FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE CLARE PEOPLE NEWSPAPER ON APRIL 28, 2015

Fianna Fail are considering running three candidates in Clare in next year’s General Election – despite only putting forward two for the party’s disastrous showing in Clare in 2011.
The Clare People understands that local members of the party are pushing for a three candidate strategy – with one candidate each coming from the Ennis, East Clare and West Clare areas. The party head office however, is understood to favour a two party strategy – with only sitting TD Timmy Dooley certain to be on the ticket.
The party is understood to undertaking polling in Clare in the coming days to decide which strategy to employ.
With four party members, including Deputy Dooley, understood to have put their names forward for election – the party faces a hotly contested selection convention in Clare in the coming weeks.
With Dooley certain to go forward – the race would seem to be between Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy, Michael ‘Malty’ McDonagh and Rita McInerney for the remaining places on the ticket.
With Colleran Molloy having a strong base in the Ennis area, McDonagh having a strong West Clare base and McInerney having strong links to both Ennis and West Clare – the selection of candidates looks set to be a tightly contested affair.
Fianna Fail have not yet confirmed a date for the election convention in Clare but it is now not likely to take place until early June. It is possible that only two candidates will be ratified at the local convention with the head office possibly adding a third candidate at a later date.

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