Sitting County/City Councillors who lost out at 2014 Local Elections selection conventions

Adrian Kavanagh 4th February 2014

This post will attempt to list all of the City/County Councillors who lost out in local election selection conventions for their respective parties (including those who were subsequently added to the candidate list by their party headquarters after these convention votes). This list does not include Borough/Town Councillors, or those City/County Councillors who withdrew from a convention just before a vote was taken. There are twenty two (2.5% of the number elected (883) in 2009) people in this group. The number of unsuccessful Fianna Fail candidates in Cappamore-Kilmallock is unusually high as only one candidate was selected at the actual convention (and the other three incumbents were added to the ticket by party headquarters some weeks after).

Twenty of the people in this group are male (90.9%) and two are female (9.1%). Fianna Fail accounts for fourteen of the people in this category (63.6%) while Fine Gael accounted for the remaining nine (36.4%) people in this group.   

A number of these councillors were subsequently added to the party candidate list by party headquarters after the convention vote had taken place. Well over two-thirds (seventeen or 81.8%) of the people in this group have been added by their party headquarters and these candidates are highlighted by one star (*) in the list below (although one – highlighted by three stars (***) – subsequently has decided not to contest the elections and will be retiring from politics).

A number of these councillors failed to be added by their party headquarters and most of these opted to contest the elections as independent candidates instead – four candidates fall into this category (18.2% of total). The candidates falling into this group arehighlighted by two stars (**) in the list below. For instance, two of the Fianna Fail councillors who lost out at party conventions (Paddy Bracken and Raymond Cribbin) in Laois announced that they would be contesting the election as independents if they were not added to the ticket by party headquarters. Indeed one of them, Raymond Cribbin, took out campaign advertising in a local newspaper, which makes no reference to the Fianna Fail party. The third of the Fianna Fail councillors in Laois, Brendan Phelan, said he would also be considering his position in the wake of a decision by party headquarters on adding candidates. After a meeting on 14th February, it was decided that only Paddy Bracken would be added to the Fianna Fail candidates list (in Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick). Ray Cribbin and Brendan Phelan are now contesting the election as an independent candidates, as is Nick Killian in Ratoath. In a similar vein, Fine Gael Councillor, Ruairi McGinley, has announced that he will contest Rathmines-Rathgar as an independent candidate after he was not added to the Fine Gael ticket after losing out at the convention there.

Pat O’Toole is the only councillor in this group who will not be contesting the local elections.

The level of sitting councillors that have lost out at conventions is not surprising given the impact of the local election boundary changes and the reduction in local authority seat levels in some areas/counties, meaning increased competition for seats in these areas but also increased competition to be on the party ticket (in particular the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael party tickets) in some of these instances. The level of convention losses may well be higher but for the relatively high number of retiring councillors ahead of the upcoming local elections.

The list of sitting City and Councillors that lost out at their party selection conventions, which I can account for at present, includes:

Candidates Sitting Councillors who lost at Selection Conventions
Carlow 18
Carlow 10 Pat O’Toole FG, Tom O’Neill FG*
Muinebeag 8
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 8 Brian Meaney FF*
Killaloe 6
Shannon 6
West Clare 8
Cork County 55
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Blarney-Macrooom 6
Cobh 7
East Cork 6
Fermoy 6
Kanturk-Mallow 6
West Cork 8
Cork City 31
Cork City North Central 5
Cork City North East 4
Cork City North West 4
Cork City South Central 5
Cork City South East 7
Cork City South West 6
Donegal 37
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Letterkenny 10
Inishowen 9
Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 6
Ballymun 7
Beaumont-Donaghmede 9
Cabra-Finglas 7
Clontarf 6
Crumlin-Kimmage 6
North Inner City 8
Pembroke-South Dock 8
Rathgar-Rathmines 6 Ruairi McGinley FG**
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40
Blackrock 6
Dun Laoghaire 8
Dundrum 7 Pat Hand FG*
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 6
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40
Balbriggan 8
Castleknock 7
Howth-Malahide 8
Mulhuddart 8
Swords 9
South Dublin County 40
Clondalkin 8
Lucan 8
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 6
Templeogue Terenure 6
Rathfarnham 6
Galway City 18
Galway City Central 6
Galway City East 6
Galway City West 6
Galway County 39
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara 9
Loughrea 8
Tuam 9
Kerry 33
Killarney 8 Anne McEllistrim FF*
Listowel 7
South and West Kerry 9
Tralee 9
Kildare 40
Athy 6
Celbridge-Leixlip 7
Maynooth 9
Kildare-Newbridge 9
Naas 9
Kilkenny 24
Castlecomer 6 Patrick Millea FF*
Kilkenny City-East 6
Kilkenny City-West 6
Piltown 6 Cora Long FF*
Laois 19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Brendan Phelan FF**, Paddy Bracken FF*
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6 Raymond Cribbin FF**
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40
Limerick City East 8
Limerick City North 6
Limerick City West 7
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7 Noel Gleeson FF*, Eddie Wade FF***, Mike Donegan FF*
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18
Ballymahon 6
Granard 6 John Duffy FG*, Frank Kilbride FG*
Longford 6
Louth 29
Ardee 6
Drogheda 10
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30
Ballina 8 Joseph Mellett FG*
Castlebar 8
Claremorris 7
West Mayo 7
Meath 40
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7 Noel Leonard FF*, Nick Killian FF**
Trim 6
Monaghan 18
Ballybay-Clones 6
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 6
Offaly 19
Birr 6
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6 Eugene Murphy FF*
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18
Ballymote-Tubbercurry 8 Martin Baker FF*
Sligo 10
Tipperary 40
Carrick-on-Suir 6
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 9
Nenagh 9
Templemore-Thurles 9
Waterford 32
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Comeragh 6
Dungarvan-Lismore 8
Westmeath 20
Athlone (Westmeath) 7
Mullingar-Coole 7
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Colm Arthur FG*
Wexford 34
Gorey 8
Enniscorthy 8
New Ross 8
Wexford 10
Wicklow 32
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray 8
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

If you notice any errors or omissions in this list – if I am missing someone here that you know lost at a convention, or who has already been added to the party ticket after a convention defeat, or if I have incorrectly listed someone here who did not lose at a convention, please do bring these to my attention: please see the Contacts Details page for this site

Thanks to those who have provided information to add to/correct the details listed here, including Neale Richmond.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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1 Response to Sitting County/City Councillors who lost out at 2014 Local Elections selection conventions


    Councillor Phelan stated “Over the past weeks I have been contacted by many constituents, across the area from Cullahill to Mountrath and Errill to Camross, encouraging me to defend the seat on Laois County Council and ensure continued effective representation for communities in the area.”

    Councillor Phelan won consistently over 1,000 first preference votes at both the 2004 and 2009 elections, despite the dramatic fall in support for Fianna Fail prior to the 2009 elections. He received votes from both rural and urban areas in Borris in Ossory, Ballaghmore, Ballacolla, Clough, Camross, Castletown, Cullahill, Durrow, Donaghmore, Errill, Killasmeestia, Mountrath, Paddock and his home town of Rathdowney.

    Mr Kelly, a constituent from the area states that “The seat in the area has been successfully defended for over 40 years and the stable support that Brendan Phelan’s received since he first ran in 2004 is a testament to his hard work and dedication to effectively represent his constituents.”

    Mr Phelan stated that “After having considered the matter with constituents, supporters and family, I have decided to contest the local elections as an Independent candidate. It is a great honour for me to place my name on the ticket and it is with a deep sense of duty and resolve I do so.”

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