark Nestor celebrates surrounded by friends and family. Photograph: Martin Connolly Sunday’s election of Mark Nestor to the Ennis Municipal District on the eighth count means that at 27 years of age he is the youngest councillor in Clare.
*Cathal Crowe and his supporters celebrate. Photograph: Martin Connolly Cathal Crowe’s upcoming General Election bid has taken flight following his greatest political performance.
Although he is Clare’s longest serving councillor, PJ Kelly is a self-professed “reluctant candidate” for the local elections on May 24th.
Politics and elections have always been in Martin O’Loghlen’s life but on May 24th it will be his name on the ballot paper instead of the many candidates he has helped get over the line.
*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)