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 (18th February 2019), one hundred and seventy Sinn Féin local election candidates are listed on this page. Sixty three of these candidates are women (37.1%) and one hundred and seven of these are men (62.9%). As far as I am aware, at least one hundred and twenty one Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far.

Ninety seven (58.8%) of these selected Sinn Féin local election candidates are currently incumbents (City/County Council members). Twenty (20.6%) of these Councillor candidates were co-opted to replace former Sinn Féin Councillors over the five year period since Local Elections 2014. 67.3% of male Sinn Féin local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 44.3% of female Sinn Féin local election candidates.

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

CandidatesSeatsSinn Féin candidates
Muinebeag5Cllr. Andy Gladney
Bailieborough-Cootehill6Cllr. Paddy McDonald, Geraldine Harten
Ballyjamesduff6Cllr. Noel Connell, Bridget Boyle
Cavan-Belturbert6Cllr. Damien Brady, Cllr. Daniel Downey
Ennis7Donna Deirdre McGettigan
Killaloe5Seán Naughton
Shannon7Cllr. Mike McKee
Ennistymon4Noeleen Moran
Kilrush5Violet-Anne Wynne
Cork County55
Macroom6Ronnie Morley
Cobh6Louise Murphy
Midleton7Cllr. Danielle Twomey, Shane Neville
Fermoy6Helen White
Kanturk4Lillian Meade
Mallow5Cllr. Melissa Mullane
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Cllr. Paul Hayes
Cork City31
Cork City North East6Cllr. Mick Nugent, Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty
Cork City North West6Cllr. Kenneth Collins, Cllr. Thomas Gould, John Stanton
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Eoghan Jeffers, Cllr. Fiona Kerins
Cork City South East6Cllr. Chris O’Leary
Cork City South West7Cllr. Henry Cremin, Eolan Ryng
Donegal6Cllr. Noel Jordan, Mick McMahon
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Cllr. Daithí Doolan, Cllr. Greg Kelly
Ballymun-Finglas6Cllr. Anthony Connaghan, Martin Matthews
Cabra-Glasnevin7Cllr. Seamas McGrattan
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
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6Grainne Ferris
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormac
Killiney-Shankill7Cllr. Shane O’Brien
Stillorgan6Rosie Ní Laoghaire
Fingal County40 
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5Cllr. Natalie Treacy
Howth-Malahide7Cllr. Daire Ní Laoi
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
Lucan5Derren O Bradaigh
Tallaght Central6 Cllr. Cathal King, Cllr. Cora McCann
Tallaght South5Cllr. Louise Dunne,
Cllr. Dermot Richardson,
Paddy Holohan
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Robert Russell
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Cllr. Sarah Holland
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6Cllr. Mark Lohan
Galway City East6Cllr. Mairéad Farrell
Galway City West6Cllr. Cathal O Conchuir
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7Louis O’Hara
Gort Kinvara5
Conamara North4Cllr. Tom Healy
Conamara South5Kevin O’Hara
Killarney7John Buckley
Listowel6Cllr. Robert Beasley, Cllr. Tom Barry
An Daingean3Robert Brosnan
Kenmare6Cllr. Damian Quigg
Castleisland4Kate McSweeney
Tralee7Cllr. Toireasa Ferris, Cllr. Pa Daly
Athy5Cllr. Thomas Redmond
Kildare5Patricia Ryan 
Newbridge6Noel Connolly
Castlecomer6Joseph Kavanagh
Kilkenny7Cllr. Sean Tyrell
Callan-Thomastown6Cllr. David Kennedy
Piltown5Grace Doyle
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Lorna Holohan Garry
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6Cllr. Aidan Mullins
Portlaoise7Cllr. Caroline Dwane Stanley, John Gormley
Ballinamore6Cllr. Brendan Barry, Cllr. Caroline Mulvey,
Pat Gilhooley
Carrick-on-Shannon6Cllr. Séadhna Logan
Manorhamilton6Cllr. Padraig Fallon
Limerick City East7Cllr. Séighin Ó Ceallaigh
Limerick City North7Cllr. John Costelloe, Sharon Benson, John Nugent
Limerick City West7Cllr. Malachy McCreesh
Cappamore-Kilmallock7Jim Hickey
Newcastle West6Cllr. Seamus Browne
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin
Granard5Mark Maguire
Longford7Tena Keown
Ardee6Cllr. Pearse McGeough
Drogheda Urban6Cllr. Kenneth Flood, Cllr. Joanna Byrne,
Cllr. David Saurin
Drogheda Rural4Cllr. Tom Cunningham, Leanne Saurin
Dundalk-Carlingford6Cllr. Edel Corrigan, Cllr. Antóin Watters, Eugene Garvey
Dundalk-South7Cllr. Tomás Sharkey, Cllr. Ruairí Ó
Murchú, Cllr. Anne Campbell
Ballina6Michael Regan
Castlebar7Cllr. Joe McHale
Claremorris6Natasha Ward
Swinford4Cllr. Gerry Murray
Belmullet3Cllr. Teresa Whelan
Ballybay-Clones5Cllr. Pat Treanor, Rosie Smyth O’Harte
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6Cllr. Noel Keelan, Cllr. Jackie Crowe,
Cllr. Colm Carthy
Monaghan7Cllr. Brian McKenna, Cllr. Seán Conlon,
Cllr. Cathy Bennett, Cat Moen
Birr6Cllr. Sean Maher
Edenderry6Alan Davy
Tullamore7Ann Marie Ennis
Athlone (Roscommon)6Joe Harney
Boyle6Cllr. Michael Mulligan
Roscommon6Seamus O’Brien
Ballymote-Tobercurry7Daniel Gallagher
Carrick-on-Suir5Cllr. David Dunne, Joanne Ivors
Cashel-Tipperary7Cllr. Martin Browne, Tony Black
Clonmel6Cllr.Catherine Carey
Nenagh5Damian O’Donoghue
Thurles5 Ciara McCormack
Waterford City East6Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald, Michael Doyle
Waterford City South6Cllr. Breeda Brennan, Cllr. John Hearne,
Warren Fitzgerald
Tramore-Waterford City West6Cllr. Jim Griffin, Leslie Hughes
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Cllr. Declan Clune
Dungarvan6Cllr Siobhán Whelan, Conor McGuinness
Lismore3Louise Brierley
Athlone (Westmeath)5Padraig Hegarty
Moate4Peter Judge
Mullingar6Cllr. Sorca Clarke
Gorey6Cllr. Fionntán O Súilleabháin
Kilmuckridge4Colette Nolan
Enniscorthy6Cllr. Johnny Mythen
New Ross6Cllr. Marie Doyle
Kilmore5 Cllr. Mick Roche
Wexford7Cllr. Thomas Forde
Arklow6Cllr. Mary McDonald
Bray East4Grace McManus
Bray West4Dermot O’Brien
Greystones6Cllr. Nicola Lawless
Wicklow6Muireann Dalton

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 2019 (Cllr. Úna D’Arcy was selected to run at these conventions, but announced she was leaving the party in January 2019), with the convention for the Carrick on Suir electoral area also taking place on that same day. 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 (Michael Doyle and Leslie Hughes were selected as second candidates in the Waterford City East and Tramore-Waterford City West electoral areas at a second convention on 21st January 2019.). 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. Cllr. Cathal King was selected to contest Tallaght South at this convention, but decided to move to contest Tallaght Central when the initially-selected Cllr. Brendan Ferron decided that he would not be contesting the elections after all. On 13th February 2019 it was decided that Paddy Holohan would take Cathal King’s place on the Tallaght South candidate slate.

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.

As reported on the WicklowNews website (24th January 2019), the selection convention for Greystones took place in late January 2019. The Firhouse-Bohernabreena selection convention also took place in late January 2019. Selection conventions for the Blackrock, Stillorgan, Killiney-Shankill and Dundrum electoral areas took place on 23rd January 2019. Selection conventions for most of the electoral areas in Mayo County took place on 25th January 2019. Muireann Dalton was selected as the candidate for the Wicklow (Town) electoral area also on 25th January 2019. The selection conventions for the electoral areas in Leitrim County also took place during that same weekend. As reported on the Northern Sound website (28th January 2019), the final selection conventions for Cavan County took place in late January.

The selection convention for Ballymote-Tubbercurry took place on 27th January 2019 – this was also contested by Francis Gorman.

Shane Neville was selected to contest the Midleton electoral area on 28th January 2019, while Cllr. Mary McDonald was selected to contest the Arklow electoral area on that same day, as was Cllr. Daire Ní Laoi for the Howth-Malahide electoral area.

As reported on the Northern Sound website (5th February 2019), the convention for the Monaghan (Town) electoral area took place on 4th February 2019. The selection convention for Ballybay-Clones took place on 2nd February 2019, as also reported on the Northern Sound website (2nd February 2019).

The selection convention for Graiguecullen-Portarlington took place on 6th February 2019, while the convention for Skibbereen-West Cork took place on 8th February 2019.

The selection convention for Athenry-Oranmore will take place on February 15th 2019, as reported by the Galway Advertiser (14th February 2019). The Donegal (Town) convention took place on 14th February 2019, as reported on the Ocean FM website (15th February 2019).


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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6 Responses to Sinn Féin candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

  1. cohailpin says:

    Cork City South West Cllr Henry Cremin and Eolan Ryng

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