Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 9th October 2018, with updates to follow as I become aware of new candidate declarations.
This is the latest in 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) ahead of the 2019 City and County Council elections. This post will focus on non-party/independent candidates.Back in June 2014, the non-party/independents grouping accounted for one hundred and ninety four City/County Councillors, following on a very successful set of election contests for non-party candidates at the 2014 Local Elections. Due to various defections to the non-party ranks from different political parties over the following months and years, the number of Independent/Non-Party City/County Councillors (as of 12th March 2018) has climbed to two hundred and fourteen, according to my best estimates.
As of now (17th April 2019), there are two hundred and fifty six non party/independent candidates listed here (one of the listed candidates will be contesting two electoral areas).
Fifty two of these candidates are women (20.3%) and two hundred and four (79.7%) are men.
(The relatively low number of candidates listed here, as of now, merely reflects the fact that information about non party/independent candidate declarations can often be very hard to find, especially as there is no formal selection convention process involved here. In a large number of cases, information about some independent/non party candidate declarations may only emerge after the formal period of candidate nominations has closed and the official candidate lists for the different electoral areas been drawn up.)
One hundred and thirteen (44.1%) of these declared non-party candidates are currently incumbents (City/County Council members). 44.6% of male Independent local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 42.3% of female Independent candidates. At least sixteen (6.3%) other candidates have previously held some form of electoral office.
The non party/independent candidates who are contesting these elections include the following people (Please note that, as in the other similar posts, any links that are provided here are to posts/newspaper reports offering “evidence” of their candidatures and will normally not link back to candidate websites.):
|Carlow||Cllr. John Cassin|
|Ennis||Amanda Major, Dermot Hayes, Alfonso D’Auria, |
|Shannon||Cllr. Gerry Flynn, Cllr. PJ Ryan, Cllr. Michael Begley|
|Kilrush||Cllr. Ian Lynch|
|Carrigaline||Ben Dalton O’Sullivan|
|Cobh||Seán O’Connor, Karen Doyle Independent4Change, |
|Bantry||Cllr. Danny Collins, Finbarr Harrington|
|Cllr. Declan Hurley|
|Cork City |
|Sean O’Sullivan, Cllr. Ger Keohane|
|Cork City |
|Cork City South Central||Cllr. Paudie Dineen, Lekha Menon Margassery, |
|Cork City South East||Cllr. Kieran McCarthy|
|Cork City South West||Cllr. Thomas Moloney|
|Donegal||Valerie McNulty, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, |
Cllr. Seamus Maguire, Billy Grimes,
Diarmaid Doherty, Justin Coughlin,
Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Sean O’Beirne
|Glenties||Cllr. Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig, Brian Carr,|
|Milford||Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Cllr. John O’Donnell, |
Declan Meehan, Charlie McGinley
|Letterkenny||Cllr. Michael McBride, Cathal MacFhloinn, Finnian O’Donnell, Thoiba Ahmed, Kevin Bradley|
|Ballyfermot-Drimnagh||Cllr. Vincent Jackson, Richard Murray, |
Nicky Uzell Independent4Change
|Ballymun-Finglas||Cllr. Noeleen Reilly|
|Artane-Whitehall||Cllr. John Lyons|
|Cllr. Cieran Perry, |
Micheál Kelliher Independents4Change,
Stephen O’Loughlin, Sean McCabe
|Clontarf||Cllr. Damian O Farrell|
|Kimmage-Rathmines||Samantha Long, Sarah Lipsett, Cllr. Ruari McGinley|
|North Inner City||Cllr. Christy Burke, Anthony Flynn, Neil Armstrong, |
|South West |
|South East |
|Cllr. Sonya Stapleton Independents4Change|
|Cllr. Michael Merrigan|
|Dundrum||Cllr. Anne Colgan|
|Stillorgan||Gearóid O Keeffe|
|Rush Lusk||Roslyn Fuller, Eóin Corcoran|
|Howth-Malahide||Cllr. Jimmy Guerin|
|Swords||Ian Croft, Dean Mulligan Independent4Change, |
Derek Cryan, James Fitzpatrick
|Clondalkin||Cllr. Francis Timmons, Shakeel Jeeroburkan|
|Lucan||Cllr. Liona O’Toole|
|Tallaght Central||Cllr. Mick Duff|
|Rathfarnham-Templeogue||Cllr. Ronan McMahon|
|Galway City Central|| |
Cllr. Colette Connolly, Cllr. Mike Cubbard,
|Galway City East||Cllr. Noel Larkin, Cllr. Declan McDonnell, Cllr. Terry O’Flaherty|
|Galway City West|
|Cllr. James Charity, Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly, |
Cllr. Jim Cuddy, Josette Farrell
|Ballinasloe||Declan Geraghty, Harriet Bruce|
|Tuam||Cllr. Karey McHugh, Cllr. Shaun Cunniffe, |
Cllr. Billy Conneelly
|Killarney||Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae, Cllr. Michael Gleeson KIA, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, Cllr. Donal Grady, Neily O’Connor, |
Niall Botty O’Callaghan
|Listowel||Michael Pixie O’Gorman,|
|An Daingean||David Russell|
|Kenmare||Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae, Cllr. Dan McCarthy|
|Castleisland||Jackie Healy-Rae Junior, Charlie Farrelly|
|Tralee||Cllr. Sam Locke, Yvonne Dineen|
|Celbridge||Cllr. Brendan Young|
|Naas||Cllr. Sorcha O’Neill|
|Kilkenny||Trish Finegan, Cllr. Breda Gardner, Luke O’Connor, |
Paul Brophy, Eugene McGuinness
|Piltown||Cllr. Melissa O’Neill|
|Borris in |
|Cllr. James Kelly, Cllr. Brendan Phelan,|
Oliver Clooney, Ger Hogan, Brian Furlong
|Graiguecullen-Portarlington||Cllr. Ben Brennan|
|Portlaoise||Naeem Iqbal, Rotimi Adebari, Tom Duffy|
|Ballinamore||Cllr. Gerry Dolan, Sean Wynne|
|Carrick-on-Shannon||Cllr. Enda Stenson, Cllr. Des Guckian, |
Yvonne Hollidge, Sean Wynne
|Manorhamilton||Cllr. Felim Gurn, Thomas Kelly, Jamie Murphy|
|Cllr. Frankie Daly|
|Cllr. John Loftus, Mark Carey, Cathal McCarthy|
|Cllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue|
|Newcastle West||Christy Kelly|
|Granard||Turlough McGovern, Grace Kearney|
|Longford||Cllr. Mae Sexton, Cllr. Gerry Warnock, Julia O’Reilly, |
Tony Reilly, Seamus Gallagher, George Breaden
|Ardee||Hugh D Conlon, Enda Murray|
|Drogheda Urban||Cllr. Kevin Callan, Paddy McQuillan|
|Drogheda Rural||Cllr. Kevin Callan|
|Ballina||Cllr. Seamus Weir, Mark Duffy, Willie Nolan|
|Claremorris||Cllr. Richard Finn|
|Westport||Cllr. Christy Hyland, Darragh McGee, John O’Malley, |
|Ashbourne||Cllr. Joe Bonner, Cllr. Sharon Keogan|
|Kells||Cllr. David Gilroy|
|Laytown-Bettystown||Cllr. Sharon Keogan, Cllr. Tom Kelly|
|Navan||Cllr. Francis Deane, Cllr. Wayne Forde, Alan Lawes|
|Ratoath||Cllr. Brian Fitzgerald, Cllr. Nick Killian, |
Fergus O’Riordan, Cllr. Gillian Toole
|Cllr. Hughie McElvaney|
|Birr||Cllr. John Carroll, Joe Wynne|
|Edenderry||Cllr. John Foley|
|Athlone (Roscommon)||Cllr. Ivan Connaughton, Cllr. Tony Ward, |
Cllr. Laurence Fallon, Donal Kilduff
|Boyle||Cllr. Valerie Byrne HAC, Tom Crosby, Sajjad Hussain|
|Roscommon||Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, Cllr. Nigel Dineen, |
Cllr. Domnick Connolly, Gerry O’Boyle, Tony Waldron
|Cllr. Joe Queenan, Cllr. Michael Clarke,|
|Sligo-Drumcliff||Cllr. Marie Casserly, Corey Whyte, Amanda Gallagher|
|Sligo-Strandhill||Cllr. Declan Bree|
|Annemarie Ryan March4Tipp, Lisa Flynn March4Tipp, Barry Walsh March4Tipp|
|Nenagh||Cllr. Seamus Morris, |
Cllr. Michael O’Meara (LT – “Lowry Team”)
|Newport||John “Rocky” McGrath (LT)|
|Roscrea-Templemore||Cllr. Eddie Moran (LT), Shane Lee (LT), |
|Thurles||Cllr. David Doran, Cllr. Michael Lowry (LT), |
|Andrew Power, Claire Cullen-Delsol, Donal Barry|
|Tramore-Waterford City West||Brendan Byrne|
|Portlaw-Kilmacthomas||Ann Troy, Dolores Whelan|
|Cllr. Paul Hogan (Boxer’s Independent Team – BIT), |
Cllr. Michael O’Brien (BIT), Jamie Moran (BIT)
|Mullingar||Cllr. Mick Dollard, Cllr. Úna D’Arcy|
|Cllr. Mary Farrell|
|Enniscorthy||Cllr. John O’Rourke, Jackser Owens, |
Annette Byrne-Moran Independents4Change,
John “Texas” Byrne
|New Ross||Cllr. Anthony Connick, John Dwyer, Pat Barden, |
|Kilmore||Cllr. Ger Carthy, Jane Johnstone Independents4Change|
|Wexford||Cllr. David Hynes, Leonard Kelly|
|Arklow||Cllr. Mary McDonald, Miriam Murphy, Tommy Breen|
|Bray West||Cllr. Joe Behan, Rory O’Connor|
|Greystones||Cllr. Tom Fortune, Mags Crean|
|Wicklow||Anna Doyle, Cllr. Mary Kavanagh|
I will be adding to this list as and when I come across further declarations of intentions to contest these elections on the part of other non-party candidates. This cohort of candidates often tends to be the hardest to glean information on, so this list may not be as up to date/accurate as the similar posts for the different parties.
An article by Siún Lennon on the Laois Today website (5th November 2018) reported that Cllrs. James Kelly and Ben Brennan both intend to contest the 2019 Local elections.
Corey Whyte will contest the election in Sligo-Drumcliff, as reported in the Sligo Champion (11th December 2018). As reported in the Tuam Herald (14th December 2018), Cllr. James Charity has confirmed his intention to contest the next local elections in Athenry-Oranmore. Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly, as reported in the Galway Advertiser (3rd January 2019), has also announced his intention to contest that same electoral area. As reported by the Donegal Democrat (13th December 2018), Cllr. Tom Conaghan (of Donegal Town) announced his intention to contest the next local elections.
An Evening Echo (12th December 2018) report noted that Cllr. Ger Keohane – elected in Cobh for Sinn Féin in 2014 – will be contesting the Cork City North East electoral area.
The Donegal Democrat (10th January) has reported that Brian Carr, who previously contested the 2014 elections, “is set to contest the upcoming elections”.
As reported on the Radio Kerry website (13th January 2018), David Russell, who works closely with Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, will contest the An Daingean electoral area.
As reported on the Midlands 103 website (14th January 2019), Cllr. Mick Dollard announced in January 2019 that he was leaving the Labour Party and would be contesting the next local elections as an independent candidate.
Former Councillor, John Dwyer, has announced his intention to try and regain his seat in the New Ross electoral area, as reported in the new Ross Standard (12th January 2019).
As reported on the Drogheda Life website (16th January 2019), Cllr. Kevin Callan has announced his intention to contest both the Drogheda Rural and Drogheda Urban electoral areas.
Yvonne Hollidge will be contesting the Carrick on Shannon electoral area as a non-party candidate, as reported in the Leitrim Observer (29th January 2019).
As reported in the Donegal Democrat (7th February 2019), former Fianna Fáil Ballyshannon Town Councillor, Billy Grimes, will be contesting the Donegal (Town) electoral area as an independent candidate. That edition of the Donegal Democrat also reports that former Bundoran Town Councillor, Diarmaid Doherty, will also be contesting the Donegal electoral area as a non-party candidate.
TJ Hogan announced he was going to contest the Cork City North West electoral area in December 2018, but later withdrew from the contest on personal reasons, as reported on the Evening Echo website.
Cllr. Margaret Gormley has announced her intention to contest Ballymore-Tobercurry again, but she sadly passed away on 4th April 2019.