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 (16th January 2019), there are only fifty one non party/independent candidates listed here (one of the listed candidates will be contesting two electoral areas) – twelve of these candidates are women (23.5%) and thirty eight (76.5%) 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, Cllr. Ger Keohane|
|Cork City North West||TJ Hogan|
|Cork City South Central|
|Cork City South East||Cllr. Diarmaid Ó Cadhla|
|Cork City South West|
|Donegal||Valerie McNulty, Cllr. Tom Conaghan|
|Artane-Whitehall||Cllr. John Lyons|
|Clontarf||Cllr. Damian O Farrell|
|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|
|Athenry-Oranmore||Cllr. James Charity, Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly|
|Ballinasloe||Cllr. Des Joyce|
|Killarney||Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae, Cllr. Michael Gleeson KIA, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, Cllr. Donal Grady|
|An Daingean||David Russell|
|Kenmare||Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae|
|Castleisland||Jackie Healy-Rae Junior|
|Tralee||Cllr. Sam Locke, Yvonne Dineen|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick||Cllr. James Kelly|
|Graiguecullen-Portarlington||Cllr. Ben Brennan|
|Limerick City East|
|Limerick City North||Cllr. Franke Daly|
|Limerick City West||Cllr. John Loftus|
|Adare-Rathkeale||Cllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue|
|Ashbourne||Cllr. Sharon Keogan|
|Laytown-Bettystown||Cllr. Sharon Keogan|
|Athlone (Roscommon)||Cllr. Ivan Connaughton|
|Ballymote-Tobercurry||Cllr. Joe Queenan|
|Waterford City East|
|Waterford City South||Andrew Power, Claire Cullen-Delsol|
|Tramore-Waterford City West|
|Mullingar||Cllr. Mick Dollard|
|New Ross||John Dwyer|
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).