John Clendennen | Kinnitty, Birr, Co Offaly | (087) 6118883 | [email protected]
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    Offaly County Council
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Clendennen Welcomes Approval of Part 8 To Develop Kinnitty Village and Slieve Bloom Link Route

At last Monday’s monthly meeting of Offaly County Council, Cllr John Clendennen formally proposed the successful approval of the Part 8 process which will see the development of a designated link for pedestrians and cyclists from Kinnitty village to the Slieve Bloom Mountain Trails. According to Cllr Clendennen, ‘this is yet another significant investment for Kinnitty […]

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Clendennen Welcomes €3.5 Million Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project for Offaly

At the May monthly meeting of Offaly County Council, it was agreed that a project be undertaken in collaboration with a number of other County Councils to upgrade all public street lighting across Offaly and the Eastern region to LED lighting.  A similar motion was first proposed by Cllr John Clendennen in February 2015, and […]

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Lights…Cameras….And ready to address the nation. #FGAF22 @leovaradkar @finegael
Spot the difference! Great to see road resurfacing works now complete at Stones-town, Cloghan. The works were completed by @offalycountycouncil collaborating with @galetech_group providing a Community Benefit Fund contribution to ensure the completion of the works on the entire route.
Great to be back at a @finegael Birr District Meeting this evening. Zoom meetings and phone calls were good during COVID but nothing beats meeting in person.
Today we welcomed Minister @helenmcentee to Tullamore to mark 25 years since @offalydvss (Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services) was founded.

Pictured with Molly Buckley who was one of the founders of the service, and is still involved today. 

If you think that you might be in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service can provide support. ☎️Helpline on 0579351886 and on 0860419154.
Nice to see everyone enjoying the Trick or Treat on the Street Festival at Emmett Square this evening, the ghosts did their thing and kept the rain away which was a bonus! Happy Halloween Everyone!!🧙‍♀️👻🎃🍫🥜🎶
@offalycountycouncil draft Birr Local Area Plan 2023-2029 (draft LAP) will be open for submissions until Friday October 28th. The LAP consists of the following:

·  A written statement and a landuse zoning map:
·  Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report (prepared by the planning authority of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the local area plan) in accordance with the SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) and pursuant to the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 as amended.
·  Appropriate Assessment (AA) Stage 2 Natura Impact Report in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).
·  Strategic Flood Risk Assessment pursuant to section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the provisions of the Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2009) on The Planning System and Flood Risk Management.

A copy of the draft LAP may be inspected until 28th Oct 2022 at Birr Municipal District & Birr Library, Birr Civic Offices, Wilmer Road, Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly, and on the Offaly County Council website at

Submissions or observations must state your name and should be clearly marked ‘Draft Birr Local Area Plan 2023-2029’.

Please make your submission or observation by one medium only to avoid the duplication of submission reference numbers and to streamline the process i.e.:

On-line at: or
Hard Copy at: Forward Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly.
Submissions or observations shall be made from 15th Sept 2022 until 28th Oct 2022 (both dates inclusive). Please note submissions will be accepted up to 4pm on 28th Oct 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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About John



Thanks for taking the time to visit my website!

​I'm from the village of Kinnitty at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and I've been involved with Fine Gael all my life through my father, Percy, an elected Fine Gael Councillor to Offaly County Council for forty years. I was first elected to Offaly County Council in May 2014, representing the Birr Municipal District.

​My experience prior to politics was in the private sector, having studied Business Studies & Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management and a Masters Degrees in Marketing at University College Dublin Michael Smurfit School of Business.

​My experience in the hospitality sector was gained both at home and abroad, having worked for some of the largest multinational hotel chains in the world. In 2011, I made the decision to return to my home county of Offaly, and undertake the responsibility of instilling a new lease of life in the family pub.

Since 2011, I have refurbished and enhanced the business offering, which now includes Townhouse accommodation and glamping site with capacity for 40 guests, which has proven successful. There are currently plans underway to increase further the accommodation and pub capacity with a refurbishment plan for the pub and introduction of additional guests rooms to increase overall accommodation capacity to 60 guests.

In my spare time, one of my favourite pastimes is GAA, particularly hurling, and delighted to have achieved a childhood dream of winning a Leinster Minor Hurling Championship with Offaly, in Croke park in 2000.

I am a strong advocate for social media and sharing updates on my political works, so please feel free to connect with me and if I can ever be of assistance please don't hesitate to to get in touch.

John Clendennen
Offaly County Council

Offaly County Council

My work at Offaly County Council

Since my election to Offaly County Council in 2014, I have been to the fore in maximising the potential for the county, developing its long term sustainability and optimising the environment to ensure further job creation.

Many policies are primarily influenced by national government policy, however, I firmly believe that local authorities play an important role in determining how national funding is invested local. 

At present, there is a strong appetite to develop our tourism offering within the county, continued investment in rural infrastructure and services such as roads, schools, Gardaí and healthcare, while also ensuring that the future of risk of Brexit to SME's and the Agriculture sector is mitigated.
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In addition to assisting many local development and community groups across the county, I have the privilege of serving on a broad range of committees through Offaly County Council. In my first terms as an elected representative, it has been an honour to be nominated as Chairperson of the Birr Municipal District (2015) and Vice-Chairperson of Offaly County Council (2018).

Some of the committees which I am associated with through my work as an elected representative include:

- Offaly County Council Environment Strategic Policy Committee (Chairperson)
- Offaly Local Community Developmen Committee (Chairperson)
- Offaly Joint Policing Committee (Vice Chairperson)
- Offaly County Council Roads Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee
- Irish Public Bodies
- Offaly Tourism Company Ltd
- Birr Theatre Arts Centre

Fine Gael In Offaly

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Fine Gael in Offaly has over six hundred members from across the county enthusiastically involved in all facets of the local organisation. There is a fun and social element to politics which for many, is both enjoyable and rewarding. Some of the events organised throughout the year include district & constituency meetings, fundraising events, party national conference and the Ard Fheis. Fine Gael are always welcome to people getting involved so why not register your interest today?

There are four Fine Gael Elected Representative in Offaly,  Cllr. Liam Quinn and Cllr. Noel Cribbin (Edenderry Municipal District), Cllr. Neil Feighery (Tullamore Municipal District) & Cllr. John Clendennn (Birr Municipcal District).

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John Clendennen  |  Kinnitty, Birr, Co Offaly  |  (087) 6118883  |  [email protected]
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