The first of the Kilrush electoral area candidates took part in their debate last evening.
In the first of the Kilrush debates, Cathaoirleach of the West Clare Municipal District Ian Lynch and his Clare County Council colleagues Fianna Fáil Councillor PJ Kelly and Fine Gael’s Gabriel Keating were joined by Sinn Féin hopeful Violet-Anne-Wynne.
Employment, rural transport and infrastructure have all emerged as issues of concern for those in the west of the county.
While concern has been expressed by some about a lack of jobs in that region, Independent Councillor Lynch says there is opportunities there – they just need to be protected.
One of the biggest – and best known – employers in West Clare is US President Donald Trump, who owns the renowned luxury hotel and golf resort Trump Doonbeg.
Fine Gael Councillor Gabriel Keating says despite his controversies, he would be very open to welcoming President Trump to Clare, should a visit go ahead this year.
Another of the prominent industries in the west of this county is tourism, with the coastal communities in particular welcoming droves of visitors in summer.
But Fianna Fáil Councillor PJ Kelly is concerned about an over-reliance on that sector and feels once you come inland, the benefits aren’t being felt.
And once again, the Midwest health system was a hot topic of debate.
West Clare Sinn Féin representative Violet-Anne Wynne says with persistent overcrowding being experienced in the region’s main hospital, there are many who are opting not to attend.