Meet Clare

Clare Claffey is the Social Democrats councillor for Birr on Offaly County Council.

Clare is deeply committed to family, community, and equality. As Chair of the Offaly County Childcare Committee, Clare shapes policies supporting young families and children, reflecting her dedication to nurturing a supportive community.

Clare’s political journey began with grassroots activism, leading to her election in 2019. As Offaly County’s only female councillor, she advocates for gender equity and serves as a role model for progressive change in rural Ireland.

Living in Banagher, Co. Offaly with her husband Ciaran and their seven children, Clare’s personal experiences have given her insight into the challenges faced by Irish families, fuelling her drive to create inclusive solutions.

In her work with the Laois Offaly Education and Training Board, Clare advocates for young people of all abilities, supporting inclusive, accessible high-quality education which ensures that all members of the community have equal opportunities for learning and development.

Clare is also a vocal advocate for addressing domestic violence, calling for the urgent development of local refuge services in Offaly. Her involvement in conferences and public discussions on work-family balance highlights her commitment to empowering women in balancing professional and personal responsibilities.

Known for her ability to navigate local government complexities, Clare’s approachable and collaborative nature has earned her respect and admiration from colleagues and community members.

My vision for a more equitable and supportive society drives my continuous efforts to champion causes vital to my community, to make a significant impact in the lives of those I serve.

Clare’s Priorities

  • Championing support for families and children and promoting work-family balance for women and men.
  • Advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment in politics.
  • Leading sustainable community development, exemplified by the Banagher Regeneration Project.
  • Addressing domestic violence and supporting victims through local initiatives.
  • Ensuring inclusive policies for community benefit.
  • Promotion of arts, culture and heritage through support of County Arts, Library and Heritage services

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