Clare County Council

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Clare County Council
Comhairle Contae an Chláir
Coat of arms or logo
Type County council
Mayor Joe Arkins, FG
Seats 32
Political groups      Fine Gael (12)
     Fianna Fáil (11)
     Labour Party (1)
     Green Party (1)
     Independents (7)
Last election 5 June 2009
Meeting place
Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis
The area governed by the council

Clare County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae an Chláir) is the authority responsible for local government in County Clare, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 32 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Mayor. The county administration is headed by a County Manager, Tom Coughlan. The county town is Ennis.


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into six local electoral areas: Ennis East (5), Ennis West (4), Ennistymon (5), Killaloe (7), Kilrush (6) and Shannon (7).[1]

2009 Seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fine Gael 12
Fianna Fáil 11
Labour Party 1
Green Party 1
Independents 7

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 5 June 2009.

Council members from 2009 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Ennis East Johnny Flynn Fine Gael
Paul Murphy Fine Gael
Sonny Scanlan Fine Gael
Pat Daly Fianna Fáil
Tommy Brennan Independent
Ennis West James Breen Independent
Tony Mulqueen Fine Gael
Tom McNamara Fianna Fáil
Brian Meaney Green Party
Ennistymon Martin Conway Fine Gael
Michael Hillery Fianna Fáil
Richard Nagle Fianna Fáil
Michael Kelly Fianna Fáil
Joe Arkins Fine Gael
Killaloe Joe Cooney Fine Gael
Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Pat Burke Fine Gael
Pascal Fitzgerald Labour Party
Michael Begley Independent
Cathal Crowe Fianna Fáil
Kilrush Christy Curtin Independent
Oliver Garry Fine Gael
P. J. Kelly Fianna Fáil
Patrick Keane Fianna Fáil
Bill Chambers Fianna Fáil
Gabriel Keating Fine Gael
Shannon John Crowe Fine Gael
Tony Mulcahy Fine Gael
Patricia McCarthy Independent
P. J. Ryan Independent
Pat McMahon Fianna Fáil
Gerry Flynn Independent

Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
Martin Conway Fine Gael Ennistymon Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2011 Seanad election April 2011 Bill Slattery Fine Gael
Tony Mulcahy Fine Gael Shannon Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2011 Seanad election April 2011 Sean McLoughlin Fine Gael

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2009 local elections – Clare County Council". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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