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).

15th January 2019: Sixty six candidates are listed on this page so far. Twenty eight of these candidates (42.4%) are women and thirty eight are men (57.6%). As far as I am aware, at least fifty three Labour Party selection conventions have taken place so far.

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

CandidatesSeatsLabour Party candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7Kevin Byrne
Tullow6
Muinebeag5
Cavan18 
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6Liam van der Spek
Clare28 
Ennis7Seamus Ryan
Killaloe5
Shannon7
Ennistimon4
Kilrush5
Cork County55 
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6
Cobh6Cllr. Cathal Rasmussen
Midleton7Eric Nolan
Fermoy6
Kanturk4
Mallow5
Bantry4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5
Cork City31 
Cork City North East6John Maher
Cork City North West6
Cork City South Central6Luke Field
Cork City South East6Peter Horgan
Cork City South West7
Donegal37 
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Michael O’Sullivan
Ballymun-Finglas6
Artane-Whitehall6
Donaghmede5Shane Folan
Cabra-Glasnevin7Marie Sherlock Doherty, Declan Meenagh
Clontarf6Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones
Kimmage-Rathmines6Cllr. Mary Freehill
North Inner City7
South West Inner City5Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan
South East Inner City5Kevin Donoghue
Pembroke5Cllr. Dermot Lacey
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6Cllr. Deirdre Kingston
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7Cllr. Carrie Smyth
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5Seána Ó Rodaigh
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5John Walsh
Howth-Malahide7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Cllr. Mary McCamley
Ongar5Elaine Dooley
Swords7
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Cllr. Breeda Bonner
Palmerstown-Fonthill5David Eaton
Lucan5Joanna Tuffy
Tallaght Central6
Tallaght South5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Pamela Kearns, Paddy Cosgrave
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Aideen Carberry
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6
Galway City East6
Galway City West6
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4
Conamara South5
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33 
Killarney7Marie Moloney
Listowel6
An Daingean3
Kenmare6Luke Crowley-Holland
Castleisland4
Tralee7Cllr. Terry O’Brien, Cllr. graham Spring, Ben Slimm
Kildare40 
Athy5Cllr. Aoife Breslin, Cllr. Mark Wall
Celbridge4Kevin Byrne
Leixlip3
Maynooth5Angela Feeney
Clane5
Kildare5Paul Hutchinson
Newbridge6Ciara O’Reilly
Naas7Cllr. Anne Breen, Fergus Carpenter
Kilkenny24 
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7
Leitrim18 
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7Cllr. Elena Secas
Limerick City North7Anne Cronin, Conor Sheehan
Limerick City West7Cllr. Joe Leddin
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18 
Ballymahon6
Granard5
Longford7
Louth29 
Ardee6
Drogheda Urban6Cllr. Paul Bell, Cllr. Pio Smith
Drogheda Rural4Michelle Hall
Dundalk-Carlingford6
Dundalk-South7
Mayo30 
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40 
Ashbourne6
Kells7Aaron Byrne
Laytown-Bettystown7
Navan7
Ratoath7
Trim6
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19 
Birr6
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5Virginia O’Dowd
Newport4Cllr. Fiona Bonfield
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6Seamus Ryan
Tramore-Waterford City West6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Ger Barron
Dungarvan6
Lismore3Cllr. John Pratt
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5
Moate4Cllr. Johnnie Penrose
Mullingar6Mark Scally, Margaret Lynam-Sweeney
Kinnegad5Denis Leonard, Lorraine Scally
Wexford34 
Gorey6
Kilmuckridge4
Enniscorthy6
New Ross6Bridín Moloney
Kilmore5
Wexford7Cllr. George Lawlor, Joe Ryan, Maura Bell
Wicklow32 
Arklow6
Baltinglass6
Bray East4Anne Ferris
Bray West4Ian McGahon
Greystones6
Wicklow6Paul O’Brien

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. Selection conventions for the Newbridge and Kildare electoral areas took place on 25th 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. Paul O’Brien was selected as the Labour Party candidates for the Wicklow electoral area on 15th November 2018. Selection conventions for the Kenmare and Killarney electoral areas took place on 27th November 2018, while the Cabra-Glasnevin selection convention took place on 22nd November 2018.

The selection convention for the Carlow electoral area took place on 8th December 2018, while the selection convention for the Wexford (Town) electoral area took place on 12th December 2018.

Jack Walsh was selected to contest Wateford City East, but sadly passed away in January 2019.

Selection conventions for all of the electoral areas in Westmeath County (apart from Athlone) took place on Friday 11th January 2019.

As reported on the Clare FM website (15th January 2019), Seamus Ryan will be the Labour candidate for the Ennis electoral area.

Bridín Moloney was selected as the Labour candidate for New Ross at a selection convention, which took place on 14th January 2019.

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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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