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 (15th February 2019), two hundred and forty two Fine Gael local election candidates are listed on this page. Sixty three of these candidates are women (26.0%) and one hundred and seventy nine of these are men (74.0%). As far as I am aware, one hundred and seven Fine Gael selection conventions have taken place so far.

One hundred and thirty one (54.1%) of these selected Fine Gael candidates are currently incumbents (City/County Council members). 58.1% of male Fine Gael local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 42.9% of female Fine Gael candidates.

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

Area/Electoral AreaFine Gael candidates
Carlow 
Carlow 
TullowCllr. John Murphy, Cllr. Brian O’Donoghue,
Maria Ansbro
MuinebeagCllr. Michael Doran, Cllr. Tom Kinsella, Cllr. Denis Foley
Cavan 
Bailieborough-CootehillCllr. Val Smith, Cllr. Carmel Brady, John O’Hare
BallyjamesduffCllr. Winston Bennett, Trevor Smith
Cavan-BelturbertCllr. Peter McVitty, Cllr. Madeline Argue
Clare 
EnnisCllr. Johnny Flynn, Cllr. Mary Howard, Cllr. Paul Murphy
KillaloeCllr Joe Cooney, Cllr Pat Burke, Ger O’Halloran
ShannonCllr. John Crowe, Garret McPhillips
EnnistymonCllr. Bill Slattery
Kilrush Cllr. Gabriel Keating, Mike Taylor
Cork County 
CarrigalineCllr. Aidan Lombard, Liam O’Connor
Bandon-KinsaleCllr. John O’Sullivan, Cllr. Kevin Murphy,
Gerard Seaman
MacroomCllr. Michael Creed, Cllr. Ted Lucey, Áine Collins,
Eileen Lynch
CobhCllr. Sinead Sheppard, Cllr. Anthony Barry
MidletonCllr. Susan McCarthy, Cllr. Michael Hegarty, John Phillips
Fermoy 
Kanturk 
MallowLiam Madden, Cian Moriarty 
BantryCllr. Noel Harrington, Katie Murphy, John Dineen
Clonakilty-SkibbereenKaren Coakley, Yvonne Cahalane, JJ Walsh
Cork City 
Cork City North EastCllr. Joe Kavanagh
Cork City North WestJulie O’Leary, Damian Boylan
Cork City South CentralShane O’Callaghan
Cork City South EastCllr. Deirdre Forde, Cllr. Des Cahill
Cork City South WestCllr. PJ Hourican, Cllr. Derry Canty, Sinead Ronan, Garrett Kelleher
Donegal 
Donegal 
GlentiesMichael McClafferty, Eamon Byrne
Milford 
BuncranaCllr. Mickey Doherty, Marie McKenna
LetterkennyCllr. Jimmy Kavanagh
Carndonagh 
Lifford-Stranorlar 
Dublin City 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 
Ballymun-FinglasSean Tyrell
Artane-WhitehallCllr. Declan Flanagan
DonaghmedeTerence Flanagan, Maria Mulvany, Suzanne McDonnell
Cabra-Glasnevin Colm O’Rourke
ClontarfCllr. Naoise O Muiri, Jeff Johnston
Kimmage-RathminesCllr. Anne Feeney, Patrick Kinsella
North Inner CityCllr. Ray McAdam
South West Inner CityEoghan Howe
South East Inner CityDanny Byrne
PembrokeCllr. Paddy McCartan, James Geoghegan,
Linda O’Shea-Farren
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
BlackrockCllr. Marie Baker, Cllr. Barry Ward, Rebecca Molloy
Dún LaoghaireCllr. John Bailey, Cllr. Mary Fayne, Lorraine Hall
DundrumCllr. Pat Hand, Anna Grainger, Jim O’Leary
Glencullen-Sandyford 
Killiney-ShankillCllr. Jim Gildea, Frank McNamara
StillorganCllr. Barry Saul, Cllr. John Kennedy, Maeve O’Connell
Fingal County 
BalbrigganCllr. Tom O’Leary, Okezie E. Emuaga, Sam O’Connor
Rush LuskBob Dowling, Jim Monks
CastleknockCllr. Ted Leddy
Howth-MalahideCllr. Anthony Lavin, Aoibhinn Tormey
Blanchardstown-MulhuddartPunam Rane
OngarJagannadha R Muttumula, Cllr. Kieran Dennison
SwordsHelen Dunne
South Dublin County 
ClondalkinCllr. Emer Higgins, Cllr. Kenneth Egan
Palmerstown-Fonthill 
Lucan 
Tallaght CentralTheresa Duffy
Tallaght SouthBaby Pereppadan
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 
Galway City 
Galway City CentralCllr. Frank Fahy
Galway City East 
Galway City West 
Galway County 
Athenry-Oranmore 
Gort KinvaraCllr. Joe Byrne, Fionn Kiely, P. J. Murphy
BallinasloeCllr. Michael Finnerty, Cllr. Aidan Donoghue,
Cllr. Peter Keaveney
Conamara NorthCllr. Eileen Mannion
Conamara SouthCllr. Niamh Byrne
LoughreaCllr. Jimmy McClearn, Cllr. Michael Maher
TuamCllr. Tom McHugh, Cllr. Pete Roche, Andrew Reddington
Kerry 
KillarneyCllr. John Sheahan
ListowelCllr. Aoife Thornton, Cllr. Mike Kennelly,
Michael Foley
An DaingeanCllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald, Tommy Griffin
KenmareCllr. Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen, Pat Lyne
CastleislandCllr. Bobby O’Connell, Cllr. Pat McCarthy
Tralee 
Kildare 
Athy 
Celbridge 
LeixlipCllr. Joe Neville
Maynooth 
ClaneCllr. Brendan Weld, Seamus Langan, Brendan Wyse
Kildare 
NewbridgePeggy O’Dywer, Tracey O’Dwyer, Tom Dempsey
NaasCllr. Fintan Brett, Cllr. Darren Scully, Evie Sammon
Kilkenny 
CastlecomerCllr. Mary Hilda Cavanagh, Cllr. John Brennan
KilkennyCllr. David Fitzgerald, Martin Brett, Orla Kelly 
Callan-Thomastown 
PiltownCllr. Pat Dunphy, Cllr. Fidelis Doherty, John Hayes
Laois 
Borris in Ossory-MountmellickCllr. John King, Cllr. David Goodwin, Conor Bergin,
Fergal Conroy
Graiguecullen-PortarlingtonCllr Tom Mulhall, Vivienne Phelan, Aisling Moran
PortlaoiseCllr. Willie Aird, Cllr. Mary Sweeney,
Thomasina Connell
Leitrim 
Ballinamore 
Carrick-on-Shannon 
ManorhamiltonCllr. Frank Dolan, Cllr. Sean McDermott,
John Joe Dowdican
Limerick 
Limerick City EastCllr. Marian Hurley, Cllr Michael Sheahan, Michael Murphy
Limerick City NorthOlivia O’Sullivan, Denis McCarthy
Limerick City WestCllr. Daniel Butler, Cllr. Elenora Hogan
Adare-RathkealeCllr. Stephen Keary, Cllr. Adam Teskey, Leo Walsh
Cappamore-KilmallockCllr. Ger Mitchell, John Egan, Noreen Stokes
Newcastle WestCllr. Liam Galvin, Cllr. John Sheahan, Tom Ruddle, Cllr. Jerome Scanlan
Longford 
Ballymahon 
GranardCllr. Micheal Carrigy, Cllr. Pauric Brady, Frank Kilbride, Gary Murtagh
LongfordCllr. John Browne, Cllr. Peggy Nolan, Cllr. Gerry Hagan, Gerry Cooney
Louth 
ArdeeCllr. Dolores Minogue, Cllr. Colm Markey,
Finnan McGrath
Drogheda UrbanCllr. Richie Culhane
Drogheda RuralCllr. Oliver Tully 
Dundalk-Carlingford 
Dundalk-South 
Mayo 
BallinaCllr. Jarlath Munnelly, Cllr. John O’Hara,
Aileen Horkan, Kieran Gill
CastlebarCllr. Cyril Burke, Ger Deere, Eugene McCormack
Claremorris 
Swinford 
Belmullet 
WestportCllr. Tereasa McGuire, Peter Flynn, Austin Francis O’Malley
Meath 
AshbourneCllr. Suzanne Jamal, Cllr. Alan Tobin,  John Stillman
Kells 
Laytown-Bettystown Cllr. Paddy Meade, Cllr. Sharon Tolan
NavanYemi Adenuga, Karen Byrne, Ross Kelly
RatoathCllr. Maria Murphy, Cllr. Gillian Toole, Cllr. Gerry O’Connor
Trim 
Monaghan 
Ballybay-ClonesCllr. Sean Gilliland, Cllr. Richard Truell
Carrickmacross-CastleblaneyCllr. Aidan Campbell, Mary Kerr-Conlon
MonaghanCllr. David Maxwell, Fiona McCaffrey Jones,
Barra Flynn 
Offaly 
BirrCllr. John Clendennen, Marian Pilkington 
EdenderryCllr. Noel Cribbin, Cllr. Liam Quinn
TullamoreDeirdre Fox, Noelle O’Donoghue, Neil Feighery
Roscommon 
Athlone (Roscommon)Cllr. John Naughten, Ger Grehan
BoyleCllr. Liam Callaghan, Keith Suffin
Roscommon 
Sligo 
Ballymote-Tobercurry 
Sligo-Drumcliff 
Sligo-Strandhill Cllr. Sinéad Maguire, Blaine Gaffney
Tipperary 
Carrick-on-Suir 
Cahir 
Cashel-TipperaryCllr. John Crosse, Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald, Cllr. Mary Hanna Hourigan, Declan Burgess
Clonmel 
Nenagh Cllr. Ger Darcy, Conor Delaney
Newport 
Roscrea-TemplemoreNoel Coonan
ThurlesPeter Ryan
Waterford 
Waterford City East 
Waterford City South 
Tramore-Waterford City West 
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 
Dungarvan 
Lismore 
Westmeath 
Athlone (Westmeath) 
Moate 
Mullingar 
Kinnegad 
Wexford 
Gorey 
KilmuckridgeCllr. Oliver Walsh
EnniscorthyCllr. Paddy Kavanagh, Cllr. Kathleen Codd Nolan,
Cathal Byrne
New RossCllr. Willie Fitzharris
Kilmore 
Wexford 
Wicklow 
Arklow 
Baltinglass 
Bray East 
Bray West 
GreystonesCllr. Derek Mitchell, Alice O’Donnell
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. Selection conventions in the North City of Dublin (Artane/Donaghmede) took place on 14th November, while a number of conventions in the east of Galway County (Loughrea, Gort, Tuam) took place on the following day. Cllr. Pat Hand, Anna Grainger and Jim O’Leary were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for the Dundrum electoral area at a selection convention on 16th November 2018. Fine Gael selections for the Dublin West Dáil constituency area took place on 19th November 2019. Cllr Joe Neville was selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Leixlip electoral area on that same night. The convention for the Clontarf electoral area took place on 26th November 2018, while the convention for Ballybay-Clones took place on the following night. Conventions for the electoral areas on the northside of Cork City took place on 29th November, while conventions for the southside electoral areas took place later in that week, as reported in the Evening Echo (1st December 2018).

The selection convention for the Edenderry electoral area took place on 3rd December 2018, also did the conventions for the Rush-Lusk and Balbriggan electoral areas, as well as the conventions for Ennistymon, as reported by the Clare Echo (4th December 2018) and An Daingean. A number of selection conventions took place in County Cork in early December 2018, including Carrigaline and Clonakilty-Skibbereen (7th December 2018) and Macroom (9th December 2018) – John Kelliher also contested the Macroom selection convention. The selection convention for Castleisland took place on 7th December 2018, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (8th December 2018). The Swords selection convention took place on 10th December 2018. As reported by the Longford Leader (12th December 2018), the selection convention for the Longford (Town) electoral area took place on 11th December 2018 in the Longford Arms Hotel. The Muinebeag selection convention took place on 13th December 2018 with the convention for the Pilltown electoral area being held on the following night, while the selection convention for the Cashel-Tipperary electoral area took place on 16th December 2018. As reported on the Kildare Now website (14th December 2018), the selection convention for the Clane electoral area took place on 13th December 2018 in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane. The selection convention for the Howth-Malahide electoral area took place on 17th December 2018. The selection convention for the Listowel electoral area took place on 20th December 2018 in the Listowel Arms Hotel; as reported on the Radio Kerry website (21st December 2018), this was contested, with Clare Creighton and Mike Foley losing out in the vote to select just two candidates. On 30 January 2019, it was confirmed that Michael Foley would be added to the patrty ticket for Listowel.

The selection convention for the Westport electoral area took place on Friday 11th January 2019, as reported by The Connaught Telegraph (12th January 2019); this was also contested by Johnny O’Malley. The selection convention for the Tullow electoral area took [place on 14th January 2019. As reported by the Laois Today (14th January 2019) website, the Portlaoise selection convention is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16th January 2019. Four candidates have been nominated to contest this and all of these may be selected to run. The convention for Cappamore-Kilmallock, which took place on 14th January 2019, was contested, with Greg Conway and Tommy O’Sullivan losing out, as reported by the Limerick Leader (19th January 2019).

As reported by Donegal Now (19th January 2019), the Letterkenny convention took place on 17th January 2019. The convention for North Inner City took place on the same day. Selection conventions for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington and Ballymote-Tubbercurry electoral areas took place on 18th January 2018, as well as the Killarney selection convention (as reported on the Radio Kerry website (19th January 2019)). As reported on the Laois Today news site (18th January 2019), there was no contest for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington convention. The Ballymote-Tubbercurry convention was contested, as reported on the Ocean FM website (19th January 2019), with former Dáil deputy, John Perry, losing out in this vote. The selection convention for the Portlaoise electoral area took place two days earlier – as reported on the Laois Today news site (16th January 2019), this was uncontested after 2014 candidate, Jim Ring, announced he was withdrawing from contesting the convention.

The Greystones electoral area selection convention took place on 21st January 2019. The selection convention for the Midleton electoral area took place on 24th January 2019. As reported in the Tullamore Tribune (23rd January 2019), the selection convention for the Tullamore electoral area took place in late January 2019, with Bernard Westman losing out in that vote.

The selection convention for the Kenmare electoral area took place on 27th January 2019, while the conventions for the Bantry electoral area, as well as the Manorhamilton (as reported in the Leitrim Observer (27th January 2019) electoral area and the Boyle electoral area (as reported on the Shannonside Radio website (26th January 2019)), took place on 25th January 2019. The Boyle convention was also contested by Andrew Reynolds. As reported by the Longford Leader (28th January 2019), the selection convention for the Granard electoral area took place on 27th January 2019. The selection convention for Limerick City North took place on 28th January 2019 (as reported by the Limerick Leader (29th January 2019)); the other candidates that contested this convention were Eleanor McSherry, Brian O’Connor and Richard Delaney. The convention for Sligo-Strandhill also took place on that same day. As reported on the Northern Sound website (30th January 2019), the selection convention for the Ballyjamesduff electoral area took place on 29th January 2019. The selection conventions for the Cabra-Glasnevin and Shannon electoral areas took place on 31st January 2019, as well as the Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick selection convention (as reported by Laois Today (1st February 2019)). The selection convention for the Kilkenny City electoral area also took place on 31st January 2019, as reported by the Kilkenny Now website (1st February 2019).

As reported by the Southern Star (4th February 2019), the convention for Bandon-Kinsale took place on 2nd February 2019 – this was also contested by Marie O’Sullivan and Catherine O’Donoghue. As reported on the Northern Sound website (5th February 2019), the convention for the Monaghan (Town) electoral area took place on 4th February 2019. The selection conventions for the constituencies in mid/south Louth also took place on 4th February 2019. The Nenagh selection convention took place on 5th February 2019 in the Nenagh Arts Centre, as reported on the Tipperary Live website (7th February 2019), with the convention for Cavan Town also taking place on that same day, as reported by the Northern Sound website (5th February 2019). The selection convention for the Roscrea-Templemore electoral area took place on 6th February 2019 in Clonmore. The selection convention for Ballina is scheduled to take place on 8th February 2019, as reported by The Connaught Tribune (5th February 2019), with the selection of four candidates to be confirmed at this. The selection conventions for the Cobh, Kilrush and Birr electoral areas took place on 7th February 2019.

As reported in the Connaught Telegraphy (10th February 2019), the Castlebar selection convention took place on 10th February 2019. This was also contested by Darren McCormack and Padraig Corcoran.

The selection conventions for the Ashbourne and Enniscorthy electoral areas took place on 11th February 2019. As reported on the Northern Sound website (13th February 2019), the selection convention for Bailieborough-Cootehill took place on 12th February 2019. The Thurles selection convention took place on 13th February 2019. As reported on the Kilcullen Diary blog (15th February 2019), the Newbridge selection convention took place on 14th February 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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