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First count complete in Killaloe

Results are in for the Killaloe Electoral Area first count. Joe Cooney (FG) has been comfortably elected having netted nearly 26% of the valid poll with a vote of 2,843. The quota was set at 1,585 votes, and Pat Hayes (FF) is just shy of the quota on count one with 1,490. Behind him is Michael Begley (NP) on 1,390. Tony O’Brien (FF) looks set to secure a seat with 1,294 votes. With Councillor Cooney’s surplus of 1,258 now being counted he expects his party colleagues Pat Burke (FG) and Joe Arkins (FG) to see the most benefit from it. Pat Burke currently stands at 825, and Joe Arkins at 755. The other results in show Alan O’Callaghan (FF) on 791 votes; Liam Wiley (FF) on 651; Niamh O’Brien (FN) on 731; and Donal Higgins (Lab) on 323. The valid poll in the electoral area stood at 11,181 polled, 11,093 votes were deemed valid.

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Poll topper in Killaloe area Joe Cooney is lifted on high by supporters as he is deemed elected during the election count at The West county Hotel, Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Cooney elected with over quarter of vote

Joe Cooney (FG) is the first county councillor to be elected in the County Clare Local Election. With 2,843 votes, which is expected to be the largest vote in the county, Councillor Cooney’s vote was 1,258 over the 1,585 quota. Speaking following the announcement he said, “I’d a brilliant performance. I didn’t expect a performance like that”. He put the performance down to the hard work he has done for his electorate over the past five years. “I worked hard for the people in those five years. I think the vote today is a true reflection of that,” he said. As counters begin assigning his 1,258 surplus votes, Joe believes his two party colleagues Pat Burke and Joe Arkins will net the benefit of these, “both have done well, I think they stand a great chance and I think both of them will get elected”. Announcing details of the celebrations to follow in O’Callaghan’s Mills, Cooney said, “We’ll have a …

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Clare election update

Coming up to 11.30a.m. at the count centre in Treacy’s West county Hotel, from tallies in the Ennis area, it would appear that James Breen, independent and Johnny Flynn, Fine Gael are on their way to taking seats. Also looking well at this stage are Tom Mc Namara, Fianna Fail, and Pat Daly, Fianna Fail. In the European elections, Brian Crowley, Fianna Fail, is cleaning up in Clare. [doptg id=”13″]

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From the altar to the polling station

Almost immediately after marrying Jason Ryan in Ballyea church on Friday, Maureen Lillis sprinted to the nearby primary school to cast her vote in the 2014 Local and European Elections. [doptg id=”12″]The couple live and work in Sydney, where Maureen is employed as a quantity surveyor, while Jason works as an engineer. Maureen, whose family are sixth-generation Ballyea, is currently helping to build a tunnel under Sydney Opera House. As for her political leanings, Maureen confessed to The Clare Champion that she is not a fanatic. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not but because everyone is getting all excited, I have to get my vote in. We both come from big families and they are getting very excited after hearing we were coming down to vote,” she laughed. “It’s a bit of fun and it’s nice to vote. But, unfortunately, we’re not going to be here to see how things are run because we’ll be back in Australia. We’re …

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Voting underway across County Clare

County Clare residents are currently casting their number one preference votes at polling stations across the county for the 2014 local and European elections. A total of 90,620 people living in Clare are entitled to vote in the local election which sees 69 candidates battle it out for 28 seats across the four municipal districts: Ennis; West; Shannon; and Killaloe. Among them was 82 year old Clare man JJ Barry who voted for the first time in Ireland. An emigrant in England for 63 years, JJ returned to Kilkee in West Clare two years ago. A man with a keen interest in politics, JJ was delighted with the opportunity to vote in County Clare. “I wanted to vote now because I don’t know how many years I have left. I always wanted to have a vote but in my time, there was no voting in Ireland until you were 21. I was 19 when I emigrated,” he revealed. All polling …

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‘Citizen’s arrest’ helps Gardaí catch armed robber

A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is being detained at Ennis Garda Station after members of the public gave pursuit when a shop in Ennis was robbed at knifepoint on Friday morning. O’Connor’s shop in the Market in Ennis was held up at knifepoint on Friday morning at approximately 9.45pm. A female staff member was in the shop at the time and was confronted by a man who was wearing a hoodie and brandishing a knife. She handed over a sum of money to the man, who then fled from the shop in the direction of Parnell Street. Two members of the public observed the man fleeing and gave chase, catching up with him at the Parnell Street Car Park by the river wall. Gardai, who were alerted to the incident, promptly attended the scene and apprehended the suspect at this location. A knife and a sum of money was recovered as part of their investigation. …

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Racism watchdog welcomes Sinn Féin resignation

Dan  Danaher A national racism watchdog has praised the “decisive action” taken by Sinn Féin arising from anti-Traveller comments made by its former Ennis Local Election Candidate, Cathal O Reilly. The Ennis butcher resigned from the party on Wednesday afternoon after anti-Traveller comments he made on Facebook three years ago resurfaced earlier in the week. While Mr O’Reilly’s name will appear on the ballot sheet on the ballot sheet today as a SF candidate, he is no longer a party candidate. In his resignation statement, Mr O’Reilly admitted making racist comments, which he is deeply ashamed of now. “While I no longer hold such views, the fact that I previously held them has been publicised now and this has caused embarrassment to me, my family and to Sinn Féin,” he said. ENAR Ireland welcomed the “decisive action” taken by Sinn Fein arising from anti-Traveller comments made by Cathal O Reilly. While Enar Ireland acknowledged Mr O’Reilly had confirmed in his …

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Kilkee meeting critical of storm repair programme

Last week (May 14), a big crowd filled the function room of the Stella Maris Hotel at a protest meeting regarding what organisers maintain is the lack of progress on repairing the storm damage on the sea front in Kilkee. The meeting was supported by all the main organisations in the town. Retired Kilkee pharmacist and community activist, John Williams was among those who spoke at the meeting. “A large number of people spoke, most expressing frustration at the absence of information from Clare County Council on where it stood on the works to be done. Speaker after speaker said it was a disgrace that the local authority would leave a major tourist route and part of the Wild Atlantic Way in the condition it is, over the tourist season,” Mr Williams told The Clare Champion. He said organisers of the Hell of the West Triathlon spoke of their frustration trying to get details of their route from Clare County …

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