Fianna Fáil selected three candidates to contest the local election in the Ennis area at a highly charged convention in the Auburn Hotel tonight.
Sitting county councillors Pat Daly and Tom McNamara were selected by the members along with former county councillor Bernard “Bomber” Hanrahan from Clarecastle.
Cllr Brian Meaney who joined the party last April having left the Green Party received the lowest vote of the nine candidates before convention.
He told delegates he was disappointed to have “come bottom of the heap”.
Clare Colleran Molloy was in fourth place when the votes were counted and would have made the ticket had the directive from head office agreed with the local executive and selected four.
There is still a chance for the barrister from Quin and the five other candidates including Cllr Meaney, Joe Corbett, Joe Reidy, Eoin Neylon and Alan Considine to make the ticket as two more names are to be
added in the coming weeks. A total of 167 votes were cast on the night.

For full coverage see Tuesday’s Clare People newspaper.

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Claire Gallagher is a multi-award winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in media. The Galwegan began her career in radio working in news and current affairs. Having spent a year on the dark side – political PR and Spin – she returned to journalism and has since then worked mainly in print – regional and national – while continuing to work with the broadcast media. She has been with the Clare People since its foundation in 2005. She was awarded “Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year” in June 2008 while working with the paper. Twitter @galocon Facebook ClaireGallagherClarePeople

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