Labour Party candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 2nd July 2018 with updates as new candidate nominations announced 

The first of a series rolling blog posts in which I will detail the latest information as to candidate selections for the 20109 Local Elections, relating to the different political parties and grouping and/or candidate declarations (as in the case of the non-party grouping). The rule of thumb here will be that I add party candidates only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention, or by some other means of candidate selection (e.g. added by party headquarters).

The post focuses on the Labour Party candidate selections. In the Autumn of 2018 the Labour Party had forty seven City/County Councillors, according to my best estimates. Declining support levels in the years following General Election 2011 saw Labour losing a large number of seats at the 2014 Local Elections and the 2016 General Election. So the 2019 Local Elections will prove to be very important for the Labour Party in terms of rebuilding the party in the wake of the losses in 2014 and 2016 (and also a number of defections in the period between 2011 and 2016).

13th November 2018: Forty three candidates are listed on this page so far. Eighteen of these candidates (41.9%) are women and twenty five are men (58.1%).

The candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections for the Labour Party include the following:

Candidates Seats Labour Party candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18  
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Liam van der Spek
Clare 28  
Ennis 7
Killaloe 5
Shannon 7
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55  
Carrigaline 6
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6
Cobh 6
Midleton 7 Eric Nolan
Fermoy 6
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5
Cork City 31  
Cork City North East 6 John Maher
Cork City North West 6
Cork City South Central 6 Luke Field
Cork City South East 6 Peter Horgan
Cork City South West 7
Donegal 37  
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63  
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5
Ballymun-Finglas 6
Artane-Whitehall 6
Donaghmede 5 Shane Folan
Cabra-Glasnevin 7
Clontarf 6 Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones
Kimmage-Rathmines 6 Cllr. Mary Freehill
North Inner City 7
South West Inner City 5
South East Inner City 5 Kevin Donoghue
Pembroke 5 Cllr. Dermot Lacey
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40  
Blackrock 6 Cllr. Deirdre Kingston
Dun Laoghaire 7
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7 Cllr. Carrie Smyth
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40  
Balbriggan 5 Seána Ó Rodaigh
Rush Lusk 5
Castleknock 5
Howth-Malahide 7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6 Cllr. Mary McCamley
Ongar 5 Elaine Dooley
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40  
Clondalkin 7 Cllr. Breeda Bonner
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5 David Eaton
Lucan 5 Joanna Tuffy
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5
Galway City 18  
Galway City Central 6
Galway City East 6
Galway City West 6
Galway County 39  
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Gort Kinvara 5
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry 33  
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
An Daingean 3
Kenmare 6
Castleisland 4
Tralee 7 Cllr. Terry O’Brien, Cllr. graham Spring, Ben Slimm
Kildare 40  
Athy 5 Cllr. Aoife Breslin, Cllr. Mark Wall
Celbridge 4 Kevin Byrne
Leixlip 3
Maynooth 5 Angela Feeney
Clane 5
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7 Cllr. Anne Breen, Fergus Carpenter
Kilkenny 24  
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7
Callan-Thomastown 6
Piltown 5
Laois 19  
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18  
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40  
Limerick City East 7 Cllr. Elena Secas
Limerick City North 7
Limerick City West 7 Cllr. Joe Leddin
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18  
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth 29  
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6 Cllr. Paul Bell, Cllr. Pio Smith
Drogheda Rural 4 Michelle Hall
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30  
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40  
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7 Aaron Byrne
Laytown-Bettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan 18  
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19  
Birr 6
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18  
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18  
Ballymote-Tobercurry 7
Sligo-Drumcliff 5
Sligo-Strandhill 6
Tipperary 40  
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Cahir 4
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 6
Nenagh 5 Virginia O’Dowd
Newport 4 Cllr. Fiona Bonfield
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32  
Waterford City East 6 Jack Walsh
Waterford City South 6 Seamus Ryan
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5 Ger Barron
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3 Cllr. John Pratt
Westmeath 20  
Athlone (Westmeath) 5
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34  
Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7
Wicklow 32  
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4 Ian McGahon
Bray West 4 Anne Ferris
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

Fiona Bonfield and Viginia O’Dowd, who were both selected as Labour Party local election candidates on 29th June 2018 (as reported subsequently on by The Nenagh Guardian (9th July 2018)), as well as Liam van der Spek, who is identified as the party’s candidate for the Cavan-Belturbet electoral area by the The Anglo-Celt (21st June 2018). Cllrs Pio Smith and Paul Bell were selected to contest the Drogheda Urban electoral area in July 2018. A series of selections for the Dublin Mid-West Dáil constituency area on 30th July 2018 saw Breda Bonner, Joanna Tuffy and David Eaton being selected as Labour Party candidates for the three different electoral areas located there. On 31st July 2018 John Maher was selected as the candidate for the Cork City North East electoral area.

Jack Walsh was selected as the Waterford City East candidate and Seamus Ryan was selected as the Waterford City South candidate at a selection convention on 14th September 2018. Cllr. Kevin Byrne was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Celbridge at a selection convention in the Celbridge Manor Hotel on 18th September 2018, as reported by the Leinster Leader (19th September 2018). Peter Horgan was selected as the Cork City South East candidate for the Labour Party at a convention on 24th September 2018. With Cllr. John McGinley not contesting the next local elections, Angela Feeney was selected as the Labour candidate for the Maynooth electoral area at a selection convention on 25th September 2018. Liam van der Spek was officially selected as the candidate for Cavan-Belturbet on 29th September 2018.

A selection convention for the Athy electoral area on October 2nd 2018 selected Cllrs. Aoife Breslin and Mark Wall as Labour Party candidates for that electoral area. Seána Ó Rodaigh was selected to contest the Balbriggan electoral area on 3rd October 2018. Anne Ferris and Ian McGahon were selected as candidates for the Bray West and Bray East electoral areas, respectively, at a convention, which took place on 7th October 2018. Cllr. Anne Breen and Fergus Carpenter were selected as Labour candidates for the seven-seat Naas electoral area at convention which took place on 2nd October 2018, as reported in the Leinster Leader (5th October 2018). A selection convention on 11th October 2018 in Limerick confirmed the selections of Cllr. Elena Secas, Cllr. Joe Leddin, Anne Cronin and Conor Sheehan as candidates in that area. Cllr. Mary Freehill, Cllr. Dermot Lacey and Kevin Donoghue were selected as candidates for the electoral areas covered (mainly) by the Dublin Bay South electoral area at a selection convention on 15th October 2018. luke Field was selected as the Cork City South Central candidates on 22nd October 2018. Aaron Byrne was selected as the party candidate for the Kells electoral area at a selection convention on 30th October 2018, while Cllrs. Graham Spring and Terry O’Brien, along with Ben Slimm, were selected as candidates for the Tralee electoral area on that same night. Mary McCamley and Elaine Dooley were selected as candidates for the Blacnhardstown-Mulhuddart and Ongar electoral areas respectively also on the 30th October. In late October 2018, it was announced that Michelle Hall would be the Labour candidate for the Drogheda Rural electoral area, as reported on the Drogheda Life website (26th October 2018).

Eric Nolan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Midleton on 12th November 2018.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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