City and County Council Members – Co-options and Changes since the 2014 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 6th July 2016 (with subsequent updates)

The 2014 Local Elections resulted in the election of 949 City and County Councillors. Since that election, I have estimated that 94 of the successful candidates in these elections, or candidates who were had been co-opted to replace some of the candidates at an earlier date, have either stood down – in most cases, due to being elected to Dail Eireann or Seanad Eireann at the 2016 elections – or have sadly passed away. 63 of the former Councillors in this group are male (67.0%) and 31 are female (33.0%).

As Table 1 shows, 52 (59.8%) of the co-options/new Councillors are male, while 35 are female (40.2%). As a result of these co-options, the number of female members of City and County Councils has increased from 197 (in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 elections) to 201 (21.3% of the total number of Councillors, at present).

A notable proportion of these co-options have been accounted for by family members of the Councillors, who have stood down or who have passed away. I estimate that 15 of the co-opted Councillors would fall into this group, amounting to 19.7% of the total number of co-options at present.

Table 1 shows that some local authority areas have seen a large number of co-options, as of this point in time – most notably Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (9 – with 5 co-options for the Stillorgan EA alone), Cork County Council (8), Dublin City Council (8), as well as South Dublin (6), Kildare (5), Limerick (5) and Westmeath (4).

An earlier post dealing with this topic was published on the Cedar House Revolution website on 16th March 2016.

Electoral Area Standing Down/Deceased Co-option/Replacement
Carlow
Carlow Jennifer Murnane O’Connor FF Ken Murnane
Muinebeag
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill Niamh Smyth FF Sarah O’Reilly
Ballyjamesduff
Cavan-Belturbert Eugene Greenan SF
Clare
Ennis
Killaloe
Shannon
West Clare
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline Donnchadh O Laoghaire SF Eoghan Jeffers
Bandon-Kinsale Tim Lombard FG Aidan Lombard
Blarney-Macroom Aindrias Moynihan FF Gobnait Moynihan
Cobh Claire Cullinane IND  Diarmuid Ó Cadhla PC 
East Cork Pat Buckley SF Danielle Twomey
Fermoy Kevin O’Keeffe FF Deirdre O’Brien
Kanturk-Mallow Dan Joe Fitzgerald FF, Daniel Fitzgerald FF* Daniel Fitzgerald, Gearóid Murphy
West Cork Michael Collins IND, Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony FF, Noel O’Donovan FG Danny Collins IND, Gillian Coughlan FF, John O’Sullivan FG
Cork City
Cork City North Central Mick Barry AAA Fiona Ryan
Cork City North East
Cork City North West
Cork City South Central
Cork City South East
Cork City South West
Donegal
Donegal Sean McEniff FF Micheál Naughton
Glenties
Letterkenny  Mick Quinn SF Adrian Glackin
Inishowen
Stranorlar
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh Brid Smith PBP Hazel de Nortuin
Ballymun Noel Rock FG Norma Sammon
Beaumont-Donaghmede Denise Mitchell SF Edel Moran
Cabra-Finglas
Clontarf Sean Haughey FF Sean Paul Mahon
Crumlin-Kimmage Catherine Ardagh FF Michael Mullooly
North Inner City Jonathan Dowdall SF Gaye Fagan
Pembroke-South Dock
Rathgar-Rathmines Kate O’Connell FG, Jim O’Callaghan FF Anne Feeney FG, Claire O’Connor FF
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock Victor Boyhan IND Anne Colgan
Dun Laoghaire
Dundrum Catherine Martin GP Karen Furlong
Glencullen-Sandyford Neale Richmond FG Emma Blain
Killiney-Shankill Maria Bailey FG Jim Gildea
Stillorgan Josepha Madigan FG, Gerry Horkan FF, Richard Humphreys LAB, Carron McKinney LAB* John Kennedy FG, Donal Smith FF, Carron McKinney LAB, Alex White LAB
Fingal County
Balbriggan JP Browne FG Tom O’Leary
Castleknock Jack Chambers FF Howard Mahony
Howth-Malahide
Mulhuddart Ruth Coppinger AAA, Annette Hughes AAA Matthew Waine, Tania Doyle
Swords
South Dublin County
Clondalkin Eoin O Broin SF, Gino Kenny PBPA Mark Ward SF, Madeleine Johansson PBP
Lucan
Tallaght Central Maire Devine SF Cora McCann
Tallaght South
Templeogue Terenure Colm Brophy FG, Fintan Warfield SF Brian Lawlor FG, Enda Fanning SF
Rathfarnham John Lahart FF Emma Murphy
Galway City
Galway City Central Anna Marley SF Mark Lohan
Galway City East
Galway City West Catherine Connolly IND Colette Connolly
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore
Ballinasloe
Conamara
Loughrea Anne Rabbitte FF Ivan Canning
Tuam Michael Fitzmaurice IND, Sean Canney IND Des Joyce IND, Billy Connelly IND
Kerry
Killarney Danny Healy-Rae IND Maura Healy-Rae
Listowel John Brassil FF John Lucid
South and West Kerry
Tralee
Kildare
Athy
Celbridge-Leixlip Frank O’Rourke FF Michael Coleman
Maynooth
Kildare-Newbridge Willie Crowley IND, Fiona O’Loughlin FF Morgan McCabe IND, Murty Aspell FF
Naas Willie Callaghan FF, James Lawless FF Deborah Callaghan, Carmel Kelly
Kilkenny
Castlecomer
Kilkenny City-East
Kilkenny City-West Kathleen Funchion SF Sean Tyrell
Piltown
Laois
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick
Graiguecullen-Portarlington
Portlaoise
Leitrim
Ballinamore Martin Kenny SF Caroline Gildea
Carrick-on-Shannon
Manorhamilton
Limerick
Limerick City East Shane Clifford FF Joe Pond
Limerick City North Joe Crowley FF, Maurice Quinlivan SF Vivienne Crowley FF, John Costelloe SF
Limerick City West Maria Byrne FG Elenora Hogan FG
Adare-Rathkeale Tom Neville FG Adam Teskey
Cappamore-Kilmallock
Newcastle West
Longford
Ballymahon
Granard
Longford
Louth
Ardee
Drogheda Imelda Munster SF, Alan Cassidy SF Joanna Byrne, David Saurin
Dundalk-Carlingford Jim Loughran SF Antoin Watters
Dundalk-South Declan Breathnach FF, Kevin Meenan SF Emma Coffey FF
Mayo
Ballina
Castlebar Lisa Chambers FF Martin McLoughlin
Claremorris
West Mayo Rose Conway Walsh SF Teresa Whelan
Meath
Ashbourne
Kells
Laytown-Bettystown
Navan Shane Cassells FF Padraig Fitzsimons
Ratoath
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones Eugene Bannigan FG, Ciara McPhillips FG Sean Gilliland
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney Matt Carthy SF Colm Carthy
Monaghan Robbie Gallagher FF Raymond Aughey
Offaly
Birr Carol Nolan SF Sean Maher
Edenderry
Tullamore Sinead Dooley FF
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon)
Boyle Eugene Murphy FF, Maura Hopkins FG Joe Murphy FF, Liam Callaghan FG
Roscommon
Sligo
Ballymote-Tubbercurry Eamon Scanlon FF Keith Henry
Sligo Seamus O’Boyle PBPA, Sean McManus SF Gino O’Boyle
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir
Cashel-Tipperary
Clonmel
Nenagh
Templemore-Thurles Willie Kennedy IND (Lowry IND), Jackie Cahill FF Eddie Moran IND, Sean Ryan FF
Waterford
Waterford City East
Waterford City South
Tramore-Waterford City West
Comeragh Mary Butler FF Ray Murphy
Dungarvan-Lismore
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath) Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran IND Ailish McManus
Mullingar-Coole Peter Burke FG, Aidan Davitt FF Emily Wallace FG, Bill Collentine FF
Mullingar-Kilbeggan Paul Daly FF, Avril Whitney FF Liam McDaniel
Wexford
Gorey
Enniscorthy James Browne FG Willie Kavanagh
New Ross
Wexford Fergie Kehoe FF Lisa McDonald
Wicklow
Arklow
Baltinglass
Bray John Brady SF Michael O’Connor
Greystones
Wicklow Pat Kavanagh IND, Pat Casey FF Mary Kavanagh IND, Gail Dunne FF

Table 1: Successful 2014 Local Election candidates, who have stood down from City/County Councils or who have passed away, and the new Councillors who have been co-opted to replace them (Updated: 6th July 2017)

* Was co-opted to replace a Councillor, but then stood down/was replaced themselves some time later

In addition to the series of co-options, as outlined/discussed above, there has also been some changes in political party/grouping affiliations involving Councillors who were elected in June 2014. I estimate that, at present, 27 Councillors (2.9% of the total) would fall into this category. A number of Councillors in this grouping could be classed as “selection defections” – Councillors who left their political parties after failing to win a nomination to contest the 2016 General Election for that party.  A number of changes of political affiliation also occurred in the wake of the founding of the new Social Democrat and Renua Ireland political parties in 2015. A number of the councillors who defected to Renue in 2015 subsequently left the party in the run up to the 2016 election, as in the case of Galway councillor, James Charity, or after the elections, as in the cases of Patrick McKee (Kilkenny) and Keith Redmond (Fingal).

One of the main impacts of these changes of Councillor political affiliations has been to change the number of City or County Council members associated with different political parties or groupings. As of now, I estimate that the number of City or County Council seats held by different political parties or groupings stands as follows:

  • Fianna Fail: 262
  • Fine Gael: 233
  • Independents/Non Party: 202
  • Sinn Fein: 156
  • Labour Party: 50
  • Anti Austerity Alliance (Solidarity)-People Before Profit: 24 (Anti Austerity Alliance (Solidarity) 12, People Before Profit 12)
  • Green Party: 12 
  • Social Democrats: 6
  • Renua Ireland: 2
  • Workers Party: 2

In the fluctuating political climate leading up to the next local elections in 2019 (and possibly another general election before this), further changes of political allegiance are likely – and some of these I may well not be aware of yet! – but I will update these figures, as and when I become aware of further changes.

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About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Maynooth University Department of Geography.
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3 Responses to City and County Council Members – Co-options and Changes since the 2014 Local Elections

  1. Jonathan Davey says:

    Lisa McDonald was coopted to Fergie Kehoes seat in Wexford, also Maura Hopkins left a vacancy in Roscommon, not sure who filled that though. On 6 Jul 2016 19:25, “Irish Elections: Geography, Facts and Analyses” wrote:

    > Adrian Kavanagh posted: “Adrian Kavanagh, 6th July 2016 The 2014 Local > Elections resulted in the election of 949 City and County Councillors. > Since that election, I have estimated that 76 of the successful candidates > in these elections have either stood down – in most cases, due” >

    • Thanks. For some reason I’d forgotten to include Sen. Maura Hopkins on the list. Liam Callaghan replaced her on Roscommon County Council.

      I knew Lisa McDonald was one of the candidates contesting the Fianna Fail Wexford co-option but had not realised that had been decided yet…

    • Thanks. I had not realised that a decision had been made on the Wexford Fianna Fail co-option yet. I see that this took place on 30th June
      For some reason, I left Sen Maura Hopkins off the list, but her co-option on Roscommon County Council was Liam Callaghan

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