Fine Gael candidate’s mother-in-law killed by a cyclist while hanging election posters

The mother-in-law of a Fine Gael candidate was killed by a cyclist on the same night as she helped put up the party’s election posters.

Tragic mother-of-three Theresa Clarke (70) was crossing Ranelagh Road in south Dublin, where she was putting up posters in the area on behalf of a political party, when she was hit in the middle of the road at around 11pm last Tuesday.

Mrs Clarke, a teacher and former headteacher of Scoil Aonghusa School in Balrothery, Tallaght, south Dublin, was taken to hospital where she sadly died on Sunday.

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Mrs 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 councilor Clendennen said he and his family were shocked by the loss.

“We remain united and try to cope with the grief of losing someone so close and so powerful to her three daughters and extended family.

“That’s a call no family wants to receive. Whatever she was doing in the area is sort of irrelevant. She was crossing the street, and that shouldn’t happen these days.

“Ultimately, this is a very difficult time for all of us as a family. “It’s devastatingly shocking and you wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but when it comes to yours, it’s terrifying,” he told us.

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

“The pedestrian, a 70-year-old woman, was taken to St. Vincent with serious injuries. She was then transported to Beaumont Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The cyclist did not suffer any injuries.

“A technical examination of the scene was carried out and a Garda investigation is ongoing.”

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

Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash cam footage) and were traveling on Ranelagh Road in Ranelagh between 10.45pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday 4 June 2024 are asked to come forward.