Fine Gael candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 1st July 2013 with updates made as new candidate nominations announced up until close of nominations on May 3rd 2014. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections and are not specifically links to candidate webpages.

The post will focus on Fine Gael candidate selections. Fine Gael had three hundred and thirty eight City/County Councillors and two hundred and fifteen Borough/Town Councillors (thirty four of these also serving as County Councillors) in Summer 2013, meaning that the party had a total of five hundred and nineteen local elected representatives. (By May 2014, these numbers had fallen due to various defections from the party, and Fine Gael now has three hundred and thirty four City/County Councillors and two hundred and eight Borough/Town Councillors (forty five also serving as County Councillors), meaning the party now has a total of five hundred and seven local elected representatives. While Fine Gael party support levels in recent opinion polls are down somewhat on the 36% level attained at the 2011 General Election, they are not down so dramatically when compared with the level attained by Fine Gael at the 2009 Local Elections (just over 32%). However, a number of Fine Gael local authority seats would have vulnerable due to a combination of the drop in party support as measured in recent opinion polls, the overall reduction in local elected representative levels – and specifically in County Council seat numbers in some of Fine Gael’s stronger areas – and the tendency for government parties to fare poorly in mid-term/”second order” elections such as this. With the extra City/County Council seats, Fine Gael enjoyed prospects of winning roughly the same number of these in May 2014, but they were highly unlikely to match their overall (current) level of local representation (including Borough/Town Councillor numbers). A slippage in the opinion polls in recent moths however means that – barring a major change in fortunes come polling day on May 23rd – the party now looks likely to lose a number of its City and County Council seats.

For the 2014 City and County Council elections, the Fine Gael party has officially selected four hundred and sixty eight 2014 Local Elections candidates across one hundred and thirty seven electoral areas (100.0% of all 137 different electoral areas). This is effectively almost the same number of candidates as the number that ran for the party in the 2009 City and County Council elections (470).

One hundred and six (22.6%) of the Fine Gael candidates selected to date are female and three hundred and sixty two (77.4%) are male. In 2009, 385 male candidates and 85 female candidates contested the City and County Council elections for Fine Gael. Thus, te overall number of Fine Gael candidates is on a par with the number that contested the 2009 City and County Council elections, but the number of female Fine Gael candidates have increased while the number of male Fine Gael candidates have fallen.

Two hundred and fifty six (54.7%) of these candidates are sitting City or County Councillors. A further forty two are non-dual mandate Town Councillors (while nineteen other candidates are serving both on County and Town Councils) meaning that two hundred and ninety eight (63.7%) out of the selected Fine Gael councillors are currently incumbent councillors, whether they be members of City/County or/and Town/Borough Councils.

Fine Gael will contest each of the 137 electoral areas, but there is only one Fine Gael candidate contesting the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Tallaght South, Waterford City South and Arklow electoral areas. By contrast, there are six Fine Gael candidates contesting the electoral areas of Ennis, Ballincollig-Carrigaline, West Cork, Limerick City West, Ballina and Sligo.

The Fine Gael 2014 Local Elections candidates include:

Electoral Area   Candidates
Carlow 10 Fergal Browne, Wayne Fennell, Kathy Walsh, Brian O’Donoghue, Tom O’Neill
Muinebeag 8 Denis Foley, Michael Doran, Thomas Kinsella, John Murphy
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Val Smith, Sean McKiernan, John O’Hare, David Blake, Carmel Brady
Ballyjamesduff 6 Paddy Smith, Paddy O’Reilly, Winston Bennet, Mary Brady
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Madeline Argue, Peter McVitty, Jacqui Lewis, Barry Wilson
Ennis 8 Paul Murphy, Tony Mulqueen, Johnny Flynn, Mary Howard, Cillian Griffey, Ger O’Halloran
Killaloe 6 Joe Cooney, Pat Burke, Joe Arkins
Shannon 6 John Crowe, Sean McLoughlin
West Clare 8 Oliver Garry, Gabriel Keating, Bill Slattery, Marian McMahon-Jones, Gerard Kennedy
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Derry Canty, John Collins, Deirdre Forde, Garret Kelleher, Farah Deeba, Shane O’Callaghan
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Tim Lombard, Kevin Murphy, James O’Donovan
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Michael Creed, Ted Lucey, Damien Boylan
Cobh 7 Sinead Sheppard, Conor Murphy, Anthony Barry
East Cork 6 Michael Hegarty, Barbara Murray, Susan McCarthy
Fermoy 6 Kay Dawson, Aileen Brown
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Noel Buckley, Gerard Murphy, Noel O’Connor
West Cork 8 Mary Hegarty, Dermot Sheehan, Adrian Healy, John O’Sullivan, Noel O’Donovan, Jerry Sullivan
Cork City
Cork City North Central 5 Patricia Gosch, Donncha Loftus
Cork City North East 4 Joe Kavanagh, Sue-Ellen Carroll
Cork City North West 4 Joe O’Callaghan, Lyndsey Clarke
Cork City South Central 5 Emmett O’Halloran, Billy McGill
Cork City South East 7 Laura McGonigle, Des Cahill, Derek Cregan
Cork City South West 6 John Buttimer, Barry Keane, PJ Hourican
Donegal 6 Barry O’Neill, John Boyle, John McNulty
Glenties 6 Terence Slowey, John Curran
Letterkenny 10 Noel McBride, Jimmy Kavanagh, Grace Boyle
Inishowen 9 John Ryan, Bernard McGuinness, Mickey Doherty, Peter McLaughlin
Stranorlar 6 Martin Harley, Bert Galbraith
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 6 Philip Nolan
Ballymun 7 Bill Tormey, Gerry Breen, Noel Rock
Beaumont-Donaghmede 9 Declan Flanagan, Stephanie Regan, Ciaran Byrne
Cabra-Finglas 7 David Rouse, Jimmy Prendergast
Clontarf 6 Naoise O Muiri, Pat Crimmins, Jimmy Bowler
Crumlin-Kimmage 6 Edel James, Jason O’Callaghan
North Inner City 8 Ray McAdam, Patrick Martin
Pembroke-South Dock 8 Kieran Binchy, Paddy McCartan, Nadine Meisonnave, Linda O’ Shea Farren
Rathgar-Rathmines 6 Kate O’Connell, Paddy Smyth, Samantha Long
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock 6 Marie Baker, Maurice Dockrell, Barry Ward
Dun Laoghaire 8 Patricia Stewart, John Bailey, Ellen O’Connor, Mary Fayne
Dundrum 7 Jim O’Dea, Brian Murphy, Pat Hand, Madeline Speirs
Glencullen-Sandyford 7 Neale Richmond, Tom Joyce, Aileen Eglington, Stewart Stephens
Killiney-Shankill 6 Maria Bailey, Garrett McDermott, Jim Gildea
Stillorgan 6 Barry Saul, John Kennedy, Josepha Madigan
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Tom O’Leary, Jean Fay-Brady, Jeanette McNamara, John Paul Browne
Castleknock 7 Eithne Loftus, Ted Leddy, Henry Minogue
Howth-Malahide 8 Anthony Lavin, Keith Redmond, Marie O’Toole
Mulhuddart 8 Kieran Dennison, Maria McGrail, Philip O’Callaghan
Swords 9 Bob Dowling, Dianne Sexton
South Dublin County
Clondalkin 8 Emer Higgins, Kenneth Egan
Lucan 8 William Lavelle, Vicki Casserly-Naughton, Gerry Kennedy
Tallaght Central 6 Gay Kelly, Karen Warren
Tallaght South 6 David Yeates
Templeogue Terenure 6 Colm Brophy, Brian Lalor, Siobhan Butler
Rathfarnham 6 Anne Marie Dermody, Alan Gallagher, Paula Donovan
Galway City
Galway City Central 6 Padraig Conneely, Frank Fahy
Galway City East 6 John Walsh, Margo Kelly, John Rabbitte
Galway City West 6 Michelle Murphy, Pearce Flannery
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore 7 Peter Feeney, Cllr Liam Carroll, Josette Farrell, Frank Kearney
Ballinasloe 6 Michael Finnerty, Kevin Ryan, Aidan Donohue
Conamara 9 Eileen Mannion, Seosamh O’Laoi, Niamh Byrne, Mary McHugh
Loughrea 8 Jimmy McClearn, Michael Maher, Bridie Willers, Joe Byrne
Tuam 9 Tom McHugh, Peter Roche, Peter Keaveney, Larry Bane
Killarney 8 John Sheahan, Bobby O’Connell, Cathal Walshe
Listowel 7 Tim Buckley, Mike Kennelly, Aoife Thornton, Liam Purtill
South and West Kerry 9 Patrick Connor-Scarteen, PJ Donovan, Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald, Matt Griffin, Johnny Porridge O Connor
Tralee 9 Pat McCarthy, Jim Finucane, Grace O’Donnell
Athy 6 Richard Daly, Ivan Kealey, Richard O Rourke
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Joe Neville, Philip Slattery
Maynooth 9 Brendan Weld, Seamus Langan, Tim Durken
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Michael “Spike” Nolan, Mary Donnelly, Mark Stafford, Fiona McLoughlin Healy
Naas 9 Darren Scully, Fintan Brett, Billy Hillis, Jacinta O’Sullivan
Castlecomer 6 Mary Hilda Kavanagh, John Brennan, Thomas Byrne, Joan Fitzpatrick
Kilkenny City-East 6 Michael Doyle, Jimmy Leahy, Patrick O’Neill
Kilkenny City-West 6 Martin Brett, David Fitzgerald, William Ireland, Paul Croke
Piltown 6 Fidelis Doherty, Pat Dunphy, Johnny Maher, Fintan Byrne, Paddy Gaule
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Michael Lalor, John King, Bobby Delaney, David Goodwin, John Finlay
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6 Tom Mulhall, James Daly, John Moran
Portlaoise 7 Willie Aird, Mary Sweeney, Kathleen O’Brien, Jim Ring
Ballinamore 6 Enda McGloin, John McCartin, Gordon Hughes
Carrick-on-Shannon 6 Tom Mulligan, John Ward, Finola Armstrong McGuire
Manorhamilton 6 Sean McDermott, Siobhan McGloin, Frank Dolan
Limerick City East 8 Diarmuid Scully, Michael Sheehan, Leo Walsh, Sarah Lee Kiely, Marian Hurley
Limerick City North 6 Michael Hourigan, Denis McCarthy, Tina O’Gorman
Limerick City West 7 Maria Byrne, Jim Long, Felim Cronin, Frank Mulqueen, Fergus Kilcoyne, Daniel Butler
Adare-Rathkeale 6 Rose Brennan, Stephen Keary, Tom Neville
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7 Mike Houlihan, William O’Donnell, John Egan, Ger Mitchell
Newcastle West 6 Jerome Scanlan, Liam Galvin, Damien Riedy, John Sheahan
Ballymahon 6 Sean Farrell, Colm Murray, Paul Ross, Gerard Farrell
Granard 6 Michael Carrigy, Padraig Brady, John Duffy, Maura Kilbride-Harkin, Frank Kilbride
Longford 6 Peggy Nolan, John Browne, Yvonne Ni Mhurchu 
Ardee 6 Jim Lennon, Colm Markey, Finnian McCoy,  Dolores Minogue
Drogheda 10 Michael O’Dowd, Oliver Tully, Richie Culhane, Kevin Callan, Garrett O’Dowd
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Martin Murnaghan, John McGahon, Colin Goss
Dundalk-South 7 Linus English, Maria Doyle, Paddy Malone
Ballina 8 John O’Hara, Jarlath Munnelly, Padraig Staunton, Neil Cruise, Joe Mellett, Mark Winters
Castlebar 8 Cyril Burke, Brendan Henaghan, Henry Kenny, Eugene Lavin, Eugene McCormack
Claremorris 7 Patsy O Brien, John Cribben, Tom Connolly, Michael Burke
West Mayo 7 Gerry Coyle, Austin O’Malley, John O’Malley, Teresa Maguire, Brid Grealis
Ashbourne 6 Suzanne Jamal, Alan Tobin, David Harford
Kells 7 John Farrelly, Eugene Cassidy, Sarah Reilly, Aideen Andrews
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Paddy Meade, Dermot McCullen, Sharon Tolan
Navan 7 Jim Holloway, John Duffy
Ratoath 7 Gerry O’Connor, Maria Murphy, Gillian McGrath
Trim 6 Joe Fox, Noel French, Enda Flynn
Ballybay-Clones 6 Ciara McPhillips, Hugh McElvaney, Owen Bannigan
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Aidan Murray, Aidan Campbell, Lorraine Cotter
Monaghan 6 David Maxwell, Barra Flynn, Gary Keenan
Birr 6 John Clendennen, Denis Shiels, Pat Phelan
Edenderry 6 Liam Quinn, Patricia Brady, William Whittle
Tullamore 7 Mollie Buckley, Tommy McKeigue, Teresa Wrafter
Athlone (Roscommon) 6 John Naughten, Ollie Moore
Boyle 6 Gerry Garvey, Liam Callaghan, Charlie Hopkins, Maura Hopkins
Roscommon 6 Michael Creaton, Michael McGreal, Sean Beirne
Ballymote-Tubbercurry 8 Gerard Mullaney, Pat McGrath, Michael Fleming, Dara Mulvey, Blair Feeney
Sligo 10 Hubert Keaney, Matt Lyons, David Cawley, Thomas Collery, Sinead Maguire, James Gilmartin
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Louise McLoughlin, Joe Brennan, John Fahey, Noel Fitzgerald
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Mary Hourigan, Michael Fitzgerald, John Crosse, Eoghan Lawrence, Colm Taylor
Clonmel 9 Marie Murphy, Liam Ahern, Michael Murphy, Joe Leahy
Nenagh 9 Ger Darcy, Tom Berkery, Tom Moylan, Phyll Bugler, Conor Delaney
Templemore-Thurles 9 Michael Cleary, Liam Brearton, Michael Madden, Joe Bourke, Maura Byrne
Waterford City East 6 Tom Cunningham, Jim D’Arcy, John Carey
Waterford City South 6 John Cummins
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Lola O’Sullivan, Hilary Quinlan, Maxine Keoghan
Comeragh 6 Liam Brazil, Brendan Coffey, Sean Power
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Declan Doocey, Pat Nugent, Micheal Cosgrove, Damien Geoghegan
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Gabrielle McFadden, John Dolan, Thomas Farrell, Alan Shaw
Mullingar-Coole 7 Frank McDermott, Peter Burke, Emily Wallace
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Chris Murtagh, Michael Newman, Andy Duncan, Colm Arthur
Gorey 8 John Hegarty, Michael Kinsella, Darren Keegan, Aine O’Meara, Anthony Donohoe
Enniscorthy 8 Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Paddy Kavanagh, Oliver Walsh
New Ross 8 Dennis Kennedy, Larry O’Brien, Willie Fitzharris, Niamh Fitzgibbon
Wexford 10 Jim Moore, Jim Allen, Sandra Lacey, Frank Staples, Mark Fenlon
Arklow 6 Sylvester Burke
Baltinglass 6 Edward Timmins, Vincent Blake, Lorcan McMahon
Bray 8 Mick Glynn, John Ryan, Sarah Wray
Greystones 6 Grainne McLoughlin, Derek Mitchell, Liz Dillon, David O’Reilly
Wicklow 6 Irene Winters, Malcolm Earls, Shay Cullen

Former councillor, John Mulholland, was selected to contest Galway City West but has subsequently decided that he will instead not be contesting the local elections. Paddy McCartan was selected to contest the Pembroke-South Dock electoral area, but withdrew from the contest in January 2014. However, he returned to the contest in March 2014. Ger Fahy had been selected to contest Limerick City East, but in January 2014 he announced that he had decided that he would instead be retiring from local politics and would not contest the local elections. Anthony (Tony) Murphy was selected to contest Balbriggan for Fine Gael at the party convention, but has opted to contest the local elections as an independent after John Paul Browne was added as a fifth Fine Gael candidate in that electoral area. Gerry Reynolds was one of three candidates selected to contest the Carrick on Shannon electoral area, but he announced on 18th February 2014 that he would not be contesting the local elections. Mark Cooney was selected to contest the Athlone (Westmeath) electoral area but announced he was withdrawing from the election in early March 2014. Mary Jackman was selected to contest the Limerick City East electoral area, but she announced in early March that she was retiring from politics and would not hence be contesting the elections. John Daly was selected to contest the Ballincollig-Carrigaline electoral area, but later withdrew from the contest. Having missed the convention for Limerick City North, Kevin Kiely was added to the candidate list for the electoral area soon after this was held but he withdrew from the election in early March. Timmy O’Connor was one of the three candidates selected at that Limerick City North convention, but he has had to withdrawn from the local elections too, as announced in March 2014. James Deegan was selected to contest the Graiguecullen-Portarlington electoral area, but subsequently decided to retire from politics and withdrew from the local elections contest in March 2014. Peter Dempsey was selected to contest the Arklow electoral area, but left Fine Gael and is now going to contest that electoral area as an independent candidate. Joe Leonard was selected to contest the Sligo electoral area, but withdrew from the contest in May 2014. Niamh Tuite was added to the Navan candidate list, but seems to have withdrawn ahead of the local election contest.

Gabrielle McFadden was selected to contest the Athlone electoral area, but she withdrew from the local election contest after having been selected as the party candidate for the Longford-Westmeath by-election contest.

Philip Leahy was selected to contest the Fermoy electoral area, but sadly he passed away on 4th April 2014. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Owen Bannigan was selected to contest Ballybay-Clones, but sadly he passed away suddenly on polling day. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. The contest there has now been cancelled and will be re-run at a later date. Eugene Bannigan was selected to contest this rerun contest, along with the other previously selected candidates, Ciara McPhillips and Hugh McElvaney.

A number of candidates have been added by party headquarters after the party convention has taken place, in total amounting to seventy candidates (14.9% of the total number of Fine Gael local election candidates) – forty five male (64.3%) and twenty five female (35.7%) candidates. 

Thanks to Terry Murphy, Brid Murphy, Maurice Fitzgerald, John Paul Phelan, Laura McGonigle, Andrew Doyle, Neale Richmond, Joe Leogue, Daniel Sullivan, Kate Ruddock, Diarmaid O’Neill, Frank Gibbons, Philip Slattery, Damien English, Graham Butler, Alan Gallagher, Richard Collumb, Robert Quaile, Keith Henry, Aine Dempsey, Ian Primrose, David McLaughlin, Cormac Flynn, Jonathan Davey, Arthur Griffin, Brian Carroll, John Paul Phelan, William Lavelle, Ray McAdam, Martin Lawlor, Charlie Flanagan, Evan Murphy, Jim Daly, Leo Kavanagh, Tom Nolan, Martin Murnaghan, Sean Kyne, Stephen Spillane, Joseph Delaney,  Sarah O’Connor, Paidi Manning, William Winters, Cillian Griffey, Cathal Byrne, Martin Flood, Malcolm Byrne, Dympna Kennedy,  Aileen Browne, Paul Duggan, Jillian van Turnhout, Kevin Langan, Ciaran Cannon, Siobhan O’Dowd, Claire Gallagher, Gary Carville, Cathal Foley, William Quill, the good folks at Irish Election Literature and others for providing some of these details.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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18 Responses to Fine Gael candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

  1. Ian says:

    Hi Adrian,
    I think that if you check your numbers again you will find that Fine Gael has more than 54 city/county councillors.

  2. seanryanj says:

    Hi Adrian,
    The names for Thurles/Templemore should be in Nenagh.
    Many thanks for all the information.


  3. Cashel-Tipperary Candidates are: Cllr John Crosse, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald, Cllr Mary Hannah Hourigan and Cllr Eoghan Lawrence

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  5. Charlo says:

    Mary McHugh or Mac Hugh added to FG slate in Conamara ( Galway) this week. Non sitting and never elected.

  6. PJ Hourican has been added to the ticket in Cork City South West

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