North Clare is to re-gain it’s electoral area following the latest shake up of local government.
The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee has published its report, recommending that Clare is divided into five areas in the next local election.
Clare County Council is to retain its current membership of 28 after next year’s local election, but the Boundary Commission’s report still includes significant changes to the boundaries of what will now be five electoral areas.
It recommends that North Clare’s electoral area returns – it will be a four-seater, and include areas currently part of the sprawling West Clare and Killaloe Districts – the new North Clare will include Miltown Malbay and Ruan, and areas to north of that.
The West Clare area – now called Kilrush – has five seats, and stretches from Loop Head to Kildysart and also includes the Killanniv Electoral District, which includes Kilmaley.
On the other side, Ennis also loses Clooney and Quin to the five-seat Killaloe District, with 7 Councillors to be elected for the greater Ennis area – that also includes Clarecastle, Kilnamona and Doora.
Clonlara moves into the Shannon District, which gains a seat to become a seven-seater.