The future for politics in Clare

Erudite Caveman

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Candidate for Fís Nua in the last GE shows the idea that the calibre of people that 'new' political parties aim to bring to the table is not exactly a step in the right direction

Judge says election candidate

In the 2016 general election in Clare, Ms O’Brien ran for Fís Nua and shared the ballot paper with Timmy Dooley and Minister for State, Pat Breen, polling 1,154 or 2 per cent of the first preference votes in the four-seater constituency

On May 28th of last year, Ms O’Brien of Lake Isle, O’Callaghan’s Mills in east Clare was stopped by gardaí at Cutteen Cross, Cutteen, Tulla, Co Clare.
However, Ms O’Brien refused to provide any documentation to the gardaí and reversed at speed in a bid to get away.
As she was doing so, Garda Declan Condon ran alongside the reversing car, smashed the driver’s window with his baton, resulting in the Garda suffering the “horrific injuries” to his hand from the flying glass.

Ms O’Brien videoed the roadside interaction with the gardaí on her phone and the footage was used by the State in the prosecution.
In the footage, Ms O’Brien can be heard to say, “Are you acting under oath? Ye seem to be forgetting it an awful lot lately lads . . . I don’t have to answer any of your questions because you are refusing to tell me that you are acting under the oath . . . Ye are in enough trouble as it is now lads without stopping people at the side of the road for pieces of paper’.
Judge Durcan described Ms O’Brien’s behaviour in the video clips as “appalling” and said that the clips should be sent to the Garda College at Templemore as a teaching aid for gardaí for how they should act under severe provocation.

General Election 2016 - Fís Nua - New Vision, For a sustainable future, New Irish Political Party, Ireland | Fís Nua - New Vision, For a sustainable future, New Irish Political Party, Ireland
Niamh began to get heavily involved in community activism, attending countless peaceful demonstrations across the Country. The Clare Says No Group, which has been hugely successful and influential in gathering one of the biggest crowd in Ennis politically, apart from the closure of the County’s A&E, since Daniel O’Connell.
So it was the biggest demonstration excluding the ones that were bigger. That's nice.
 




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