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. 404 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 16th January 2019: Based on the list of candidates below, there are now two hundred and thirty nine officially selected/declared female candidates (out of a total of seven hundred and forty selected, or declared, local election candidates), with female candidates currently accounting for 32.3% of the total number of candidates selected/declared that I have accounted for to date.

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

  • 44 female Fianna Fáil candidates – 19.4% of the total number of candidates selected to date – as far as I am aware, one hundred and twelve Fianna Fáil selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 43 female Sinn Féin candidates– 37.7% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, eighty five Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 34 female Fine Gael candidates – 25.6% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, sixty one Fine Gael selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 28 female Labour Party candidates – 42.4% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, fifty three Labour Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 25 female People Before Profit candidates – 54.3% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, forty four People Before Profit selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 23 female Social Democrat candidates – 54.8% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, forty one Social Democrats selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 18 female Green Party candidates – 47.8% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, thirty eight Green Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 9 female Solidarity candidates – 52.9% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, fifteen Solidarity selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 3 female Workers Party candidates – 37.5% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, eight Workers Party selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 1 female Renua candidates – Renua have just commenced on their local election selection conventions
  • 12 female non-party/independent candidates – 24.0% of the total number of independent candidates who have declared their candidacies to date (that I am aware of)

There is a geographical dimension here, as – to date – female candidates are accounting for 37.5% of candidates in the urban electoral areas and 26.3% of the total number of candidates in the more rural constituencies. Female candidates account for 42.6% of the total number of candidates in the Dublin region, as against levels of 32.5% in Leinster, 29.9% in Munster and 14.7% in Connacht-Ulster.

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

  • Blackrock with six selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • North Inner City and Swords, with five selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Clonakilty-Skibbereen (Skibereen-West Cork), Tralee, Naas,
    Limerick City East, Ballymun-Finglas, Donaghmede, Clontarf, Cabra-Glasnevin, Kimmage-Rathmines, South East Inner City and South West Inner City with four selected/declared female local election candidates.
  • Portlaoise, Longford (Town), Wexford (Town), Trim, Dundalk South, Ennis, Macroom, Fermoy, Bray East, Galway City Central, Limerick City North, Limerick City West, Cork City South West, Clondalkin, Lucan, Tallaght-South, Rathfarnham-Templeogue, Firhouse-Bohernabreena, Castleknock, Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart, Killiney-Shankill and Dún Laoghaire with three selected/declared female local election candidates.

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

Area/Electoral AreaSeatsFemale Candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7Adrienne Wallace PBP, Andrea Dalton FF
Tullow6
Muinebeag5
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6
Clare28
Ennis7Mary Howard FG, Clare Colleran Molloy FF, Donna Deirdre McGettigan SF
Killaloe5Beckha Doyle SOCDEM
Shannon7Betty Walsh SOCDEM
Ennistimon4Roisin Garvey GP, Noeleen Moran SF
Kilrush5Violet-Anne Wynne SF
Cork County55
Carrigaline6Catríona Reid GP
Bandon-Kinsale6Gillian Coughlan FF
Macroom6Síle Ní Dhubhghaill SOCDEM, Áine Collins FG, Eileen Lynch FG
Cobh6Louise Murphy SF
Midleton7Danielle Twomey SF
Fermoy6June Murphy SOCDEM, Deirdre O’Brien FF, Helen White SF
Kanturk4Lillian Meade SF
Mallow5Melissa Mullane SF
Bantry4Holly McKeever Cairns SOCDEM
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Evie Evans Nevin SOCDEM, Vanessa O’Donnell PBP, Karen Coakley FG, Yvonne Cahalane FG
Cork City31
Cork City North East6Carol Brogan SOL, Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty SF
Cork City North West6Fiona Ryan SOL, Julie O’Leary FG
Cork City South Central6Fiona Kerins SF
Cork City South East6Lorna Bogue GP, Deirdre Forde FG
Cork City South West7Tjitske de Vries PBP, Colette Finn GP, Sinead Ronan FG
Donegal37
Donegal6Valerie McNulty IND
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Hazel de Nortuín PBP, Sophie Nicollaud GP
Ballymun-Finglas6Mary Callaghan SOCDEM, Caroline Conroy GP, Cathleen Carney-Boud SF, Cathie Shiels WP
Artane-Whitehall6Racheal Batten FF, Patricia Roe SOCDEM
Donaghmede5Maria Mulvany FG, Suzanne McDonnell FG, Niamh McDonald IND, Jo Tully PBP
Cabra-Glasnevin7Neasa Hourigan GP, Marie Sherlock Doherty LAB, Rita Harold SOL, Mary Fitzpatrick FF
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
North Inner City7Ellie Kisyombee SOCDEM, Carol Deans SOCDEM, Gillian Brien PBP, Éilis Ryan WP, Janice Boylan SF
South West Inner City5Tina MacVeigh PBP, Jen Cummins SOCDEM, Rebecca Moynihan LAB, Críona Ní Dhalaigh SF
South East Inner City5Annette Mooney PBP, Claire Byrne GP, Maria Bohan FF, Susan Gregg Farrell SF
Pembroke5Hazel Chu GP, Claire O’Connor FF
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40
Blackrock6Lola Hynes PBP, Deirdre Kingston LAB, Marie Baker FG, Rebecca Molloy FG, Kate Feeney FF, Mary Hanafin FF
Dun Laoghaire7Melissa Halpin PBP, Mary Fayne FG, Lorraine Hall FG
Dundrum7Anna Grainger FG
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7Danielle O’Rourke PBP, Carrie Smyth LAB, Helena Kelly FF
Stillorgan6Rachel Prendergast Spollen PBP, Eva Dowling GPO
Fingal County40
Balbriggan5Seána Ó Rodaigh LAB, Carah Daniel SOL
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5Mags Murray FF, Sandra Kavanagh SOL, Natalie Treacy SF
Howth-Malahide7Aoibhinn Tormey FG
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Mary McCamley LAB, Punam Rane FG, Breda Hanaphy SF
Ongar5Elaine Dooley LAB
Swords7Helen Dunne FG, Lorraine O’Connell SF, Ann Graves SF, Brigid Gallagher FF, Tracey Carey SOCDEM
South Dublin County40
Clondalkin7Breeda Bonner LAB, Louise Kinsella-Colman SF, Lorraine Hennessy WP
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Madeleine Johansson PBP
Lucan5Joanna Tuffy LAB, Kelly Marie Sweeney PBP, Liona O’Toole IND
Tallaght Central6Laura O’Reilly PBP, Cora McCann SF
Tallaght South5Emma Hendrick PBP, Sandra Fay SOL, Louise Dunne SF
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Carly Bailey SOCDEM, Pamela Kearns LAB, Sarah Holland SF
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Aideen Carberry LAB, Jess Spear SOL, Emma Murphy FF
Galway City18
Galway City Central6Sharon Nolan SOCDEM, Imelda Byrne FF, Martina O’Connor GP
Galway City East6Mairéad Farrell SF
Galway City West6Pauline O’Reilly GP
Galway County39
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4Eileen Mannion FG
Conamara South5Niamh Byrne FG
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33
Killarney7Marie Moloney LAB, Maura Healy-Rae IND
Listowel6Aoife Thornton FG
An Daingean3
Kenmare6Norma Moriarty FF
Castleisland4Kate McSweeney SF
Tralee7Bec Fahy PBP, Toireasa Ferris SF, Yvonne Dineen IND, Norma Foley FF
Kildare40
Athy5Aoife Breslin LAB, Samantha Kenny SOCDEM
Celbridge4
Leixlip3Fionnuala Killeen SOCDEM
Maynooth5Angela Feeney LAB
Clane5
Kildare5Patricia Ryan SF
Newbridge6Ciara O’Reilly LAB
Naas7Anne Breen LAB, Ashling Merriman PBP, Evie Sammon FG, Carmel Kelly FF
Kilkenny24
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7Stephanie Hanlon PBP, Trish Finegan IND
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5Grace Doyle SF, Fidelis Doherty FG
Laois19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Lorna Garry SF
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins FF
Portlaoise7Catherine Fitzgerald FF, Pauline Madigan FF, Caroline Dwane Stanley SF
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6Mary Bohan FF
Limerick40
Limerick City East7Elena Secas LAB, Marian Hurley FG, Catherine Slattery FF, Sarah-Jane Hennelly SOCDEM
Limerick City North7Anne Cronin LAB, Mary Cahillane SOL, Sharon Benson SF
Limerick City West7Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin SOL, Elenora Hogan FG, Elisa O’Donovan SOCDEM
Adare-Rathkeale6Bridie Collins FF, Trina O’Dea FF
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin SF, Brigid Duffy FF
Granard5
Longford7Barbara Smyth PBP, Tena Keown SF, Peggy Nolan FG
Louth29
Ardee6
Drogheda Urban6Maria McCabe REN
Drogheda Rural4Michelle Hall LAB
Dundalk-Carlingford6Edel Corrigan SF
Dundalk-South7Anne Campbell SF, Marianne Butler GP, Emma Coffey FF
Mayo30
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6Mags Sheehan GP
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4Tereasa McGuire FG
Meath40
Ashbourne6Sharon Keogan IND
Kells7
Laytown-Bettystown7Sharon Keogan IND
Navan7Amy McGrath SOCDEM, Madeline Thornton FF, Yemi Adenuga FG, Karen Byrne FG
Ratoath7Maria Murphy FG, Gillian Toole FG
Trim6Vera Kelly FF, Sinéad Geraghty FF, Aisling Dempsey FF
Monaghan18
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6Mary Kerr-Conlon FG
Monaghan7Emer Brennan FF
Offaly19
Birr6Clare Claffey SOCDEM
Edenderry6Pippa Hackett GP
Tullamore7Anne Marie Ennis SF
Roscommon18
Athlone (Roscommon)6
Boyle6
Roscommon6Orla Leyden FF
Sligo18
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6Rosaleen O’Grady FF
Tipperary40
Carrick-on-Suir5Imelda Goldsboro FF
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7Jacqui Kinahan Finnan FF, Mary Hanna Hourigan FG
Clonmel6Siobhán Ambrose FF
Nenagh5Virginia O’Dowd LAB
Newport4Fiona Bonfield LAB, Rose Anne White GP
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6Breda Brennan SF, Claire Cullen-Delsol IND
Tramore-Waterford City West6Una Dunphy PBP, Rita Lacey FF
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5
Dungarvan6Siobhán Whelan SF
Lismore3Louise Brierley SF
Westmeath20
Athlone (Westmeath)5Fiona Lynam SOCDEM, Louise Heavin GP
Moate4
Mullingar6Sorca Clarke SF, Margaret Lynam-Sweeney LAB
Kinnegad5Una O’Neill D’Arcy SF, Lorraine Scally LAB
Wexford34
Gorey6Cinnamon Blackmore PBP
Kilmuckridge4Mary Farrell IND, Colette Nolan SF
Enniscorthy6Barbara Ann Murphy FF
New Ross6Susan Breen PBP, Marie Doyle SF, Bridín Moloney LAB
Kilmore5
Wexford7Denise Whitmore SOCDEM, Maura Bell LAB, Lisa McDonald FF
Wicklow32
Arklow6
Baltinglass6
Bray East4Sharon Briggs PBP, Anne Ferris LAB, Grace McManus SF
Bray West4
Greystones6Pyper Ludlow PBP, Elaine Wills FF
Wicklow6Anna Doyle IND, Anne Gregory FF

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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6 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

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