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 9th October 2018) has climbed to two hundred and nine, according to my best estimates.
As of now (14th December 2018), there are only twenty seven non party/independent candidates listed here (one of the listed candidates will be contesting two electoral areas) – eight of these candidates are women (29.6%) and nineteen (70.4%) are men. This 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.
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.):
|Electoral Area||Independent/Non-Party candidate|
|Cork City North East||Sean O’Sullivan|
|Cork City North West||TJ Hogan|
|Cork City South Central|
|Cork City South East|
|Cork City South West|
|North Inner City|
|South West Inner City|
|South East Inner City|
|Swords||Ian Croft, Dean Mulligan Independent4Change|
|South Dublin County|
|Clondalkin||Cllr. Francis Timmons|
|Lucan||Cllr. Liona O’Toole|
|Galway City Central||Cllr. Mike Cubbard|
|Galway City East|
|Galway City West|
|Killarney||Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae|
|Kenmare||Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae|
|Castleisland||Jackie Healy-Rae Junior|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick||Cllr. James Kelly|
|Graiguecullen-Portarlington||Cllr. Ben Brennan|
|Limerick City East|
|Limerick City North|
|Limerick City West|
|Adare-Rathkeale||Cllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue|
|Ashbourne||Cllr. Sharon Keogan|
|Laytown-Bettystown||Cllr. Sharon Keogan|
|Athlone (Roscommon)||Cllr. Ivan Connaughton|
|Waterford City East|
|Waterford City South||Andrew Power|
|Tramore-Waterford City West|
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.