Female candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th October 2018 – post updated as and when new female candidates are added/female candidates withdraw.

314 female candidates contested the 2009 City and County Council elections, accounting for 17.2% of the total number of candidates. 440 female candidates contested the 2014 City and County Council elections, accounting for 21.6% of the total number of candidates contesting those elections.

For the 2019 elections, given that gender quotas were introduced the 2016 General Election, the expectation might be that even more female candidates will be contesting these City and County Council elections. Against that, the likely impact of smaller constituency units (with fewer seats per constituency) for the 2019 elections (relative to the 2014 contests) may act as a disincentive to new, female, candidates, or may limit the number of candidates being selected by political parties at selection conventions, thus preventing a number of new, female, candidates from getting onto party tickets.

Updated 6th June 2019: Based on the list of candidates below, there are now five hundred and sixty one officially selected/declared female candidates (out of a total of one thousand, nine hundred and seventy five selected, or declared, local election candidates). (I “think” that this is, more or less, the final number, but there may well be some slight tweaks to these figures in next few weeks, if and when I become aware of any errors with my data.)


Figure 1: Number of candidates (female/male) contesting the 2019 City and County Council elections for different political parties/groupings (updated – 8th May 2019).

Female candidates currently account for 28.4% of the total number of candidates selected/declared (that I have accounted for/listed on my website to date).

Across the different political party/grouping pages on this site, I now have listed/accounted for:

  • 118 female Fine Gael candidates – 29.1% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, one hundred and sixty six Fine Gael selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 88 female Fianna Fáil candidates – 21.2% of the total number of candidates selected to date – as far as I am aware, one hundred and sixty six Fianna Fáil selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 78 female Sinn Féin candidates– 33.9% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, one hundred and sixty three Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 45 female Labour Party candidates – 40.5% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, ninety four Labour Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 36 female Green Party candidates – 43.9% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, eighty two Green Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 32 female Social Democrat candidates – 55.2% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, fifty seven Social Democrats selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 28 female People Before Profit candidates – 58.3% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, forty seven People Before Profit selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 16 female Aontú candidates – 30.2% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, fifty three Aontú selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 9 female Solidarity candidates – 47.4% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, seventeen Solidarity selection conventions have taken place so far In all, there are 37 female Solidarity-People Before Profit local election candidates – 55.2% of their total number of selected candidates.
  • 9 female Renua Ireland candidates – 32.1% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, twenty five Renua selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 3 female Workers Party candidates – 42.9% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, seven Workers Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 2 female Housing Rights & Reform Alliance candidates – 33.3% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, three Housing Rights & Reform Alliance selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 1 female Workers and Unemployed Action candidate – 33.3% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, two Workers and Unemployed Action selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 96 female non-party/independent candidates (including 6 Independents4Change (61.5% of the total number of Independents4Change candidates) and 2 March4Tipp female candidates) – 19.3% of the total number of independent candidates who have declared their candidacies to date (that I am aware of)
Figure 2a: Percentage of female candidates by political party/political grouping at the 2009, 2014 and 2019 City and County Council elections (doesn’t include 2009 Town Council elections)

As Figure 2(a) (above) shows, the percentage of female candidates being selected/declared has increased across all political parties/political groupings – including the Independent/Non Party ranks – at these elections, relative to the levels recorded at the 2009 and 2014 City and County Council elections.


Figure 2b: Number of female candidates by political party/political grouping at the 2009, 2014 and 2019 City and County Council elections (doesn’t include 2009 Town Council elections)

Figure 2(b) does point to an overall reduction in the number of female Labour Party candidates at these elections, relative to the numbers who ran for the party in both 2009 and 2014, but this reflects the overall reduction in Labour Party local election candidate numbers. The increased in the number of female Independent candidates is relatively minimal, relative to the 2014 numbers, but the percentage figures is more notable, given the overall reduction in the number of non-party candidates contesting the 2019 elections, relative to the 2014 City and County Council elections.

There is a geographical dimension here, as – to date – female candidates are accounting for 34.9% of candidates in the urban electoral areas and 23.0% of the total number of candidates in the more rural constituencies. 

Female candidates account for 39.1% of the total number of candidates in the Dublin region, as against levels of 28.8% in Leinster, 26.4% in Munster and 19.7% in Connacht-Ulster.

Figure 3: Female candidacy levels by county/city (local authority) at the 2019 Local Elections (This map features the “old” Cork City-County boundary – I haven’t been able to access a base map with the new boundary included yet – as well as the old divisions within Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.)

As Figure 3 shows, there is a notable “geography” to female local election candidacy levels across the Republic of Ireland, with higher levels in Dublin and the more urban areas and lower levels in rural Ireland, but particularly in the more western counties. The local authority areas with the highest level of female candidacies are (again) Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (46.6%), Dublin City (40.4%) and South Dublin County (39.1%), while the lowest female candidacy levels are associated with Roscommon (12.1%), Mayo (15.9%), Galway County (18.8%) and Leitrim (18.8%), as well as the old Limerick County area (13.9%).

Figure 4: Changing female candidacy levels by county/city (local authority) between the 2014 and 2019 Local Elections

While the number/percentage of female candidates has increased notably at the national level, as noted earlier, there is also some striking geographical patterns evident if we look at the level of change at the county/city (local authority) level. As the map in Figure 4 shows, female candidacy levels have increased across much of the state’s territory, but female candidacy levels have fallen in all of the counties located to the west of the Shannon. The local authority areas associated with the greatest levels of increase, relative to the 2014 Local Elections, are Wicklow (15.6%), Wexford (11.9%), Kildare (11.7%), Cork City (10.8%), Westmeath (10.6%), Dublin City (10.6%) and Meath (10.3%), as well as in the old Waterford County (14.1%) and Limerick City (11.9%) areas. Female candidacy levels have fallen across all of the local authority areas located to the west of the Shannon, including Clare and Galway City. The greatest levels of decline, relative to the 2014 Local Elections, are associated with Roscommon (5.8%), Sligo (3.7%) and Galway County (1.5%), as well as the old Limerick County area (0.8%).

Of the candidates selected/declared to date (that I am aware of and who have been listed on this website), eight hundred and nine are incumbents/sitting City or County Councillors – 40.9% of the total number of local election candidates at this point in time. There is a notable gender divide in this regard. 639 (45.0%) of the selected/declared male candidates, as of now, are incumbents, as opposed to just 170 (30.4%) of the selected/declared female local election candidates.

The electoral areas with the largest numbers of female candidates at present are

  • Ballymun-Finglas and Lucan with nine selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Greystones, South East Inner City and Blackrock with eight selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Navan, Tralee, Limerick City North and North Inner City with seven selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Portlaoise, Kinnegad, Longford (Town), Trim, Dundalk South, Tramore-Waterford City West, Swords, Kimmage-Rathmines, Firhouse-Bohernabreena, Tallaght-South, Glencullen-Sandyford and Killiney-Shankill with six selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Mullingar, Ashbourne, New Ross, Carrick on Suir, Clonakilty-Skibbereen (Skibbereen-West Cork), Macroom, Athenry-Oranmore, Bailieborough-Cootehill, Cork City North East, Cork City North West, Cork City South West, Limerick City East, Rathfarnham-Templeogue, Tallaght-Central, Rush-Lusk, Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart, Stillorgan and Dún Laoghaire with five selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Kilkenny City, Kildare, Naas, Newbridge, Maynooth, Ratoath, Arklow, Wicklow (Town), Sligo-Strandhill, Monaghan (Town), Ennis, Newport, Dungarvan, Midleton, Fermoy, Cork City South Central, Cork City South East, Galway City Central, Galway City East, Galway City West, Clondalkin, Dundrum, Artane-Whitehall. Donaghmede, Clontarf, Cabra-Glasnevin, Pembroke and South West Inner City with four selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Graiguecullen-Portarlington, Birr, Athlone (Westmeath), Carlow (Town), Piltown, Laytown-Bettystown, Drogheda Urban, Dundalk Carlingford, Athy, Celbridge, Bray East, Enniscorthy, Kilmuckridge, Wexford, Cashel-Tipperary, Clonmel, Portlaw-Kilmacthomas, Bantry-West Cork, Bandon-Kinsale, Cobh, Adare-Rathkeale, Gort-Kinvara, Ballina, Donegal, Glenties, Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Limerick City West, Waterford City South, Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Balbriggan, Ongar and Castleknock with three selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • The list of electoral areas that do not have any female candidates selected/declared to contest them, as of yet, includes: Roscrea-Templemore, An Daingean, Athlone (Roscommon), Swinford, Ballymote-Tobercurry and Lifford-Stranorlar.

The female candidates, who have been officially selected/declared to context the 2019 Local Elections, to date include the following (by electoral area):

Electoral Area.Female Candidates
Carlow1
Carlow7Adrienne Wallace PBP,
Andrea Dalton FF,
Mary Hande AON
Tullow6Maria Ansbro FG,
Helena Byrne REN
Muinebeag5Josie Daly FF
Cavan1
Bailieborough-
Cootehill
6Bridget Boyle SF,
Carmel Brady FG,
Sarah O’Reilly AON,
Shirley Hall FG,
Mary Roche LAB
Ballyjamesduff6Geraldine Harten SF
Cavan-Belturbert6Madeline Argue FG,
Patricia Walsh FF
Clare2
Ennis7Mary Howard FG,
Clare Colleran Molloy FF,
DonnaDeirdre McGettigan SF
Amanda Major IND
Killaloe5Beckha Doyle SOCDEM
Shannon7Betty Walsh SOCDEM
Ennistimon4Roisin Garvey GP,
Noeleen Moran SF
Kilrush5Violet-Anne Wynne SF,
Noreen Lynch IND
Cork
County
55
Carrigaline6Catriona Reid GP,
Audrey Buckley FF,
Marcia D’Alton IND
Bandon-
Kinsale
6Gillian Coughlan FF,
Mairead Ruane AON,
Marie O’Sullivan FG
Macroom6Síle Ní Dhubhghaill SOCDEM, 
Áine Collins FG,
Eileen Lynch FG,
Gobnait Moynihan FF,
Mary O’Callaghan Hallissey IND
Cobh6Louise Murphy SF,
Sinead Sheppard FG,
Karen Doyle IND/I4C
Midleton7Danielle Twomey SF,
Susan McCarthy FG,
Rosarii Griffin FF,
Mary Linehan Foley IND
Fermoy6June Murphy SOCDEM,
Deirdre O’Brien FF,
Helen White SF,
Kay Dawson FG
Kanturk4Lillian Meade SF
Mallow5Melissa Mullane SF
Bantry-
West Cork
4Holly McKeever Cairns S-DEM
Katie Murphy FG,
Lorraine Deane-Ross AON
Skibbereen-
West Cork
5Evie Evans Nevin SOCDEM,
Vanessa O’Donnell PBP, 
Karen Coakley FG,
Yvonne Cahalane FG,
Deirdre Kelly FF
Cork City3
Cork City North East6Carol Brogan SOL,
Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty SF,
Sinéad Halpin SOCDEM,
Lorraine O’Neill FG,
Noreen Murphy IND
Cork City North West6Fiona Ryan SOL,
Julie O’Leary FG,
Catherine Coffey WP,
Martina Murphy HRRA,
Sandra Condon IND
Cork City South Central6Fiona Kerins SF,
Patricia O’Dwyer SOCDEM,
Lekha Menon Margassery IND,
Suzanne Hegarty IND
Cork City South East6Lorna Bogue GP,
Deirdre Forde FG,
Mary Rose Desmond FF,
Anna Daly AON
Cork City South West7Tjitske de Vries PBP,
Colette Finn GP,
Sinead Ronan FG,
Ciara Kennedy LAB,
Joanne Murphy AON,
Shirley Griffin HRRA
Donegal3
Donegal6Valerie McNulty IND,
Niamh Kennedy IND,
Emer McGuinness FF
Glenties6Marie-Therese Gallagher SF,
Noreen McGarvey FF,
Evelyn Sweeney FG
Milford3Maria Doherty SF,
Eimer Friel FG
Buncrana5Marie McKenna FG,
Rena Donaghy FF,
Sinéad Stewart IND
Letterkenny7Thoiba Ahmed IND,
Bernie Moran FG,
Mary T Sweeney AON
Carndonagh4Marie Duffy FF,
Mary Rose Doherty AON,
Tracy Cullen IND
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City6
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Hazel de Nortuín PBP,
Sophie Nicollaud GP,
Nicky Uzell IND/I4C
Ballymun-Finglas6Mary Callaghan SOCDEM,
Caroline Conroy GP,
Cathleen Carney-Boud SF,
Cathie Shiels WP,
Noeleen Reilly IND,
Rose Emmett SF,
Bernie Hughes IND/I4C,
Linda Greene IND,
Lucy O’Connor IND
Artane-Whitehall6Racheal Batten FF,
Patricia Roe SOCDEM,
Alison Gilliland LAB,
Edel Moran SF
Donaghmede5Maria Mulvany FG,
Suzanne McDonnell FG,
Niamh McDonald IND,
Jo Tully PBP
Cabra-
Glasnevin
7Neasa Hourigan GP,
Marie Sherlock Doherty LAB,
Rita Harold SOL,
Mary Fitzpatrick FF,
Hannah Lemass FF,
Áine Clancy LAB,
Siobhan Shovlin FG,
Sarah Louise Mulligan IND
Clontarf6Catherine Stocker SOCDEM,
Jane Horgan-Jones LAB,
Deirdre Heney FF,
Donna Cooney GP
Kimmage-Rathmines6Mary Freehill LAB,
Anne Feeney FG,
Deirdre Conroy FF,
Samantha Long IND,
Sarah Lipsett IND,
Tara Deacy SOCDEM
North Inner City7Ellie Kisyombee SOCDEM,
Carol Deans SOCDEM,
Gillian Brien PBP,
Éilis Ryan WP,
Janice Boylan SF,
Belinda Nugent SF,
Denise McMorrow FF
South
West
Inner City
5Tina MacVeigh PBP,
Jen Cummins SOCDEM,
Rebecca Moynihan LAB, 
Críona Ní Dhalaigh SF
South
East
Inner City
5Annette Mooney PBP,
Claire Byrne GP,
Maria Bohan FF,
Susan Gregg Farrell SF,
Sarah Durcan SOCDEM,
Sonya Stapleton IND/I4C,
Jacqui Gilbourne REN,
Elizabeth Watson FF
Pembroke5Hazel Chu GP,
Claire O’Connor FF,
Linda O’Shea-Farren FG,
Síomha Ni Aonghusa PBP
Dun Laoghaire-
Rathdown


Blackrock6Lola Hynes PBP,
Deirdre Kingston LAB,
Marie Baker FG,
Rebecca Molloy FG,
Kate Feeney FF,
Mary Hanafin FF,
Grainne Ferris SF,
Sinéad Gibney SOCDEM
Dún
Laoghaire
7Melissa Halpin PBP,
Mary Fayne FG,
Lorraine Hall FG,
Valerie McDermott LAB,
Juliet O’Connell LAB
Dundrum7Anna Grainger FG,
Olivia Buckley FF,
Sorcha Nic Cormac SF,
Anne Colgan IND
Glencullen-Sandyford7Lettie McCarthy LAB,
Emma Blain FG,
Sandra Stewart FG,
Deirdre Ní Fhloinn GP,
Ruth O’Connor PBP,
Lynsey McGovern IND
Killiney-
Shankill
7Danielle O’Rourke PBP,
Carrie Smyth LAB,
Helena Kelly FF,
Una Power GP,
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill FG,
Sandra Archer IND
Stillorgan6Rachel Prendergast Spollen PBP,
Eva Dowling GP,
Rosie Ní Laoghaire SF,
Maeve O’Connell FG,
Deirdre Donnelly IND
Fingal
County
4
Balbriggan5Seána Ó Rodaigh LAB,
Carah Daniel SOL,
Grainne Maguire IND
Rush Lusk5Corina Johnston LAB,
Roslyn Fuller IND,
Maria Salahovs GP,
Sandra Sweetman IND,
Noeleen O’Hagan SF
Castleknock5Mags Murray FF,
Sandra Kavanagh SOL,
Natalie Treacy SF,
Emer Currie FG
Howth-Malahide7Aoibhinn Tormey FG,
Daire Ní Laoi SF
Blanchardstown-
Mulhuddart
6Mary McCamley LAB,
Punam Rane FG,
Breda Hanaphy SF,
Sinéad Moore AON,
Lorna Nolan IND
Ongar5Elaine Dooley LAB,
Marian Buckley SF,
Tania Doyle IND
Swords7Helen Dunne FG, 
Lorraine O’Connell SF,
Ann Graves SF,
Brigid Manton FF,
Tracey Carey SOCDEM,
Yulia Ghumman LAB
South
Dublin
County
Clondalkin7Louise Kinsella-Colman SF,
Emer Higgins FG
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Madeleine Johansson PBP,
Ruth Nolan IND/14C
Lucan5Joanna Tuffy LAB,
Kelly Marie Sweeney PBP,
Liona O’Toole IND,
Anne-Marie McNally S-DEM,
Vanessa Mulhall GP,
Vicky Casserly FG,
Caroline Brady FG,
Catriona McClean FF,
Ruth Nolan IND/14C
Tallaght
Central
6Laura O’Reilly PBP,
Cora McCann SF,
Theresa Duffy FG,
Sandra Ruiz SOCDEM,
Teresa Costello FF,
Ann Marie Condren REN
Tallaght South5Emma Hendrick PBP,
Sandra Fay SOL,
Louise Dunne SF,
Fiona Nolan FF,
Suzanne McEneaney GP,
Marie Corr SOCDEM
Rathfarnham-
Templeogue
7Carly Bailey SOCDEM,
Pamela Kearns LAB,
Mary Seery Kearney FG,
Yvonne Collins FF,
Lynn McCrave FG
Firhouse-
Bohernabreena
5Aideen Carberry LAB,
Jess Spear SOL,
Emma Murphy FF,
Sarah Holland SF,
Deirdre O’Donovan FF ,
Becky Smith FG
Galway
City
1
Galway
City
Central
6Sharon Nolan SOCDEM,
Imelda Byrne FF,
Martina O’Connor GP,
Colette Connolly IND
Galway
City East
6Mairéad Farrell SF,
Nuala Nolan AON,
Terry O’Flaherty IND,
Claire Hillery GP
Galway
City West
6Clodagh Higgins FG,
Pauline O’Reilly GP,
Marian Maloney IND,
Claire Keegan IND
Galway
County
3
Athenry-Oranmore7Shelly Herterich Quinn FF,
Helen Jennings FG,
Josette Farrell IND,
Amanda McManus REN,
Marian Spelman LAB
Gort Kinvara5Martina Kinnane FF,
Emma O’Connell REN,
Geraldine Donohue IND
Ballinasloe6Harriet Bruce IND,
Aisling Dolan IND
Conamara North4Eileen Mannion FG
Conamara South5Ann Flaherty FG
Loughrea5Annemarie Roche SF
Tuam7Mary Hoade FF,
Karey McHugh IND
Kerry
Killarney7Marie Moloney LAB,
Maura Healy-Rae IND
Listowel6Aoife Thornton FG
An Daingean3
Kenmare6Norma Moriarty FF,
Cleo Murphy GP
Castleisland4Kate McSweeney SF
Tralee7Bec Fahy PBP,
Toireasa Ferris SF,
Yvonne Dineen IND,
Norma Foley FF,
Anne-Marie Fuller GP,
Bridget O’Brien FG,
Mary Fitzgibbon AON
Kildare4
Athy5Aoife Breslin LAB,
Samantha Kenny SOCDEM,
Vera Louise Behan FF
Celbridge4Vanessa Liston GP,
Ciara Galvin LAB,
Íde Cussen IND
Leixlip3Fionnuala Killeen SOCDEM,
Mairead Beades LAB,
Valerie Colton FF
Maynooth5Angela Feeney LAB,
Riona Mulligan FG,
Réada Cronin SF,
Teresa Murray IND
Clane5Una O’Connor AON
Kildare5Patricia Ryan SF,
Suzanne Doyle FF,
Anne Connolly FF,
Colette Newman GP
Newbridge6Ciara O’Reilly LAB,
Antoinette Buckley FF,
Peggy O’Dywer FG,
Tracey O’Dwyer FG,
Fiona McLoughlin-Healy IND
Naas7Anne Breen LAB,
Ashling Merriman PBP,
Evie Sammon FG,
Carmel Kelly FF,
Sorcha O’Neill IND
Kilkenny2
Castlecomer6Mary Hilda Cavanagh FG
Kilkenny7Stephanie Hanlon PBP,
Orla Kelly FG,
Andrea Cleere LAB,
Enya Kennedy IND
Callan-Thomastown6Deirdre Cullen FF,
Trish Finegan IND,
Breda Gardner IND
Piltown5Grace Doyle SF,
Fidelis Doherty FG,
Melissa O’Neill IND
Laois19
Borris in Ossory-
Mountmellick
6Lorna Garry SF
Graiguecullen-
Portarlington
6Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins FF
Vivienne Phelan FG,
Aisling Moran FG
Portlaoise7Catherine Fitzgerald FF,
Pauline Madigan FF,
Caroline Dwane Stanley SF,
Mary Sweeney FG,
Thomasina Connell FG,
Judy Preston-Grace IND
Leitrim
Ballinamore6Caroline Mulvey SF,
Ita Reynolds-Flynn FG
Carrick-on-Shannon6Yvonne Hollidge IND,
Finola Armstrong-Maguire FG
Manorhamilton6Mary Bohan FF,
Bláithín Gallagher GP
Limerick
Limerick City East7Elena Secas LAB,
Marian Hurley FG,
Catherine Slattery FF,
Sarah-Jane Hennelly SOCDEM,
Sarah Lee Kiely FG
Limerick City North7Anne Cronin LAB,
Mary Cahillane SOL,
Sharon Benson SF,
Olivia O’Sullivan FG,
Eleanor McSherry FG,
Maeve O’Donnell AON,
Ruth Clarke IND
Limerick City West7Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin SOL,
Elenora Hogan FG,
Elisa O’Donovan SOCDEM
Adare-
Rathkeale
6Bridie Collins FF,
Trina O’Dea FF,
Theresa Storey GP
Cappamore-
Kilmallock
7Noreen Stokes FG,
Brigid Teefy IND
Newcastle
West
6
Longford
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin SF, 
Brigid Duffy FF
Granard5Amanda Duffy FF,
Grace Kearney IND
Longford7Barbara Smyth PBP,
Tena Keown SF,
Peggy Nolan FG,
Julia O’Reilly IND,
Remu Adejinmi FF,
Mae Sexton IND
Louth29
Ardee6Dolores Minogue FG
Drogheda
Urban
6Maria McCabe REN,
Joanna Byrne SF
Drogheda
Rural
4Michelle Hall LAB,
Leanne Saurin SF
Dundalk-
Carlingford
6Edel Corrigan SF,
Roisín Duffy FG,
Erin McGreehan FF
Dundalk-
South
7Anne Campbell SF,
Marianne Butler GP,
Emma Coffey FF,
Maria Doyle FG,
Niamh Boyle REN,
Maeve Yore IND
Mayo
Ballina6Anne Marie Reape FF,
Aileen Horkan FG,
Tracey Smith SOCDEM
Castlebar7Donna Sheridan FG
Claremorris6Mags Sheehan GP,
Natasha Ward SF
Swinford4
Belmullet3Teresa Whelan SF,
Breege Grealis FG
Westport4Tereasa McGuire FG,
Cissy Nagiya GP
Meath40
Ashbourne6Sharon Keogan IND,
Suzanne Jamal FG,
Lisa Mellor FF,
Aisling O’Neill SF,
Sarah-Jane Reilly FF
Kells7Sarah Reilly FG
Laytown-Bettystown7Sharon Keogan IND,
Sharon Tolan FG,
Eimear Ferguson SF,
Annie Hoey LAB
Navan7Amy McGrath SOCDEM,
Madeline Thornton FF,
Yemi Adenuga FG,
Karen Byrne FG,
Jenny McHugh FF,
Emer Tóibín AON,
Sinéad Burke SF
Ratoath7Maria Murphy FG,
Gillian Toole IND,
Deirdre Geraghty Smith FF,
Maria O’Kane SF,
Bee Flanagan FG
Trim6Vera Kelly FF,
Sinéad Geraghty FF,
Aisling Dempsey FF,
Niamh Soughan FG,
Tracey McElhinney LAB,
Caroline Lynch SF
Monaghan18
Ballybay-Clones5Rosie Smyth O’Harte SF
Carrickmacross-
Castleblaney
6Mary Kerr-Conlon FG,
Aoife McCooey FF
Monaghan7Emer Brennan FF,
Fiona McCaffrey Jones FG,
Cathy Bennett SF,
Cat Moen SF
Offaly19
Birr6Clare Claffey SOCDEM,
Marian Pilkington FG,
Bernie Fanneran FF,
Monica Barnwell REN
Edenderry6Pippa Hackett GP,
Christine Traynor FF
Tullamore7Anne Marie Ennis SF,
Deirdre Fox FG
Roscommon8
Athlone
(Roscommon)
6
Boyle6Valerie Byrne IND/HAC,
Mary O’Donnell IND
Roscommon6Orla Leyden FF,
Kathleen Shanagher IND
Sligo1
Ballymote-
Tobercurry
7
Sligo-
Drumcliff
5Marie Casserly IND,
Amanda Gallagher IND,
Ciara McLoughlin FG
Sligo-
Strandhill
6Rosaleen O’Grady FF,
Sinéad Maguire FG,
Nessa Cosgrove LAB,
Miranda O’Donnell GP
Tipperary4
Carrick-on-
Suir
5Imelda Goldsboro FF,
Joanne Ivors SF,
Louise McLoughlin FG,
Margaret Croke FG,
Sarah Dunne LAB
Cahir4Anita Lonergan FF,
Marie Murphy FG,
Máirín McGrath IND
Cashel-Tipperary7Jacqui Kinahan Finnan FF, 
Mary Hanna Hourigan FG,
Annemarie Ryan IND/M4T,
Lisa Flynn IND/M4T
Clonmel6Siobhán Ambrose FF,
Catherine Carey SF,
Teresa Johnson WUAG
Nenagh5Louise Morgan Walsh LAB
Newport4Fiona Bonfield LAB,
Rose Anne White GP,
Phyl Bugler FG,
Teresa Collins SF
Roscrea-
Templemore
4
Thurles5Ciara McCormack SF,
Catherine Fogarty IND
Waterford3
Waterford City East6Sharon Carey FG,
Fiona Dowd FG
Waterford City South6Breda Brennan SF,
Susan Gallagher GP,
Vivienne Burns IND
Tramore-
Waterford City West
6Una Dunphy PBP,
Rita Lacey FF,
Leslie Hughes SF,
Lola O’Sullivan FG,
Maxine Keoghan FG,
Melissa O’Neill IND
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Ann Troy IND,
Dolores Whelan IND,
Mairead Coffey Jacob FG
Dungarvan6Siobhán Whelan SF,
Anne Marie Rossiter FF,
Caren Hallahan IND,
Ciara Langan IND
Lismore3Louise Brierley SF,
Lynne Glasscoe GP
Westmeath20
Athlone (Westmeath)5Fiona Lynam SOCDEM,
Louise Heavin GP,
Imelda Geraghty IND
Moate4Searlait Cabdi Ní Chianáin IND
Mullingar6Sorca Clarke SF,
Margaret Lynam-Sweeney LAB,
Aoife Davitt FF,
Hazel Smyth GP,
Alice McDonnell IND
Kinnegad5Lorraine Scally LAB,
Emily Wallace FG,
Becky Loftus Dore FG,
Hazel Behan SF,
Shauna Coyne FF,
Una D’Arcy IND,
Wexford34
Gorey6Cinnamon Blackmore PBP,
Elaine O’Malley Clarke FG
Kilmuckridge4Mary Farrell IND,
Colette Nolan SF,
Edel Gahan FG
Enniscorthy6Barbara Ann Murphy FF,
Kathleen Codd Nolan FG,
Annette Byrne-Moran IND/I4C
New Ross6Susan Breen PBP,
Marie Doyle SF,
Bridín Moloney LAB,
Brídín Murphy FG,
Dorota Kulesza REN
Rosslare (Kilmore)5Jane Johnstone IND/14C,
Lisa McDonald FF
Wexford7Maura Bell LAB,
Angela Reville FG,
Elaine Cole AON
Wicklow32
Arklow6Mary McDonald IND,
Chantel Kangowa FG,
Miriam Murphy IND,
Peir Leonard IND
Baltinglass6Avril Cronin FG,
Lorraine O’Brien IND
Bray East4Sharon Briggs PBP,
Anne Ferris LAB,
Grace McManus SF,
Aoife Flynn Kennedy FG
Bray West4June Maher PBP,
Melanie Corrigan FG
Greystones6Pyper Ludlow PBP,
Elaine Wills FF,
Alice O’Donnell FG,
Nicola Lawless SF,
Jennifer Whitmore SOCDEM,
Lourda Scott GP,
Anna Waithira Burke LAB ,
Mags Crean IND
Wicklow6Anne Gregory FF,
Muireann Dalton SF,
Irene Winters FG,
Mary Kavanagh IND

These details will still be constantly updated over the next few months, as and when I come across details of selected/declared female candidates who are not currently on the list above.

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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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11 Responses to Female candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections

  1. Ciarán McKenna says:

    Carah Daniel has been selected as Solidarity candidate for the Balbriggan electoral area in Fingal.

  2. Ciaran says:

    Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud in Ballymun-Finglas and Cllr Janice Boylan in Dublin Central

  3. Clive says:

    Adrian, Nicky Uzell will be the Independents4Change candidate in DrimnaghBallyfermot LEA.

    Confirmed in The Local News (South edition) 31 January edition

  4. Niamh Farren says:

    Hi Adrian – Cllr Anne Colgan (Ind) is running in Dundrum.

  5. Hi Adrian, I’m running in the Naas Municipal District in Kildare as an independent.

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