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 (31st October 2018), thirty one Social Democrat local election candidates are listed on this page. Eighteen of these candidates are women (58.1%) and thirteen of these are men (41.9%).

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

Candidates Seats Social Democrat candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 7 Chris Kirwan
Killaloe 5 Beckha Doyle
Shannon 7 Betty Walsh
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55
Carrigaline 6
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6 Síle Ní Dhubhghaill
Cobh 6 Ken Curtin
Midleton 7
Fermoy 6 Cllr. June Murphy
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4 Holly McKeever Cairns
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5 Evie Evans Nevin
Cork City 31
Cork City North East 6
Cork City North West 6
Cork City South Central 6 Cllr. Joe Harris
Cork City South East 6
Cork City South West 7
Donegal 37
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5
Ballymun-Finglas 6 Mary Callaghan
Artane-Whitehall 6
Donaghmede 5 Paddy Monahan
Cabra-Glasnevin 7
Clontarf 6 Catherine Stocker
Kimmage-Rathmines 6
North Inner City 7 Ellie Kisyombee, Carol Deans
South West Inner City 5
South East Inner City 5
Pembroke 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40
Blackrock 6
Dun Laoghaire 7
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40
Balbriggan 5 Garrett Mullan
Rush Lusk 5 Cllr. Paul Mulville
Castleknock 5
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6
Ongar 5
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40
Clondalkin 7
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5
Lucan 5
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7 Carly Bailey
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5 Rob Hunter
Galway City 18
Galway City Central 6 Sharon Nolan
Galway City East 6
Galway City West 6 John Crowley
Galway County 39
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Gort Kinvara 5
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry 33
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
An Daingean 3
Kenmare 6
Castleisland 4
Tralee 7
Kildare 40
Athy 5 Samantha Kenny
Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3 Fionnuala Killeen
Maynooth 5
Clane 5 Aidan Farrelly
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6 Richard Kelly
Naas 7 Bill Clear
Kilkenny 24
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7
Callan-Thomastown 6
Piltown 5
Laois 19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40
Limerick City East 7
Limerick City North 7 Kieran Walsh
Limerick City West 7
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth 29
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6
Drogheda Rural 4
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Rob Corr
Navan 7 Amy McGrath
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan 18
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19
Birr 6 Clare Claffey
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18
Ballymote-Tobercurry 7
Sligo-Drumcliff 5
Sligo-Strandhill 6
Tipperary 40
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Cahir 4
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 6
Nenagh 5
Newport 4
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath 20
Athlone (Westmeath) 5 Fiona Lynam
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34
Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7 Denise Whitmore
Wicklow 32
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4
Bray West 4
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

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. On 28th September 2018 it was announced that Ellie Kisyombee and Carol Deans would be party candidates in the North Inner City electoral area. 


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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