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13th Jun 2024

Family of woman killed by cyclist while putting up election posters make appeal to public

Simon Kelly

Fine Gael mother-in-law

Gardaí continue to look for witnesses.

The family of Theresa Clarke, who died after being struck by a cyclist last week, have made an appeal to the public following her death.

The mother-in-law of recently-elected Fine Gael councillor John Clendennen was killed by a cyclist on the same evening she was erecting election campaign posters for the party.

The 70-year-old school principal was struck while crossing the Ranelagh Road in South Dublin at around 11pm on Tuesday, June 4 and sadly passed away a few days later on Sunday.

Cllr Clendennen said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area of Ranelagh between 10.45pm and 11pm (June 4th) to check any type of footage they may have including CCTV to make it available to gardai so that they can determine exactly what occurred.”

Family of woman killed by cyclist while putting up election posters make appeal to public

Taoiseach Simon Harris and newly elected Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Regina Doherty were among the mourners at Ms Clarke’s Funeral Mass in St Anne’s Church in south Dublin on Thursday.

“I spoke to Theresa’s husband Michael and John in recent days. We are all devastated by her loss,” the Taoiseach said, adding that she was an “integral part of the Fine Gael family”.

In a statement to JOE earlier this week, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána also appealed to members of the public to come forward with any information.

“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 4th June 2024 are asked to come forward,” the statement read.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Irishtown Garda Station at 01 666 9600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.”

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