Sinn Féin candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

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 five 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.

As of now (14th January 2019), one hundred and fourteen Sinn Féin local election candidates are listed on this page. Forty three of these candidates are women (37.7%) and seventy one of these are men (62.3%). As far as I am aware, at least eighty five Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far.

The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2019 Local Elections as Sinn Féin candidates include:

CandidatesSeatsSinn Féin candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7
Tullow6
Muinebeag5Cllr. Andy Gladney
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6Cllr. Damien Brady, Cllr. Daniel Downey
Clare28
Ennis7Donna Deirdre McGettigan
Killaloe5Seán Naughton
Shannon7Cllr. Mike McKee
Ennistymon4Noeleen Moran
Kilrush5Violet-Anne Wynne
Cork County55
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6Ronnie Morley
Cobh6Louise Murphy
Midleton7Cllr. Danielle Twomey
Fermoy6Helen White
Kanturk4Lillian Meade
Mallow5Cllr. Melissa Mullane
Bantry4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5
Cork City31
Cork City North East6Cllr. Mick Nugent, Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty
Cork City North West6Cllr. Kenneth Collins, Cllr. Thomas Gould
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Eoghan Jeffers, Cllr. Fiona Kerins
Cork City South East6Cllr. Chris O’Leary
Cork City South West7
Donegal37 
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Cllr. Daithí Doolan, Cllr. Greg Kelly
Ballymun-Finglas6Cllr. Anthony Connaghan, Martin Matthews
Artane-Whitehall6
Donaghmede5
Cabra-Glasnevin7Cllr. Seamas McGrattan
Clontarf6
Kimmage-Rathmines6Cllr. Ray McHugh, Fearghal Donnelly
North Inner City7Cllr. Janice Boylan
South West Inner City5Cllr. Críona Ní Dhalaigh
South East Inner City5Cllr. Chris Andrews, Susan Gregg Farrell
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5Cllr. Natalie Treacy
Howth-Malahide7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Breda Hanaphy, Damien Bissett
Ongar5Cllr. Paul Donnelly
Swords7Lorraine O’Connell, Ann Graves
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Lisa Kinsella Colman, William Carey
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Cllr. Danny O’Brien, Cllr. Mark Ward
Lucan5
Tallaght Central6Cllr. Brendan Ferron, Cllr. Cora McCann
Tallaght South5Cllr. Cathal King, Cllr. Louise Dunne, Cllr. Dermot Richardson
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Sarah Holland, Cllr. Robert Russell
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6Cllr. Mark Lohan
Galway City East6Cllr. Mairéad Farrell
Galway City West6Cllr. Cathal O Conchuir
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4Cllr. Tom Healy
Conamara South5Kevin O’Hara
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33 
Killarney7John Buckley
Listowel6Cllr. Robert Beasley, Cllr. Tom Barry
An Daingean3Robert Brosnan
Kenmare6Cllr. Damian Quigg
Castleisland4Kate McSweeney
Tralee7Cllr. Toireasa Ferris, Cllr. Pa Daly
Kildare40 
Athy5Cllr. Thomas Redmond
Celbridge4
Leixlip3
Maynooth5
Clane5
Kildare5Patricia Ryan 
Newbridge6Noel Connolly
Naas7
Kilkenny24 
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7Cllr. Sean Tyrell
Callan-Thomastown6Cllr. David Kennedy
Piltown5Grace Doyle
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Lorna Holohan Garry
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7Cllr. Caroline Dwane Stanley, John Gormley
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7Cllr. Séighin Ó Ceallaigh
Limerick City North7Cllr. John Costelloe, Sharon Benson, John Nugent
Limerick City West7Cllr. Malachy McCreesh
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18 
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin
Granard5Mark Maguire
Longford7Tena Keown
Louth29 
Ardee6Cllr. Pearse McGeough
Drogheda Urban6
Drogheda Rural4
Dundalk-Carlingford6Cllr. Edel Corrigan, Cllr. Antóin Watters, Eugene Garvey
Dundalk-South7Cllr. Tomás Sharkey, Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú, Cllr. Anne Campbell
Mayo30 
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40 
Ashbourne6
Kells7
Laytown-Bettystown7
Navan7
Ratoath7
Trim6
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19 
Birr6Cllr. Sean Maher
Edenderry6Alan Davy
Tullamore7Ann Marie Ennis
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6Joe Harney
Boyle6Cllr. Michael Mulligan
Roscommon6Seamus O’Brien
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5Damian O’Donoghue
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald
Waterford City South6Cllr. Breeda Brennan, Cllr. John Hearne, Warren Fitzgerald
Tramore-Waterford City West6Cllr. Jim Griffin
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Cllr. Declan Clune
Dungarvan6Cllr Siobhán Whelan, Conor McGuinness
Lismore3Louise Brierley
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5Padraig Hegarty
Moate4Peter Judge
Mullingar6Cllr. Sorca Clarke
Kinnegad5Cllr. Una O’Neill D’Arcy
Wexford34 
Gorey6Cllr. Fionntán O Súilleabháin
Kilmuckridge4Colette Nolan
Enniscorthy6Cllr. Johnny Mythen
New Ross6Cllr. Marie Doyle
Kilmore5 Cllr. Mick Roche
Wexford7Cllr. Thomas Forde
Wicklow32 
Arklow6
Baltinglass6
Bray East4Grace McManus
Bray West4Dermot O’Brien
Greystones6
Wicklow6

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)).

As reported on the Talk of the Town website (16th November 2018), selection conventions for the three electoral areas located in the north/mid Louth area took place on 15th November 2018. The Tralee Today (18th November 2018) website reports that the two party incumbents were selected to contest the next local elections in the Tralee electoral area doe Sinn Féin. As reported on the Tralee Today website (17th November 2018), a number of other selection conventions took place In Kerry (Listowel, Kenmare and Killarney) in the days leading up to the Tralee convention. The party selection conventions for the four local electoral areas in Westmeath County all took place on 28th November. Selection conventions for electoral areas in the Dublin South-Central Dáil constituency area took place in the last week of November 2018.

The selection convention for the Cavan-Belturbet electoral area took place on 1st December 2018, as reported on the Northern Sound radio website (1st December 2018). Grace Doyle was selected as the candidate for the Piltown electoral area on 3rd December 2018., while Cllr. David Kennedy was selected to contest Callan-Thomastown on that same day. The party selection conventions for the three local electoral areas in Longford County also took place on that day. The selection convention for the Mallow electoral area took place on 5th December 2018, while the conventions for the electoral areas in Waterford County took place on 7th December 2018. The Kilkenny City selection convention took place on 10th September 2018, while the selection convention for Nenagh took place on 9th December 2018, as reported on the Tipperary Live (11th December 2018) website. The selection convention for the An Daingean electoral area took place on 10th December 2018 in Lispole, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (11th December 2018). Selection conventions took place for the electoral areas in Limerick City on 10th December 2018, with conventions in Cork City South East on 11th December 2018 and in Clondalkin and Palmerston-Fonthill on 12th December 2018 and in Ennistymon on 13th December 2018. Selection conventions for the two Tallaght electoral areas, Cork City South Central electoral area and the Swords electoral area all took place on 14th December 2018.

The selection convention for the Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick electoral area took place on 17th December 2018. The selection conventions for the Ennis and Fermoy electoral areas took place on 18th December 2018, while the conventions for the two Bray electoral areas took place on 19th December 2018, as reported on the WicklowNews website (20th December 2018). As reported by the Leinster Leader (21st December 2018), the Athy selection convention took place on 20th December 2018, with the selection conventions for Rathfarnham-Templeogue and Killaloe also taking place that same day. The selection conventions for the electoral areas in Co. Offaly also took place around this time, as did the convention for the Ballymun-Finglas electoral area, as well as Ennis and Kilrush. A number of selections also took place for electoral areas in Co. Wexford at the end of December 2018, including the Gorey, Enniscorthy, Kilmuckridge and New Ross electoral areas, as reported by the Wexford Today website (21st December 2018/28th December 2018).

As reported on the Shannonside radio website (9th January 2019), the selection convention for the three electoral areas in Roscommon County take place on 11th January 2019; with just one candidate contesting each of these, these will be uncontested. The selection convention for the Kanturk electoral area took place on that same weekend.

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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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