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12th Jun 2024

Mother-in-law of Fine Gael candidate killed by cyclist while putting up election posters

Simon Kelly

Fine Gael mother-in-law

She died nearly a week after the incident.

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

Theresa Clarke, aged 70, was struck while crossing the Ranelagh Road in South Dublin at around 11pm on Tuesday, June 4.

Ms Clarke was the mother-in-law to Fine Gael candidate John Clendennen, who was elected to Offaly County Council on Monday.

The teacher and former principal at Scoil Aonghusa in Balrothery, Tallaght, was rushed to hospital, where she sadly died a few days later on Sunday.

Mother-in-law of Fine Gael candidate killed by cyclist while putting up election posters

Cllr Clendennen said that his election was “overshadowed by great sadness”.

He continued: “As I fought the concluding days of the election campaign, my mother-in-law Theresa Clark was fighting for her life up to Sunday afternoon, following a tragic road traffic accident on Tuesday afternoon.”

In a statement to JOE, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “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 4th June 2024 are asked to come forward.

“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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