Hilary Tonge

Hilary Tonge

Hilary Tonge

Hilary strongly believes in putting people at the centre of development. It is her view that local development processes must be inclusive, and benefit all of the people. She recognises that in a growing diverse population such as ours we must work to facilitate greater interaction within our community.

She has gained insight through her work as a psychotherapist and life coach, with teenagers in the court systems, and with the disabled community in the DPOC, it has given her a special appreciation for the many needs within the county. As a teacher of Life Coaching night classes in Ennis Community College, she has guided students to develop their potential, and supported their goal setting and personal growth.

Hilary is a former Secretary and member of the Ennis Musical Society, and has taken part in many shows. She is now employed in Shannon Airport and is hugely aware of the value of the Airport to the surrounding communities.

Hilary is an experienced campaigner and most recently was involved in organising the Reinstate ShannonDoc campaign and also the Mid-West Hospital campaign to highlight the inadequate health service in the county. She believes actions speak louder than words and is a hard worker, with an enthusiasm to get things done, which makes her an ideal candidate for the position.

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy has lived in rural Ireland all her life.  She has been a community volunteer and activist for many years and is actively involved in efforts to develop policy for housing for the elderly as the current secretary of the Clare Older Persons Forum.

Mary is a farmer’s daughter and a former member of Macra na Feirme.  She was a volunteer with the Gathering Committee, she was a member and former Chairperson of the Clare Community and Voluntary Forum and was also a member of the Clare Community Cluster under the auspices of the Mid-west Regional Drug & Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF).

Mary worked for a number of years with Congress Information and Opportunities Centre (CIOC).  She has a keen interest in history, politics and the GAA.  Mary has a wealth of life experiences and is well respected within the wider community.  She has great depth of knowledge and expertise to bring to Clare County Council’s Social Development SPC.  

Emma Karran

Emma Karran

EMMA KARRAN

Emma Karran is English born and has lived in Doonbeg with her family for four years. Her engagement in topics of local concern began when she became a member of the environmental group Futureproof Clare and joined the protest against the proposed LNG terminal in the Shannon estuary.

A mother herself and with links to the communities in south west Clare through her work, she wants to commit herself to deeper active involvement in the future health and well-being of the people of Clare and its land through being on the Strategic Policy Committee for Economic Development

James Giller

James Giller

JAMES GILLER

James Giller is a First Class Honours graduate of Computer Science from UCC and holds a Master of Engineering from Osaka University, Japan, specialising in robotics. He applies his knowledge of information technology, especially in autonomous systems, to research and engage with relevant environmental and socioeconomic issues such as industrial automation; autonomous, connected and electric vehicles; and data centres and other IT infrastructure.  James has excellent communication skills as well as experience as a representative in the UCC Student Council, where he was awarded Best New Speaker. He has hosted a number of public talks on the climate and biodiversity crisis in Ennis and given interviews on the occasion of a number of rallies and other events to both local and national media. He has also contributed to submissions on past Draft Litter Management and Climate Change Adaptation Plans from Clare County Council. James is involved in a campaign to help Ennis businesses achieve low/zero-waste.

Aisling Wheeler

Aisling Wheeler

AILSING WHEELER

Aisling is a teacher, perma-culturist, parent and climate activist. She is chairperson of Kilfenora Tidy Towns Committee. She has been involved in many environmental campaigns over the years and is currently working voluntarily with Futureproof Clare and Extinction Rebellion Ireland to raise awareness of the Climate Crisis and prepare our communities for the future.