McNamara new Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council

McNamara new Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council


Cathaoirleach Tom McNamara and Leas-Cathaoirleach Pat Burke

Fianna Fáil Councillor Tom McNamara has been unanimously elected Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council at today’s Annual General Meeting of Clare County Council.

Councillor McNamara, a native of Kilmaley who was first elected to Clare County Council in 2009, succeeds Cllr. Bill Chambers (FF) in the role.  Councillor McNamara was proposed for the role by Councillor Pat Daly (FF) and seconded by Councillors Paul Murphy (FG) and Christy Curtin (IND).

Councillor Pat Burke (FG) from Whitegate was elected Leas Cathaoirleach and replaces Councillor Paul Murphy (FG) in the role.

Addressing Elected Members, Council staff and family members and friends, Councillor McNamara said: “To be afforded the honour of representing the members of this Council and the people of County Clare as Cathaoirleach means a great deal to me. I am deeply privileged and honoured to assume the role of Clare’s First Citizen.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Alan O’Callaghan (Fianna Fáil) has been elected Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Killaloe Committee during the annual general meeting of the Municipal District of Killaloe.

Councillor O’Callaghan replaces Cllr. Tony O’Brien (Fianna Fáil) in the role.

Councillor Pat Hayes (Fianna Fáil) has been elected Leas Cathaoirleach in place of Councillor Pat Burke (Fine Gael).


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.