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, while 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 14th November 2018: Based on the list of candidates below, there are now ninety two officially selected/declared female candidates (out of a total of two hundred and two selected/declared candidates), with female candidates currently accounting for 45.5% 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:

  • 9 female Fine Gael candidates – 39.1% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of) – as far as I am aware, only eight Fine Gael selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 3 female Fianna Fail candidates – 21.4% of the total number of candidates selected to date – as far as I am aware, only five Fianna Fáil selection conventions have taken place so far
  • 18 female Labour Party candidates – 41.9% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • female Sinn Fein candidates– 100.0% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • 10 female Green Party candidates – 43.5% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • 4 female Solidarity candidates – 80.0% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • 24 female People Before Profit candidates – 53.3% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • 18 female Social Democrat candidates – 58.1% of the total number of candidates selected to date (that I am aware of)
  • female non-party/independent candidates – 25.0% of the total number of independent candidates who have declared their candidacies to date (that I am aware of)

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

  • Blackrock with four selected/declared female local election candidates
  • Lucan, North Inner City 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 Area Seats Female Candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7 Adrienne Wallace PBP
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 7
Killaloe 5 Beckha Doyle SOCDEM
Shannon 7 Betty Walsh SOCDEM
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55
Carrigaline 6 Catríona Reid GP
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6 Síle Ní Dhubhghaill SOCDEM
Cobh 6 Louise Murphy SF
Midleton 7 Danielle Twomey SF
Fermoy 6 June Murphy SOCDEM
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4 Holly McKeever Cairns SOCDEM
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5 Evie Evans Nevin SOCDEM, Vanessa O’Donnell PBP
Cork City 31
Cork City North East 6 Carol Brogan SOL
Cork City North West 6 Fiona Ryan SOL
Cork City South Central 6
Cork City South East 6 Lorna Bogue GP
Cork City South West 7 Tjitske de Vries PBP, Colette Finn GP
Donegal 37
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5 Hazel de Nortuín PBP
Ballymun-Finglas 6 Mary Callaghan SOCDEM, Caroline Conroy GP
Artane-Whitehall 6 Racheal Batten FF
Donaghmede 5
Cabra-Glasnevin 7 Neasa Hourigan GP
Clontarf 6 Catherine Stocker SOCDEM, Jane Horgan-Jones LAB
Kimmage-Rathmines 6 Mary Freehill LAB
North Inner City 7 Ellie Kisyombee SOCDEM, Carol Deans SOCDEM, Gillian Brien PBP
South West Inner City 5 Tina MacVeigh PBP
South East Inner City 5 Annette Mooney PBP, Claire Byrne GP
Pembroke 5 Hazel Chu GP
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40
Blackrock 6 Lola Hynes PBP, Deirdre Kingston LAB, Marie Baker FG, Rebecca Molloy FG
Dun Laoghaire 7 Melissa Halpin PBP, Mary Fayne FG, Lorraine Hall FG
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7 Danielle O’Rourke PBP, Carrie Smyth LAB
Stillorgan 6 Rachel Prendergast Spollen PBP, Eva Dowling GPO
Fingal County 40
Balbriggan 5 Seána Ó Rodaigh LAB
Rush Lusk 5
Castleknock 5
Howth-Malahide 7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6 Mary McCamley LAB
Ongar 5 Elaine Dooley LAB
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40
Clondalkin 7 Breeda Bonner LAB
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5 Madeleine Johansson PBP
Lucan 5 Joanna Tuffy LAB, Kelly Marie Sweeney PBP, Liona O’Toole IND
Tallaght Central 6 Laura O’Reilly PBP
Tallaght South 5 Emma Hendrick PBP
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7 Carly Bailey SOCDEM
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5
Galway City 18
Galway City Central 6 Sharon Nolan SOCDEM
Galway City East 6
Galway City West 6
Galway County 39
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Gort Kinvara 5
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry 33
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
An Daingean 3
Kenmare 6
Castleisland 4
Tralee 7 Bec Fahy PBP
Kildare 40
Athy 5 Aoife Breslin LAB, Samantha Kenny SOCDEM
Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3 Fionnuala Killeen SOCDEM
Maynooth 5 Angela Feeney LAB
Clane 5
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7 Anne Breen LAB, Ashling Merriman PBP
Kilkenny 24
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7 Stephanie Hanlon PBP
Callan-Thomastown 6
Piltown 5
Laois 19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40
Limerick City East 7 Elena Secas LAB, Marian Hurley FG
Limerick City North 7 Anne Cronin LAB, Mary Cahillane SOL
Limerick City West 7 Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin SOL, Elenora Hogan FG
Adare-Rathkeale 6 Bridie Collins FF, Trina O’Dea FF
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7 Barbara Smyth PBP
Louth 29
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6
Drogheda Rural 4 Michelle Hall LAB
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6 Mags Sheehan GP
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40
Ashbourne 6 Sharon Keogan IND
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7 Sharon Keogan IND
Navan 7 Amy McGrath SOCDEM
Ratoath 7 Maria Murphy FG, Gillian Toole FG
Trim 6
Monaghan 18
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Mary Kerr-Conlon FG
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19
Birr 6 Clare Claffey SOCDEM
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18
Ballymote-Tobercurry 7
Sligo-Drumcliff 5
Sligo-Strandhill 6
Tipperary 40
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Cahir 4
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 6
Nenagh 5 Virginia O’Dowd LAB
Newport 4 Fiona Bonfield LAB
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Una Dunphy PBP
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath 20
Athlone (Westmeath) 5 Fiona Lynam SOCDEM, Louise Heavin GP
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34
Gorey 6 Cinnamon Blackmore PBP
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6 Susan Breen PBP
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7 Denise Whitmore SOCDEM
Wicklow 32
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4 Sharon Briggs PBP
Bray West 4 Anne Ferris LAB
Greystones 6 Pyper Ludlow PBP
Wicklow 6 Anna Doyle 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.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email: adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie
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