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 (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 AreaIndependent/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 EastSean O’Sullivan, Cllr. Ger Keohane
Cork City North WestTJ Hogan
Cork City South Central
Cork City South East Cllr. Diarmaid Ó Cadhla
Cork City South West
Donegal
DonegalValerie McNulty, Cllr. Tom Conaghan
GlentiesBrian Carr
Milford
Buncrana
Letterkenny
Carndonagh
Lifford-Stranorlar
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-DrimnaghRichard Murray
Ballymun-Finglas
Artane-WhitehallCllr. John Lyons
DonaghmedeNiamh McDonald
Cabra-Glasnevin
ClontarfCllr. Damian O Farrell
Kimmage-RathminesSamantha Long
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
SwordsIan Croft, Dean Mulligan Independent4Change
South Dublin County
ClondalkinCllr. Francis Timmons
Palmerstown-FonthillAlan Hayes
LucanCllr. Liona O’Toole
Tallaght Central
Tallaght South
Rathfarnham-Templeogue
Firhouse-Bohernabreena
Galway City
Galway City CentralCllr. Mike Cubbard
Galway City East
Galway City West
Galway County
Athenry-OranmoreCllr. James Charity, Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly
Gort Kinvara
BallinasloeCllr. Des Joyce
Conamara North
Conamara South
Loughrea
Tuam
Kerry
KillarneyCllr. Maura Healy-Rae, Cllr. Michael Gleeson KIA, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, Cllr. Donal Grady
Listowel
An DaingeanDavid Russell
KenmareCllr. Johnny Healy-Rae
CastleislandJackie Healy-Rae Junior
TraleeCllr. Sam Locke, Yvonne Dineen
Kildare
Athy
Celbridge
Leixlip
Maynooth
Clane
Kildare
Newbridge
Naas
Kilkenny
Castlecomer
KilkennyTrish Finegan
Callan-Thomastown
Piltown
Laois
Borris in Ossory-MountmellickCllr. James Kelly
Graiguecullen-PortarlingtonCllr. Ben Brennan
Portlaoise
Leitrim
Ballinamore
Carrick-on-Shannon
Manorhamilton
Limerick
Limerick City East
Limerick City NorthCllr. Franke Daly
Limerick City WestCllr. John Loftus
Adare-RathkealeCllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue
Cappamore-Kilmallock
Newcastle West
Longford
Ballymahon
Granard
Longford
Louth
Ardee
Drogheda Urban
Drogheda Rural
Dundalk-Carlingford
Dundalk-SouthOliver Morgan
Mayo
BallinaMark Duffy
Castlebar
Claremorris
Swinford
Belmullet
Westport
Meath
AshbourneCllr. Sharon Keogan
Kells
Laytown-BettystownCllr. Sharon Keogan
Navan
Ratoath
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney
Monaghan
Offaly
Birr
Edenderry
Tullamore
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon)Cllr. Ivan Connaughton 
BoyleTom Crosby
Roscommon
Sligo
Ballymote-TobercurryCllr. Joe Queenan
Sligo-DrumcliffCorey Whyte
Sligo-Strandhill
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir
Cahir
Cashel-Tipperary
Clonmel
Nenagh
Newport
Roscrea-Templemore
Thurles
Waterford
Waterford City East
Waterford City SouthAndrew Power, Claire Cullen-Delsol
Tramore-Waterford City West
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas
Dungarvan
Lismore
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath)
Moate
MullingarCllr. Mick Dollard
Kinnegad
Wexford
Gorey
KilmuckridgeMary Farrell
Enniscorthy
New RossJohn Dwyer
Kilmore
Wexford
Wicklow
Arklow
Baltinglass
Bray East
Bray West
Greystones
WicklowAnna 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.

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).

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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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