Fianna Fail candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh; First posted 2nd July 2013 with updates as and when new Fianna Fail candidate nominations were announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections and are not specifically/usually links to candidate webpages.

This post will focus on Fianna Fail candidate selections.In Summer 2013 Fianna Fail had two hundred and fifteen City/County Councillors and one hundred and eighty four Borough/Town Councillors (thirty seven of these also serve as County Councillors), meaning that the party had a total of three hundred and sixty three local elected representatives. Various selection defections have resulted in a reduction in these number over the last eight months. Fianna Fail now has two hundred and fourteen City/County Councillors and one hundred and seventy four Borough/Town Councillors (thirty eight of these also serve as County Councillors), meaning that the party had a total of three hundred and fifty local elected representatives.

With the party’s support levels improving in the wake of the poor showing at General Election 2011, the 2014 Local Elections will be vitally important to Fianna Fail as the continue the process of rebuilding the party and seek to get strong potential general election candidates established at a local level, especially in regions such as Dublin where party representation levels are low at present. It is worth remembering that the party did not do as badly in the 2009 Local Elections as they did in the 2011 General Election and outside of Dublin and the other cities the party’s local representation levels are relatively high (even rivaling, or surpassing, Fine Gael in some regions). The overall potential for significant seat gains relative to the party’s number of City/Council seats needs to take account of this, especially given that current Fianna Fail support levels in opinion polls is largely on a par with the party’s overall level of support in the 2009 elections. The 2013 boundary changes posed some selection headaches for the party in its more rural strongholds, as a large number of outgoing County/Town Councillors were left to seek party nominations with a number of losing candidates at the 2009 and 2011 elections also entering the fray. In the party’s (currently) weaker regions, members of the party’s Local Area Representatives group, including people such as Lorraine Clifford, Lisa Chambers, Sarah Ryan, James Lawless, Paul Anthony Ward and Catherine Ardagh, were to figure prominently in local election candidate selections here.

Four hundred and fifeen Fianna Fail candidates will be on the ballot paper at this year’s City and County Council elections, with these having been selected across one hundred and thirty six different conventions – for 99.3% of the entire number (137) of electoral areas. There was no convention in the one remaining electoral area, Letterkenny (Donegal). Instead a decision was made by Fianna Fail party headquarters as to which candidates would join sitting councillors, Liam Blaney and Ciaran Brogan, on the party ticket (namely John Watson and James Pat McDaid). *Mary Hanafin has been listed on the official candidates list for Blackrock as a Fianna Fail candidate,  but Fianna Fail has claimed that they are only running one candidate, Kate Feeney, in that electoral area.

Seventy one of these candidates (including Mary Hanafin) (17.1%) are female and three hundred and forty four are male (82.9%).

The number of Fianna Fail candidates is down significantly on the party’s 2009 numbers. Fianna Fail ran 473 candidates at the 2009 City and County Council elections, including three hundred and ninety three male candidates (83.1%) and eighty female candidates (16.9%).

One hundred and eighty two (43.9%) of these candidates are sitting City/County Councillors. A further thirty one candidates are non-dual mandate Town Councillors (seventeen others serve both on County and Town/Borough Councils), meaning that two hundred and thirteen (51.3%) of the Fianna Fail candidates are currently holding positions at a local authority level, either as City/County or/and as Borough/Town Councillors. Incumbents account for 60% of all candidates in the rural electoral areas, but only 36% of all candidates in the more urban electoral areas.

The list of Fianna Fail local election candidates includes:

Electoral Area (Seats)   Candidates
Carlow 10 Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Anne Ahern, John Pender, Fintan Phelan
Muinebeag 8 Arthur McDonald, PJ Kavanagh, David O’Brien
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Niamh Smyth, Fergal Curtin, Clifford Kelly, Francis McDermott, Don Smith
Ballyjamesduff 6 Shane P. O’Reilly, Philip Brady, Craig Lovett
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Sean Smith, Patricia Walsh, John Paul Feely
Ennis 8 Pat Daly, Tom McNamara, Bernard Hanrahan, Claire Colleran, Brian Meaney
Killaloe 6 Pat Hayes, Alan Cunningham, Liam Wiley, Tony O’Brien
Shannon 6 Cathal Crowe, Louise McNamara, Pat McMahon, Pat O’Gorman
West Clare 8 Richard Nagle, Michael Hillery, Patrick Keane, PJ Kelly, Bill Chambers
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Seamus McGrath, Daithí Ó Donnabháin, Mary Rose Desmond
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Alan Coleman, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Aindrias Moynihan, Bob Ryan
Cobh 7 Michael Ahern, Padraig O’Sullivan
East Cork 6 Aaron O’Sullivan, Niall O’Neill
Fermoy 6 Kevin O’Keeffe, Frank O’Flynn, Ian Doyle
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Bart Donegan, Dan Joe Fitzgerald, Bernard Moynihan
West Cork 8 Donal F. O’Rourke, Christopher O’Sullivan, Patrick Gerard Murphy, Joe Carroll, Deirdre Kelly
Cork City
Cork City North Central 5 Kenneth O’Flynn, John Sheehan
Cork City North East 4 Tim Brosnan
Cork City North West 4 Tony Fitzgerald
Cork City South Central 5 Sean Martin, Tom O’Driscoll
Cork City South East 7 Terry Shannon, Kate Martin, Nicholas O’Keeffe
Cork City South West 6 Mary Shields, Fergal Dennehy
Donegal 6 Brendan Byrne, Sean McEniff, Michael Naughton 
Glenties 6 Seamus O’Domhnaill, Hughie McBride, Ian Molloy, Enda Bonner 
Letterkenny 10 Ciaran Brogan, Liam Blaney, James Pat McDaid, John Watson
Inishowen 9 Paul Canning, Rena Donaghey, Martin McDermott, Mary McCauley
Stranorlar 6 Gerry Crawford, Patrick McGowan, Claudia Kennedy
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 6 Daithí de Róiste
Ballymun 7 Paul McAuliffe, Laura Reid
Beaumont-Donaghmede 9 Tom Brabazon, Sean Paul Mahon
Cabra-Finglas 7 David Costello, Paul Anthony Ward, Darren Lehane
Clontarf 6 Deirdre Heney, Sean Haughey
Crumlin-Kimmage 6

Aoife Donoghue, Catherine Ardagh

North Inner City 8 Brian Mohan
Pembroke-South Dock 8 Frank Kennedy, Lorraine Clifford
Rathgar-Rathmines 6 Jim O’Callaghan, Daniel Donnelly
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock 6 Kate Feeney, Mary Hanafin*
Dun Laoghaire 8 Cormac Devlin, James McCann, Lisa Rogerson
Dundrum 7 Tony Kelly, Sarah Ryan, Shay Brennan
Glencullen-Sandyford 7 Tom Murphy, John Byrne
Killiney-Shankill 6 Jennifer Cuffe, Vinny Duran-Kearns
Stillorgan 6 Gerry Horkan, Liam Dockery
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Brian Dennehy, Daryll Mooney
Castleknock 7 Mags Murray, Jack Chambers, Edward MacManus
Howth-Malahide 8 Aileen Woods, Eoghan O’Brien
Mulhuddart 8 David McGuinness, Margaret Richardson
Swords 9 Daragh Butler, John Hennnessy, Adrian Henchy
South Dublin County
Clondalkin 8 Trevor Gilligan
Lucan 8 Ed O’Brien, Caitriona McClean
Tallaght Central 6 Charlie O’Connor, Valerie Gaynor
Tallaght South 6 Emmett Hegarty
Templeogue Terenure 6 Eamonn Walsh, Paul Foley
Rathfarnham 6 John Lahart, Emma Murphy
Galway City
Galway City Central 6 Ollie Crowe, Nicola Deacy
Galway City East 6 Michael Crowe, Alan Cheevers
Galway City West 6 Peter Keane, David Burke
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore 7 Malachy Noone, Martina Kinnane, Cathal Moran
Ballinasloe 6 Michael Connolly, Donal Burke, Pat O’Sullivan
Conamara 9 Seamus Walsh, Sean O’Tuairisg, MacDara Hosty, Martin O’Laoi, Noel Thomas, Josie Conneely
Loughrea 8 Gerry Finnerty, Shane Donnellan, Anne Rabbitte
Tuam 9 Mary Hoade, Eamon Kitt, Donogh Kilillea, Nora Fahy
Killarney 8 Niall Kelleher, John Joe Culloty, John O’Shea, Anne McEllistrim
Listowel 7 John Brassil, Jimmy Moloney
South and West Kerry 9 Michael D O’Shea, Breandan Fitzgerald, John F. Flynn, Norma Moriarty
Tralee 9 Norma Foley, Tom McEllistrim, Ted Fitzgerald
Athy 6 Martin Miley Jr., Mark Dalton
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Frank O’Rourke, Grainne Whelan
Maynooth 9 Darragh Fitzpatrick, Naoise Ó Cearúil, Paul Ward, Ben Doyle
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Suzanne Doyle, Fiona O’Loughlin, Sean Power
Naas 9 Willie Callaghan, James Lawless, Robert Power 
Castlecomer 6 Pat Fitzpatrick, Mick McCarthy, Pat Millea, Maria Fenlon Keating
Kilkenny City-East 6 Andrew McGuinness, Seán Treacy, Joe Reidy, Peter Cleere
Kilkenny City-West 6 John Coonan, Matt Doran, Paddy McKee, Joe Malone
Piltown 6 Eamon Aylward, Pat Walsh, Ger Frisby, Brendan Fennelly, Cora Long
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Michael G Phelan, Ger Phelan, Joe Digan, Seamus McDonald, Paddy Bracken
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6 Paschal McEvoy, Willie Murphy, Padraig Fleming and Dick Miller
Portlaoise 7 Catherine Fitzgerald, Jerry Lodge, John Joe Fennelly, David Ryan
Ballinamore 6 Paddy O’Rourke, Caillian Ellis, Francis Gilmartin
Carrick-on-Shannon 6 Siobhán Finnegan McElgunn, Sinead Guckian, Sean McGowan
Manorhamilton 6 Mary Bohan, Justin Warnock, Philip Rooney, Pat Munday
Limerick City East 8 Kieran O’Hanlon, Shane Clifford, Jerry O’Dea, Joe Pond
Limerick City North 6 Christopher McInerney, Joe Crowley
Limerick City West 7 James Collins, Sean Lynch, Geraldine Leddin
Adare-Rathkeale 6 Kevin Sheahan, Richard O’Donogue, James Kavanagh, Seamus Sheehan
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7 Noel Gleeson, Eddie Ryan, Mike Donegan
Newcastle West 6 Michael Collins, Francis Foley, Seamus Ahearne, John Leahy
Ballymahon 6 Michael Cahill, Thomas Victory, Pat O’Toole
Granard 6 Martin Mulleady, Luie McEntire, PJ O’Reilly, John Coyle
Longford 6 Padraig Loughrey, Michael Connellan, Seamus Butler
Ardee 6 Fintan Malone, Tomás Wilkinson, Liam Reilly
Drogheda 10 Frank Maher, Tommy Byrne, John Govern
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Peter Savage, Conor Keelan, Sean Kelly
Dundalk-South 7 Declan Breathnach, Stephen Egan
Ballina 8 Annie May Reape, Jimmy Maloney, Johnie O’Malley, Michael Smyth, Michael Loftus, Eamon Moore
Castlebar 8 Al McDonnell, Blackie Gavin, Lisa Chambers
Claremorris 7 Damien Ryan, John Caulfield, John P Keane
West Mayo 7 Brendan Mulroy, Joan Geraghty, Tommy Joe Jennings, Paul McNamara, Frank Leneghan, Sean Carey
Ashbourne 6 Claire O’Driscoll, Sean Smith, Joe Sheridan
Kells 7 Oliver Fox, Bryan Reilly, Sean Drew, Ronan Murgtagh 
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Wayne Harding, Stephen McKee, Patricia Heritage
Navan 7 Shane Cassells, Tommy Reilly, Jenny McHugh, Padraig Fitzsimons
Ratoath 7 Deirdre Smith, Damien O’Reilly, PJ Whyte, Noel Leonard
Trim 6 Vincent McHugh, Ronan McKenna, Vera Kelly
Ballybay-Clones 6 Seamus Coyle, Deirdre Kelly, Michael Smyth
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 PJ O’Hanlon, Padraig McNally, Margaret Conlon
Monaghan 6 Robbie Gallagher, John Finn
Birr 6 Peter Ormond, Eamonn Dooley, Michael Loughnane
Edenderry 6 Noel Bourke, Ger Plunkett, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Robert Kellaghan
Tullamore 7 Frank Moran, Sinead Dooley, Danny Owens, Declan Harvey
Athlone (Roscommon) 6 John Keogh, Paddy Kilduff, Ivan Connaughton
Boyle 6 Rachel Doherty, John Cummins, Aidan Sempey, Eugene Murphy
Roscommon 6 Orla Leyden, Paschal Fitzmaurice, Larry Brennan
Ballymote-Tubbercurry 8 Eamon Scanlon, Joe Queenan, Jerry Lundy, Paul Taylor, Martin Baker
Sligo 10 Rosaleen O’Grady, Tom McSharry, Donal Gilroy, Seamus Kilgannon
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Sylvia Cooney Sheehan, Imelda Goldsboro
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Roger Kennedy, Joe O’Connell, Brian Rafferty
Clonmel 9 Siobhan Ambrose, Micheal Anglim, Don Davern, PJ English
Nenagh 9 Mattie Ryan, John Carroll, Eamonn Spillane, Martin Kennedy
Templemore-Thurles 9 Michael Smith, John Hogan, Seamus Hanafin, Jackie Cahill
Waterford City East 6 Eamon McGrath, Liz Murphy, Adam Gary Wyse
Waterford City South 6 Jason Murphy
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Pat Daly, Eamon Quinlan
Comeragh 6 Michael Joseph O’Ryan, John O’Leary, Mary Butler
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Tom Cronin, James Tobin, Anne Marie Rossiter
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Frankie Keena, Tom Allen, Aengus O’Rourke, Vinny McCormack
Mullingar-Coole 7 Paddy Hill, John Shaw, Aidan Davitt
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Avril Whitney, Ken Glynn, Paul Daly
Gorey 8 Malcolm Byrne, Peter Breen, Jack Redmond, Joe Sullivan
Enniscorthy 8 Keith Doyle, James Browne, Barbara Anne Murphy, Willie Kavanagh
New Ross 8 Michael Sheehan, John Fleming, Brian Wallace, Michael Whelan
Wexford 10 Tony Dempsey, Fergie Kehoe
Arklow 6 Pat Fitzgerald, Tommy Annesley, Paddy Kennedy
Baltinglass 6 Pat Doran, Joe McCormack
Bray 8 Pat Vance, David Grant
Greystones 6 Taragh Hanley, James Doyle, Gerry Walsh
Wicklow 6 Pat Casey, Gail Dunne

The first Fianna Fail selection convention took place on 30th July 2013 for the Fermoy electoral area and this confirmed the candidatures of Kevin O’Keeffe, Frank O’Flynn and Ian Doyle. The second convention took place for the Roscommon electoral area in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon on 17th September, with sitting councilors Paschal Fitzmaurice and Orla Leyden, and Roscommon publican Larry Brennan being selected to contest the election for Fianna Fail. A third took place for the Ballymote-Tubbercurry electoral area on 18th September 2013 and the four successful candidates at this included former TD, Eamon Scanlon, two County Councilors, Joe Queenan and Jerry Lundy, and former Sligo footballer, Paul Taylor. The latter two conventions were both contested. Cloonfad-based Pat Donnellan lost out in the convention for the Roscommon electoral area, while sitting councillor, Martin Baker, lost out narrowly to Paul Taylor on the last count of the Ballymote-Tubbercurry selection convention. The Comeragh electoral area convention also took place on the same day. Selections for the Dun Laoghaire and Limerick City North electoral areas, following on the 19th September, completed the list of the first six Fianna Fail selection conventions. 

Cllr. Gary Wyse was selected to contest the Waterford City East electoral area along with Eamon McGrath on 2nd October 2013. Sadly he passed away on 22nd October 2013. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

A number of candidates have been added by party headquarters after the party convention has taken place. This number amounts to fifty eight candidates – forty male (69.0%) and eighteen female (31.0%) (including the Letterkenny electoral area selections). Deirdre Kelly was added to the West Cork electoral area ticket after having initially lost out at the electoral area convention. Other candidates added to party tickets after a convention took place include Lisa Rogerson (Dun Laoghaire), Kate Feeney (Blackrock), Sarah Ryan (Dundrum), Liam Dockery (Stillorgan), Mary Rose Desmond (Ballincollig-Carrigaline), Paddy Bracken (Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick) and John Leahy (Newcastle West).

Three candidates (all incumbents) were added to the Cappamore-Kilmallock ticket after the party convention (in which only one candidate – Eddie Ryan – was selected), but one of these, Eddie Wade, subsequently decided in February 2014 not to contest the elections and will be instead retiring from politics. Paul O’Donoghue was selected to contest the South and West Kerry electoral area but, as reported on the the Radio Kerry website on 5th February 2014, he has subsequently decided not to contest the local elections. Norma Moriarty replaced him on the ticket. There has been a change in the Fianna Fail team in the Tullamore electoral area. Tony McCormack, who was initially selected to contest the local elections at the party convention, is stepping down due to business commitments and has been replaced by Declan Harvey. Seamus Caulfield was selected as a Fianna Fail candidate for the Claremorris electoral area but withdrew his candidacy in February 2014. Barry Conway was selected to contest the Blackrock electoral area, winning the only place being contested at that convention (with second-placed Kate Feeney being subsequently added to the ticket), but he withdrew from the contest in February 2014. Greystones Town Councillor, Kathleen Kelleher, was selected to contest the local elections in Greystones but will not now be contesting these and will instead be retiring from politics. Padraic Vallelly was selected to contest Ballincollig-Carrigaline at the electoral area convention but withdrew from the contest in February 2014 in the wake of the decision by party headquarters to add Mary Rose Desmond to the ticket. Noel Kelly appeared to be a candidate for the Clondalkin electoral area, but was not subsequently on the party list for that electoral area. Don Davern was selected to contest the Clonmel electoral area at the party convention but withdrew from the contest in February 2014. Yvonne McMahon was selected to contest Limerick City North, but had to withdraw from the contest in March 2014 on medical grounds. Sean Connick was selected to contest the New Ross electoral area, but he was appointed CEO of the John F Kennedy Trust in mid April and announced he was retiring from politics and withdrawing from the elections. John O’Keeffe had been added to the Glencullen-Sandyford ticket in February 2014 but will not now be contesting the local elections.

Thanks to Arthur Griffin, Keith Henry, Jonathan Davey, Peter Ormond, Conor Keelan, Oliver Golden, Niall Collins, Frank Gibbons, DJ Moore, Lorraine Clifford, JJ Hurley, Ken Curtin, Pat McAulliffe, Mary Devine O’Callaghan, Patrick Dunne, the good folks at Irish Election Literature, Niall Kelleher, Caroline Byrne, Feidhlim Mac Róibín, Jimmy Moloney, Dara Calleary, Ed O’Brien, Sean Paul Mahon, Marian McGennis, Malcolm Byrne, Martin Dorgan, Paul Leahy, Enda Costello, Evan Murphy, Taragh Hanley, James Doyle, Claire Gallagher, Gerry Kilraine, the Politics in Kerry website, Mark Power, Emmett Hegarty, Barry Ward, Stephanie Keating, Leo Kavanagh, Austin Watt Clancy, Paschal McEvoy, James Doorley, Roibeard Ó Céileacháin and others for updates as to these selections. 


About Adrian Kavanagh

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8 Responses to Fianna Fail candidates for the 2014 Local Elections

  1. former Councillor Barry Conway selected to run in Blackrock.

  2. James Doyle says:

    Kathleen Kelleher retiring in Greystones. Ticket now confirmed as James Doyle, Taragh Hanley and Gerry Walsh. J

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