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)

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 candidate for the 2016 General Election and an analysis of candidate selection trends ahead of this contest.)

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!). This will also take account of the fact that there might be changes to Dail constituencies between now and the next general election, but only if the report of the 2017 Constituency Commission is put into law by a new Electoral Act before the next general election takes place. Until the 2017 Constituency Commission report is officially enacted, this post will assume that general election constituencies (and their seat numbers) will remain the same as for the February 2016 General Election.

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.

As of now (as far as I am aware), 159 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. 55 of these candidates are women (34.6%) and 104 of these candidates are men (65.4%).

Carlow-Kilkenny (5 seats): Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Féin), Adrienne Wallace (People Before Profit)

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.

Cavan-Monaghan (4 seats):

Clare (4 seats): Deputy Pat Breen (Fine Gael), Deputy Joe Carey (Fine Gael), 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) reports that Dr. John Hillery, who contested this constituency for Fianna Fáil in 2011, is likely to also contest this selection convention.

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.

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 Kevin O’Keeffe (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Pat Buckley (Sinn Féin), Deputy Sean Sherlock (Labour Party)

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.

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

Cork North-Central (4 seats): Deputy Kathleen Lynch (Labour Party), Sinéad Halpin (Social Democrats)

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.

Cork North-West (3 seats): 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. 

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)

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 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.

Donegal (5 seats): 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).

Dublin Central (3 seats): Deputy Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael), Cllr. Mary Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin), Joe Costello (Labour Party), Cllr. Garry Gannon (Social Democrats), Neasa Hourigan (Green Party), 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.

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

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.

Dublin Fingal (5 seats): Deputy Alan Farrell (Fine Gael), Senator James Reilly (Fine Gael), Deputy Louise O’Reilly (Sinn Féin), 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.

Dublin Bay North (5 seats): Deputy Sean Haughey (Fianna Fail), 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.

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. 

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)

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), Deputy Catherine Martin (Green Party), Mark Kelly (Social Democrats)

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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), 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

Dublin South-West (5 seats): Deputy John Lahart (Fianna Fail), Deputy Sean Crowe (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Martina Genockey (Labour), 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.

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. 

Dublin West (4 seats): Deputy Jack Chambers (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Paul Donnelly (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Roderic O’Gorman (Green Party)

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. 

Dun Laoghaire (4 seats): 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)

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. 

Galway East (3 seats):

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): 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. 

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 2017), Brian Finucane will be the People Before Profit candidate for the Kerry constituency.

Kildare North (4 seats): Deputy Frank O’Rourke (Fianna Fail), Deputy James Lawless (Fianna Fail), Deputy Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats), Emmet Stagg (Labour 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.

Kildare South (3* seats – effectively 2 seats due to automatic re-election of the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl): Deputy Martin Heydon (Fine Gael), 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.

Laois (3 seats): Deputy Charlie Flanagan (Fine Gael), Deputy Brian Stanley (Sinn Féin)

If the 2017 Constituency Commission report recommendations are put into law ahead of the next general election, then the Laois and Offaly three-seaters will cease to exist 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.

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) Laois (constituency) will be held in the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix on 27th November 2017, which was to be 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 Ms. Connell could be subsequently added to the Laois Fine Gael ticket.

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 at a selection convention in the Parish Centre in Portlaoise on 1st December 2017.

Offaly (3 seats): Pippa Hackett (Green Party)

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

Renua leader, John Leahy, who is likely to contest the next general election in Offaly, or 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 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. 

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)

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.

Louth (5 seats): Deputy Imelda Munster (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú (Sinn Féin), Sen. Ged Nash (Labour Party), Gareth Weldon (People Before Profit)

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.

Gareth Weldon will 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).

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.

Mayo (4 seats): 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.

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.

Meath West (3 seats): Deputy Damien English (Fine Gael), Ray Butler (Fine Gael), Deputy Shane Cassells (Fianna Fáil), Deputy Peadar Tóibín (Sinn Féin), TracyMcElhinney (Labour Party), Ronan Moore (Social Democrats)

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.

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

Roscommon-Galway (3 seats): 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. 

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.

Sligo-Leitrim (4 seats): Deputy Martin Kenny (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Chris MacManus (Sinn Féin)

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. 

Tipperary (5 seats): Deputy Michael Lowry (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 (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.

Waterford (4 seats): Senator Paudie Coffey (Fine Gael), Deputy David Cullinane (Sinn Féin), Cllr. John Pratt (Labour Party), Senator Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party), Lee Walsh (Renua)

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.

Lee Walsh will be the Renua candidate for this constituency. His campaign was launched in Waterford City on 16th November.

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.

Wexford (5 seats): Deputy Michael D’Arcy (Fine Gael), Deputy Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael), Deputy Brendan Howlin (Labour Party), Cllr. Johnny Mythen (Sinn Féin), Ger O’Donoghue (Renua)

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.

Wicklow (5 seats): Deputy John Brady (Sinn Féin) ack O’Connor (Labour Party), Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore (Social Democrats)

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.

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. 

I currently estimate that there are 159 officially selected/declared general election candidates so far, based on the information that I’ve managed to attain. 55 of these candidates are females (34.6%) and 104 of these candidates are males (65.4%).

By contrast, thirteen potential candidates have, to date, lost out at party selection conventions, including five female candidate (38.5%) and eight male candidates (61.5%). Nine of these unsuccessful convention candidates were City/County Councillors (69.2%)

7 of these are Non Party/Independent candidates (1 (14.3%) female candidates, 6 (85.7%) male candidate) – including one Independents 4 Change candidate

33 of these are Fine Gael candidates (10 (30.3%) female candidates, 23 (69.7%) male candidate) – 19 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

22 of these are Fianna Fáil candidates (6 (27.3%) female candidate, 16 (72.7%) male candidates) – 17* (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

38 of these are Sinn Féin candidates (14 (36.8%) female candidates, 24 (63.2%) male candidates) – 32 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

18 of these are Labour Party candidates (6 (33.3%) female candidates, 12 (66.7%) male candidates) – 18 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

of these are Solidarity candidates (1 (50.0%) female candidate, 1 (50.0%) male candidate) – 2 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

10 of these are People Before Profit Alliance candidates (2 (20.0%) female candidates, 8 (80.0%) male candidates) – 10 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

11 of these are Green Party candidate (6 (54.5%) female candidates, 5 (46.7%) male candidate) – 11 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

15 of these are Social Democrat candidates (8 (53.3%) female candidate, 7 (50.0%) male candidate) – 15 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

3 of these are Renua candidates (1 (33.3%) female candidates, 2 (66.7%) male candidate) – 3 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

0 of these are Direct Democracy Ireland candidates

0 of these are Fis Nua candidates

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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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