Adrian Kavanagh, 26th February 2011
This blog will list the names, and party affiliations, of all the formally declared candidates whose ages fall in the 21-35 years age category – candidates whose ages fall in the 21-30 years category will be denoted by a * Please note that this is probably an incomplete list, in part due to fact that party selections are still ongoing but also due to difficulties in accessing age information. If you note any glaring absences, please feel free to comment!
Fianna Fail: Daithí Ó Donnabháin (Cork North-West)*, Michael McGrath TD (Cork South-Central), Cllr. Charlie McConalogue (Donegal North-East), Sen. Brian O’Domhnaill (Donegal South-West), Averil Power (Dublin North-East), Cllr. David McGuinness (Dublin West)*, Sen. James Carroll (Louth)*, Lisa Chambers (Mayo)*, Thomas Byrne TD (Meath East), Cllr. Shane Cassells (Meath West), Cllr. Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath)*, Ivan Connaughton (Roscommon-South Leitrim)* At least 12 candidates (16.0% of total FF candidates) – at least 6 candidates fall into the 21-30 years age cohort (8.0% of total FF candidates).
Fine Gael: Sen John Paul Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny), Joe Carey TD (Clare), Cllr. Pa O’Driscoll (Cork East)*, Lucinda Creighton TD (Dublin South East), Cllr. Eoghan Murphy (Dublin South East)*, Cllr. Alan Farrell (Dublin North), Leo Varadkar TD (Dublin West), Cllr. Paul Connaughton (Galway East)*, Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton (Galway West), Cllr. Sean Kyne (Galway West), Cllr. Brendan Griffin (Kerry South)*, Cllr. Martin Heydon (Kildare South)*, Cllr. Liam Quinn (Laois-Offaly)*, Cllr. Patrick O’Donovan (Limerick), Cllr. Peter Burke (Longford-Westmeath)*, Cllr. Catherine Yore (Meath West)*, Damien English (Meath West), Cllr. Simon Harris (Wicklow)*. 18 candidates (19.8% of total FG candidates) – 9 candidates fall into the 21-30 years age cohort (9.9% of total FG candidates).
Labour: Sen. Michael McCarthy (Cork South-West), Cllr. Aodhan O’Riordan (Dublin North Central), Cllr. John Lyons (Dublin North-West), Cllr. Henry Upton (Dublin South Central)*, Cllr. Patrick Nulty (Dublin West)*, Lorraine Higgins (Galway East), Cllr. Derek Nolan (Galway West)*, Arthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick), Cllr. James Heffernan (Limerick), Cllr. Ged Nash (Louth), Alan Kelly MEP (Tipperary North), Ciara Conway TC (Waterford)*. 12 candidates (17.7% of total Labour candidates) - 4 candidates fall into the 21-30 years age cohort (6.0% of total Labour candidates).
Sinn Fein: John Cassin TC (Carlow-Kilkenny)*, Kathleen Funchion TC (Carlow-Kilkenny)*, Kathryn Reilly (Cavan-Monaghan)*, Paul Hayes (Cork South West), Cllr. Padraig MacLochlainn (Donegal North East), Pearse Doherty TD (Donegal South West), Ruadhán Mac Aodháin (Dublin South-East)*, Sorcha Nic Cormaic (Dublin South), Martin Kelly (Kildare North), Paul Hogan TC (Longford-Westmeath)*, Cllr. David Cullinane (Waterford). 11 candidates at least (26.8% of total Sinn Fein candidates) - at least 5 candidates in 21-30 years age cohort; 12.2% of total Sinn Fein candidates)
Green Party: Darcy Lonergan (Cavan-Monaghan)*, Malachy Harty (Cork East)*, Roderic O’Gormain (Dublin West)*
United Left Alliance: Ann Foley (Cork North-West), Robert Connolly (Dublin Mid-West), Cian Prendiville (Limerick City)*
Independent and Other small parties/political groupings: David Murphy (Carlow-Kilkenny), John McGuirk NV (Cavan-Monaghan)*, Ann Cronin (Clare), Brian Markham (Clare)*, Padraig O’Sullivan NV (Cork North Central)*, David McCarthy (Cork South-Central), Ryan Stewart (Donegal North-East), Michael Loftus NV (Dublin North-West), Dylan Haskins (Dublin South-East)*, Mike Cubbard (Galway West)*, Clifford T Reid (Kildare North), Justin Collery (Waterford), Stephen Donnelly (Wicklow)
At least 33 candidates fall within the 21-30 years age cohort and at least 68 candidates fall within the 21-35 years age cohort (at least 11.7% of total number of candidates). Female candidates account for 19.7% of this group.
The regions in the East tend to have a lower than average level of younger candidates; candidates aged between 21 and 35 account for 9.7% of the Dublin candidates and 11.3% of the (Rest of) Leinster candidates, as against 12.7% of candidates in Munster and 13.7% of candidates in Connacht-Ulster.