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Ann launches council crusade

THE dramatic entry of well-known Clare charity disability campaigner, Ann Norton into the local elections  is certain to add an edge to the contest in the Ennis Electoral Area. The Clare Champion can exclusively reveal that one of the co-founders of the Clare Crusaders’ Clinic will run as an independent candidate and if elected, the Barefield-based candidate has pledged to “give a voice to the most vulnerable in society”. The decision of the mother of three children to enter the race will significantly damage the re-election prospects of outgoing Fianna Fáil Councillor and Barefield native, Brian Meaney, who relied a great deal on securing votes from his home base. Ms Norton will be seen as a strong contender for a seat and could  take votes from dissatisfied Fine Gael and Labour supporters and should also garner a large percentage of any floating protest vote. The 2012 Clare Person of the Year, who enjoys a high public profile in the county …

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