*Cathal Crowe, Páraic McMahon, Deirdre Culligan and Pat Breen. 

WITH the local and European elections only days away, it’s time to start predicting who the winners and losers will be.

That’s the focus of the latest episode of The Electoral Chair as we begin to dissect who is likely to getting lifted into the air and who will be tossed out of the race to win one of the twenty eight seats on Clare County Council and the five seats in Ireland South to represent the region in the European Parliament.

To test the waters we’re joined by Clare TD, Cathal Crowe (FF) who was a county councillor from 2004 to 2022, Deirdre Culligan (IND) a member of Kilrush Town Council from 2004 to 2009 and current member of Friends of Ennis Hospital and ex Junior Minister Pat Breen (FG), a Clare TD from 2002 to 2020 and elected member of Clare County Council from 1999 to 2002.

Of the 28 seats to be filled in Clare, seven are in the Ennis Municipal District, seven are in the Shannon Municipal District, five are in the Killaloe Municipal District, five are in the Kilrush local electoral area with four spots up for grabs in the Ennistymon local electoral area.

Pundits predict who will claim the seats in Clare and the spots in Ireland South.

On the clar:

  • Fianna Fáil’s targets
  • Lack of freshness in Fine Gael
  • Will Independent polling nationally be replicated in Clare
  • Sinn Féin will increase local representation in Clare
  • Where the vote will go from retiring councillors
  • Party grudge matches
  • An Ennis 2040 backlash
  • West Clare’s bloodbath
  • Clare on course to elect MEP

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