Sinn Fein candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 1st July 2013 with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections and are not specifically links to candidate webpages.

The second of my rolling blog posts in which I details 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 was that I added 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. The post focused on the Sinn Fein candidate selections. Sinn Fein currently has fifty four City/County Councillors and seventy three Borough/Town Councillors. Despite the overall reduction in the overall number of local elected representatives, Sinn Fein will be confident of increasing its number of councillors especially in the wake of a series of promising opinion poll results over the past few years.

To contest the City and County Council elections in the Republic of Ireland, Sinn Fein have officially selected one hundred and ninety six 2014 Local Elections candidates across one hundred and thirty six different conventions/electoral areas (in the Republic of Ireland only) – 99.3% of the total number of (137) electoral areas. Killaloe is the only electoral area in the state that will not have a Sinn Fein candidate in these local elections. This marks a significant increase in Sinn Fein candidate numbers relative to the 2009 City and County Council elections, in which 149 candidates contested those elections for Sinn Fein.

Females account for sixty two (31.6%) of the officially selected Sinn Fein candidates, while one hundred and thirty four are male.

37.2% of these Sinn Fein candidates are currently holding seats on City/County Councils and/or Borough/Town Councils. Forty nine (25.0%) are currently members of City or County Councils and thirty four (including ten of these candidates who are also currently holding a seat on a County Council) are currently Borough or Town Council members. In all seventy one of the current list of Sinn Fein candidates hold seats on City/County or/and Borough/Town Councils.

The Sinn Fein candidates selected to contest the 2014 Local Elections include:

Electoral Areas   Candidates
Carlow 10 John Cassin, Jim Deane
Muinebeag 8 Andrew Gladney
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Charlie Boylan, Paddy McDonald
Ballyjamesduff 6 Noel Connell
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Damian Brady, Eugene Greenan
Ennis 8 Cathal O’Reilly*
Killaloe 6
Shannon 6 Mike McKee 
West Clare 8 Noeleen Moran
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Michael Frick Murphy, Donnchadh O’Laoghaire
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Rachel McCarthy
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Des O’Grady
Cobh 7 Ger Keohane, Kieran McCarthy
East Cork 6 Michelle Hennessy, Pat Buckley
Fermoy 6 June Murphy
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Melissa Mullane
West Cork 8 Paul Hayes, Donncadh O Seadeagh
Cork City
Cork City North Central 5 Thomas Gould
Cork City North East 4 Stephen Cunningham
Cork City North West 4 Mick Nugent, Kenneth Collins
Cork City South Central 5 Fiona Kerins
Cork City South East 7 Chris O’Leary, Shane O’Shea
Cork City South West 6 Henry Cremin
Donegal 6 Michael McMahon, Noel Jordan
Glenties 6 Máire Therese O Gallachóir, John Sheamáis O Fearraigh
Letterkenny 10 Mick Quinn, Gerry McMonagle
Inishowen 9 Jack Murray,Ciaran McLaughlin, Albert Doherty
Stranorlar 6 Gary Doherty, Liam Doherty
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 6 Daithi Doolan, Gregory Kelly
Ballymun 7 Noeleen Reilly, Cathleen Carney
Beaumont-Donaghmede 9 Larry O’Toole, Mícheál MacDonncha, Denise Mitchell
Cabra-Finglas 7 Seamus McGrattan, Anthony Connaghan, Emma Murphy
Clontarf 6 Ciaran O’Moore
Crumlin-Kimmage 6 Criona Ni Dhalaigh, Ray McHugh
North Inner City 8 Janice Boylan, Jonathan Dowdall, Gaye Fagan
Pembroke-South Dock 8 Chris Andrews
Rathgar-Rathmines 6 Dominic MacConraoi
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock 6 Brian McNally
Dun Laoghaire 8 Jeannette Kavanagh
Dundrum 7 Sorcha NicCormaic
Glencullen-Sandyford 7 Chris Curran
Killiney-Shankill 6 Shane O’Brien
Stillorgan 6 Simon Gillespie
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Malachy Quinn
Castleknock 7 Natalie Treacy
Howth-Malahide 8 Daire Nį Laoi
Mulhuddart 8 Paul Donnelly, Edmond Lukusa
Swords 9 Phil Lynam
South Dublin County
Clondalkin 8 Eoin O’Broin, Jonathan Graham
Lucan 8 Danny O’Brien
Tallaght Central 6 Marie Devine, Brendan Ferron
Tallaght South 6 Cathal King, Louise Dunne
Templeogue Terenure 6 Fintan Warfield
Rathfarnham 6 Sarah Holland
Galway City
Galway City Central 6 Ann Marley
Galway City East 6 Mairéad Farrell
Galway City West 6 Cathal Ó Conchúir
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore 7 Gabe Cronnelly
Ballinasloe 6 Dermot Connolly
Conamara 9 Tom Healy, Mairin Mhic Lochlainn
Loughrea 8 Eoghan MacCormick
Tuam 9 Maeve O’Brien
Killarney 8 John Buckley
Listowel 7 Robert Beasley, Dianne Nolan
South and West Kerry 9 Damian Quigg
Tralee 9 Toireasa Ferris, Pat Daly
Athy 6 Thomas Redmond, Ger Kelly
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Ide Cussen
Maynooth 9 Réada Cronin
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Mark Lynch, Damian Molyneaux
Naas 9 Sorcha O’Neill
Castlecomer 6 Catriona Redmond
Kilkenny City-East 6 David Kennedy
Kilkenny City-West 6 Kathleen Funchion
Piltown 6 Melissa O’Neill
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Rhoda Brogan
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6 Aidan Mullins
Portlaoise 7 Caroline Dwane-Stanley, Sharon Bailey
Ballinamore 6 Martin Kenny, Brendan Barry, Maureen Martin
Carrick-on-Shannon 6 Séadhna Logan
Manorhamilton 6 Padraig Fallon
Limerick City East 8 Séighin Ó Ceallaigh
Limerick City North 6 Maurice Quinlivan
Limerick City West 7 Malachy McCreesh
Adare-Rathkeale 6 Ciara McMahon
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7 Lisa Marie Sheehy
Newcastle West 6 Seamus Browne
Ballymahon 6 Edel Kelly
Granard 6 John Reilly
Longford 6 Barbara Smyth
Ardee 6 Pearse McGeough, Tom Cunningham
Drogheda 10 Imelda Munster, Kenneth Flood, Alan Cassidy
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Edel Corrigan, Jim Loughran, JJ Quigley
Dundalk-South 7 Tomas Sharkey, Jennifer Green, Kevin Meenan
Ballina 8 John Sheehan
Castlebar 8 Therese Ruane
Claremorris 7 Gerry Murray
West Mayo 7 Rose Conway-Walsh
Ashbourne 6 Darren O’Rourke
Kells 7 Michael Gallagher, Johnny Guirke
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Eimear Ferguson
Navan 7 Joe Reilly, Sineád Burke
Ratoath 7 Maria O’Kane
Trim 6 Caroline Lynch
Ballybay-Clones 6 Cathy Bennett, Pat Treanor
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Matt Carthy, Noel Keelan, Jackie Crowe
Monaghan 6 Sean Conlon, Brian McKenna, Siobhan Cheung
Birr 6 Carol Nolan
Edenderry 6 Martin O’Reilly
Tullamore 7 Brendan Killeavy
Athlone (Roscommon) 6 David McWeeney
Boyle 6 Michael Mulligan
Roscommon 6 Seamus O’Brien
Ballymote-Tubbercurry 8 Eddie McCarrick
Sligo 10 Sean McManus, Thomas Healy
Carrick-on-Suir 6 David Dunne
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Martin Browne
Clonmel 9 Catherine Carey, Kevin Brunnick
Nenagh 9 Seamus Morris
Templemore-Thurles 9 David Doran, Joan Delaney
Waterford City East 6 Pat Fitzgerald
Waterford City South 6 John Hearne, Breda Brennan
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Jim Griffin, David Lane
Comeragh 6 Declan Clune
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Siobhan Whelan, Louise Brierley
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Paul Hogan
Mullingar-Coole 7 Una D’Arcy
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Sorca Clarke
Gorey 8 Fionntan O Suilleabhain
Enniscorthy 8 Johnny Mythen
New Ross 8 Oisin O’ Connell
Wexford 10 Anthony Kelly, Michael Roche
Arklow 6 Mary McDonald
Baltinglass 6 Aidan Kinsella, Gerry O’Neill
Bray 8 John Brady, Oliver O’Brien
Greystones 6 Nicola Lawless
Wicklow 6 John Snell, Garrett O’Reilly

Melanie McAuley was selected to contest the Greystones electoral area, but has withdrawn from the contest. Nicola Lawless has been selected to replace her on the ticket. Grace Costigan was selected to contest the Stilllorgan electoral area, but has withdrawn from the contest. Simon Gillespie has been selected to replace her on the ticket. Paula Corr was selected to contest the Naas electoral area, but withdrew from the contest in March 2014. Eddie McCarrick was selected to contest Ballymote-Tubbercurry but his candidacy was subsequently withdrawn by Sinn Fein, an action that has been challenged in court by McCarrick. McCarrick subsequently won this case and rejoined the ticket. Pat Coughlan was selected to contest the Cork City North East electoral area but subsequently withdrew in March/April 2014. Pat Coughlan was selected to contest the Cork City North East electoral area but subsequently withdrew in March/April 2014. John Kavanagh was selected to contest the Pilltown electoral area but subsequently withdrew in April 2014 and was replaced by Melissa O’Neill.

* Only days before the elections, it was announced that Ennis candidate, Cathal O’Reilly, had resigned from the party over anti-Traveller comments he had made some years previously. However, he still remains on the Ennis ballot as a Sinn Fein candidate.

Thanks to Joseph Lynch, Justin Moran, Maurice Quinlivan, Ruairi Vallely, Mícheál Hughes, Seamus Coleman, Brendan Killeavy, David Cullinane, John Brady, An Phoblacht, Michael Conway, Tom Nolan, John Scott, Ross Carmody, Ailín Mac Conbhuí, Grace Costigan, DJ Moore, Captain Black, JJ Hurley and Evan Murphy for helping with some of the updates as to these Sinn Fein selections.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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14 Responses to Sinn Fein candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

  1. Darren O’Rourke has been confirmed as a candidate in Ashbourne.

  2. Noeleen Reilly selected to run in Ballymun

  3. Cathal McGinn says:

    Excuse me, but who is Maeve O Brien who is standing in Tuam?

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  8. John Scott says:

    Jim Deane selected as candidate in the Carlow electoral area.

  9. Carmel Carey says:

    Who is running for north cork

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