Dinny Gould, Susan Griffin, Kevin Hassett, Cllr Ian Lynch, Cllr Rita McInerney, Cllr Cillian Murphy, Michael Shannon, Alan Troy and Joseph Woulfe.

WEST CLARE is certainly awake so far as political debates are concerned.

As part of the build-up to the local elections on June 7th, The Clare Echo’s political podcast The Electoral Chair has been hosting election debates for all five electoral areas in the county.

On the latest episode, we bring you the Kilrush local electoral area election debate which was recorded at the Hillery Suite of Treacy’s West County Hotel.

Areas covered in the Kilrush LEA include the Loop Head Peninsula, Kilrush, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Cooraclare, Cree, Lissycasey, Ballynacally, Ballyea, Connolly, Kilmaley, Kildysart, Annagh, Quilty and Mullagh.

Five councillors will be elected in the Kilrush LEA. Vying to win those seats are, Dawn Bennett (SF), Theresa Doohan (FG), Dinny Gould (IND), Susan Griffin (GP), Kevin Hassett (II), John Hill (IFP), Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG), Cllr Ian Lynch (IND), Cllr Rita McInerney (FF), Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF), Michael Shannon (FF), Alan Troy (FF) and Joseph Woulfe (II).

Nine of the thirteen candidates were present for the debate. Work commitments were cited by Bennett, a long-standing appointment precluded Doohan from attending while Cllr Keating was out of the county and Hill pulled out of the debate at the last minute.

Each candidate was afforded the opportunity to give a sixty second introduction and a final pitch to encourage people to vote for them on June 7th.

On the agenda:

  • Slurry campaigns
  • Membership of parties
  • Green agenda and farmers
  • Rural Clare’s future
  • Health
  • Questioning those in power
  • Planning restrictions
  • Moneypoint
  • West Clare Greenway

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