*Cllr Bill Slattery (FG) is elected. Photograph: Joe Buckley. 

WITH the fewest amount of seats of all the electoral areas, the Ennistymon LEA was always going to be competitive.

In 2019, Cllr Bill Slattery (FG) was the only outgoing councillor seeking re-election in Clare to lose his seat but he came back with a bang five years on top the poll in the Ennistymon LEA with a poll-topping performance amassing 2,244 first preferences.

His return resulted in the Cllr Liam Grant (GP) losing out which leaves the Greens without a voice on Clare County Council. Despite his defeat, the Lahinch man polled a respectable 1,150 in his first election bid.

Seats were retained by Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG), Cllr Shane Talty (FF) and Cllr Joe Killeen (FF) while the quartet of Pam O’Loughlin (IND), Conor O’Sullivan (SF), Michael Loughrey (IP) and Denis Vaughan (LAB) failed to make inroads.

Looking back on the outcome in the Ennistymon LEA we are joined by three former councillors, Patricia McCarthy (IND), Paul Bugler (FG) and Patrick Keane (FF).

On the agenda:

  • Ennistymon LEA is a sprint not a marathon
  • Wounded Bill Slattery
  • Serious Slattery performance
  • Joe Garrihy makes it two from two
  • Liam Grant’s political future
  • Dip in vote for Shane Talty
  • Solid base for Joe Killeen
  • Raw politics suggests Slattery vote is damaging for Senator Conway
  • Labour finish bottom of the pile in North Clare
  • TikTok councillors in Clare

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