Candidates for the next (2017-2021) 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), 20 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. of these candidates are women (35.0%) and 12 of these candidates are men (65.0%).

Carlow-Kilkenny (5 seats):

Cavan-Monaghan (4 seats):

Clare (4 seats):

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. 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. 

Cork East (4 seats):

Cork North-Central (4 seats):

Cork North-West (3 seats):

Cork South-Central (4 seats):

Cork South-West (3 seats): Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna Fail)

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. A post on the Cork.ie website suggests that this was also contested by Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan

Donegal (5 seats):

Dublin Central (3 seats): Cllr. Garry Gannon (Social Democrats)

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.

Dublin Mid-West (4 seats):

Dublin Fingal (5 seats):

The Green Party selection for this constituency will take on 19th October 2017.  

Dublin Bay North (5 seats): Sen. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Labour), 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.

Dublin North-West (3 seats): Cllr. Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fail), Cllr. Andrew Montague (Labour), 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 Bay North constituency at a selection convention in the Shamrock Lodge in Finglas on 27th July 2017. This convention was not contested.

Dublin Rathdown (3 seats):

Dublin South-Central (4 seats): Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan (Labour)

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.

Dublin Bay South (4 seats): Deputy Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fail)

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

Dublin South-West (5 seats): Cllr. Martina Genockey (LAB)

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.

Dublin West (4 seats): Deputy Jack Chambers FF

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

Dun Laoghaire (4 seats): Cllr. Deirdre Kingston (LAB)

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.

Galway East (3 seats):

Galway West (5 seats): Niall O Tuathail (Social Democrats)

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,

Kerry (5 seats):

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

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

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

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.

Laois (3 seats):

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.

Offaly (3 seats):

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.

Limerick City (4 seats): Sarah Jane Hennelly (SocDem)

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).

Limerick County (3 seats):

Longford-Westmeath (4 seats): Cllr. Michael Carrigy FG

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.

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 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).

Louth (5 seats): Sen. Ged Nash (LAB)

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.

Mayo (4 seats):

Meath East (3 seats):

Meath West (3 seats):

Roscommon-Galway (3 seats):

Sligo-Leitrim (4 seats):

Tipperary (5 seats): Deputy Michael Lowry IND

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. 

Waterford (4 seats):

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.

Wexford (5 seats):

Wicklow (5 seats):

As reported in The Sunday Times (9th June 2017), as well as local media sources, Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore is 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.

I currently estimate that there are 20 officially selected/declared general election candidates so far, based on the information that I’ve managed to attain. of these candidates are females (35.0%) and 13 of these candidates are males (65.0%).

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.

1 of these is a Non Party/Independent candidate (0 (0.0%) female candidates, 1 (100.0%) male candidate)

1 of these is a Fine Gael candidate (0 (0.0%) female candidates, 1 (100.0%) male candidate) – 1* (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.) (* Convention completed only for part of the Longford-Westmeath constituency.)

of these are Fianna Fail candidate (1 (16.7%) female candidate, 5 (83.3%) male candidates) –  5 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

0 of these are Sinn Fein candidates

6 of these are Labour Party candidates (3 (50.0%) female candidates, 3 (50.0%) male candidates) – 6 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

0 of these are Solidarity candidates

0 of these are People Before Profit Alliance candidates

0 of these are Green Party candidates

of these are Social Democrat candidates (3 (50%) female candidate, 3 (50%) male candidate) – 6 (out of 39/40) selection conventions completed.)

0 of these are Renua Ireland candidates

0 of these are Direct Democracy Ireland candidates

0 of these are Fis Nua candidates

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About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Maynooth University Department of Geography.
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