Fine Gael candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 17th October 2018, with updates as new candidate nominations announced. Any links in this post are to online announcements of candidate selections – there will be no specific links to candidate webpages.

The fourth of 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). The rule of thumb here is that I will add party candidates in most cases only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention or by some other means of candidate selection. I try my best to find information about local election candidate selection conventions, but in some cases this information is hard to find and occasionally it can be some time after a convention takes place before I find this information and hence am in a position to update this page accordingly.

The post will focus on Fine Gael candidate selections ahead of the 2019 City and County Council elections. 

After a very strong performance at the 2009 Local Elections, where the party outpolled Fianna Fáil in a national election for the first time in its history, Fine Gael lost a number of seats at the 2014 contest. Winning 235 seats in these contests, Fine Gael once again became the second largest party at the local authority level behind Fianna Fáil, although they would retain their position as largest party in the state at general election contest at the subsequent 2016 General Election. Defections from the party reduced the overall number of Fine Gael City and County Councillors over the coming years, but this has been somewhat offset by the fact that a number of other Councillors have decided to join the party over this same period. According to my best estimates, I currently estimate that there are 234 Fine Gael City and County Councillors.

Unusually for a party in government, Fine Gael may well approach the 2019 Local Elections with the expectation of a number of gains, especially in light of trends in opinion polls over the past year and a half which show the party on a level of support that is a number of percentage points above the level of support won by Fine Gael at the 2016 General Election (and indeed the 2014 City and County Council elections). The changing local election boundaries could potentially help Fine Gael (and work against the smaller parties), given that lower district magnitudes are generally expected to give the largest political parties a “seat bonus”. While this applies very much to general elections, however, sometimes the “local” nature of City and County Council elections can mean that the potential for such a “seat bonus” is not as strong as might be anticipated.

As of now (13th November 2018), twenty three Fine Gael local election candidates are listed on this page. Nine of these candidates are women (39.1%) and fourteen of these are men (60.9%).

The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2019 Local Elections as Fine Gael candidates include:

Area/Electoral Area Fine Gael candidates
Carlow
Carlow
Tullow
Muinebeag
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill
Ballyjamesduff
Cavan-Belturbert
Clare
Ennis
Killaloe Cllr Joe Cooney, Cllr Pat Burke, Ger O’Halloran
Shannon
Ennistimon
Kilrush
Cork County
Carrigaline
Bandon-Kinsale
Macroom
Cobh
Midleton
Fermoy
Kanturk
Mallow
Bantry
Clonakilty-Skibbereen
Cork City
Cork City North East
Cork City North West
Cork City South Central
Cork City South East
Cork City South West
Donegal
Donegal
Glenties
Milford
Buncrana
Letterkenny
Carndonagh
Lifford-Stranorlar
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh
Ballymun-Finglas
Artane-Whitehall
Donaghmede
Cabra-Glasnevin
Clontarf
Kimmage-Rathmines
North Inner City
South West Inner City Eoghan Howe
South East Inner City
Pembroke
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock Cllr. Marie Baker, Cllr. Barry Ward, Rebecca Molloy
Dún Laoghaire Cllr. John Bailey, Cllr. Mary Fayne, Lorraine Hall
Dundrum
Glencullen-Sandyford
Killiney-Shankill Cllr. Jim Gildea, Frank McNamara
Stillorgan Cllr. John Kennedy
Fingal County
Balbriggan
Rush Lusk
Castleknock
Howth-Malahide
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart
Ongar
Swords
South Dublin County
Clondalkin
Palmerstown-Fonthill
Lucan
Tallaght Central
Tallaght South
Rathfarnham-Templeogue
Firhouse-Bohernabreena
Galway City
Galway City Central
Galway City East
Galway City West
Galway County
Athenry-Oranmore
Gort Kinvara
Ballinasloe
Conamara North
Conamara South
Loughrea
Tuam
Kerry
Killarney
Listowel
An Daingean
Kenmare
Castleisland
Tralee
Kildare
Athy
Celbridge
Leixlip
Maynooth
Clane
Kildare
Newbridge
Naas
Kilkenny
Castlecomer
Kilkenny
Callan-Thomastown
Piltown
Laois
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick
Graiguecullen-Portarlington
Portlaoise
Leitrim
Ballinamore
Carrick-on-Shannon
Manorhamilton
Limerick
Limerick City East Cllr. Marian Hurley, Cllr Michael Sheahan, Michael Murphy
Limerick City North
Limerick City West Cllr. Daniel Butler, Cllr. Elenora Hogan
Adare-Rathkeale
Cappamore-Kilmallock
Newcastle West
Longford
Ballymahon
Granard
Longford
Louth
Ardee
Drogheda Urban
Drogheda Rural
Dundalk-Carlingford
Dundalk-South
Mayo
Ballina
Castlebar
Claremorris
Swinford
Belmullet
Westport
Meath
Ashbourne
Kells
Laytown-Bettystown
Navan
Ratoath Cllr. Maria Murphy, Cllr. Gillian Toole, Cllr. Gerry O’Connor
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney Cllr. Aidan Campbell, Mary Kerr-Conlon
Monaghan
Offaly
Birr
Edenderry
Tullamore
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon)
Boyle
Roscommon
Sligo
Ballymote-Tobercurry
Sligo-Drumcliff
Sligo-Strandhill
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir
Cahir
Cashel-Tipperary
Clonmel
Nenagh
Newport
Roscrea-Templemore
Thurles
Waterford
Waterford City East
Waterford City South
Tramore-Waterford City West
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas
Dungarvan
Lismore
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath)
Moate
Mullingar
Kinnegad
Wexford
Gorey
Kilmuckridge
Enniscorthy
New Ross
Kilmore
Wexford
Wicklow
Arklow
Baltinglass
Bray East
Bray West
Greystones
Wicklow

(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.):

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.

The Fine Gael selection convention for Ratoath took place on 16th October 2018 and three candidates – all incumbents – were selected at this.

The selection convention for Limerick City East took place on 22nd October, as reported in the Limerick Leader (23rd October 2018), and three candidates, including two incumbents, were selected at this.

Cllr. John Kennedy was selected as the party candidate for the Stillorgan electoral area at a selection convention on 1st November 2018. Eoghan Howe was selected to contest the South West Inner City electoral area as the Fine Gael party candidate on 5th November 2018.  As reported by the Limerick Leader (3rd November 2018), Cllrs. Daniel Butler and Elenora Hogan were selected to contest the Limerick City West electoral area for Fine Gael at a convention which took place on 3rd November 2018 – two Patrickswell-based nominees lost out at the convention; Fergus Kilcoyne and 20-year-old Daniel McSweeney.

Eight candidates were selected to contest the three electoral areas located within the Dún Laoghaire Dáil constituency on 9th November 2018 at a selection convention held at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Cllr. Aidan Campbell and Mary Kerr-Conlon were selected as candidates for Carrickamacross-Castleblaney at a selection convention which took on that same day – this convention was also contested by Pat Cassidy, as reported on the Northern Sound website (9th November 2018). The Killaloe selection convention took place on 12th November and selected three candidates.

 

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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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