Social Democrat candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 20th July 2013 with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate webpages.

The fourth of my series of rolling blog posts, in which I detail the latest information as to candidate selections relating to the different political parties and grouping and/or candidate declarations (as in the case of the non-party grouping). The rule of thumb here is that I will add party candidates in most cases only after they have been officially selected to run for the party  at a selection convention or by some other means of candidate selection. I try my best to find information about local election candidate selection conventions, but in some cases this information is hard to find and occasionally it can be some time after a convention takes place before I find this information and hence am in a position to update this page accordingly.

The post will focus on the candidate selections for the Social Democrats.

As the party was founded just over a year after the 2014 Local Elections, the Social Democrats obviously were not in a position to contest these elections. However, a number of defections from the independent ranks/from other parties to the Social Democrats in the years after that party was founded means that there are currently eight Social DemocratCity/County Councillors, according to my best estimates.

The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2014 Local Elections as Social Democrat candidates include:

Candidates Seats Social Democrat candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 7
Killaloe 5 Rebecca Doyle
Shannon 7 Betty Walsh
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55
Carrigaline 6
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6
Cobh 6 Ken Curtin
Midleton 7
Fermoy 6
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4 Holly Cairns
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5 Evie Evans Nevin
Cork City 31
Cork City North East 6
Cork City North West 6
6
Cork City South East 6
Cork City South West 7
Donegal 37  
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63  
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5
Ballymun-Finglas 6
Artane-Whitehall 6
Donaghmede 5
Cabra-Glasnevin 7
Clontarf 6
Kimmage-Rathmines 6
North Inner City 7
South West Inner City 5
South East Inner City 5
Pembroke 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40  
Blackrock 6
Dun Laoghaire 7
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40  
Balbriggan 5
Rush Lusk 5
Castleknock 5
Howth-Malahide 7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6
Ongar 5
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40  
Clondalkin 7
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5
Lucan 5
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5
Galway City 18  
Galway City Central 6
Galway City East 6
Galway City West 6
Galway County 39  
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Gort Kinvara 5
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry 33  
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
An Daingean 3
Kenmare 6
Castleisland 4
Tralee 7
Kildare 40  
Athy 5
Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3
Maynooth 5
Clane 5
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7
Kilkenny 24  
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7
Callan-Thomastown 6
Piltown 5
Laois 19  
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40  
Limerick City East 7
Limerick City North 7
Limerick City West 7
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18  
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth 29  
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6
Drogheda Rural 4
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30  
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40  
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan 18  
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19  
Birr 6
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18  
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18  
Ballymote-Tobercurry 7
Sligo-Drumcliff 5
Sligo-Strandhill 6
Tipperary 40  
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Cahir 4
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 6
Nenagh 5
Newport 4
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32  
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath 20  
Athlone (Westmeath) 5
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34  
Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7 Denise Whitmore
Wicklow 32  
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4
Bray West 4
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

As of now, six candidates are listed on this page. On 20th July 2018, the Social Democrats announced a list of six candidates who would be contesting the 2019 Local Elections, including five female candidates (Holly Cairns, Rebecca Doyle, Evie Evans Nevin, Denise Whitmore and Betty Walsh) and one male candidate (Ken Curtin).

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The Younger Ones: General Election (2018-2021) candidates aged between 21 and 35

Adrian Kavanagh, 20th July 2018

In a similar vein to earlier posts relating to the 2016 General Election and 2011 General Election candidates and a similar post relating to younger candidates contesting the 2014 City and County Council elections, this page seeks to list the names, and party affiliations, of all the candidates for the 2016 General Election whose ages fall in the 21-35 years age category. (Candidates whose ages fall in the 18-30 years age category will be denoted by a * – all the other candidates listed here fall into the 31-35 year age category, apart from those cases where it is not clear whether the candidates falls into the 21-30 or 31-35 age categories.)

Please note that this is an incomplete list due to difficulties in getting age-related information. Given the difficulties involved in getting age details for some candidates, the likelihood is that I will miss out on some names that should be included here, but I will do my best to ensure this list is as accurate as possible. If you note any glaring absences (and especially if you are one of the candidates that should be listed below, or else are incorrectly listed below), please feel free to comment below or to Tweet me at @AdrianKavanagh or email me at adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie instead. Continue reading

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Solidarity and People Before Profit Alliance candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 10th July 2013 with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate webpages.

The third of my series of rolling blog posts, in which I detail the latest information as to candidate selections relating to the different political parties and grouping and/or candidate declarations (as in the case of the non-party grouping). Continue reading

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Sinn Féin candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 6th July 2013 with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate webpages.

The second of my series of rolling blog posts in which I detail the latest information as to candidate selections relating to the different political parties and grouping and/or candidate declarations (as in the case of the non-party grouping). The rule of thumb here is that I will add party candidates only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention or by some other means of candidate selection (such as additions by party headquarters) and not on the basis that “they are virtually guaranteed to run/be selected…” This post will focus on the Sinn Féin candidate selections. Continue reading

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Labour Party candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 2nd July 2018 with updates as new candidate nominations announced 

The first of a series rolling blog posts in which I will detail the latest information as to candidate selections for the 20109 Local Elections, relating to the different political parties and grouping and/or candidate declarations (as in the case of the non-party grouping). The rule of thumb here will be that I add party candidates only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention, or by some other means of candidate selection (e.g. added by party headquarters).

The post focuses on the Labour Party candidate selections. In the summer of 2018 the Labour Party had fifty City/County Councillors. Continue reading

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Geographical perspectives on the May 2018 referendum contest

Adrian Kavanagh, 29th May 2018

With a national turnout rate of 64.1% – just 1.0% lower than the national turnout level for the 2016 General Election – the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy (Repeal of 8th Amendment) referendum was passed with 66.4% of the valid votes (almost two-thirds of all the valid votes cast).

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Figure 1: Turnout levels at Irish referendum elections, 1937-2018

In actual voter number levels, the turnout at this referendum was 2,159,655, making this the referendum contest with the highest ever number of voters since the foundation of the state. In percentage terms (as shown by Figure 1), this marked the highest turnout level for a referendum contest, or set of referendum contests, since the three referendum contests that took place on the same day as the November 1992 General Election contest. This was also the highest turnout level for a “stand alone” referendum contest since the 1971 referendum on Membership of the EEC. Continue reading

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Larger Parties Squeezing Out Smaller Parties and Independents? Constituency-level analysis of Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI (19th April) poll and other Spring/Early Summer polls

Adrian Kavanagh, 19th April 2018

As the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017 was officially passed into law just before Christmas 2017, the new Constituency Commission electoral boundaries are now used as the basis for the analysis. The translation of 2016 support figures onto these new constituency units is not a perfect one, alas, given the lack of tally figures in some cases (e.g. Laois, Offaly and Kildare constituencies) or the lack of time to carry out the necessary background analyses in other cases (e.g. constituencies in the West and North West). Where it has been possible to take account of tally figures, the constituency support estimates are based on the votes cast in the new constituency units in those cases.

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The early opinion polls in 2018 offered very good news for Fine Gael. The party has dropped back somewhat in the more recent polls, but it still remains the strongest party in the state by a distance of a number of percentage points over Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. Furthermore, the combined vote Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil vote share across all of these polls has generally averaged out around, or higher than, the 60% level. This, admittedly, represents a lower support level than the combined vote levels commanded by these parties before the onset of the Economic Crisis in 2008, but these poll figures seem to mark another stage in the recovery of the “Civil War” parties, given that the two parties won less than half of the votes cast nationally at the 2016 General Election. Is the old “Civil War” politics model on the way back? Maybe, maybe not… However, it must be noted that when the other “Civil War” party, Sinn Fein, is factored in the combined support levels for the “Civil War parties” comes in at just under 80% in the latest Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI poll – up by around fifteen percent on the combined support levels won by these parties at the 2016 election. As the larger parties advance, the smaller parties and Independents all fall back, while the Labour Party support levels have tended to remain lower (especially in certain polls) than the already very low levels of support won by that party at the 2016 contest.   Continue reading

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