Five sitting county councillors were returned to contest the Clare County Council election in the west for Fianna Fáil last night (Monday).
Cllr Bill Chambers, Cllr Michael Hillery, Cllr Pat Keane, Cllr PJ Kelly and Cllr Richard Nagle will all be on the ticket come next summer following the party’s convention in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point.
Councillors Nagle and Hillery were selected automatically following a directive from Fianna Fáil’s National Constituency Committee that two candidates were to come from the Ennistymon area.
The remaining six candidates from the Kilrush area, that included three sitting councillors as well as Kilrush Town Councillor Tom Prendeville, Michael O’Neill and Rita McInerney, went before the delegates for selection.
A decisive vote saw Cllr Kelly and Cllr Keane pass the quota in the first vote and their surplus brought fellow councillor Bill Chambers safely over the mark.
The five candidates will now go forward and represent the party in the eight seat West Clare Municipal Area elections.
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