New Irish (Non-Irish/UK nationals) candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 30th October 2018

This post will attempt to list all of the “New Irish”, or Non-Irish/UK national, candidates who have been officially selected to contest the local elections in May 2019, or else have declared their intentions to contest these elections as independent candidates. For the purposes of this post, the definition of “New Irish” will include people who were born outside Ireland and who were not Irish (or UK) citizens before moving to the Republic Ireland. This post will include candidates who subsequently gained Irish citizenship on moving to, or after moving to, the Republic of Ireland.

At present (as of 30th October 2018) I can account for four candidacies in this group, including three female candidates (75.0%) and one male (25.0%) candidates. One candidate is running for Labour, two candidates are running for the People Before Profit Alliance and One candidate is running for the Social Democrats.

One member of this group, Elena Secas, is a sitting County and Town Councillor, representing the Limerick City East electoral area.

Non-Irish nationals currently account for 11.3% of the Irish population based on the most recent Census of 2016, with this percentage falling to 9.1% when UK nationals are taken out of this group. If the proportion of successful non-Irish/UK nationals local election candidates at at the May 24th local elections was similar to this level (i.e. 9.1%), there would be 86 “New Irish” Councillors (based on a total number of 949 City and County Council members).

At the 2014 City and County Council elections, I estimate that 31 New Irish candidates contested these elections, with two running for Fine Gael, two running for Labour, one running for Sinn Féin, three running for the Green Party and two running for the People Before Profit Alliance, while the other twenty one candidates contested the elections as independent candidates. Two of these thirty one candidates were successful – Elena Secas for Labour in Limerick City East and Edmond Lukusa for Sinn Féin in Mulhuddart. At the 2009 City and County Council elections, I estimate that 19 New Irish candidates contested these elections, with three running for Fianna Fail, two running for Fine Gael, one running for Labour and three running for the Green Party, while the other ten contested the elections as independent candidates. One of these nineteen candidates was successful – Rotimi Adebari in Portlaoise, who had previously won a Town Council in 2004.

The list of “New Irish” candidates for the 2019 City and County Council elections is presented below. This list will be updated, as and when new candidate information is received by me.

Candidates Seats “New Irish” candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 7
Killaloe 5
Shannon 7
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55
Carrigaline 6
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6
Cobh 6
Midleton 7
Fermoy 6
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5
Cork City 31
Cork City North East 6
Cork City North West 6
Cork City South Central 6
Cork City South East 6
Cork City South West 7 Tjltske De Vres PBP
Donegal 37
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5
Ballymun-Finglas 6
Artane-Whitehall 6
Donaghmede 5
Cabra-Glasnevin 7
Clontarf 6
Kimmage-Rathmines 6
North Inner City 7 Ellie Kisyombee SOCDEM
South West Inner City 5
South East Inner City 5
Pembroke 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40
Blackrock 6
Dun Laoghaire 7
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40
Balbriggan 5 John Uwhumiakpor PBP
Rush Lusk 5
Castleknock 5
Howth-Malahide 7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6
Ongar 5
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40
Clondalkin 7
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5 Madeleine Johansson PBP
Lucan 5
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5
Galway City 18
Galway City Central 6
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
Kildare 40
Athy 5
Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3
Maynooth 5
Clane 5
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7
Kilkenny 24
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7
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
Limerick City North 7
Limerick City West 7
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth 29
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6
Drogheda Rural 4
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan 18
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19
Birr 6
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
Newport 4
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath 20
Athlone (Westmeath) 5
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34
Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7
Wicklow 32
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4
Bray West 4
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

I do my best to ensure that the candidate lists on this website are fully accurate, but there can be errors and omissions (especially in the case of local election candidates, given the large number of people involved – usually over two thousand – and the difficulty in attaining information for some areas/parties).

If there are any candidates who should be included on this list (or are included here, but should not be) or if any other errors in relation to this list are noted, please bring these to my attention by emailing me at adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie.

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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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