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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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The ICOB Grant application process is so simple, take ten minutes out of your day and claim up to €5,000 BUT only 1 in every 3 businesses across Offaly have yet to apply.

It is a challenging time for small business so please share this information with any small business owner you know, and don't let this opportunity for much needed support pass. Follow the link for a step by step guide:

If you are in commercial rates arrears and want to apply please get in touch with me directly. #workingforoffaly
Minister Humphreys has this morning announced €1.264 Million for non-public rural roads across Offaly.  This is a funding scheme that is so important to many rural families across the Birr Area. 

It is ssential funding to improve road access to homes and farms in rural areas and only one herd number is now required for a valid application. 

There has been a significant demand for the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) in the Birr Area, it is most likely that Offaly County Council will open the scheme to applications in the coming weeks but I would encourage the local authority to prioritise completion of the current backlog of applications. 

I would also encourage all eligible residents in Offaly to engage, complete an application form and ensure they are in a position to benefit from this important opportunity. If any would like more information on the LIS please get in touch!
Kinnitty and the Slieve Blooms are a real hive of activity today. With the Birr & District Motor Club rally and the @slievebloom_mtb_festival in full swing. Drop by the area to savour the atmosphere!
€1.5 Million funding for #Moneygall confirmed by Minister 

The proposed plans for a new community centre in Moneygall have been approved for funding this morning, I was delighted to play a part in securing the funding for this really ambitious project. 

I am delighted the Moneygall project has received such a generous amount of funding, the community has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the provision of a new community centre will be truly transformational for the area. I wish the @moneygallvillage committee well with the construction stage. 

I am fully committed to continue working with Minister Humphreys and her officials to advocate for other projects in Offaly and will continue to help all community groups in the area to ensure all communities will have a real community space to come together in.

#WorkingForOffaly @moneygallfc @moneygallcommunitygym
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€160,000 in funding allocated to three locations in the Birr Municipal Area under the Community Monuments Fund. 
The CLÁR Scheme is a very welcome funding initiative that is open to several communities across the Birr Municipal District. Please check on the attached map shaded in blue if your community is eligible to apply. More information available at the following link 🌍💶💻 #workingforoffaly
Congratulations to 6 schools across the Birr Municipal District that will see school children benefit from a further extension to the Hot School Meals Programme.

The Hot School Meals Programme was introduced in 2019 as a small pilot of 30 schools. Minister Humphreys has grown the programme significantly in recent years and over 2,000 primary schools are now eligible to receive a hot meal with plans to include additional schools later this year.

Any remaining primary schools in the area who have not yet joined the scheme can now express an interest to participate in the Hot School Meals Programme with effect from September, and I would strongly encourage them to engage in the process as soon as possible.

We fully support @ShowMeID1 Be Age OK summer campaign to promote responsible trading and prevent the sale of age-restricted products to minors

#KeepVat9 is vital for the survival of many hospitality businesses across the country. @VFIpubs partnering with @Irishtourismind @RAI_ie & @LVADublinPubs with will continue to engage with all political parties, seeking an extension beyond the August deadline.

Many thanks to @FineGael parliamentary party for hosting a productive meeting regarding VAT9% this afternoon. Our President @johnclendennen and CEO @padraigcribben outlined how crucial 9% rate is for pubs serving food #KEEPVAT9

A strong collaboration between @HeinekenIE_News @LVADublinPubs and @VFIpubs to highlight the on the job learning and job satisfaction in the pub trade, and a skillset that can be beneficial across the globe. There’s No Experience Like Bar Experience.

We're delighted to support @HeinekenIE_News ‘There’s No Experience Like Bar Experience’ campaign along with @LVADublinPubs

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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

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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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