Female candidates contesting the 2014 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 30th October 2013 – post updated as and when new female candidates are added/female candidates withdraw

314 female candidates contested the 2009 City and County Council elections, accounting for 17.2% of the total number of candidates. For the 2014 elections, given the impending introduction of gender quotas at the next general election and given the likely impact of larger constituency units (with more seats per constituency), the expectation was that more female candidates would be contesting these elections. This has turned out to be the case, but could the improved levels of female candidacies be really viewed as a dramatic improvement? This post will list all the names of the female candidates who have been officially selected to contest the 2014 Local Elections by the different political parties and groupings, as well as the independent female candidates who have declared their intention to contest these elections.

Based on the list of candidates below, there are four hundred and forty officially selected/declared female candidates (out of a total of two thousand and thirty eight candidates), with female candidates currently accounting for 21.6% of the total number of candidates selected/declared that I have accounted for to date. This number includes two candidates – Sharon Keogan and Angela Maher – who are contesting two different electoral areas.

There is a notable geographical dimension here, as – to date – female candidates are accounting for 25.8% of candidates in the urban electoral areas, but just 18.3% of the total number of candidates in the more rural constituencies. Female candidates account for 30.4of the total number of candidates in the Dublin region, as against levels of 19.2in Leinster, 19.7in Munster and 19.2% in Connacht-Ulster.

Across the different political party/grouping pages on this site I have listed/accounted for:

  • 106 female Fine Gael candidates – 22.6% of the total number
  • 71 female Fianna Fail candidates – 17.1% of the total number
  • 55 female Labour Party candidates – 29.1% of the total number
  • 62 female Sinn Fein candidates – 31.6% of the total number
  • 15 female Green Party candidates – 32.6% of the total number
  • 12 female Anti Austerity Alliance candidates – 30.0% of the total number
  • 17 female People Before Profit candidates – 38.6% of the total number
  • female Workers and Unemployed Action Group candidates – 66.7% of the total number.6
  • 1 female Eirigi candidate – 16.7% of the total number
  • 1 female United Left candidate – 16.7% of the total number
  • 4 female Fís Nua  candidates – 66.7% of the total number
  • 1 female Workers Party candidate – 11.1% of the total number
  • 2 female Direct Democracy Ireland candidates – 10.5% of the total number
  • 91 female non-party/independent candidates – 15.6of the total number. Within this grouping there are 3 The Independents Network candidates (10.0% of the total) and female People’s Convention candidates/People’s Candidates (18.2% of the total number).

The electoral areas with the largest numbers of female candidates at present are

  • Dun Laoghaire with ten candidates
  • Ballymun and Mulhuddart with eight female candidates,
  • Ballincollig-Carrigaline, Blackrock, Crumlin-Kimmage, Pembroke-South Dock, Clonmel and Sligo with seven candidates,
  • East Cork, Tramore-Waterford City West, Dundrum, Rathfarnham and Greystones with six candidates,
  • Ennis, Limerick City East, Carlow, Portlaoise, Kildare-Newbridge, Mullingar-Coole, Ashbourne, Cavan-Belturbet, Lucan, Tuam, West Mayo, Castleknock, North Inner City and Rathgar-Rathmines with five candidates,
  • Shannon, Dungarvan-Lismore, Listowel, Tralee, Galway City East, Athenry-Oranmore, Boyle, Howth-Malahide, Balbriggan, Tallaght Central, Longford, Glencullen-Sandyford, Killiney-Shankill, Stillorgan, Ballybay-Clones, Maynooth, Mulingar-Kilbeggan, Ratoath, Laytown-Bettystown, Dundalk South, Wexford and Bray with four female candidates.

The electoral area with the highest percentage of female election candidates is the Blackrock electoral area, with females accounting for 7 out of the 11 candidates contesting that constituency (63.6%). The Rathfarnham electoral area is the only other electoral area to have more female than male election candidates, with females accounting for 6 of the 11 candidates contesting that electoral area (54.5%). Other electoral areas associated with relatively high levels of female candidacies include Dún Laoghaire (47.6%), Mulhuddart (47.1%), East Cork and Greystones (both 42.9%) and Ballybay-Clones, Ballymun and Stillorgan (all 40.0%).

In all, fifty of the one hundred and thirty seven (36.5%) electoral areas at present have four, or more, female candidates selected/declared to run in these.

Based on the list below, five of the one hundred and thirty seven (3.6%) electoral areas have no female candidates. These electoral areas are the Muinebeag, Ballinasloe, Newcastlewest, Athlone (Roscommon) and Athlone (Westmeath) electoral areas. By contrast twenty seven of the one hundred and seventy one electoral areas (15.8%) at the 2009 City and County Council elections had no female candidates contesting them. These electoral areas were the Muinebeag, Ennis East, Killaloe, Blarney, Macroom, Skibbereen, Cork City North East, Cork City North West, Athy, Naas, Callan, Borris in Ossory, Rathkeale, Limerick City East, Drumlish, Drogheda West, Claremorris, Carrickmacross, Castleblaney, Birr, Castlerea-Ballaghadereen, Ballymote, Coole, Kilbeggan, New Ross, Ballymun-Finglas and Donaghmede electoral areas. The female candidates, who have been officially selected/declared to context the 2014 Local Elections, to date include:

Electoral Area Seats Female Candidates selected to date Number
Carlow
Carlow 10 Kathy Walsh FG, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor FF, Anne Ahern FF, Caroline Townsend LAB, Saoire O’Brien DDI 5
Muinebeag 8 0
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Carmel Brady FG, Niamh Smyth FF 2
Ballyjamesduff 6 Mary Brady FG 1
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Madeline Argue FG, Jacqui Lewis FG, Patricia Walsh FF, Mary Croke LAB, Noreen Briddigkeit Quinn IND 5
Clare
Ennis 8 Mary Howard FG, Claire Colleran FF, Ann Norton IND, Paula McNamara IND 4
Killaloe 6 Niamh O’Brien FN 1
Shannon 6 Louise McNamara FF, Seonaidh Ni Shiomoin AAA, Cathy McCafferty IND 3
West Clare 8 Marian McMahon-Jones FG, Noeleen Moran SF 2
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Deirdre Forde FG, Farah Deeba FG, Mary Rose Desmond FF, Angela Murphy LAB, Shirley Griffen IND/CPPC, Elizabeth Hourihane IND, Marcia D’Alton IND 7
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Margaret Murphy O’Mahony FF, Rachel McCarthy SF, Liz Dunphy GP 3
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Liz Feehan AAA, Mary O’Callaghan IND 2
Cobh 7 Sinead Sheppard FG, Claire Cullinane IND/CPPC 2
East Cork 6 Barbara Murray FG, Susan McCarthy FG, Michelle Hennessy SF, Natasha Harty GP, Aisling Murray IND/CPPC, Mary Linehan Foley IND 6
Fermoy 6 Kay Dawson FG, Aileen Brown FG, June Murphy SF 3
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Melissa Mullane SF 1
West Cork 8 Mary Hegarty FG, Deirdre Kelly FF, Norma Thomson LAB 3
Cork City
Cork City North Central 5 Patricia Gosch FG, Catherine Clancy LAB, Lil O’Donnell AAA 3
Cork City North East 4 Sue-Ellen Caroll FG 1
Cork City North West 4 Lyndsey Clarke FG, Marion O’Sullivan AAA 2
Cork City South Central 5 Lorraine Kingston LAB, Fiona Kerins SF, Ella Goddin IND 3
Cork City South East 7 Laura McGonigle FG, Kate Martin FF 2
Cork City South West 6 Mary Shields FF 1
Donegal
Donegal 6 Niamh Kennedy IND, Bernie Mulhern IND, Patricia McCafferty IND 3
Glenties 6 Máire Therese O Gallachóir SF 1
Letterkenny 10 Grace Boyle FG, Siobhan McLoughlin LAB 2
Inishowen 9 Rena Donaghey FF, Mary McCauley FF, Eilís Hadan DDI 3
Stranorlar 6 Claudia Kennedy FF, Charlie McDyer PBP 2
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 6 Sheila Howes LAB, Brid Smith PBP, Louise Minihan EIR 3
Ballymun 7 Laura Reid FF, Aine Clancy LAB, Noeleen Reilly SF, Cathleen Carney SF, Caroline Conroy GP, Helen Metcalfe AAA, Agnieszka Wieczorkowska IND, Geraldine Gough IND 8
Beaumont-Donaghmede 9 Stephanie Regan FG, Alison Gilliand LAB, Denise Mitchell SF 3
Cabra-Finglas 7 Emma Murphy SF, Bernie Hughes UL, Teresa Keegan IND 3
Clontarf 6 Deirdre Heney FF, Jane Horgan-Jones LAB, Donna Cooney GP 3
Crumlin-Kimmage 6 Edel James FG, Aoife Donoghue FF, Catherine Ardagh FF, Rebecca Moynihan LAB, Criona Ni Dhalaigh SF, Sandra Dunne GP, Tina McVeigh PBP 7
North Inner City 8 Lucy McRoberts LAB, Janice Boylan SF, Gaye Fagan SF, Éilis Ryan IND, Eva De Winter IND 5
Pembroke-South Dock 8 Nadine Meisonnave FG, Linda O’Shea Farren FG, Lorraine Clifford FF, Gerry Ashe LAB, Claire Byrne GP, Sonya Stapleton PBP, Ann-Maree Quinn IND 7
Rathgar-Rathmines 6 Kate O’Connell FG, Samantha Long FG, Mary Freehill LAB, Kim O’Donnell PBP, Ethna Tinney IND 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock 6 Marie Baker FG, Kate Feeney FF, Mary Hanafin FF, Deirdre Kingston LAB, Angela Collins-Timlin LAB, Celine Moorkens GP, Lola Hynes PBP 7
Dun Laoghaire 8 Patricia Stewart FG, Ellen O’Connor FG, Mary Fayne FG, Lisa Rogerson FF, Jane Dillion Byrne LAB, Donna Pierce LAB, Jeannette Kavanagh SF, Melissa Halpin PBP, Mary MacHale IND, Rita O’Brien IND 10
Dundrum 7 Madeline Speirs FG, Sarah Ryan FF, Grace Tallon LAB, Sorcha NicCormaic SF, Catherine Martin GP, Anne Colgan IND 6
Glencullen-Sandyford 7 Aileen Eglington FG, Lettie McCarthy LAB, Nicola Curry PBP, Lynsey McGovern IND 4
Killiney-Shankill 6 Maria Bailey FG, Jennifer Cuffe FF, Carrie Smyth LAB, Cara Augustenborg GP 4
Stillorgan 6 Josepha Madigan FG, Miriam Hennessy GP, Caitriona Lawlor IND, Deirdre Donnelly IND 4
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Jean Fay-Brady FG, Jeanette McNamara FG, Denise Parker AAL, Grainne Maguire IND 4
Castleknock 7 Eithne Loftus FG, Mags Murray FF, Natalie Treacy SF, Sandra Kavanagh AAA, Mary Martin IND 5
Howth-Malahide 8 Marie O’Toole FG, Aileen Woods FF, Judy Dunne LAB, Daire Nį Laoi SF 4
Mulhuddart 8 Maria McGrail FG, Margaret Richardson FF, Mary McCambley LAB, Annette Hughes AAA, Ruth Coppinger AAA, Bernadette Rynne AAA, Louise Bayliss PBP, Lorna Nolan IND 8
Swords 9 Dianne Sexton FG, Anne Devitt IND 2
South Dublin County
Clondalkin 8 Emer Higgins FG, Breeda Bonner LAB, Lorraine Hennessy WP 3
Lucan 8 Vicki Casserly-Naughton FG, Caitriona McClean FF, Caitriona Jones LAB, Ruth Nolan PBP, Liona O’Toole IND 5
Tallaght Central 6 Karen Warren FG, Valerie Gaynor FF, Kemi Adenekan LAB, Marie Devine SF 4
Tallaght South 6 Martina Genockey LAB, Louise Dunne SF, Philomena Foster AAA 3
Templeogue Terenure 6 Siobhan Butler FG, Pamela Kerins LAB, Suzanne McEneaney GP 3
Rathfarnham 6 Anne Marie Dermody FG, Emma Murphy FF, Aideen Carberry LAB, Sarah Holland SF, Deirdre O’Donovan IND 6
Galway City
Galway City Central 6 Nicola Deacy FF, Colette Connolly LAB, Ann Marley SF 3
Galway City East 6 Margo Kelly FG, Nuala Nolan LAB, Monica Coughlan LAB, Mairead Farrell SF, Terry O’Flaherty IND 5
Galway City West 6 Michelle Murphy FG, Catherine Connolly IND 2
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore 7 Josette Farrell FG, Martina Kinnane FF, Margaret Dean LAB 3
Ballinasloe 6 0
Conamara 9 Eileen Mannion FG, Niamh Byrne FG,Mary McHugh FG, Mairin Mhic Lochlainn SF 4
Loughrea 8 Bridie Willers FG, Anne Rabbitte FF 2
Tuam 9 Mary Hoade FF, Nora Fahy FF, Maeve O’Brien SF, Karey McHugh IND, Teresa Killeen-Kelly IND 5
Kerry
Killarney 8 Anne McEllistrim FF, Lynda Horgan IND 2
Listowel 7 Aoife Thornton FG, Katie Lucid McCabe LAB, Dianne Nolan SF, Kate Carmody IND 4
South and West Kerry 9 Norma Moriarty FF 1
Tralee 9 Grace O’Donnell FG, Norma Foley FF, Gillian Wharton LAB, Toireasa Ferris SF 4
Kildare
Athy 6 Aoife Breslin LAB 1
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Grainne Whelan FF, Ide Cussen SF, Jean Berry IND 3
Maynooth 9 Julie McNamara LAB, Reada Cronin SF, Teresa Murray IND, Joan Maguire IND 4
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Mary Donnelly FG, Fiona McLoughlin Healy FG, Fiona O’Loughlin FF, Suzanne Doyle FF, Joanne Pender IND 5
Naas 9 Jacinta O’Sullivan FG, Anne Breen LAB, Sorcha O’Neill SF 3
Kilkenny
Castlecomer 6 Mary Hilda Kavanagh FG, Joan Fitzpatrick FG, Catriona Redmond SF 3
Kilkenny City-East 6 Marie Fitzpatrick LAB, Breda Gardner IND 2
Kilkenny City-West 6 Kathleen Funchion SF 1
Piltown 6 Fidelis Doherty FG, Cora Long FF, Melissa O’Neill SF 3
Laois
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Lisa Delaney LAB, Rhoda Brogan SF, Pat Cooper IND 3
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6 Grainne Corcoran LAB 1
Portlaoise 7 Mary Sweeney FG, Kathleen O’Brien FG, Catherine Fitzgerald FF, Caroline Dwane-Stanley SF, Sharon Bailey SF 5
Leitrim
Ballinamore 6 Maureen Martin SF 1
Carrick-on-Shannon 6 Finola Armstrong McGuire FG, Siobhán Finnegan McElgunn FF, Sinead Guckian FF 3
Manorhamilton 6 Mary Bohan FF, Siobhan McGloin FG 2
Limerick
Limerick City East 8 Sarah Lee Kiely FG, Marian Hurley FG, Elena Secas LAB, Sarah Jane Hennelly IND, Orla McLoughlin-McCarthy IND 5
Limerick City North 6 Tina O’Gorman FG 1
Limerick City West 7 Maria Byrne FG, Geraldine Leddin FF 2
Adare-Rathkeale 6 Rose Brennan FG, Ciara McMahon SF, Kathleen Enright AAA 3
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7 Lisa Marie Sheehy SF, Brigid Teefy IND 2
Newcastle West 6 0
Longford
Ballymahon 6 Edel Kelly SF, Niamh Moran IND 2
Granard 6 Maura Kilbride-Harkin FG, Mary Lilis IND 2
Longford 6 Peggy Nolan FG, Yvonne Ni Mhurchu FG, Barbara Smyth SF, Mae Sexton IND 4
Louth
Ardee 6 Dolores Minogue FG, Bereniece McKeever IND 2
Drogheda 10 Imelda Munster SF, Stephanie Valla PBP, Julie Feely IND 3
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Edel Corrigan SF, Sylwia Golebiewska Jokubas IND 2
Dundalk-South 7 Maria Doyle FG, Jennifer Green SF, Marianne Butler GP, Maeve Yore IND 4
Mayo
Ballina 8 Annie Marie Reape FF 1
Castlebar 8 Lisa Chambers FF, Therese Ruane SF 2
Claremorris 7 Mags Sheehan GP, Marie Casserly IND 2
West Mayo 7 Teresa Maguire FG, Joan Geraghty FF, Brid Grealis FG, Rose Conway-Walsh SF, Caroline Fitzgerald GP 5
Meath
Ashbourne 6 Suzanne Jamal FG, Claire O’Driscoll FF, Niamh McGowan LAB, Sharon Keogan IND, Aisling O’Neill IND/CPPC 5
Kells 7 Sarah Reilly FG, Aideen Andrews FG, Sandy Gallagher LAB 2
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Patricia Heritage FF, Sharon Tolan FG, Eimear Ferguson SF, Sharon Keogan IND 4
Navan 7 Jenny McHugh FF, Sineád Burke SF 2
Ratoath 7 Maria Murphy FG, Gillian McGrath FG, Deirdre Smith FF, Maria O’Kane SF 4
Trim 6 Vera Kelly FF, Tracy McElhinney LAB, Caroline Lynch SF 3
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones 6 Ciara McPhillips FG, Deirdre Kelly FF, Cathy Bennet SF, Raimonda Leonaviciene GP 4
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Lorraine Cotter FG, Margaret Conlon FF 2
Monaghan 6 Siobhan Cheung SF 1
Offaly
Birr 6 Carol Nolan SF, Teresa Ryan-Feehan IND 2
Edenderry 6 Patrica Brady FG 1
Tullamore 7 Mollie Buckley FG, Teresa Wrafter FG, Sinead Dooley FF 3
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon) 6 0
Boyle 6 Maura Hopkins FG, Rachel Doherty FF, Valerie Byrne IND/HAC, Gertrude Drury O’Byrne IND 4
Roscommon 6 Orla Leyden FF, Kathleen Shanagher IND, Paula McNamara IND/HAC 3
Sligo
Ballymote-Tubbercurry 8 Margaret Gormley IND, Mary Tuffy IND 2
Sligo 10 Rosaleen O’Grady FF, Sinead Maguire FG, Marcella McGarry LAB, Marie Casserly IND, Veronica Cawley IND, Mary Butler IND, Patricia Gardiner IND 7
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Louise McLoughlin FG, Sylvia Cooney Sheehan FF, Imelda Goldsboro FF 3
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Mary Hourigan FG, June Maloney IND, Jacqui Finnan IND 3
Clonmel 9 Marie Murphy FG, Siobhan Ambrose FF, Catherine Carey SF, Anne Wall PBP, Pearl Sheehan WUAG, Martina Maher WUAG, Gabrielle Egan IND 7
Nenagh 9 Phyll Bugler FG, Virginia O’Dowd LAB, Fiona Bonfield LAB 3
Templemore-Thurles 9 Maura Byrne FG, Joan Delaney SF, Evelyn Nevin IND 3
Waterford
Waterford City East 6 Liz Murphy FF, Joan Quirke PBP, Mary Roche IND 3
Waterford City South 6 Breda Brennan SF 1
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Lola O’Sullivan FG, Maxine Keoghan FG, Dee Jacques LAB, Monica Melay IND, Jenna Keane IND, Anne Marie Power IND 6
Comeragh 6 Mary Butler FF 1
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Anne Marie Rossiter FF, Siobhan Whelan SF, Louise Brierley SF, Mairéad “Midi” Walsh IND 4
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 0
Mullingar-Coole 7 Emily Wallace FG, Rachel Grimes LAB, Una D’Arcy SF, Angela Maher IND, Rosemary Horan IND 5
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Avril Whitney FF, Detty Cornally LAB, Sorca Clarke SF, Angela Maher IND 4
Wexford
Gorey 8 Aine Lacy-O’Meara FG, Mary Farrell IND 2
Enniscorthy 8 Kathleen Codd-Nolan FG, Barbara Anne Murphy FF, Annette Moran IND 3
New Ross 8 Niamh Fitzgibbon FG 1
Wexford 10 Sandra Lacey FG, Bernie Mullen LAB, Deirdre Wadding PBP, Jane Johnstone IND 4
Wicklow
Arklow 6 Mary Mooty LAB, Mary McDonald SF, Miriam Murphy IND 3
Baltinglass 6 Jillian Godsil IND 1
Bray 8 Sarah Wray FG, Tracy O’Brien LAB, Sharon Briggs PBP, Catherine Kennedy IND 4
Greystones 6 Grainne McLoughlin FG, Liz Dillon FG, Taragh Hanley FF, Nicola Lawless SF, Jacqui Johnston PBP, Jennifer Whitmore IND 6
Wicklow 6 Irene Winters FG, Anna Doyle PBP, Pat Kavanagh IND 3
Figure 1: Number of female candidates selected by county/local authority area on the 31st January 2014

Figure 1: Number of female candidates selected by county/local authority area on the 31st January 2014

The map above shows the number of female candidates selected by county, or local authority area, in early 2o14 (or on the 31st January 2014 to be exact!). Not surprisingly, this map does somewhat reflect the different population levels (and, hence, overall local election candidate levels) in these counties, with the highest levels of female candidate selections being especially associated with the counties/local authorities in the Greater Dublin region, as shown by Figure 1. Figure 1 also points to some very low numbers of female candidate selections in some of the more rural counties, with Offaly especially standing out in this regard, as well as the electoral areas located within the

Figure 2: Percentage of female candidates selected by county/local authority area as of 31st January 2014

Figure 2: Percentage of female candidates selected by county/local authority area as of 31st January 2014

As the first map is heavily influenced by population size issues, the second maps shows female candidates as a percentage of the total number of candidates selected to date, again at the county or local authority area. Again, there is a notable urban bias evident in this map, with higher than average percentages of female candidates being associated with most of the more urban counties and with an especial cluster of higher levels being associated with the local authority areas located in Dublin and its immediate commuter hinterland. There are some exceptions to this trend however. The percentage of female candidates associated with the City Council areas (or former City Council areas) located outside of Dublin tend to be lower than the national average. Indeed, the level of female candidate selections for Galway City was dwarfed somewhat by the higher level associated with neighbouring Galway County, although the inclusion of Labour and Sinn Fein selections during February has resulted in the level in Galway City overtaking that of Galway County. Figure 2 shows that some of the more rural counties are characterised by high proportions of female candidate selections – to date it should be noted – including counties such as Cavan and Tipperary South Riding. That being said, some of the lowest levels of female candidates selections – to date – are to be found in rural counties, with Figure 2 pointing to especially low levels in Clare, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick County and Tipperary North Riding. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as less than a half of the total number of 2014 Local Elections candidates have been selected to date. Further female candidate selections/declarations will be added to this page right up until the closing date for local election candidate nominations.

Figure 3: Change in percentage of female candidates selected by county/local authority  between the 2014 (as of 31st January 2014) and 2009 contests.

Figure 3: Change in percentage of female candidates selected by county/local authority between the 2014 (as of 31st January 2014) and 2009 contests.

Figure 3 above measures the geographical trends in terms of changing female candidate selection levels by local authority level between the 2009 and 2014 (as of 31st January) contests. With the number of female candidates selected at this point in time being exactly the same as the total number selected in the previous contest of 2009, it is worth looking at where the major increases in female candidate selections are occurring. As Figure 3 shows, the most concentrated levels of increase tend to be associated with Dublin and its wider commuter hinterland, although Tipperary South Riding, Longford and Galway County have also experienced a significant degree of increase, as shown above. Not all counties have seen female candidate levels increasing, however, as the map above shows, with Kilkenny experiencing the most notable level of decline just ahead of Kerry and Limerick County.

Figure 4: Female seat levels (in percentage terms) by local authority level at the 2009 City and County Council elections

Figure 4: Female seat levels (in percentage terms) by local authority level at the 2009 City and County Council elections

It is worth contrasting female candidate selection levels for 2014 (so far) with the geography of female representation after the 2009 contest. Figure 4 shows that the highest levels of female representation at the 2009 contest were associated with Dublin and the neighbouring county of Meath, reflecting the trends seen so far in terms of 2014 candidate selection, but high levels were also associated with Kilkenny County, a county that has seen very low levels of female candidate selection for the 2014 Local Elections (so far). The two counties with the lowest level of female seat levels at the 2009 contest were Clare and Wicklow. Female candidate selection levels in Clare have also been at a similarly low level so far for the 2014 contest, but levels have increased to a significant degree in Wicklow, by contrast.

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About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Maynooth University Department of Geography.
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15 Responses to Female candidates contesting the 2014 Local Elections

  1. Hi Adrian, I am also contesting the local elections in the Greystones District as an Independent candidate. It’s great to see so many women represented this time around! thanks, Jennifer

  2. Una D'Arcy says:

    Hello- my name is Una D’Arcy and following last night’s SF Convention in Castlepollard, Westmeath, I have been declared as their candidate for Mullingar/Coole for the local elction 2013, please add me to your list. Thanks Una.

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  6. Colette O Brien says:

    Hi Adrian, I think it’s Ann Norton running for Ennis not Ann Nolan.
    Colette

  7. Pat Cooper says:

    Thanks Adrian. WOW! Fine Gael are running 5 men and Fianna Fail are running 5 men in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick 6 seat electoral area. Not sight nor sign of a woman. among the 10 candidates.

  8. David says:

    In Meath you have Sharon Keogan IND on two lists (Ashbourne and Laytown-Bettystown), you also have Suzanne Jamal down for Ashbourne, I think she is running in Navan.

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