City and County Councillors who will be stepping down at (not contesting) the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh 18th October 2018

This post lists all of the City/County Councillors who will be retiring at the May 24th 2019 Local Elections – as opposed to the version of this post for 2014 elections, it will not list the names of Councillors who retired/stood down at an earlier date (and who have by this stage been replaced by a co-option from their party or group) as this information is covered in another, earlier post. This list will only include the names of incumbents who contested Local Elections 2019 selection conventions for their political parties and failed to win nominations at these if these Councillors subsequently announce their retirements after such convention defeats. 

As of now (14th February 2019), I can account for seventy five (7.9% of the number elected (949) in 2014) people in this group, but these numbers are likely to be added to in future weeks and months given that a large number of party conventions have still to take place (which may prompt decisions not to stand again on the part of some political party incumbents) and as non-party incumbents make decisions on whether they will contest the local elections, or not.

Fifteen of the retiring City and County Councillors listed here are female (20.0%) and sixty of these are male (80.0%).

It is interesting to note that a number of the Councillors, who are retiring, may well themselves have been co-options to replace former Councillors who had won election to Dáil/Seanad Éireann, or who had retired themselves during the lifetime of the Council. (These cases, if and when they arise, will be highlighted by a * in the list below.)

Walter Smith IND

CandidatesSeatsRetiring Councillors
Carlow18 
Carlow7 
Tullow6 
Muinebeag5 
Cavan18 
Bailieborough-Cootehill6 
Ballyjamesduff6Paddy Smith FG, Paddy O’Reilly FG
Cavan-Belturbert6 
Clare28 
Ennis7 
Killaloe5 
Shannon7 
Ennistimon4

Michael Hillery FF, Richard Nagle FF

Kilrush5 
Cork County55 
Carrigaline6 
Bandon-Kinsale6 
Macroom6 
Cobh6 
Midleton7 
Fermoy6 
Kanturk4Timmy Collins IND
Mallow5 
Bantry4Mary Hegarty FG
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5 
Cork City31 
Cork City North East6Stephen Cunningham SF
Cork City North West6Marion O’Sullivan SOL
Cork City South Central6Tom O’Driscoll FF
Cork City South East6Shane O’Shea SF, Laura McGonigle FG, Nicholas O’Keeffe FF
Cork City South West7John Buttimer FG, Mary Shields FF
Donegal37 
Donegal6 
Glenties6Terence Slowey FG
Milford3 
Buncrana5 
Letterkenny7 
Carndonagh4 
Lifford-Stranorlar6 
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Paul Hand IND
Ballymun-Finglas6 
Artane-Whitehall6 
Donaghmede5 
Cabra-Glasnevin7 
Clontarf6 
Kimmage-Rathmines6Paddy Smyth FG
North Inner City7 
South West Inner City5 
South East Inner City5Kieran Binchy FG
Pembroke5Frank Kennedy FF
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6 
Dun Laoghaire7 
Dundrum7Grace Tallon LAB
Glencullen-Sandyford7 
Killiney-Shankill7Jennifer Cuffe FF
Stillorgan6 
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5 
Rush Lusk5 
Castleknock5Eithne Loftus FG
Howth-Malahide7 
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Edmond Lukusa SF
Ongar5 
Swords7Justin Sinnott IND
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Breeda Bonner LAB
Palmerstown-Fonthill5 
Lucan5 
Tallaght Central6Brendan Ferron SF
Tallaght South5Martina Genockey LAB/IND
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Dermot Looney SocDem
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5 
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6Billy Cameron LAB
Galway City East6 
Galway City West6 
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7 
Gort Kinvara5 
Ballinasloe6Donal Burke FF, Des Joyce IND
Conamara North4Seán Ó Tuairisg FF
Conamara South5 
Loughrea5 
Tuam7 
Kerry33 
Killarney7John Joe Culloty FF
Listowel6 
An Daingean3 
Kenmare6 
Castleisland4 
Tralee7 
Kildare40 
Athy5Martin Miley FF
Celbridge4 
Leixlip3 
Maynooth5John McGinley LAB
Clane5 
Kildare5 
Newbridge6Sean Power FF, Mark Lynch SF
Naas7 
Kilkenny24 
Castlecomer6 
Kilkenny7Patrick McKee FF
Callan-Thomastown6 
Piltown5 
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6 
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6John Moran FG
Portlaoise7 
Leitrim18 
Ballinamore6John McCartin FG
Carrick-on-Shannon6Sinead Guckian FF
Manorhamilton6 
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7 
Limerick City North7Michael Hourigan FG, John Gilligan IND, Vivienne Crowley FF
Limerick City West7 
Adare-Rathkeale6Ciara McMahon SF
Cappamore-Kilmallock7Bill O’Donnell FG, Noel Gleeson FF, Lisa Marie Sheehy IND (formerly SF)
Newcastle West6 
Longford18 
Ballymahon6 
Granard5Martin Mulleady FF, Luie McEntire FF
Longford7 
Louth29 
Ardee6 
Drogheda Urban6Tommy Byrne FF
Drogheda Rural4 
Dundalk-Carlingford6Peter Savage FF, Mark Dearey GP
Dundalk-South7 
Mayo30 
Ballina6 
Castlebar7Henry Kenny FG
Claremorris6 
Swinford4 
Belmullet3 
Westport4Michael Holmes IND
Meath40 
Ashbourne6 
Kells7Brian Reilly FF
Laytown-Bettystown7 
Navan7Jim Holloway FG
Ratoath7 
Trim6Ronan McKenna FF
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5 
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6Padraig McNally FF
Monaghan7 
Offaly19 
Birr6 
Edenderry6Noel Bourke FF
Tullamore7Tommy McKeigue FG, Dervill Dolan IND, Bredan Killeavy SF
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6Paddy Kilduff FF/IND
Boyle6Rachel Doherty FF
Roscommon6 
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7Jerry Lundy FF
Sligo-Drumcliff5Hubert Keaney FG
Sligo-Strandhill6 
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5 
Cahir4 
Cashel-Tipperary7 
Clonmel6 
Nenagh5 
Newport4 
Roscrea-Templemore4

John Hogan FF, Joe Bourke FG

Thurles5 
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6 
Waterford City South6 
Tramore-Waterford City West6 
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Michael J. O’Ryan FF
Dungarvan6 
Lismore3 
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5 
Moate4 
Mullingar6 
Kinnegad5 
Wexford34 
Gorey6John Hegarty FG
Kilmuckridge4 
Enniscorthy6 
New Ross6Larry O’Brien FG
Kilmore5 
Wexford7 
Wicklow32 
Arklow6 
Baltinglass6 
Bray East4Pat Vance FF
Bray West4Christopher Fox IND
Greystones6Gráinne McLoughlin FG
Wicklow6Daire Nolan IND

If you notice any errors or omissions in this list – if I am missing someone here that you know has officially confirmed their decision to retire or if I have “prematurely ended someone’s local politics career” – then please do bring these to my attention: please see the Contacts Details page for this site for details on how to contact me.

Cllr. Ivan Connaughton initially declared that he would not be contesting the local elections, but later on announced that he would be contesting the elections as an independent candidate and would be leaving Fianna Fáil, as reported in the Roscommon People (13th December 2018)

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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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