Adrian Kavanagh, 16th July 2014
Following the elections of Luke Ming Flanagan (Midlands-North-West) and Brian Hayes (Dublin) at May’s European Parliament elections, vacancies have arisen in their two Dail constituencies of Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South-West respectively. These are likely to take place at some stage during Autumn 2014 but candidates are likely to be selected/declare themselves as candidates to contest these by-elections over the coming months in advance of these contests taking place. This post aims to list these candidates as and when they are officially confirmed.
The Carlow-Kilkenny by-election, to fill the vacancy arising when Phil Hogan takes up his appointment as EU Commissioner, will not take place until Spring 2014. Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) and Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein) – both councillors based in Kilkenny City -
Adrian Kavanagh, Friday 11th July 2014 – updated Tuesday 15th July 2014 This post will look at ministerial appointments by constituency and by region, in the wake of today’s Cabinet reshuffle, and will consider whether Geography had an influence on these, while also contrasting these with the initial government appointments made back in March 2011. (This post will be updated after further changes to the junior ministerial ranks are announced next week.) With just thirty ministerial and junior ministerial posts to be distributed, this meant that just 18.1% of Dail deputies and just 28.6% of the (105) Fine Gael and Labour TDs will be taking up these posts. Continue reading
An in-depth review of changes to general election boundaries in the Republic of Ireland, with specific reference to the most recent changes in 2012, as published in the latest issue of the Irish Political Studies journal.
Taylor & Francis Online :: All Changed, Changed Utterly? Irish General Election Boundary Amendments and the 2012 Constituency Commission Report – Irish Political Studies – Volume 29, Issue 2.
Adrian Kavanagh, 23rd June 2014
A month has now passed since the holding of the 2014 Local and European elections and the spoils of victory have now been fought over and divided in most cases (although the first meeting of Monaghan County Council does not take place until this evening). But which parties or groupings have fared the best in terms of the division of these spoils? And could the patterns emerging in terms of the alliances formed to garner control of different councils pose some hints as to which parties or groupings may come together at the national level to form the next government after the next Dail/general election (probably in Autumn 2015). Continue reading
Adrian Kavanagh, 16th June 2014
Fine Gael got lucky on a number of accounts at the May 23rd elections. Continue reading
Adrian Kavanagh, 12th June 2014
Apart from the successes associated with the Independents and Others groupings, there is no doubt that Sinn Fein were the big winners in the May 23rd 2014 elections, winning seats in each of the European constituencies (having held no European Parliament seat in the Republic of Ireland coming into the May 23rd contest) and coming very close to trebling their level of representation at the local authority level (increasing their number of City and County Council seats from 54 to 157 between 2009 and 2014). Continue reading
Adrian Kavanagh, 11th June 2014
Figure 1: Support (%) for Independent/Non Party candidates at the local authority level in the 2014 Local Elections
The May 23rd elections were always going to be good elections for the Non Party/Independent candidates grouping. Continue reading