Social Democrat candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 20th 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 fourth 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 in most cases only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention or by some other means of candidate selection. I try my best to find information about local election candidate selection conventions, but in some cases this information is hard to find and occasionally it can be some time after a convention takes place before I find this information and hence am in a position to update this page accordingly.

The post will focus on the candidate selections for the Social Democrats.

As the party was founded just over a year after the 2014 Local Elections, the Social Democrats obviously were not in a position to contest these elections. However, a number of defections from the independent ranks/from other parties to the Social Democrats in the years after that party was founded means that there are currently seven Social Democrat City/County Councillors, according to my best estimates.

As of now (16th January 2019), forty one Social Democrat local election candidates are listed on this page. Twenty three of these candidates are women (56.1%) and eighteen of these are men (43.9%). To the best of my knowledge, at least forty one Social Democrat selection conventions have taken place, as of now.

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

CandidatesSeatsSocial Democrat candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7
Tullow6
Muinebeag5
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6
Clare28
Ennis7Chris Kirwan
Killaloe5Beckha Doyle
Shannon7Betty Walsh
Ennistimon4
Kilrush5
Cork County55
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6Síle Ní Dhubhghaill
Cobh6Ken Curtin
Midleton7
Fermoy6Cllr. June Murphy
Kanturk4
Mallow5
Bantry4Holly McKeever Cairns
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Evie Evans Nevin
Cork City31
Cork City North East6
Cork City North West6
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Joe Harris
Cork City South East6
Cork City South West7
Donegal37
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5
Ballymun-Finglas6Mary Callaghan
Artane-Whitehall6Patricia Roe
Donaghmede5Paddy Monahan
Cabra-Glasnevin7
Clontarf6Catherine Stocker
Kimmage-Rathmines6
North Inner City7Ellie Kisyombee, Carol Deans
South West Inner City5Jen Cummins
South East Inner City5
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40
Blackrock6
Dun Laoghaire7David Quinn
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40
Balbriggan5Garrett Mullan
Rush Lusk5Cllr. Paul Mulville
Castleknock5
Howth-MalahideCllr. Cian O’Callaghan
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6
Ongar5
Swords7Tracey Carey
South Dublin County40
Clondalkin7
Palmerstown-Fonthill5
Lucan5
Tallaght Central6
Tallaght South5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Carly Bailey
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Rob Hunter
Galway City18
Galway City Central6Sharon Nolan
Galway City East6Owen Hanley
Galway City West6John Crowley
Galway County39
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4
Conamara South5
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33
Killarney7
Listowel6
An Daingean3
Kenmare6
Castleisland4
Tralee7
Kildare40
Athy5Samantha Kenny
Celbridge4
Leixlip3Fionnuala Killeen
Maynooth5
Clane5Aidan Farrelly
Kildare5
Newbridge6
Naas7Bill Clear
Kilkenny24
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5
Laois19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40
Limerick City East7Sarah-Jane Hennelly
Limerick City North7Kieran Walsh
Limerick City West7Elisa O’Donovan
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18
Ballymahon6
Granard5
Longford7
Louth29
Ardee6
Drogheda Urban6
Drogheda Rural4
Dundalk-Carlingford6
Dundalk-South7
Mayo30
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40
Ashbourne6Paul Nolan
Kells7
Laytown-Bettystown7Rob Corr
Navan7Amy McGrath
Ratoath7
Trim6Ronan Moore
Monaghan18
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19
Birr6Clare Claffey
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon18
Athlone (Roscommon)6
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo18
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6
Tramore-Waterford City West6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5
Dungarvan6
Lismore3
Westmeath20
Athlone (Westmeath)5Fiona Lynam
Moate4
Mullingar6
Kinnegad5
Wexford34
Gorey6
Kilmuckridge4
Enniscorthy6
New Ross6
Kilmore5
Wexford7Denise Whitmore
Wicklow32
Arklow6
Baltinglass6Dave McGinn
Bray East4
Bray West4
Greystones6
Wicklow6

As of now, twenty nine Social Democrat local election candidates are listed on this page. Seventeen of these candidates are women (58.6%) and twelve of these are men (41.4%).

On 20th July 2018, the Social Democrats announced a list of six candidates who would be contesting the 2019 Local Elections, including five female candidates (Holly Cairns, Rebecca Doyle, Evie Evans Nevin, Denise Whitmore and Betty Walsh) and one male candidate (Ken Curtin). The Social Democrats Dublin Bay North Facebook page reported on 25th July 2018 that Catherine Stocker had been selected as a candidate for the Clontarf electoral area. Síle Ní Dhubhghaill was selected as the candidate for the Macroom electoral area on 9th August 2018. On 14th August 2018 it was confirmed that Cllr. Paul Mulville would be contesting the Rush-Lusk electoral area, while Garrett Mullan would be the party candidate for the Balbriggan electoral area. On 15th August, Cllr. Joe Harris was selected as the candidate for Cork City South East at a selection convention in the Douglas Community Centre. Kieran Walsh was selected as the Limerick City North candidate on 29th August 2018.

On 4th September 2018 Cllr. Dermot Looney noted that he would not be contesting the next local elections (in the new Rathfarnham-Templeogue electoral area) and that Carly Bailey – who has also been selected as the party’s Dublin South-West general election candidate – would be contesting that constituency instead. Paddy Monahan was selected as the party’s Donaghmede candidate on 5th September 2018. Sharon Nolan and John Crowley were selected as candidates for Galway City Central and Galway City West respectively at a series of selection conventions on 23rd September 2018, which were contested by three other candidates. On 24th September 2018 Aidan Farrelly was selected as the candidate to contest the Clane electoral area. As reported by the Leinster Leader (28th September 2018), two more Social Democrat candidates were selected in Kildare County soon after this – Samantha Kenny in Athy and Richard Kelly in Newbridge. Richard Kelly, however, subsequently had to withdraw from the local election contest. On 28th September 2018 it was announced that Ellie Kisyombee and Carol Deans would be party candidates in the North Inner City electoral area. 

As reported on the Wicklow News (16th November 2018) website, Dave McGinn was selected as the candidate for the Baltinglass electoral area on 15th November 2018.

Elisa O’Donovan was selected as the candidate for Limerick City West on 18th December 2018. This convention was also contested by Mark Carey. David Quinn was selected as the candidate for the Dún Laoghaire electoral area around this time also. 

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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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