Michael Cleere co-opted to South Tipp County Council

Labour’s new county councillor Michael Cleere from Killenaule has cited the needs of elderly constituents as his top priority in his new politicial role.

Labour’s new county councillor Michael Cleere from Killenaule has cited the needs of elderly constituents as his top priority in his new politicial role.

The father-of-two from Castlequarter, Killenaule was formally co-opted onto South Tipperary Co. Council at its October meeting last week after being proposed by Cahir Labour Cllr Sean Lonergan and seconded by Mullinahone Independent Eddie O’Meara.

He replaces Bobby Fitzgerald from Carrick-on-Suir, who resigned from Labour and the county council in May.

Cllr Cleere, who is originally from The Commons and a Labour Party member for 40 years, was selected by the Tipperary Labour branch to take over the seat at a convention in Fethard on September 28.

The seat was originally held by Denis Landy from Carrick-on-Suir before he was elected to the Seanad in 2011.

Cllr Cleere was congratulated and welcomed onto the Co. Council by representatives of all the political party groups on the Council at last week’s meeting.

The part-time bus driver with Fethard & District Day Care Centre, said his priority as a councillor will be to look after the elderly constituents in the Fethard Electoral Area.

Cllr Cleere confirmed he will contest next year’s local elections.