Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 6th July 2018 with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate webpages.
The second of my series of rolling blog posts in which I detail the latest information as to candidate selections 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 is that I will 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 (such as additions by party headquarters) and not on the basis that “they are virtually guaranteed to run/be selected…” This post will focus on the Sinn Féin candidate selections.
According to my best estimates, Sinn Féin currently has one hundred and forty six City/County Councillors. The party won one hundred and sixty seats at the 2014 Local Elections, but a number of defections from the party over the following four years has reduced their overall number of City/County Councillors. Despite the overall reduction in the overall number of local elected representatives, Sinn Fein will be confident of increasing its number of councillors especially in the wake of a series of promising opinion poll results over the past few years. The changes in electoral boundaries, and particularly the overall reduction in constituency district magnitudes, may work for, or against, Sinn Féin in terms of translating support levels into seat level, depending on the party geography of support at next year’s elections and on vote transfer patterns.
The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2019 Local Elections as Sinn Féin candidates include:
|Candidates||Seats||Sinn Féin candidates|
|Midleton||7||Cllr. Danielle Twomey|
|Cork City North East||6|
|Cork City North West||6|
|Cork City South Central||6|
|Cork City South East||6|
|Cork City South West||7|
|North Inner City||7|
|South West Inner City||5|
|South East Inner City||5|
|South Dublin County||40|
|Galway City Central||6|
|Galway City East||6|
|Galway City West||6|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick||6|
|Limerick City East||7|
|Limerick City North||7|
|Limerick City West||7|
|Waterford City East||6|
|Waterford City South||6|
|Tramore-Waterford City West||6|
As of now, only two candidates are listed on this page. Cllr. Danielle Twomey was selected to contest the East Cork electoral area in January 2018, as reported by the East Cork Journal (27th January 2018) – this electoral area was subsequently replaced by the new Midleton electoral area when local election boundaries were redrawn in June 2018. Louise Murphy was selected as a Sinn Féin local election candidate for Cobh at a convention in the Commodore Hotel in Cobh on 19th January 2018 (as reported by the East Cork Journal (19th January 2018)).