Naas Tidy Towns man to run in council election


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Naas Tidy Towns man to run in council election

Bill Clear at a Naas Tidy Towns event at the canal harbour

Bill Clear, better known as one of the driving forces behind Naas' success at national level in the Tidy Towns competition, is to seek a seat on Kildare County Council.

The County Tipperary native has been selected by the Social Democrats - the party of Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy - to run in the Naas area.

He will be among the more interesting candidates on the ballot paper because of his work with Naas Tidy Towns and to enhance the local environment.

Mr. Clear has lived in Naas for 20 years and is vice chair of Naas Tidy Towns and chair of the Naas Greenway project. He is also a committee member of Naas Access Group, which advocates for people with disabilities.

He also holds posts on the board of Naas community national school and St Corban’s boys national school. Mr. Clear coaches with Naas Athletic Club and Naas GAA. He is also a ship's captain and a river pilot. Bill is married to Anne-Marie and they have three children.

Speaking following his selection last night, he said: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to put myself forward to represent my community at council level on behalf of the Social Democrats. I firmly believe that by working together we can make a positive and lasting differences for people’s daily lives and our shared environment.”

The Social Democrats also picked Nuala Killeen to seek a seat in the Leixlip area. Ms. Killeen has managed the constituency office for Catherine Murphy on a full-time basis since 2012 and has been involved with the Social Democrats since the foundation of the party.

In a previous professional capacity in the UK, Nuala developed bespoke accredited and non-accredited vocational training programmes and new apprenticeship programmes, targeting second chance learning opportunities for adults. She believes that this is an area which holds huge opportunity for growth in Ireland. 

Nuala was born and raised in Ryevale Lawns, Leixlip and is one of nine children.

Aidan Farrelly was recently selected for the Clane area and is a team leader with Kildare Youth Services. He lives in Prosperous, having grown up and attended school in Scoil Phadraig and Scoil Mhuire, Clane.  Aidan and his wife Aisling, a primary school teacher in Straffan, have three children.