Candidates for the next (2018-2021) General Election by constituency

Adrian Kavanagh (First posted on 19th April 2017 – this post will be updated as and when new candidates are selected/declared). Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate web pages.

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The run in to the next general election, which can take place at any stage over the next four years, has officially commenced given that the Labour Party has now started the process of selecting their candidates for the next general election contest, commencing with the selection of Ged Nash as their candidate for the Louth constituency on 12th April 2017. (See this post for a list of the candidates for the 2016 General Election and an analysis of candidate selection trends at that election.)

This post will track all candidate selections or candidate declarations, with respect to the next general election, as and when these happen (and I become aware of them!). 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. I try my best to find information about local election candidate selection conventions, but in some cases this information is hard to find and occasionally it can be some time after a convention takes place before I find this information and hence am in a position to update this page accordingly. This will also take account of the fact that there will be changes to Dáil constituencies at the next general election, as the report of the 2017 Constituency Commission has now been put into law (in December 2017) by a new Electoral Act.

The number of candidates selected by parties and political groupings (to date)/number of independents who have signaled their intention to contest the next general election are also outlined here, with web links to the official website candidate pages to be provided for these parties/groups in cases where these exist (see the bottom of this page)

As of now (as far as I am aware), 273 candidates have been selected to contest the next general election, or have – in the case of independents – declared their intention to contest the next general election. 93 of these candidates are women (34.1%) and 180 of these candidates are men (65.9%).

Carlow-Kilkenny (5 seats): Deputy John McGuiness (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fáil), Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Féin), Denis Hynes (Labour Party), Adrienne Wallace (People Before Profit), Cllr. Malcolm Noonan (Green Party)

Adrienne Wallace will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

Deputy Kathleen Funchion was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 14th December 2017.

As confirmed by the KCLR News website (20th December 2017), Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has been selected as the Carlow-based Fianna Fáil nomination – Cllr. Fintan Phelan had also been nominated to contest the Carlow slot on the Fianna Fáil ticket but he declined that nomination. The selection of Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor as the Carlow-based Fianna Fáil candidate was confirmed at a selection convention in Leiglinbridge on 18th January 2018. The selection convention for the Kilkenny Fianna Fail based candidates will take place in the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny on 26th January 2018, as reported in the Kilkenny People (23rd January 2018), with the two incumbents – Deputies John McGuinness and Bobby Aylward – set to be selected at this.

As reported in the Kilkenny People (9th February 2018), Cllr. Malcolm Noonan was selected as the Green Party candidate for this constituency in early February 2018.

As reported on the Kilkenny People website (21st June 2018), Denis Hynes will be confirmed as the Labour Party candidate for this constituency at a selection convention to be held at Iona Dara in Goresbridge on 27th June 2018. 

Cavan-Monaghan (5 seats): Deputy Heather Humphries (Fine Gael), Senator Joe O’Reilly (Fine Gael), Deputy Brendan Smith (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Niamh Smyth (Fianna Fáil), Senator Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fáil), Matt Carthy MEP (Sinn Féin), Pauline Tully (Sinn Féin), Liam van der Spek (Labour Party), Emmett Smith (People Before Profit Alliance)

An article in the Anglo Celt (26th July 2018) refers to Labour Cavan Local Area Representative, Liam van der Spek, as being the “first local name announced” in terms of being a general election candidate in Cavan-Monaghan. 

As reported by the Northern Sound website (5th March 2018), it has been confirmed that Emmett Smith will contest this constituency for the People Before Profit Alliance.

On 7th March 2018, it was announced that Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Sinn Féin) would not be contesting the next general election, as reported on the RTÉ website (7th March 2018). As reported on the Ocean FM website (11th April 2018), Matt Carthy MEP has announced his intention to contest the Sinn Féin selection convention. As reported by The Anglo Celt (11th April 2018), Sinn Féin intend to run a gender-balanced ticket, with it being envisaged that a female candidate based in Cavan will run alongside Matt Carthy. Matt Carthy was indeed selected to contest the election for Sinn Féin on 26th April 2018, as reported on the Northern Sound website (27th April 2018); this was only to select a Monaghan-based candidate and he was selected unopposed. As reported in the Anglo Celt (24th May 2018), former Ballyjamesduff councillor, Pauline Tully, has announced that she will contest the Cavan selection convention.  As reported on the Northern Sound website (7th June 2018), Pauline Tully was the only person to contest this convention and was selected to run in the general election as the Cavan-based Sinn Féin candidate on 7th June 2018.

As reported on the Northern Sound (9th March 2018) website, a selection convention was held on Friday 9th March to selected a Monaghan-based candidate for Fianna Fáil. Three candidates had been nominated ahead of this convention – Senator Robbie Gallagher, Cllr. Seamus Coyle and Mike Durkan – but Semaus Coyle withdrew ahead of the convention. This convention subsequently nominated Robbie Gallagher to contest the general election, as reported on the Northern Sound website (10th March). Deputies Brendan Smith and Niamh Smyth were selected as the Cavan-based Fianna Fáil candidates at a selection convention at the Hotel Kilmore on 28th June 2018, as reported on the Northern Sound website (29th June 2018). The Anglo-Celt (25th July 2018) subsequently reported on speculation that Cavan footballer, Seanie Johnston, could be added as a third Fine Gael candidate here. 

As reported on the Northern Sound website (11th July 2018), three candidates have been nominated to contest the Fine Gael selection convention for Cavan-Monaghan, which is scheduled to take place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan on 23rd July 2018 – Heather Humphreys, Senator Joe O’Reilly and Councillor Peter McVitty. At this convention, Deputy Heather Humphries and Senator Joe O’Reilly were selected to contest the election as Fine Gael candidates for Cavan-Monaghan, after Peter McVitty withdrew on the night of the convention, as reported on the Northern Sound website (24th July 2018). A report on the Northern Sound website (3rd August 2018) claimed that Fine Gael is expected to add a third candidate in this constituency by the end of August 2018 – an article in the Anglo Celt (25th July 2018) had speculated earlier that Seanie Johnston might be added as a third Fine Gael candidate here. 

Clare (4 seats): Deputy Pat Breen (Fine Gael), Deputy Joe Carey (Fine Gael), Senator Martin Conway (Fine Gael), Deputy Timmy Dooley (Fianna Fáil), John Hillery (Fianna Fáil) Noeleen Moran (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Mike McKee (Sinn Féin), Deputy Michael Harty (Independent), Michael McNamara (Labour Party or Independent)

A report in the Clare Champion (30th June 2017) notes that Cllr. Cathal Crowe is thinking of contesting the Fianna Fail selection convention for this constituency, especially in light of a decision made in the 2017 Constituency Commission report to move the Ballyglass area in south-east Clare/the Limerick City suburbs back into this constituency with the rest of Clare County. A report by Andrew Hamilton in The Clare People (1st August 2017) noted that two of Fianna Fail’s candidates in the 2016 General Election – Michael “Malty” McDonagh and Cllr. Clare Colleran Molloy – appeared “to have signalled their intention not to run” in the next general election. As reported by the Clare Champion (5th August 2017), Cathal Crowe officially launched his bid to win the party nomination to contest the general election at an open air meeting in Meelick on 2nd August 2017. Rita McInerney will also be contesting the Fianna Fáil selection convention. A report by Andrew Hamilton in the Clare People (28th November 2017) reported that Dr. John Hillery, who contested this constituency for Fianna Fáil in 2011, was likely to also contest this selection convention. Timmy Dooley, Rita McInerney, Cathal Crowe, John Hillery and Michael McDonagh were all nominated to contest the party selection convention on 26th April 2018, but Michael McDonagh withdrew a week before the contest. As reported in the Clare Champion (26th April 2018), it was announced ahead of the convention that a West Clare-East Clare divide be used for the purposes of the candidate selection; a decision that led Cathal Crowe to withdraw from the contest. With Timmy Dooley left to be effectively selected unopposed as the “East Clare” candidate, John Hillery defeated Rita McInerney by a 154-123 vote margin to be selected as the second Fianna Fáil candidate. 

As reported by the Clare Champion (27th November 2017), Deputy Pat Breen, Deputy Joe Carey and Senator Martin Conway were all nominated to contest the Fine Gael selection convention in the Auburn Lodge Hotel on November 27th 2017, but Senator Conway decided not to push this to a vote, leaving Deputies Carey and Breen to be automatically selected. On 4th September 2018 the Fine Gael Executive Council decided to add Martin Conway to the Fine Gael ticket

Detailed general election coverage in The Clare People (28th November 2017) confirmed that independent TD, Deputy Michael Harty, would be contesting the next general election, as would former Dáil deputy, Michael McNamara, although it was unclear whether he would be contesting this constituency as a Labour Party candidate again or whether he would instead be running as an independent. The Clare People (28th November 2017) noted that former Dáil deputy, James Breen, was also considering whether or not to contest the next general election, as were Cllrs. Ian Lynch and Ann Norton.

The Clare People (28th November 2017) had also reported that the Sinn Féin convention for this constituency would be contested; between the party’s 2016 candidate, Noeleen Moran, and Cllr. Mike McKee. Subsequently, however – as reported by Andrew Hamilton in The Clare People (6th December 2017) Sinn Féin decided that they would run both candidates as part of a two-candidate strategy.

Cork East (4 seats): Deputy David Stanton (Fine Gael), Pa O’Driscoll (Fine Gael), Kevin O’Keeffe (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Pat Buckley (Sinn Féin), Deputy Sean Sherlock (Labour Party), Cllr. June Murphy (Social Democrats).

Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate at a selection convention in Fermoy on 1st December 2017. A second candidate is expected to be added by the party later. Michael Ahern and Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan were nominated to contest this convention, but they withdrew on the night. Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan was subsequently added to the ticket as a second Fianna Fáil candidate on 12th March 2018.

Deputy Pat Buckley was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 9th December 2017.

On 20th July 2018, it was announced that Cllr. June Murphy would be the Social Democrats candidate for Cork East, as also reported on The Avondhu website (26th July 2018).

Deputy David Stanton and Pa O’Driscoll were selected to contest Cork East as Fine Gael candidates at a selection convention, which took place on 23rd July 2018. This was also contested by Cllr. Kay Dawson.

Cork North-Central (4 seats): Senator Colm Burke (Fine Gael), Julie O’Leary (Fine Gael), Deputy Jonathan O’Brien (Sinn Féin), Kathleen Lynch (Labour Party), Deputy Mick Barry (Solidarity), Sinéad Halpin (Social Democrats), Oliver Moran (Green Party)

An Evening Echo (16th August 2017) article reports that Cllr. Kenneth O’Flynn and John Sheehan will be contesting the Fianna Fail selection convention, as will Deputy Billy Kelleher. Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald might also be contesting this convention.

Kathleen Lynch was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 29th November 2017.

The Social Democrats are holding selection conventions for three Cork constituencies, including Cork North-Central, in the Imperial Hotel, South Mall, in Cork City on 30th November 2017. Sinéad Halpin, the local area representative for Cork City North-West was selected as the candidate here. As reported on by The Corkman (9th December 2017), this indeed turned out to be the case.

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien was selected as the Sinn Féin general election candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 20th January 2018.

On 19th May 2018 Deputy Dara Murphy announced that he would not be contesting the next general election, as reported in the Irish Examiner (20th May 2018). The same article reported that Julie O’Leary, who contested the 2016 General Election, and Senator Colm Burke are both expected to contest the Fine Gael selection convention on 18th June 2018. According to the Evening Echo (5th June 2018), three other people have been nominated to contest this selection convention; Cllr. Sinéad Sheppard, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh and John Kelliher. Cllr. Sheppard withdraw from the contest ahead of the selection convention, which was held in The Commons Inn, leaving the other four candidates to contest this. Senator Colm Burke won the convention vote by a large margin, according to the Evening Echo (19th June 2018), with sources suggesting he won 236 of the 303 votes (78%) cast on the night, with 35 votes going to Joe Kavanagh, 27 votes going to Julie O’Leary and 4 votes going to John Kelliher. The Echo report noted that Fine Gael are likely to also add a second party candidate in this constituency. On 19th July 2019, it was announced that the Fine Gael Exceutive Council had decided to add Julie O’Leary as a second party candidate for this constituency.

Deputy Mick Barry was selected as the Solidarity general election candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 6th July 2018.

Cork North-West (3 seats): Deputy Michael Creed (Fine Gael), Cllr. John Paul O’Shea (Fine Gael), Deputy Michael Moynihan (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Aindrias Moynihan (Fianna Fáil), Martha Lyons (Sinn Féin), Ciarán McCarthy (Social Democrats)

The Social Democrats are holding selection conventions for three Cork constituencies, including Cork North-West, in the Imperial Hotel, South Mall, in Cork City on 30th November 2017. Ciarán McCarthy the local area representative for Ballincollig, is expected to be the candidate here. As reported on by The Corkman (9th December 2017), this indeed turned out to be the case.

Martha Lyons was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate to contest this constituency at a selection convention that took place on 17th February 2018.

As reported in The Irish Times (27th February 2018), Cllr. John Paul O’Shea – who contested the 2016 election in Cork North-West as an Independent – has joined Fine Gael, leading to speculation that he will join Deputy Michael Creed on the party ticket at the next general election. As reported by The Corkman (14th June 2018), Michael Creed and John Paul O’Shea were the only candidates to contest the Fine Gael selection convention in the Wallis Arms in Millstreet on 8th June 2018 and were both selected as party candidates. 

Deputies Michael Moynihan and Aindrias Moynihan were selected as the Fianna Fáil candidates for this constituency at a selection convention in Millstreet on 20th April 2018.

Cork South-Central (4 seats): Deputy Simon Coveney (Fine Gael), Senator Jerry Buttimer (Fine Gael), Deputy Micheál Martin (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Michael McGrath (Fianna Fail), Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Sinn Fein), Ed Fitzgerald (People Before Profit), Patricia O’Dwyer (Social Democrats), Lorna Bogue (Green Party)

Deputies Micheal Martin and Michael McGrath were selected as the Fianna Fail candidates to contest this constituency at a convention in the Rochestown Hotel on 29th September 2017.

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire was selected as the Sinn Fein candidate to contest this constituency at a convention in the South Parish Community Centre in Cork City on 26th October 2017.

The Social Democrats are holding selection conventions for three Cork constituencies, including Cork South-Central, in the Imperial Hotel, South Mall, in Cork City on 30th November 2017. Patricia O’Dwyer is expected to be the candidate here. As reported on by The Corkman (9th December 2017), this indeed turned out to be the case.

Ed Fitzgerald will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

Deputy Simon Coveney and Senator Jerry Buttimer were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention on 29th November 2017.

Cork South-West (3 seats): Deputy Jim Daly (Fine Gael), Senator Tim Lombard (Fine Gael), Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Paul Hayes (Sinn Féin)

Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Cork South-West constituency at a selection convention in the Parkway Hotel in Dunmanway on 26th July 2017. This was also contested by Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan.

The Sinn Féin convention for this constituency will take placed on 8th December 2017 in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway. Cllr. Paul Hayes was nominated to contest this convention wand was selected to contest the election for Sinn Féin.

Deputy Jim Daly and Senator Tim Lombard were selected as the Fine Gael candidates at the party’s selection convention, which took place in Dunmanway on 27th July 2018. 

Donegal (5 seats): Deputy Joe McHugh (Fine Gael), Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Charlie McConologue (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Pearse Doherty (Sinn Féin), Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Féin)

Deputy Pearse Doherty and Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn were selected as the Sinn Féin candidates for this constituency at a party convention in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on 4th December 2017, as reported on the Highland Radio website (4th December 2017).

Deputies Pat The Cope Gallagher and Charlie McConologue were selected as the Fianna Fáil candidates for this constituency at a selection convention, which took place in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on 25th June 2018. As noted in the Donegal News (2nd July 2018), former Dail deputy, Niall Blaney, had intended to contest this convention, but withdrew ahead of the convention and following on the results of the Seanad by-election contest.  

Deputy Joe McHugh was selected as the Fine Gael general election candidate for Donegal at a selection convention in Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar on 26th July 2018, as reported by the Donegal Democrat (27th July 2018).  The report noted that it was unclear, at that point in time, whether there would be a second Fine Gael candidate in this constituency.

Dublin Central (4 seats): Deputy Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael), Mary Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin), Joe Costello (Labour Party), Gillian Brien (People Before Profit Alliance), Cllr. Garry Gannon (Social Democrats), Neasa Hourigan (Green Party), Jacqui Gilborne (Renua), Cllr. Christy Burke (Independent)

Cllr. Garry Gannon was selected as the Social Democrats candidate for the Dublin Central constituency at a selection convention on 3rd August 2017. This convention was not contested.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Neasa Hourigan would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

As reported on the Dublin Live website (25th November 2017), Cllr. Christy Burke has announced that he will be contesting the next election in this constituency.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe was selected as the Fine Gael candidate at a selection convention in Jury’s Inn on Parnell Street on 27th November 2017.

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at selection convention in the Gresham Hotel on 4th December 2017. This was not contested.

Mary Fitzpatrick was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate at a selection convention on. This was not contested.

Jacqui Gilborne will be the Renua candidate in this constituency.

As noted on the party website, Gillian Brien will be the People Before Profit candidate in the Dublin Central constituency.

Dublin Mid-West (4 seats): Deputy Frances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael), Cllr. Emer Higgins (Fine Gael), Deputy John Curran (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Eoin Ó Broin (Sinn Féin), Anne-Marie McNally (Social Democrats), Peter Kavanagh (Green Party), Cllr. Ruth Nolan (Independent/Independents 4 Change)

Anne-Marie McNally was selected as the Social Democrats candidate for the Dublin Mid West constituency at a selection convention in Lucan on 10th July 2017. This convention was not contested.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Peter Kavanagh would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

In November 2017, Cllr. Ruth Nolan announced that she would be contesting the general election.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald and Cllr. Emer Higgins were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for Dublin Mid-West at the party’s selection convention in Finnstown House in Lucan on 28th November 2017, as reported by the Irish Examiner (27th November 2017).

Deputy Eoin Ó Broin was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 18th December 2017.

Deputy John Curran was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate at a selection convention in the Lucan Spa Hotel on 10th January 2018. This convention was also contested by Caitriona McClean.

Dublin Fingal (5 seats): Deputy Alan Farrell (Fine Gael), Senator James Reilly (Fine Gael), Deputy Darragh O’Brien, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Deputy Louise O’Reilly (Sinn Féin), Deputy Brendan Ryan (Labour Party), Tracy Carey (Social Democrats), Joe O’Brien (Green Party).

The Green Party selection for this constituency will take on 19th October 2017. Joe O’Brien, who contested the 2011 General Election for the party, was selected to contest the constituency for the Green Party.

Deputy Alan Farrell and Senator James Reilly were selected as the Fine Gael candidates at a selection convention on 27th November 2017.

Deputy Louise O’Reilly was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 7th December 2017.

The declared candidates for the Fianna Fáil selection convention include Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Cllr. Darragh Butler and Deputy Darragh O’Brien. Lorraine Clifford-Lee and Darragh O’Brien were selected at a convention on Tuesday 17th April 2018.

Deputy Brendan Ryan was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a meeting in Murray’s of Lusk on 15th February 2018.

As reported on the party website, a selection convention will take place on 31st May 2018 to select a Social Democrats candidate for this constituency, with the report suggesting that three party members are set to contest this convention. Tracy Carey was selected at this convention, with this convention also being contested by Paul Mulville and Garrett Mullan.

Dublin Bay North (5 seats): Deputy Richard Bruton (Fine Gael), Senator Catherine Noone (Fine Gael), Deputy Sean Haughey (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Deirdre Heney (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Denise Mitchell (Sinn Féin), Sen. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Labour), Cllr. John Lyons (People Before Profit), Cllr. Cian O’Callaghan (Social Democrats)

Sen. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin Bay North constituency at a selection convention in Donnycarney on 27th June 2017. This convention was not contested.

Cllr. Cian O’Callaghan was selected as the Social Democrats candidate for the Dublin Bay North constituency at a selection convention in Fairview on 4th July 2017. This convention was not contested.

Sean Haughey TD was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Dublin Bay North constituency at a selection convention ion 5th October 2017. This convention was not contested. An article in the Irish Times on 21st March 2018 reported that Cllr. Deirdre Heney had been recently added to the Fianna Fáil party ticket for the upcoming general election in this constituency.

Cllr. John Lyons will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency.

Deputy Denise Mitchell was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 18th December 2017.

Deputy Richard Bruton was selected as a Fine Gael candidate for this constituency at a constituency meeting in mid-June 2018. On 23rd July 2018, it was announced that Senator Catherine Noone had been added as a candidate to the Fine Gael ticket for Dublin Bay North by the Fine Gael Executive Council. 

Dublin North-West (3 seats): Cllr. Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fail), Deputy Noel Rock (Fine Gael), Deputy Dessie Ellis (Sinn Féin), Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Andrew Montague (Labour), Cllr. Andrew Keegan (People Before Profit), Deputy Roisin Shortall (Social Democrats), Caroline Conroy (Green Party)

Cllr. Andrew Montague was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin North-West constituency at a selection convention on 18th April 2017. This convention was not contested.

Roisin Shortall was selected to be the Social Democrats candidate for the next general election at a convention on 27th July 2016. This convention was not contested.

Cllr. Paul McAuliffe was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Dublin North-West constituency at a selection convention in the Shamrock Lodge in Finglas on 27th July 2017. This convention was not contested.

Noel Rock TD was selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Dublin Bay North constituency at a selection convention at the Autobahn Pub on Glasnevin Avenue on 16th November 2017. This convention was not contested.

Cllr. Andrew Keegan will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

Dublin Rathdown (3 seats): Deputy Josepha Madigan (Fine Gael), Senator Neale Richmond (Fine Gael), Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Lettie McCarthy (Labour Party), Deputy Catherine Martin (Green Party)

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Deputy Catherine Martin would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

On 20th November 2017 Deputy Josepha Madigan and Senator Neale Richmond were selected as the Fine Gael candidates to contest this constituency at a selection convention in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan. This was not contested.

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 19th December 2017.

Cllr. Lettie McCarthy was selected as the Labour Party candidate for this constituency at a selection convention, which was not contested, on 12th June 2018.  

Dublin South-Central (4 seats): Deputy Catherine Byrne (Fine Gael), Senator Catherine Ardagh (Fianna Fail), Deputy Aengus O Snodaigh (Sinn Féin), Senator Máire Devine (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan (Labour), Deputy Bríd Smith (People Before Profit), Tara Deacy (Social Democrats), Ed Davitt (Green Party), Tony Murray (Renua), Richard Murray (Independent)

Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin South-Central constituency at a selection convention on 18th April 2017. This convention was not contested.

Senator Catherine Ardagh was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Dublin South-Central constituency at a selection convention in Drimnagh, chaired by Senator Lorraine-Clifford-Lee, on 11th October 2017. This convention was not contested.

In November 2017 it was announced that Tara Deacy would be the Social Democrats candidate in this constituency.

Deputy Bríd Smith will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

Deputy Catherine Byrne was selected as the Fine Gael candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 27th November 2017.

Deputy Aengus O Snodaigh and Senator Máire Devine were selected as the Sinn Féin candidates at a selection convention on 30th November 2017.

Tony Murray will be the Renua candidate in Dublin South-Central.

In March 2018, Richard Murray – who had also contested the 2016 General Election in this constituency – announced that he would again be contesting Dublin South-Central at the next general election as an independent candidate.

Dublin Bay South (4 seats): Deputy Eoghan Murphy, (Fine Gael), Deputy Kate O’Connell (Fine Gael), Deputy Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Chris Andrews (Sinn Féin), Senator Kevin Humphries (Labour Party), Sarah Durcan (Social Democrats), Deputy Eamon Ryan (Green Party).

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Dublin Bay South constituency at a selection convention in late July 2017.

Senator Kevin Humphries was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 6th September 2017.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Deputy Eamon Ryan would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

Deputies Eoghan Murphy and Kate O’Connell were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention on 29th November 2017.

Cllr. Chris Andrews was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for the Dublin Bay South constituency at a selection convention on 12th December 2017.

Sarah Durcan will be the Social Democrats candidate for this constituency and her candidacy will be launched on 29th May 2018. 

Dublin South-West (5 seats): Deputy Colm Brophy (Fine Gael), Deputy John Lahart (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Sean Crowe (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Martina Genockey (Labour), Carly Bailey (Social Democrats), Cllr. Francis Noel Duffy (Green Party)

Cllr. Martina Genockey was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin South-West constituency at a selection convention in Tallaght on 24th May 2017. This convention was not contested.

The Echo (2nd October 2017) reported that three candidates were to contest the Fianna Fail Dublin South West convention in the Maldron Hotel on 2nd October 2017 – Deputy John Lahart, Cllr. Charlie O’Connor and Cllr. Paul Foley, with only one candidate to be selected at this. John Lahart was selected at this convention. On 15th March 2018, Charlie O’Connor was added by party headquarters as a second candidate onto the Fianna Fáil ticket.

Cllr. Francis Noel Duffy was selected to be the Green Party candidate for the Dublin South-West constituency in October 2017.

Deputy Sean Crowe was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 18th December 2017.

Carly Bailey was selected to contest Dublin South-West for the Social Democrats at a party selection convention on 28th May 2018.

Deputy Colm Brophy was selected as the Fine Gael candidate for this constituency at a selection convention, which was held in the Spawell Hotel in Templeogue on 9th July 2018. This convention was also contested by Cllr. Brian Lawlor. 

Dublin West (4 seats): Deputy Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael), Emer Currie (Fine Gael), Deputy Jack Chambers (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Paul Donnelly (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Roderic O’Gorman (Green Party), Aengus Ó Maoláin (Social Democrats)

Jack Chambers became the first Fianna Fail candidate to be selected to contest the next general election on 25th July 2017.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Cllr. Roderic O’Gorman would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

Cllr. Paul Donnelly was selected as the Sinn Féin at a selection convention on 11th December 2017.

Aengus Ó Maoláin was selected as the Social Democrats candidate for Dublin West at a selection convention on 10th April 2018.

A report in the Irish Independent (2nd June 2018) claimed that the Fine Gael selection convention is likely to be contested by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Cllrs. Ted Leddy and Kieran Dennison, as well as Emer Currie, the daughter of former Dublin West Fine Gael TD, Austin Currie.  Deputy Leo Varadkar and Emer Currie were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention in Luttrelstown Castle Golf Club on 9th July 2018. Cllrs. Ted Leddy and Kieran Dennison had been nominated to contest this selection convention, but withdrew following an announcement that a gender directive (one female candidate and one male candidate to be selected) would be applied, as reported in the Irish Independent (9th July 2018)

Dun Laoghaire (4 seats): Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Fine Gael), Deputy Maria Bailey (Fine Gael), Cllr. Barry Ward (Fine Gael), Cllr. Cormac Devlin (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Mary Hanafin (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Shane O’Brien (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Deirdre Kingston (Labour), Deputy Richard Boyd-Barret (People Before Profit), Sinéad Gibney (Social Democrats), Cllr. Ossian Smyth

Cllr. Deirdre Kingston was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dun Laoghaire constituency at a selection convention on 19th April 2017. This convention was not contested.

Deputy Richard Boyd-Barret will be the People Before Profit candidate, having been selected at a convention in November 2017.

Fianna Fail held their selection convention the Royal Marine Hotel on 29th November 2017. Cllrs. Mary Hanafin, Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney were nominated to contest the convention. Cormac Devlin won the vote at this convention. A report in The Irish Sun (5th December 2017) notes that Cormac Devlin won 74 votes, Kate Feeney won 64 votes and Mary Hanafin won 45 votes. (The Dublin Gazette later reported that Kate Feeney won 61 votes.) This report also suggests that Cllr. Mary Hanafin is likely to be added as a second Fianna Fáil candidate in this constituency. This indeed turned out to be the case, as she was added by party headquarters on 21st December 2017.

Cllr. Shane O’Brien was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 8th December 2017.

Sinéad Gibney will be the Social Democrats candidate for this constituency and her candidacy will be launched on 30th May 2018. 

Deputies Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Maria Bailey and Cllr. Barry Ward were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention, which took place on 7th June 2018. 

Galway East (3 seats): Deputy Ciaran Cannon (Fine Gael), Cllr. Pete Roche (Fine Gael), Deputy Anne Rabbitte (Fianna Fáil), Peter Reid (Social Democrats), Neil O’Mahony (Renua)

Peter Reid was selected as the Social Democrats candidate to contest the Galway East constituency on 19th May 2018.

Neil O’Mahony will be the Renua candidate in Galway East. 

Deputy Ciaran Cannon and Cllr. Pete Roche were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention in Loughrea in late June 2018, as reported in the Connacht Tribune (29th June 2018). This convention was not contested.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate for Galway East at a selection convention, which took place in the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on 23rd July 2018. This was also contested by Gort-based Shaun Hennelly and Loughrea-based Cllr. Michael Regan. As reported in the Connacht Tribune (27th July 2018), Anne Rabbitte won 178 votes in the selection contest, while Michael Regan won 96 votes and Shaun Hennelly won 51 votes. Party Headquarters is expected to subsequently add a second candidate, who would be based in the northern part of the constituency, with Cllr. Donagh Killelea being spoken as a potential contender for the second place on the Fianna Fáil Galway East ticket.  

Galway West (5 seats): Deputy Hildegrade Naughten (Fine Gael), Deputy Sean Kyne (Fine Gael), Cllr. Niall McNelis (Labour), Cllr. Mairéad Farrell (Sinn Féin), Jessy Kelly (Jessy Ní Cheallaigh) (Solidarity), Joe Loughnane (People Before Profit), Niall O Tuathail (Social Democrats), Pauline O’Reilly (Green Party), Nicola Daveron (Renua), Cllr Mike Cubbard (Independent)

A review of potential general election candidates for Galway West in the Galway Advertiser (20th April 2017) reports that Cllr. Peter Keane and John Connolly, who ran in 2016, are likely to be contesting the Fianna Fail nomination to run alongside Eamon O Cuiv in this constituency as the party’s Galway City-based candidate, with a third candidate expected to be running from the Oranmore area. The account also speculates that Cllr. Nial McNeilis will be asked to run for Labour in this constituency, while it also notes that some local Sinn Fein party members would like to see Cllr. Mairead Farrell join Senator Trevor O Clocharthaigh on the Sinn Fein ticket for the next general election.

The Galway Independent (26th July 2017) has noted that Cllr. Peter Keane has declared his intention to seek a nomination to contest the general election at the upcoming Fianna Fail selection convention.

Niall O Tuathail was selected to be the Social Democrats candidate for the next general election at a convention on 27th July 2016,

In late October 2016, it was announced that Pauline O’Reilly would be the Green Party candidate in Galway West, as reported by the Galway Advertiser (26th October 2016).

In November 2016, Nicola Daveron was identified as being the Renua candidate for Galway West – she was also the Renua candidate in that constituency at the 2016 General Election.

Joe Loughnane will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

Deputies Hildegrade Naughten and Sean Kyne were selected as the Fine Gael candidates at a selection convention on 27th November 2017.

According to the Galway Advertiser (28th November 2017), Labour will hold their selection convention in the Meyrick Hotel on 30th November 2017. Cllr. Niall McNelis is expected to be selected as the Labour Party candidate.

An article in the Galway Advertiser (30th November 2017) identifies Cllr. Mike Cubbard as being a candidate for the next general election here.

Cllr. Mairéad Farrell was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 3rd December 2017. She was unopposed at this.

Jessy Kelly was selected as the Solidarity candidate for Galway West at a selection convention on 14th December 2017.

Kerry (5 seats): Deputy John Brassil (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Toireasa Ferris (Sinn Féin), Brian Finucane (People Before Profit)

The Irish Times (20th November 2017) reported that Cllr. Toiréasa Ferris was expected to be the only candidate to contest the Sinn Féin selection convention for the Kerry constituency on 1st December 2017. This article also reported that Cllr. Aoife Thornton was expected to contest the Fine Gael selection convention, while Norma Moriarty and Cllr. Norma Foley were listed as potential candidates for the Fianna Fáil selection convention.

The Killarney Today website (9th January 2018) reported that Cllr. Michael Cahill, who returned to the part from the independent ranks in 2016, would be contesting the Fianna Fail nomination. This account and a report on the Radio Kerry website (9th January 2018) also reported that Senator Mark Daly, Cllr. Niall Kelleher, Cllr. Norma Foley, Cllr. Thomas McEllistrim and Cllr. Michael O’Shea were all like to also be contesting the Fianna Fail selection convention. Balloting for he Fianna Fail selection convention will take place from 4pm to 7pm on 28th January 2018, with voting taking place at two separate venues; the Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, and the Brehon Hotel, Killarney. As reported by the Kiullarney Advertiser (26th January 2018), it was decided that only one candidate would be selected at this convention; a decision that led Niall Kelleher and Mark Daly to withdraw from the contest. Based on details provided on the Radio Kerry website (28th January 2018), just over one thousand votes (1,010) were cast in this selection convention. Deputy John Brassil won this vote; winning 456 votes on the first count and eventually exceeded the quota on the third count. Cllr. Thomas McEllistrim was second on the first count, with 256 votes, followed by Cllr. Michael Cahill (119), Cllr. Norma Moriarty (104) and Cllr. Michael O’Shea (66). Ahead of a decision on which candidate to add to the ticket follow the convention, interviews were held with a number of potential candidates in the Rose Hotel in Tralee on 16th May 2018, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (16th May 2018). It was reported that interviews were to be held with Cllrs. Norma Foley, Norma Moriarty, Michael Cahill, Michael O’Shea and Thomas McEllistrim, while it was also reported that Senator Mark Daly and Cllr. Niall Kelleher were also in contention to be selected as John Brassil’s running mate. As reported on the Radio Kerry website (3rd August 2018), Fianna Fáil headquarters subsequently decided to add Cllr. Norma Moriarty as a second candidate for the Kerry constituency. 

As reported on the Radio Kerry website (2nd December 2017), Cllr. Toireasa Ferris was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention in Kerins O’Rahilly’s club in Tralee on 1st December 2017. This convention was not contested.

As reported by the Radio Kerry website (15th January 2018), Brian Finucane will be the People Before Profit candidate for the Kerry constituency.

An article in the Irish Independent (17th March 2018) reported that the Kerry Vintners Association are considering running a candidate in Kerry at the next general election.

The Fine Gael selection convention has been moved forward to late July/early August 2018, as reported on the Radio Kerry (20th June 2018) website. This report noted that Fine Gael are expected to operate a two-candidate strategy in Kerry, with a candidate based in the north of the county expected to join Deputy Brendan Griffin on the ticket. Cllr. Mike Kennelly has announced his intention to contest the selection convention, with Jim Finucane has been nominated by the Tarbert branch of the party, although he has yet to confirm when he intends to contest the party nomination. 

Kildare North (4 seats): Deputy Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael), Senator Anthony Lawlor (Fine Gael), Deputy Frank O’Rourke (Fianna Fail), Deputy James Lawless (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Réada Cronin (Sinn Féin), Emmet Stagg (Labour Party), Deputy Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats), Vincent P Martin (Green Party)

Catherine Murphy was selected to be the Social Democrats candidate for the next general election at a convention on 17th July 2016, as reported by the KFM Radio website.

James Lawless and Frank O’Rourke were both selected unopposed to be the Fianna Fail candidates for the next general election at a convention in Clane on 25th July 2016, as reported by the KFM Radio website.

As reported by the KFM Radio website (22nd September 2017), for Dail deputy, Emmet Stagg, was selected to be the Labour Party candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 22nd September 2017. This convention was also contested by Sallins-based, Fergus Carpenter.

As reported by the Leinster Leader (12th March 2018), Vincent P. Martin will be the Green Party candidate in Kildare North at the next general election.

Cllr. Réada Cronin was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention in the Town House Hotel in Naas on 8th March 2018, as reported in the Leinster Leader (13th March 2018).

As reported by the KFM Radio website (18th July 2018), Deputy Bernard Durkan and Senator Anthony Lawlor were selected to contest the next general election as Fine Gael candidates in a selection convention in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane, which took place on 17th July 2018.

Kildare South (4* seats – effectively 3 seats due to automatic re-election of the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl): Deputy Martin Heydon (Fine Gael), Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Suzanne Doyle (Fianna Fáil), Ger O’Neill (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Mark Wall (Labour)

If the 2017 Constituency Commission report recommendations are put into law ahead of the next general election, then Kildare South will become a 4-seat constituency at this contest, gaining territory from the old Laois, Offaly and Kildare North constituencies in the process.

Cllr. Mark Wall was selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest this constituency on 10th September 2017.

Deputy Martin Heydon was selected as the Fine Gael candidate in a selection convention at the Crookstown Inn in Ballitore on 27th November 2017.

Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate to contest this constituency at a selection convention held at the Hotel Keadeen in Newbridge on 18th February 2018, after winning out in a convention vote that was also contested by Cllr. Suzanne Doyle. Cllr. Martin Miley and Gerry Bridgett were also nominated to contest this convention, but withdrew from the contest after it was announced that just one candidate would be selected at this convention. Some months later, it was announced that party Headquarters were adding Cllr. Suzanne Doye as the second party candidate in this constituency, as reported by the KFM Radio website (14th June 2018)

Ger O’Neill was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention in the Town House Hotel in Naas on 8th March 2018, as reported in the Leinster Leader (13th March 2018). This was also contested by the party’s 2016 election candidate, Patricia Ryan.

Laois-Offaly (5 seats): Deputy Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (Fine Gael), Deputy Charlie Flanagan (Fine Gael), Cllr. John Clendennen (Fine Gael), Deputy Brian Stanley (Sinn Féin), Pippa Hackett (Green Party)

As the 2017 Constituency Commission report recommendations have been put into law ahead of the next general election, the Laois and Offaly three-seaters will cease to exist at this election and Laois-Offaly will again become a five seat constituency (with the loss of the Portarlington area to Kildare South.)

The Leinster Express (19th March 2017) reported on a speech by Micheal Martin in Durrow where he announced that Fianna Fail would be targeting a second seat in Laois at the next general election. A report on the LaoisToday.ie website (1st March 2018) further underpinned the fact that Fianna Fail were planning to run two Laois-based candidates in this constituency at the next general election (and probably four in total). A report on the Leinster Express website (16th June 2018) reports that two Edenderry-based candidates are expected to contest the Fianna Fáil selection convention; Christine Traynor and John Furey. A report on the LaoisToday website (27th July 2018) noted that former Dáil deputy,  John Moloney, had decided to let his name go forward as a candidate at the upcoming Fianna Fáil selection convention.

As reported by LaoisToday.ie (1st March 2017), the Laois branch of the Labour Party have started the process of planning for the next general election and have announced their intention to field a candidate in this contest.

As reported on the Midlands 103 website (27th November 2017), a selection convention to select candidates for Fine Gael in (the) old Laois (constituency) was to be held in the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix on 27th November 2017, which was contested by Thomasina Connell, who ran for the party in Laois in 2016, and Deputy Charlie Flanagan. As reported by Midlands 103 (28th November 2017), Charlie Flanagan was “given the nod” at this convention ahead of Thomasina Connell, although it was noted that Ms. Connell could be subsequently added to the Laois Fine Gael ticket should a snap general election be called. As no snap election was called in Winter 2017/18, the results of this convention did not subsequently hold as a new, stand-alone, convention for the reunited Laois-Offaly constituency was to be held in Summer 2018. According to the Laois Today website (9th July 2018), this convention will be held in the Community Centre in Clonaslee on 30th July 2018. This convention is expected to be contested by sitting deputies, Marcella Corcorcan-Kennedy and Charlie Flanagan, while it is also speculated that Thomasina Connell may contest this, as well as Cllr. John Clendennen (who contested the selection convention for the old Offaly constitiency ahead of the 2016 General Election).  As reported on the Laois Today (29th July 2018) website, the confirmed candidates for the Fine Gael selection convention were Deputies Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and Charlie Flanagan, Cllr.. John Clendennen and Thomasina Connell. As reported on the Laois Today website (30th July 2018), it was announced that three candidates would be selected at this convention. Thomasina Connell withdrew at the convention, leaving Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, Charlie Flanagan and John Clendennen to be selected without a vote being required. 

The Leinster Express (27th November 2017) has reported that the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee will run a candidate in the next general election unless a HSE proposal to downgrade Portlaoise Hospital is rejected by the Minister for Health.

As reported by the Leinster Express (4th December 2017), Deputy Brian Stanley was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for Laois at a selection convention in the Parish Centre in Portlaoise on 1st December 2017. On 19th June 2018 Deputy Carol Nolan announced that she was resigning from Sinn Féin over its policy stance on abortion, which probably means that Brian Stanley is likely to be the only Sinn Féin candidate in this constituency at the next general election. 

Renua leader, John Leahy, who is likely to contest the next general election in Laois-Offaly, argues that the re-creation of the Laois-Offaly five-seat constituency will improve his chances of winning a seat at the general election, as reported by the Offaly Express (30th June 2017). According to the Tullamore Tribune (6th July 2017), “two other candidates almost certain to be in the race for a Dail seat are Pippa Hackett, the Geashill-based Green Party representative, and Ken Smollen, the founder of the Irish Democratic Party who contested the 2016 election”. This report notes that Pippa Hackett intends to contest the Green party nomination to contest the re-established Laois-Offaly five-seat constituency.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Pippa Hackett would be the Green Party candidate in the Laois-Offaly constituency.

Limerick City (4 seats): Senator Maria Byrne (Fine Gael), Senator Kieran O’Donnell (Fine Gael), Deputy Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. James Nolan (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Féin), Deputy Jan O’Sullivan (Labour Party), Cllr. Cian Prendiville (Solidarity), Sarah Jane Hennelly (Social Democrats)

Sarah Jane Hennelly, who had also contested the 2016 in this constituency for the Social Democrats, was selected unanimously as the Social Democrat candidate for this constituency at the next general election at a convention in Limerick City on 6th July, as reported by the Limerick Leader (14th July 2017).

A report by the Limerick Leader (3rd October 2017) notes that Sinn Fein have not discounted the possibility of running a second candidate in this constituency, along with Deputy Maurice Quinlivan.

The Limerick Leader (27th November 2017) reports that the Fine Gael selection convention for this constituency is scheduled to be held in the Castletroy Park Hotel on 27th November 2017. With Deputy Michael Noonan retiring ahead of the next general election, this convention was to be contested by Senator Maria Byrne, Senator Kieran O’Donnell and Cllr. Daniel Butler. However, as reported by the Limerick Leader (27th November 2017), Daniel Butler withdrew ahead of the convention, leaving Senators O’Donnell and Byrne to be automatically selected.

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 30th November 2017.

Deputy Maurice Quinlivan was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 9th December 2017.

The Limerick Leader (7th December 2017) has reported on speculation that former Limerick hurler, Ciarán Carey, is contemplating on being a candidate at the next general election and may opt to contest the Fianna Fáil selection convention. The general expectation however, as noted in a later Limerick Leader (15th January 2018) report, is that Cllr. James Collins will be Deputy Willie O’Dea’s running mate in this constituency. Deputy Willie O’Dea and Cllr. James Nolan were indeed selected as the Fianna Fáil candidates at a selection convention on 6th April 2018, as reported on the RTÉ website (6th April 2018).

The Limerick Leader (15th January 2018) reported that Cllr. Cian Prendiville will be the Solidarity candidate in this constituency.

Limerick County (3 seats): Deputy Patrick O’Donovan (Fine Gael), Deputy Tom Neville (Fine Gael), Cllr. Seamus Browne (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)

Deputies Patrick O’Donovan and Tom Neville were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention in the Dunraven Arms in Adare on 1st November 2017.

As reported by the Limerick Leader (2nd December 2017), Cllr. Emmett O’Brien has confirmed that he will not be running in the next general election, but the same article claims that Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue will be contesting this election.

Cllr. Seamus Browne was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention in Abbeyfeale on 12th December 2017, as reported by the Limerick Leader (16th December 2017).

The Avondhu Press (10th January 2018) webite reports that Cllr. Eddie Ryan has expressed his intention to contest the Fianna Fáil selection convention in this constituency.

Longford-Westmeath (4 seats): Deputy Peter Burke (Fine Gael), Senator Gabrielle McFadden (Fine Gael), Cllr. Michael Carrigy (Fine Gael), Deputy Robert Troy (Fianna Fáil), Joe Flaherty (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Sorca Clarke (Sinn Féin), Alan Mangan (Labour Party)Frank Kilbride (Independent)

The Longford Leader (7th November 2016) reported that Fine Gael intended to hold a “Declaration Convention” on 21st November in the Longford Arms Hotel to start the process of selecting a Longford candidate, with the intention of holding a selection convention in early 2017. The Longford Leader (8th June 2017) reported that Cllrs. Gerald Farrell and Colm Murray had decided not to contest the Fine Gael selection convention for the Longford part of this constituency, leaving Cllrs. Paul Ross and Michael Carrigy to fight it out in the upcoming selection convention to the Longford-based Fine Gael candidate at the next general election. As reported by the Shannonside Radio website (10th June 2017), Michael Carrigy won this convention vote on 9th June 2017 by a margin of 232-166 over Paul Ross. This meeting was attended by the new Fine Gael party leader, Leo Varadkar, as reported by The Longford Leader (10th June 2017). As reported on the Midlands 103 website (27th November 2017), a selection convention to select candidates for Fine Gael in (the rest of) the Longford-Westmeath constituency will be held in the Mullingar Park Hotel on 28th November 2017. Deputy Peter Burke and Senator Gabrielle McFadden were selected as the two Westmeath-based Fine Gael candidates at this convention. As reported on the Midlands 103 website (29th November 2017), “Athlone councillor Tom Farrell withdrew his name following a directive from the party that one of the three runners must be female”.

A report in the Longford Leader (8th March 2017) notes that Pat O’Rourke and Seamus Butler intend to once again contest the Fianna Fail selection convention for the Longford part of the constituency. The article also reports that the party candidate in 2016 General Election, Connie Gerrety-Quinn, and Joe Flaherty may also contest this. A subsequent report in the Longford Leader (28 April 2017) noted that a selection convention in Longford was expected to be held either in June or September, with the report noting that “Cllr Seamus Butler, Pat O’Rourke and Joe Flaherty” had confirmed their intention to contest this convention. A report in the Longford Leader (3rd July) noted that a decision had been made to “fast track” the Fianna Fail convention to a date in late July. This report noted that, at that stage, Cllr. Seamus Butler and Joe Flaherty were the only candidates to officially declare their intention to contest that selection convention, with Connie Gerrety-Quinn claiming that she would not comment on this until a definite date for this convention has been announced. A Longford Leader (17th July 2017) report later confirmed that this convention would take place on 1st September, with a 31st July deadline for nominations. Pat O’Rourke, Joe Flaherty and Seamus Butler were all confirmed as likely nominees in this report. The convention was to be held on 1st September 2017 in the Longford Arms Hotel. By the time that the convention was scheduled to take place, as reported by the Longford Leader (1st September 2017), there were three confirmed candidates – Cllr Seamus Butler, Connie Gerety Quinn and Joe Flaherty. Joe Flaherty won this convention – winning 220 votes, as against 87 votes for Connie Gerrety Quinn and 49 votes for Seamus Butler. An article in the Westmeath Independent (16th November 2017) reported that Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke had decided not to let his name go forward to contest the Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Westmeath part of this constituency. This convention is scheduled to take place in the Bloomfield House Hotel on 5th December. Deputy Robert Troy is likely to be the candidate selected at this, after a party decision to run just one Westmeath-based candidate lead Athlone-based Cllr. Frankie Keena to withdraw from this, as reported by the Athlone Advertiser (30th November 2017). Robert Troy was selected as the sole Westmeath-based Fianna Fáil candidate at the party selection convention.

As reported by the Shannonside Radio (4th December 2017), Mullingar-based Cllr. Sorca Clarke was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a selection convention on 3rd December 2017. This convention was not contested.

As reported in the Longford Leader (20th March 2018), former Fine Gael councillor, Frank Kilbride has announced his intention to contest the next general election as an independent candidate.

Ahead of the Labour Party selection convention, which took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel on 5th July 2018, it was announced that Deputy Willie Penrose would not be contesting the next general election, as reported in the Westmeath Independent (5th July 2018). Alan Mangan, a former Westmeath footballer, was the only person to contest this and was subsequently selected as the Labour Party candidate for Longford-Westmeath. 

Louth (5 seats): Deputy Declan Breathnach (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Imelda Munster (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú (Sinn Féin), Sen. Ged Nash (Labour Party), Cllr. Mark Dearey (Green Party)

As reported by the Dundalk Democrat (13th April 2017), Senator Ged Nash was selected as the Labour Party for the Louth constituency at a selection convention on 12th April 2017. This convention was not contested.

In 2017 it was announced that Gareth Weldon would be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place on 27th November 2017, as reported by the Talk of the Town website (28th November 2017). However in March 2018 he announced that he was withdrawing from the general election contest due to work commitments, as reported by the Talk of the Town website (26th March 2018).

With Gerry Adams retiring at the next general election, Sinn Féin were looking to select a new Dundalk-based candidate to run in the next general election. It had been expected that Cllr. Tomás Sharkey would be contesting this selection convention, but he confirmed on 15th December 2017 that he would not be running in the election. With Drogheda-based Deputy Imelda Munster being selected, the other slot on the Sinn Féin ticket was contested at the convention at the Ramada Hotel in Dundalk on 18th December 2017, as reported by the Talk of the Town website (18th December 2017), by two first-time Councillors (both of whom had been co-options); Cllrs. Ruairí Ó Murchú and Anne Campbell, with this vote being won by Ruairí Ó Murchú.

Deputy Declan Breathnach was selected to contest the general election in Louth for Fianna Fáil at the party convention in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel on 5th February 2018, as reported on the Talk Of The Town website (6th February 2018). This convention does not seem to have been contested. This report also notes that the party will be adding a second candidate to the ticket at a later date. According to The Mid Louth Independent (13th February 2018), this convention was also contested by Cllr. Emma Coffey and Anthony Moore.

On 9th August 2018 Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick announced that he would not be looking to contest the upcoming Fine Gael selection convention and hence would not be a candidate at the next general election, as also reported in The Dundalk Democrat (9th August 2018).

Mayo (4 seats): Michael Ring (Fine Gael), Michelle Mulherin (Fine Gael), Alan Dillon (Fine Gael), Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil), Lisa Chambers (Fianna Fáil), Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (Sinn Féin), Joe Daly (People Before Profit), Mags Sheehan (Green Party)

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Mags Sheehan would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

As reported by The Connaught Telegraph (6th November 2017), Enda Kenny has announced that he will not be contesting the next general election in Mayo. The Fine Gael selection convention took place at The Royal Theatre in Castlebar on 25th March 2018. This was contested by Deputy Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Cllr. Patsy O’Brien and Alan Dillon. Michael Ring, Michelle Mulherin and Alan Dillon were selected to contest the election in Mayo for Fine Gael at this convention. The Mayo News (27th March 2018) reports that unofficial first count figures for this convention put Michelle Mulherin on 256 votes, Michael Ring on 254 votes, Alan Dillon on 193 votes and Patsy O’Brien on 140 votes, with Dillon winning 33 of the Mulherin surplus votes on the next count to assure him of his place on the three-candidate Fine Gael ticket.

Deputies Lisa Chambers and Dara Calleary were selected as the Fianna Fáil candidates for the Mayo constituency at a selection convention in the Ivy Tower Hotel in Castlebar on 19th November 2017. This convention was not contested.

Joe Daly will be the People Before Profit candidate in this constituency. This selection convention took place in November 2017.

As reported by The Connaught Telegraph (3rd December 2017), Senator Rose Conway-Walsh was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate in a selection convention in The Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on 2nd December 2017. This convention was not contested.

Meath East (3 seats): Deputy Regina Doherty (Fine Gael), Deputy Helen McEntee (Fine Gael), Cllr. Darren O’Rourke (Sinn Féin)

Deputy Regina Doherty and Deputy Helen McEntee were selected as the Fine Gael party candidates at a selection convention on 27th November 2017. This was not contested.

Cllr. Darren O’Rourke was selected as the Sinn Féin party candidate at a selection convention on 30th November 2017. This was not contested.

The Meath Chronicle (16th September 2018) has reported that Cllrs. Damien O’Reilly and Wayne Harding have been nominated to contest the Fianna Fail selection convention for Meath East. 

Meath West (3 seats): Deputy Damien English (Fine Gael), Ray Butler (Fine Gael),Cllr. Sarah Reilly (Fine Gael), Deputy Shane Cassells (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Peadar Tóibín (Sinn Féin), Tracy McElhinney (Labour Party), Ronan Moore (Social Democrats), Seamus McMenamin (Green Party)

Deputy Shane Cassells was selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate at a selection convention which was held on 28th September 2017.

Trim-based Ronan Moore will be the Social Democrats candidate in this constituency.

Deputy Damien English and former Dáil Deputy Ray Butler were selected as the Fine Gael party candidates at a selection convention on 27th November 2017. This was also contested by Cllr. Noel E. French. On 23rd July 2018 it was announced that Cllr. Sarah Reilly was being added to the Fine Gael ticket for Meath West by the Fine Gael Executive Council. 

Tracy McElhinney was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 29th November 2017.

Roscommon-Galway (3 seats): Deputy Eugene Murphy (Fianna Fáil), Claire Kerrane (Sinn Féin), Ken Campbell (Social Democrats)

A report on the Shannonside website (12th October 2017) notes that Ballinasloe-based, Cllr. Michael Connolly, has declared his intention to contest the Fianna Fail selection convention. Others to declare an intention to contest this include Deputy Eugene Murphy and South Roscommon-based, Cllr. John Keogh. Cllr. Orla Leyden has also expressed an interest in contesting this convention, as reported by the Shannonside website (16th October 2017). However, she subsequently decided not to do so and – as reported on the Shannonside Radio website (15th January 2017) – four party members have been nominated to contest this convention; Deputy Eugene Murphy and Cllrs. Michael Connolly, Sean Óg Higgins and John Keogh. This convention was scheduled to take place on 2nd February 2018 in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon. After it was announced that there would only be one candidate selected at this, Cllr. John Keogh announced on 26th January 2018 that he was withdrawing from the contest “in deference to Deputy Eugene Murphy TD”. Michael Connolly and Seán Óg Higgins also withdrew ahead of the convention, leaving Deputy Eugene Murphy to be selected without a vote being required.

In November 2017 it was announced that Ken Campbell would be the Social Democrats candidate in this constituency.

Claire Kerrane was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate at a convention in Durkin’s in Ballaghaderreen on 2nd December 2017.

The Connacht Tribune (20th July 2018) reported that – in the face of speculation that he would be joining Senator Maura Hopkins on the Fine Gael ticket for Roscommon-Glaway – former Dáil deputy, Paul Connaughton, had announced that he did not to go forward as a candidate to contest the selection convention here and did not intend to contest the next general election. The same article reported that New Inn-based Cllr. Aidan Donohue intended to contest the selection convention. 

Sligo-Leitrim (4 seats): Cllr. Sinéad Maguire (Fine Gael), Gerry Reynolds (Fine Gael), Deputy Eamon Scanlon (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Marc McSharry (Fianna Fáil), Shane Ellis (Fianna Fáil)Deputy Martin Kenny (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Chris MacManus (Sinn Féin), Nigel Gallagher (People Before Profit Alliance).

Finbar Filan, who also contested the 2016 General Election for the party, is expected to be the Renua candidate in Sligo-Leitrim. His candidacy is likely to be officially confirmed later this month.

As reported on the Ocean FM website (12th December 2017), Sinn Féin will be holding separate conventions for the Leitrim part of the constituency (on Friday 15th December 2017) – where Deputy Martin Kenny is expected to be selected – and the Sligo/South Donegal part of the constituency (on Sunday 17th December 2017) – where Cllr. Chris MacManus is expected to be selected. This indeed turned out to be the case. Deputy Martin Kenny was selected as the Sligo-based Sinn Féin candidate at an uncontested convention in the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon on 15th December 2017. Cllr. Chris MacManus was selected as the Sligo-based Sinn Féin candidate at an uncontested convention in the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on 17th December 2017.

According to the Shannonside News website (8th February 2018), five candidates have been nominated to contest the Fianna Fáil selection convention, including Deputies Eamon Scanlon and Marc McSharry. The other nominees are Leitrim-based Cllr. Paddy O’Rourke and and Shane Ellis (son of former Dáil deputy, John Ellis) and Roscommon-based Cllr. Rachel Doherty. The Leitrim Observer (18th April 2018), however, later reported that Paddy O’Rourke had decided not to contest the convention due to the impact of the boundary change (involving the loss of the West Cavan area) on his potential vote. The Ocean FM (18th April 2018) website also reported that Rachel Doherty would not be contesting the convention and noted that this meant that there would be no vote required at the selection convention at the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon on 27th April 2018. This would mean that Eamon Scanlon, Marc McSharry and Shane Ellis would be selected as the party candidates, as indeed transpired to be the case.

In late June 2018 Deputy Tony McLoughlin announced that he would not be contesting the next general electionAs reported on the Leitrim Observer website (28th June 2018), this also reports that the Fine Gael selection convention will take place on 19th July 2018 at the Clayton Hotel in Ballinode, Sligo, with no confirmation yet as to who will be seeking the party nomination at this convention. A report on the OceanFM website (2nd July 2018) suggests that the following potential candidates are “already in the frame”; namely “longtime constituency party official Noel Merrick, former Junior Minister John Perry, Cllr Sinead Maguire, Cllr Hubert Keaney, former Senator Imelda Henry, and from Leitrim, former TDs and senators Gerry Reynolds and Michael Comiskey”. Following the close of nominations on 6th July, the Shannonside Radio website (7th July 2018) noted that there were nine candidates nominated to contest these, including “Senator Frank Feighan, former TD Gerry Reynolds, former TD and Minister John Perry, former Senator Michael Comiskey, Chairman of the Fine Gael Constituency Executive in Sligo/Leitrim Noel Merrick, Cllrs Sinead McGuire and Hubert Keaney, Fine Gael representative Blaine Gaffney and Eddie Mitchell, from Manorhamilton, who was prominent in the Love Leitrim anti-fracking campaign.” On 16th July Eddie Mitchell announced he was withdrawing from the contest, as he had not been able to spend enough time meeting the membership ahead of the selection convention. As noted on the Midwest Radio website (20th July 2018), Senator Frank Feighan withdrew from the contest on the night and “told the convention that he would apply to the National Executive to add his name to the ticket”. As reported by the Midwest radio website and by the Ocean FM website (20th July 2018), Gerry Reynolds and Sinéad Maguire polled the strongest on the night – on the final count Gerry Reynolds was on 295 votes and Sinéad Maguire was on 285 votes, with John Perry in third place on 222 – and were both selected as Fine Gael candidates for Sligo-Leitrim. According to the Leitrim Observer (26th July 2018), the number of votes won by each candidate on the first count was:  Reynolds 241, Perry 135, Comiskey 122, Maguire 113, Merrick 110, Gaffney 68 and Keaney 14. The poll-topper, Gerry Reynolds, of course, weent on to secure a party nomination, but Sinead Maguire went on to overtake Michael Comiskey and John Perry on subsequent counts thanks to vote transfers. 

As noted on the party website, Nigel Gallagher will be the People Before Profit candidate in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency.

Tipperary (5 seats): Garret Ahearn (Fine Gael), Mary Newman (Fine Gael), Deputy Jackie Cahill (Fianna Fáil), Sandra Farrell (Fianna Fáil), Ciara McCormick (Sinn Féin), Deputy Seamus Healy (WUAG/Independent), Deputy Michael Lowry (Independent), Deputy Mattie McGrath (Independent), Donal Shanahan (Independent).

During the Dail debate on the election of Leo Varadkar on 14 June 2017, Michael Lowry signaled his intention to be a candidate in the next general election, stating that he hoped to be re-elected to the Dail by the people of Tipperary at the next general election.

Clonmel-based councillor, Michael Murphy, has announced his intention to contest the Fine Gael selection convention for the Tipperary constituency, as reported in The Nationalist (3rd July 2017). The Tipperary Star (6th August 2017) notes that Fine Gael will be holding a “Declaration Convention” on 15th September 2017 for prospective Fine Gael general election candidates in this constituency. As reported by the Irish Independent (12th September 2017), former Fine Gael Minister/Dail Deputy, Tom Hayes, has announced that he does not intend to contest the next election and will not be going forward to contest the party selection convention. This report notes that the list of people expected to contest the Fine Gael selection convention includes “ex-TD Noel Coonan, councillors Michael Murphy, Michael Fitzgerald and Mary ‘Hanna’ Hourigan, as well as Garret Ahearn, Shelagh Marshall and Mary Newman” (Doyle, 2017). A report in The Nationalist (11th September 2017) had earlier predicted that eight people (including Tom Hayes) would contest this convention. The vote to decide the Fine Gael candidates for Tipperary is expected to be held in February 2018, with a series of candidate hustings to be held at five different locations across Tipperary before that vote, as reported by The Tipperary Star (27th October 2017). As reported in The Nationalist (17th January 2018), this selection convention was to take place in the Premier Hall in Thurles on 4th March 2018. However, as reported by The Tipperary Star (2nd March 2018), the combined forces of the “Beast From The East” and Storm Emma forced Fine Gael to postpone this convention until 10th March 2018. This convention vote was won by Garret Ahearn, ultimately winning out on the last count by a very narrow 6-vote margin over Mary Newman, as reported in The Irish Examiner (11th March). A report in The Nationalist (3rd July 2018) suggested that Cllr. Mary Hourigan would be added as a second candidate in this constituency by Fine Gael party headquarters. However, as subsequently reported by The Nationalist (5th July 2018), a Fine Gael National Executive meeting on 4th July 2018 opted to instead add Mary Newman as a second Fine Gael party candidate in Tipperary. 

As reported in The Nationalist (16th November 2017), Cllr. Catherine Carey, who is currently Mayor of Clonmel, has announced her intention to contest the Sinn Féin selection convention for Tipperary, following on the decision of former candidate, Cllr. Seamus Morris, to resign from the party. The convention was held in late April 2018 and, as noted by the TippFM website (28th April 2018), was only open to female candidates. Two candidates contested this – Catherine Carey and Ciara McCormick – and the vote was won by Ciara McCormick. 

As reported in The Nationalist (5th March 2018), the Fianna Fáil selection convention was to take place in the Anner Hotel in Thurles on 9th March 2018. This was contested by Deputy Jackie Cahill and Cllrs. Siobhán Ambrose, Imelda Goldsboro and Michael Smith. As reported in The Irish Examiner (11th March), this was won by Jackie Cahill, who won 535 votes, as compared with 240 votes for Michael Smith, 111 votes for Siobhán Ambrose and 47 votes for Imelda Goldsboro. In September 2018, as reported by The Nationalist (14th September 2018), Sandra Farrell was added as a second Fianna Fail candidate in this constituency.  

As reported in the Tipperary Star (9th July 2018), former Tipperary GAA Board Chairman Donal Shanahan announced over the weekend of 7th-8th July 2018 that he would be contesting the next general election in Tipperary as an independent candidate. 

The Tomorrowspoliticsnow website (6th August 2018) has identified Deputies Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath as being “declared candidates” for the Tipperary constituency.

Waterford (4 seats): Senator Paudie Coffey (Fine Gael), Deputy Mary Butler (Fianna Fáil), Deputy David Cullinane (Sinn Féin), Cllr. John Pratt (Labour Party), Una Dunphy (People Before Profit), Senator Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party), Lee Walsh (Independent)

The Irish Times (1st February 2017) has reported that hospital campaigners are considering running a candidate in this constituency at the next general election over the issue of cardiac services in University Hospital Waterford.

On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Senator Grace O’Sullivan would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

It was announced that Lee Walsh would be the Renua candidate for this constituency. His campaign was launched in Waterford City on 16th November. However, he subsequently decided to contest the election as an Independent candidate

Una Dunphy was selected as the People Before Profit candidate for the Waterford constituency in November 2017. 

As reported by the Irish Times (27th November 2017), at the Fine Gael selection convention on 27th November 2017, Deputy John Deasy announced that “would not be available to run in a snap general election due to health concerns”. This left Senator Paudie Coffey as the only candidate to be selected at that convention, with the party to add another candidate later. Cllrs. John Cummins and Damien Geoghegan were also nominated to contest this convention – while Cllr. Geoghegan withdrew his nomination, Cllr, Cummins did contest this.

Deputy David Cullinane was unanimously selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 2nd December 2017.

As reported by The Avondhu (7th December 2017), Cllr. John Pratt will be the Labour Party candidate for this constituency, having defeated Brendan Byrne in a vote at the party selection convention on 1st December 2017.

As reported in The Irish Examiner (11th March), the Fianna Fáil selection convention was held in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan on 10th March, with two candidates contesting this. This was won by Deputy Mary Butler, who won 225 votes at this convention to Cllr. Eamon Quinlan’s 108 votes.

Wexford (5 seats): Deputy Michael D’Arcy (Fine Gael), Deputy Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael), Deputy James Browne (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Lisa McDonald (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Brendan Howlin (Labour Party), Cllr. Johnny Mythen (Sinn Féin), Susan Breen (People Before Profit Alliance), Ger O’Donoghue (Renua), David Lloyd (Direct Democracy Ireland)

The Renua candidate for the Wexford constituency is Ger O’Donoghue. He launched his campaign on 1st November 2017 at a launch event at the Enniscorthy Athenaeum Museum and Historic Theatre.

Cllr. Johnny Mythen was selected to contest Wexford for Sinn Féin at a party selection convention in Ferns in early November 2018, as reported by the Gorey Guardian (18th November 2017). He was not opposed at this convention.

Deputies Michael D’Arcy and Paul Kehoe were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for this constituency at a selection convention in the Talbot Hotel in Wexford on 27th November 2017.

Deputy Brendan Howlin was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 1st December 2017.

As noted on the party website, Susan Breen will be the People Before Profit candidate in the Wexford constituency.

As reported in the Wexford People (12th June 2018), eight people have been nominated to contest the Fianna Fail selection convention, which is scheduled to take place at the end of June 2018. These include Deputy John Browne, as well as Cllrs. Barbara Ann Murphy, Lisa McDonald, Michael Sheehan, Malcolm Byrne, John Fleming, Michael Whelan and Joe Sullivan. Fianna Fail party headquarters are expected to confirm the date of the convention, as well as the number of candidates being selected, at a meeting on 20th June 2018, according to this report. As reported in the Wexford People (17th July 2018), this convention took place in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy on 9th July 2018. The candidates contesting the convention included Deputy James Browne, as well as Cllrs. Lisa McDonald, Michael Sheehan, Joe Sullivan, Barbara Ann Murphy, Malcolm Byrne and Michael Whelan – Cllr. John Fleming withdrew from the contest before the convention. The National Executive of Fianna Fáil decided in June that a two-candidate strategy would be used, with one candidate to be based in the north of the constituency and the other candidate to be based in the south, as reported in the Wexford People (19th June 2018). James Browne won the most first preference votes at the convention and was selected. The next highest candidates, in terms of first preference votes – Lisa McDonald and Michael Sheehan – were the last two candidates left contesting the other slot on the party ticket. As reported by the WexfordToday (9th July 2018) website, James Browne headed the poll in the contest for North Wexford candidates with 157 votes, followed by Joe Sullivan (58 votes), Barbara Ann Murphy (52 votes) and Malcolm Byrne (49 votes).  he was deemed to be selected on the following count, with transfers from Malcolm Byrne edging him over the quota. In the conteest for South Wexford candidates, Lisa McDonald won the most first preference votes (107 votes), followed by Michael Sheehan (95 votes) and Michael Whelan (31 votes). Cllr. McDonald won this contest by a 126-107 margin on the final count, following the transfer of Michael Whelan’s votes, and was duly deemed to be selected as a Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Wexford.

Wicklow (5 seats): Deputy Simon Harris (Fine Gael), Deputy Andrew Doyle (Fine Gael), Billy Timmins (Fine Gael), Deputy Pat Casey (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Stephen Donnelly (Fianna Fáil), Deputy John Brady (Sinn Féin), Jack O’Connor (Labour Party), Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore (Social Democrats), Cllr. Steven Matthews (Green Party)

As reported in The Sunday Times (9th June 2017), as well as local media sources, Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore was expected to be selected to contest this constituency for the Social Democrats, replacing Deputy Stephen Donnelly, who left the party after months after the 2016 General Election and subsequently went on to join Fianna Fail. On 15th September 2017, it was confirmed that Jennifer Whitmore would be the Social Democrats candidate.

Jack O’Connor was selected as the Labour Party candidate at a selection convention on 28th November 2017 and was officially confirmed as such on 4th April 2018.

Deputy John Brady was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for the Wicklow constituency at a selection convention on 12th December 2017.

A report in the Irish Independent (6th January 2018) notes that the three former Sinn Fein councillors in Wicklow are likely to be running a candidate in the next general election, with this most likely to be Cllr. John Snell.

The Fine Gael selection convention took place on 11th May 2018. Three candidates were selected; Deputy Simon Harris and Deputy Andrew Doyle, as well as Billy Timmins, a former Fine Gael Dáil deputy who had contested the 2016 election for Renua, at which he had lost his seat, before subsequently returning to the party. 

Deputies Pat Casey and Stephen Donnelly were both selected as the Fianna Fáil candidates for this constituency at a selection convention on 14th March 2018. 

I currently estimate that there are 273 officially selected/declared general election candidates so far, based on the information that I’ve managed to attain. of these candidates are females (34.1%) and 180 of these candidates are males (65.1%).

As of now, Dublin is the region with the highest proportion/percentage of female candidates. Females account for 44.7% of all of the candidates – selected/declared to date – in the Dublin region (38 women, 47 men), as compared with levels of 29.9% in (the Rest of) Leinster, 31.3% in Connacht-Ulster and 27.4% in Munster.

By contrast, at least fifty four potential candidates have, to date, lost out in a vote at party selection conventions, including nineteen female candidates (35.2%) and thirty five male candidates (64.8%). Thirty five of these unsuccessful convention candidates were City/County Councillors (64.8%).

Selections by Political Party/Groupings:

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13 of these candidates are Non Party/Independent candidates (1 (7.7%) female candidate, 12 (92.3%) male candidate)s – including one Independents 4 Change candidate.

70 of these are Fine Gael candidates (21 (30.0%) female candidates, 49 (70.0%) male candidates) – 35 (out of 39) selection conventions completed. 

57 of these are Fianna Fáil candidates (16 (28.1%) female candidate, 41 (71.9%) male candidates) – 33 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.

45 of these are Sinn Féin candidates (19 (42.2%) female candidates, 26 (57.8%) male candidates) – 38 (out of 39) selection conventions completed) 

23 of these are Labour Party candidates (7 (30.4%) female candidates, 16 (69.6%) male candidates) – 23 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

3 of these are Solidarity candidates (1 (33.3%) female candidate, 2 (66.7%) male candidate) – 3 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

14 of these are People Before Profit Alliance candidates (5 (35.7%) female candidates, 9 (64.3%) male candidates) – 14 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

21 of these are Green Party candidate (8 (38.1%) female candidates, 13 (61.9%) male candidate) – 21 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

21 of these are Social Democrat candidates (13 (61.9%) female candidate, 8 (38.1%) male candidate) – 21 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

5 of these are Renua candidates (2 (40.0%) female candidates, 3 (60.0%) male candidate) – 5 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

1 of these is a Direct Democracy Ireland candidate (0 (0.0%) female candidates, 1 (100.0%) male candidate) – 1 (out of 39) selection conventions completed.)

0 of these are Fis Nua candidates.

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Based on my latest figures/estimated, some Dáil constituencies now have a significant number of selected/declared candidates set to contest the next general election, while thee are only a handful selected/declared in some of the other constituencies, as illustrated in the chart above. Galway West is currently leading the way in terms of the number of selected/declared general candidates at this this point in time.

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About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email: adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie
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11 Responses to Candidates for the next (2018-2021) General Election by constituency

  1. david lloyd says:

    david lloyd of direct democracy ireland-a national citizens movement for the wexford constituency

  2. david lloyd says:

    why havnt you list David lloyd as the Direct Democracy ireland candidate

  3. Thanks Clive, just after finding mention of this a few minutes earlier on the TippFm website

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