The Mayor of Clare, Councillor James Breen (IND) will not contest next year’s General Election. The Kilnamona councillor, who was successfully elected to Dáil Eireann in 2002, was expected to throw his hat into the election ring after narrowly missing out on a seat in both the 2007 and 2011 elections.
Cllr Breen (70), a former member of Fianna Fail, has suffered some ill health in recent years but has been performing his duties as Mayor of Clare with his trademark energy since taking over the reins earlier this year.
Cllr Breen’s exit opens the door for a strong challenge from an Independent candidate in Clare with Cllr Ann Norton, Richard Cahill and Gerry Flynn already in the race and Cllr Ian Lynch expected to join the contest in the new year.
“After thoughtful consideration and consultation with my wife, Eileen, my family and my loyal supporters as well as considering the needs of the people of Clare but above all my belief in encouraging youth and new generations, I have decided not to contest the next General Election,” he said.
“I have pursued many agendas and have had many achievements in politics but now is the time for new people to step forward and strive to put the needs of the people and the County of Clare at the centre of the National Agenda.
“I would like to thank the many people who have contacted me and encouraged me to stand but now that I am not seeking election to Dáil Eireann, I would urge my supporters to come out and vote.
“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the people who have put their trust in me through the years; your loyalty is greatly appreciated. I will continue representing you and your interests to the best of my ability in Clare County Council.”

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