Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 28th January 2014 with further updates as new candidate nominations are announced
An updated version of my 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.
The post will focus on the candidate selections for the Anti Austerity Alliance grouping, given that the level of candidate selections engaged in by this grouping has now warranted it being allocated a separate post. This grouping was formally established as a party on 20th February 2014. While most of the candidates in this grouping would appear likely to be first-time candidates, it does also include a number of more experienced candidates, including a number of incumbents (mainly associated (at present) with the Socialist Party). It involves members of the Campaign Against Home & Water Taxes and the Campaign Against Property Taxes and Austerity groupings, while the more experienced members of the alliance would be members of the Socialist Party. The latter group involves four City/County Councillors and two Town/Borough Councillors.
Thirty nine officially selected candidates will contest these elections for the Anti Austerity Alliance, up significantly on the nine candidates who contested the 2009 City and County Council elections for the Socialist Party. Some candidates who were listed here earlier in the selection calendar have withdrawn from the contest in the interim period. These include Owen Curran, who was selected to contest the Glenties electoral area, but withdrew in February 2014 for personal reasons and also as he did not want to be the only Anti Austerity Alliance candidate contesting the elections in Donegal. Also included in this group are Mary Hartery (who had been selected to contest Limerick City North), Stephanie O’Shea (who had been selected to contest Limerick City East), Madelyn Portley (who had been selected to contest Limerick City West), James Faulkner (who had been selected to contest Balbriggan) and George Hill (who had been selected to contest Castleknock).
There are twelve female candidates within the Anti Austerity Alliance candidates listed here, with female candidates accounting for 30.8% of the total number of candidates within these different groupings.
The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2014 Local Elections as Anti Austerity Alliance candidates include:
|Electoral Area||Anti Austerity Alliance candidates|
|Shannon||6||Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin, David Houlihan|
|Cork City North Central||5||Mick Barry, Lil O’Donnell|
|Cork City North East||4|
|Cork City North West||4||Marion O’Sullivan|
|Cork City South Central||5|
|Cork City South East||7|
|Cork City South West||6|
|Beaumont-Donaghmede||9||Michael O’Brien, Proinsias Ó Conoráin|
|North Inner City||8|
|Balbriggan||8||Terry Kelleher, Denise Parker, Maurice Sweeney|
|Castleknock||7||Sandra Kavanagh, Matt Waine|
|Mulhuddart||8||Annette Hughes, Ruth Coppinger, Jimmy Keenan, Bernadette Rynne|
|South Dublin County||40|
|Tallaght Central||6||Mick Murphy, Eddie Eriksson, Kieran Mahon|
|Tallaght South||6||Brian Leech, Philomena Foster|
|Galway City Central||6||Sean Byrne|
|Galway City East||6||Conor Burke|
|Galway City West||6||Tommy Holohan|
|South and West Kerry||9|
|Kilkenny City-West||6||Conor MacLiam|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick||6|
|Limerick City East||8||Paul Keller, Derrick Towell|
|Limerick City North||6||Cian Prendiville|
|Limerick City West||7||John Loftus|
|Newcastle West||6||Joe Harrington|
|Waterford City East||6|
|Waterford City South||6|
|Tramore-Waterford City West||6|
Thanks to those who have sent on updates as to candidates relating to this category, including the folks at Irish Election Literature, Michael Maher, Michael O’Brien, Maurice Quinlivan, Joe Barrett and the Vote Left Facebook page.