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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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@bordnamonaireland have issued the communication attached regarding a trial run of wind turbine components for the Bord na Móna Derrinlough Wind Farm, which is scheduled to occur in the late evening of Wednesday 31st January into the early hours of Thursday 1st February 2024.
To avoid local traffic disruptions and in the interest of public safety, the trial will occur at night and will be escorted by An Garda Síochána. The trial will be undertaken by a specialist haulage company and will travel along the delivery route from Galway Port to the Derrinlough Wind Farm site.
The Government has launched the 2024 Community Monuments Fund. This €7 million fund is aimed to conserve, maintain, protect, and promote local monuments and historic sites. 

It will support repairs and capital works for the conservation of archaeological monuments and also the development of Conservations Management Plans.

The fund has 3 streams:

·  Stream 1 will offer grants up to €100,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments.

·  Stream 2 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports that are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of archaeological monuments and improving public access.

·  Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments.

If you like a copy of the information booklet or application form, please get in touch. The closing date for applications is 14th Feb 2024.
There’s a tree blocking the Roscrea Road, about a mile outside Kinnitty. I’ve reported it to Offaly County Council. Please drive with caution.
Some power outages in the area due to #StormIsha Follow the link below to determine when it is likely to be restored.
If you are a member of a community group/organisation or know a group that might be interested, please check out the website for full details of the program.
I’m very grateful for the Fine Gael members that took the time to travel to the selection convention at Dooly’s Hotel, Birr last night. 

The massive show of support that I received in the ballot box is greatly appreciated and not something I take for granted. Congratulations to Hughie Egan having also received a nomination. 

I’m looking forward to getting going with the campaign, and hopefully I will be re-elected to Offaly County Council on June 7th. If you would like to get involved in the campaign please get in touch, many hands make light work!!
Failte Ireland are inviting all interested persons to a comprehensive information call on the EU Just Transition Fund (EU JTF) programme next week.

If you wish to attend register through this link  EU JTF info session - 24th January, 2024 (

Date: Wednesday 24th of January 

Time: 12.00-13.00pm

Location: ONLINE via zoom

This one-hour session is a chance to learn more about the EU Just Transition Fund (EU JTF) programme, to ask questions about upcoming opportunities and the EU Just Transition Fund in general.

The EU JTF is a new financial instrument within the EU Cohesion Policy, which aims to provide support to territories facing serious socio-economic challenges arising from the transition towards climate neutrality. The fund can support a wide range of investment such as in SMEs and start-ups, research, and innovation, as well as decarbonisation of local transport.

EU JTF info session - 24th January, 2024 (

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

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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