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Mother-in-law of FG candidate killed by cyclist while out postering for party



The mother-in-law of a Fine Gael candidate was killed by a cyclist on the same night she was helping to erect election posters for the party.

Tragic mother of three Theresa Clarke (70) was crossing the Ranelagh Road in South Dublin, where she had been placing posters in the area on behalf of the political party, when she was struck in the middle of the road at around 11pm last Tuesday.

Ms Clarke, who was a teacher and former principal at Scoil Aonghusa in Balrothery, Tallaght, South Dublin, was rushed to hospital – where she sadly died on Sunday.

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Ms Clarke was also the mother in law of Fine Gael candidate John Clendennen, who was elected to Offaly County Council this week.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, newly elected Councillor Clendennen said he and his family were in shock over the loss.

“We’re staying united and trying to deal with the grief of losing someone that was so close and such a tower of strength to her three daughters and extended family.

“It’s the call no family wants to receive. Whatever she was doing in the area is irrelevant in a sense. She was crossing the road and that shouldn’t happen in this day and age.”

“At the end of the day this is a very difficult time for us all as a family. It’s devastatingly shocking and you don’t wish it upon anyone’s door but when it does come to yours it’s horrific,” he told us.

“Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision involving a bicycle and a pedestrian that occurred on the Ranelagh Road in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, at approximately 11pm on Tuesday 4th June 2024.

“The pedestrian, a female in her 70s, was taken to St. Vincent’s University Hospital with serious injuries. She was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where she was pronounced deceased on Sunday 9th June 2024. The male cyclist was uninjured.

“A technical examination of the scene was conducted and Garda enquiries are ongoing.”

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward.

Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the Ranelagh Road in Ranelagh between 10:45pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday June 4, 2024 are asked to come forward.

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