Non Party/Independent candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

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
Carlow
Carlow
Tullow
Muinebeag
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill
Ballyjamesduff
Cavan-Belturbert
Clare
Ennis
Killaloe
Shannon
Ennistimon
Kilrush
Cork County
Carrigaline
Bandon-Kinsale
Macroom
Cobh
Midleton
Fermoy
Kanturk
Mallow
Bantry
Clonakilty-Skibbereen
Cork City
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
Donegal
Donegal Valerie McNulty
Glenties
Milford
Buncrana
Letterkenny
Carndonagh
Lifford-Stranorlar
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh Richard Murray
Ballymun-Finglas
Artane-Whitehall
Donaghmede
Cabra-Glasnevin
Clontarf
Kimmage-Rathmines
North Inner City
South West Inner City
South East Inner City
Pembroke
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock
Dun Laoghaire
Dundrum
Glencullen-Sandyford
Killiney-Shankill
Stillorgan
Fingal County
Balbriggan
Rush Lusk
Castleknock
Howth-Malahide
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart
Ongar
Swords Ian Croft, Dean Mulligan Independent4Change
South Dublin County
Clondalkin Cllr. Francis Timmons
Palmerstown-Fonthill Alan Hayes
Lucan Cllr. Liona O’Toole
Tallaght Central
Tallaght South
Rathfarnham-Templeogue
Firhouse-Bohernabreena
Galway City
Galway City Central Cllr. Mike Cubbard
Galway City East
Galway City West
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore
Gort Kinvara
Ballinasloe
Conamara North
Conamara South
Loughrea
Tuam
Kerry
Killarney Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae
Listowel
An Daingean
Kenmare Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae
Castleisland Jackie Healy-Rae Junior
Tralee Yvonne Dineen
Kildare
Athy
Celbridge
Leixlip
Maynooth
Clane
Kildare
Newbridge
Naas
Kilkenny
Castlecomer
Kilkenny Trish Finegan
Callan-Thomastown
Piltown
Laois
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick Cllr. James Kelly
Graiguecullen-Portarlington Cllr. Ben Brennan
Portlaoise
Leitrim
Ballinamore
Carrick-on-Shannon
Manorhamilton
Limerick
Limerick City East
Limerick City North
Limerick City West
Adare-Rathkeale Cllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue
Cappamore-Kilmallock
Newcastle West
Longford
Ballymahon
Granard
Longford
Louth
Ardee
Drogheda Urban
Drogheda Rural
Dundalk-Carlingford
Dundalk-South Oliver Morgan
Mayo
Ballina
Castlebar
Claremorris
Swinford
Belmullet
Westport
Meath
Ashbourne Cllr. Sharon Keogan
Kells
Laytown-Bettystown Cllr. Sharon Keogan
Navan
Ratoath
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney
Monaghan
Offaly
Birr
Edenderry
Tullamore
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon) Cllr. Ivan Connaughton 
Boyle Tom Crosby
Roscommon
Sligo
Ballymote-Tobercurry
Sligo-Drumcliff Corey Whyte
Sligo-Strandhill
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir
Cahir
Cashel-Tipperary
Clonmel
Nenagh
Newport
Roscrea-Templemore
Thurles
Waterford
Waterford City East
Waterford City South Andrew Power
Tramore-Waterford City West
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas
Dungarvan
Lismore
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath)
Moate
Mullingar
Kinnegad
Wexford
Gorey
Kilmuckridge
Enniscorthy
New Ross
Kilmore
Wexford
Wicklow
Arklow
Baltinglass
Bray East
Bray West
Greystones
Wicklow Anna Doyle

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.

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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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