Adrian Kavanagh, 25th September 2014
Now that the new European Election constituency boundaries have been decided on, in this post, I will be detailing the names of the candidates for next year’s European Elections contests, by constituency. As new candidates are confirmed between now and the election itself, I will be updating this post to include their names.
Dublin constituency (3 Seats):
Fine Gael: Brian Hayes
Fianna Fail: Mary Fitzpatrick
Sinn Fein: Lynn Boylan (Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain)
Labour Party: Emer Costello
Green Party: Eamon Ryan
Socialist Party/Anti Austerity Alliance: Paul Murphy
People Before Profit Alliance: Brid Smith
Direct Democracy Ireland: Tom Darcy, Raymond Patrick Whitehead
Fis Nua: Damon Matthew Wise
Others: Nessa Childers, Jim Tallon
In Dublin, five of the twelve candidates (41.7%) contesting this constituency are female and seven (58.3%) are male.
Not surprisingly, most of the candidates in this constituency are based in the Dublin region, with the exceptions of Tallon (Wicklow) and Wise (Clare). Three of the Dublin-based candidates have bases/addresses on the North side of the City, while the other seven candidates have bases/addresses on the South side of the City.
None of these candidates contested the Dublin constituency at the last European elections in 2009, although Neasa Childers did contest (and win a seat in) these elections in the old East constituency, as also did Jim Tallon.
Midlands-North-West constituency (4 Seats):
Fine Gael: Mairead McGuinness, Jim Higgins
Fianna Fail: Pat The Cope Gallagher, Thomas Byrne
Sinn Fein: Matt Carthy
Labour Party: Lorraine Higgins
Green Party: Mark Dearey
Direct Democracy Ireland: Ben Gilroy
Fis Nua: Cordelia Níc Fhearraigh
Others: Marian Harkin, Ronan Mullen, Mark Fitzsimons, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, TJ Fay
In Midlands-North-West, four of the fourteen candidates (28.6%) contesting this constituency are female and ten (71.4%) are male. Only five of these candidates – Byrne, McGuinness and Gilroy (all Meath) as well as Dearey and Fitzsimons (both Louth) – are based in Leinster (and all of these are based in North Leinster, with no Midlands or Kildare-based candidates), while the other nine candidates are based in Connacht-Ulster – Fay, Carthy, Gallagher and Nic Fhearraigh in Ulster and Harkin, L Higgins, J Higgins, Flanagan and Mullen in Connacht.
South constituency (4 Seats):
Fine Gael: Deirdre Clune, Sean Kelly, Simon Harris
Fianna Fail: Brian Crowley, Kieran Hartley
Sinn Fein: Liadh Ni Riada
Labour Party: Phil Prendergast
Green Party: Grace O’Sullivan
Direct Democracy Ireland: Jan Van De Ven
Fis Nua: Donal O’Riordan
Catholic Democrats (The National Party): Thereasa Heaney
In South, nine of the candidates selected/declared (60.0%) are male and six of the candidates (40.0%) are female. Only three of these fifteen candidates – Godsil, Harris and Van De Ven – are based in south Leinster (and all three of them are based in Wicklow County), while the other twelve candidates are based in Munster. Six of the Munster candidates have bases/addresses in Cork.
Forty one candidates have been confirmed as European Elections candidates. In all, across the three different European Elections constituencies fifteen of the candidates (36.6%) are female and twenty six (63.4%) are male. Ten candidates have bases/addresses in the Dublin region, while thirteen have bases/addresses in Munster, nine have bases/addresses in Connacht-Ulster and nine have bases/addresses in Leinster (with no candidates from the western Leinster counties of Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny, as well as Wexford).