Clare Local Election 2014 Results

Clare Local Election 2014 Results


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All 28 seats on Clare County Council have been filled in the 2014 Local Election in County Clare.

The turnout in Clare was 57.6% with 52,114 of the County’s 90,620 eligible voters coming out to vote on Friday.  A total of 69 candidates contested the election which saw some of the longest serving Clare Councillors lose their seats.

The election also delivered Sinn Féin a seat on the Council, saw three female candidates elected from the Ennis Electoral Area and resulted in Fianna Fáil becoming the largest party in the Chamber.

Counting began at the West County Hotel in Ennis on Saturday morning but only 8 of the 28 seats had been filled by the end of the day.

By 8pm on Sunday however, the Count had concluded after the final seats in the West Clare Electoral Area were filled.


Candidate – Party: 1st preference votes

WEST CLARE (* elected)
*Christy Curtin – Independent: 1938
*Richard Nagle – Fianna Fáil: 1835
*Bill Slattery – Fine Gael: 1769
*Michael Hillery – Fianna Fáil: 1408
*PJ Kelly – Fianna Fáil: 1383
*Ian Lynch – Independent:1218
*Bill Chambers – Fianna Fáil: 1113
*Gabriel Keating – Fine Gael: 952
Oliver Garry – Fine Gael
Patrick Keane – Fianna Fáil
Jackie Dale – Independent
Noeleen Moran – Sinn Féin
Joseph Enright – Independent
Kevin Heapes – Green Party
Gerard Kennedy – Fine Gael
Marian McMahon Jones – Fine Gael

ENNIS (* elected)
*James Breen – Independent: 1134
*Johnny Flynn – Fine Gael: 1100
*Tom McNamara – Fianna Fáil: 1049
*Pat Daly – Fianna Fáil: 1000
*Ann Norton – Independent: 821
*Paul Murphy – Fine Gael: 804
*Mary Howard – Fine Gael: 720
*Clare Colleran Molloy – Fianna Fáil: 584

George Atijohn – Independent
Joe Corbett – Independent
Cillian Griffey – Fine Gael
Michael Guilfoyle – Independent
Bernard Hanrahan – Fianna Fáil
Dermot Hayes – Labour
Tommy Kelly – Independent
Paula McNamara – Independent
Brian Meaney – Fianna Fáil
Vera Moloney – Fís Nua
Tony Mulqueen – Fine Gael
Frankie Neylon – Independent
Gerard O’Halloran – Fine Gael
Cathal O’Reilly – Sinn Féin
Paul O’Shea – Independent
Felix Osa Omorodion – Independent
Seamus Ryan – Labour
Gerben Uunk – Green Party
Damon Matthew Wise – Fís Nua

KILLALOE (* elected)
*Joe Cooney – Fine Gael: 2843
*Pat Hayes – Fianna Fáil: 1490
*Michael Begley – Independent: 1390
*Tony O’Brien – Fianna Fáil: 1294
*Pat Burke – Fine Gael: 825
*Alan O’Callaghan – Fianna Fáil: 791
Joe Arkins – Fine Gael
Donal Higgins – Labour
Niamh O’Brien – Fís Nua
Liam Wiley – Fianna Fáil

SHANNON (* elected)
*Cathal Crowe – Fianna Fáil: 1929
*John Crowe – Fine Gael: 1219
*Gerry Flynn – Independent: 1040
*Pat McMahon – Fianna Fáil: 1024
*Mike McKee – Sinn Féin: 773
*PJ Ryan – Independent: 844
Pascal Fitzgerald – Labour
Mike Fleming – Independent
David Houlihan – Anti-Austerity Alliance
Cathy McCafferty – Independent
Sean McLoughlin – Fine Gael
Tony McMahon – Labour
Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin – Anti-Austerity Alliance
Pat O’Gorman – Fianna Fáil
Louise Roche McNamara – Fianna Fáil
Karen Christine Wise – Fís Nua

It has been an election to forget for the Government parties. Labour’s only serving County Councillor, Pascal Fitzgerald lost his seat while the party’s four other candidates (Seamus Ryan, Dermot Hayes, Paul O’Shea and Donal Higgins) failed to secure any seat. Their collective poor return of first preference votes along with the party’s slump in support nationwide resulted in Clare Labour TDMichael McNamara later calling on leader Eamon Gilmore and the party front bench to step down.

Along with Pascal Fitzgerald, six other outgoing Councillors failed to regain their seats. They include current Mayor Joe Arkins (Fine Gael), Oliver Garry (Fine Gael), Patrick Keane (Fianna Fáil), Brian Meaney (Fianna Fáil), Sean McLoughlin (Fine Gael) and Tony Mulqueen (Fine Gael). Patricia McCarthy (Independent), Sonny Scanlan (Fine Gael), Michael Kelly (Fianna Fail) and Tommy Brennan (Independent) had announced their retirement from politics before the election.

Fianna Fáil is now the dominant party in Áras Contae an Chláir after securing 12 of the 28 available seats, down from 32 as part of Local Government reforms. The loss of Arkins, Mulqueen, McLoughlin and Garry, as well as the party’s inability to get Ger O’Halloran elected in place of the retired Sonny Scanlan means the party holds 8 seats.

Sinn Féin’s Mike McKee pulled off one of the shocks of the entire election when he unseated Fine Gael’s Sean McLoughlin, who was co-opted on to the Council in place of Senator Tony Mulcahy.

McKee’s running mate in West Clare, Noeleen Moran from Ballyvaughan narrowly missed out on a seat in her Electoral Area. However, there was better news for three other female candidates in the Ennis Municipal District Area. Claire Colleran Molloy of Fianna Fáil, Independent Ann Norton and Fine Gael’s Mary Howard were all elected.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Joe Cooney attracted the largest first preference vote, picking up 2,843 in the Killaloe Electoral Area. The lowest number of first preference votes was received by Damon Matthew Wise (7 votes) in Ennis.


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