Fianna Fáil To Fill Vacant Clare County Council Seat

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Fianna Fáil is holding a selection convention in Clare today, to fill the party’s vacant seat on Clare County Council.

The elevation of Deputy Cathal Crowe to the Dáil has left a seat in the Shannon Municipal District that must be filled by tomorrow and five names are now in the running.


After 16 years serving as a councillor on the local authority, Meelick’s Cathal Crowe fulfilled a long held ambition after being elected to serve as a TD in Dáil Éireann following this month’s general election.

This means his party now has the job of filling his seat on Clare County Council and today, a selection convention is being held to decide who will take up that position.

Fianna Fáil headquarters had initially floated the idea of an interview process but instead, all of the party’s approximately 150 members in the Shannon Municipal District will vote on one of five names.

Clonlara’s Emma Begley, Noel Broggy of Meelick, former county mayor Pat O’Gorman of Cratloe, Sixmilebridge man Robert Frost and Shannon’s Louise McNamara are all on the ticket.

Deputy Crowe says whoever is selected will have his support and he hopes to work closely with them.

The selection convention is being held this evening from 7:30pm, after which the name to represent the Shannon MD will be unveiled.

The successful candidate will officially be co-opted onto Clare County Council in a special meeting tomorrow afternoon.