Fianna Fáil candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 31st 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 fifth 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 Fianna Fáil candidate selections ahead of the 2019 City and County Council elections. 

After a disastrous series of elections (2009 Local and European Elections, 2011 General Election) across the period extending from the onset of the Economic Crisis in 2008 to the Fianna Fáil-Green Party government leaving office in early 2011, Fianna Fáil made some significant gains at the 2014 City and County Council elections. Winning 267 seats in these contests, Fianna Fáil once again became the largest party at the local authority ahead of Fine Gael although Fine Gael 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 Fianna Fáil City and County Councillors over the coming years, but this has been somewhat offset by the fact that one Councillor decided to join the party over this same period. According to my best estimates, I currently estimate that there are 262 Fianna Fáil City and County Councillors.

Even though the party’s support figure trends recent opinion polls have been decidedly mixed, Fianna Fáil may well approach the 2019 Local Elections with the expectation of making a number of further gains. The changing local election boundaries could potentially help Fianna Fáill (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 (January 16th 2019), two hundred and twenty seven Fianna Fáil local election candidates are listed on this page. Forty four of these candidates are women (19.4%) and one hundred and eighty three of these are men (80.6%). As far as I am aware, (at least) one hundred and twelve Fianna Fáil selection conventions have taken place so far. 

One hundred and fifty six of these Fianna Fáil local election candidates are currently sitting City/County Councillors (incumbents) – 68.7% of the total. 72.7% of male Fianna Fáil local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 52.3% of female Fianna Fáil candidates.

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

Area/Electoral AreaFianna Fáil candidates
CarlowCllr. Fintan Phelan, Cllr. Andrea Dalton, Cllr. Ken Murnane
BallyjamesduffCllr. Shane P. O’Reilly, Cllr. Philip Brady, Craig Lovett
EnnisCllr. Clare Colleran Molloy, Cllr. Pat Daly
KillaloeCllr. Alan O’Callaghan, Cllr. Tony O’Brien, Cllr. Pat Hayes
ShannonCllr. Cathal Crowe, Cllr. Pat McMahon
EnnistimonCllr. Richard Nagle
Cork County 
Bandon-KinsaleCllr. Gillian Coughlan, Dermot Brennan
FermoyCllr. Frank O’Flynn, Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien, William O’Leary
KanturkCllr. Bernard Moynihan, Cllr. Ian Doyle
MallowCllr. Gearóid Murphy
BantryCllr. Patrick Murphy, George A. Gill
Cork City 
Cork City North East 
Cork City North West 
Cork City South CentralCllr. Sean Martin, Cllr. Tom O’Driscoll
Cork City South East 
Cork City South WestCllr. Fergal Dennehy, Colm Kelleher
Milford Cllr. Liam Blaney (??)
Lifford-StranorlarCllr. Patrick McGowan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford
Dublin City 
Ballyfermot-DrimnaghCllr. Daithí de Róiste, Eoin Neylon
Ballymun-FinglasCllr. Paul McAuliffe, Keith Connolly
Artane-WhitehallCllr. Sean Paul Mahon, Racheal Batten
DonaghmedeCllr. Tom Brabazon
Cabra-GlasnevinMary Fitzpatrick 
ClontarfCllr. Deirdre Heney
Kimmage-RathminesCllr. Michael Mullooly, Deirdre Conroy
North Inner CityBrian Mohan
South West Inner CityAmmar Ali, Michael Watters
South East Inner CityMaria Bohan
PembrokeCllr. Claire O’Connor
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
BlackrockCllr. Kate Feeney, Cllr. Mary Hanafin
Dun LaoghaireCllr. Cormac Devlin, Justin Moylan
Glencullen-SandyfordCllr. Tom Murphy, Ben Stafford
Killiney-ShankillHelena Kelly, Michael Clark
Fingal County 
Rush LuskCllr. Adrian Henchy, Cllr. Brian Dennehy
CastleknockCllr. Howard Mahony, Cllr. Mags Murray
Howth-MalahideEoghan O’Brien
OngarTom Kitt
SwordsCllr. Darragh Butler, Brigid Gallagher 
South Dublin County 
ClondalkinCllr. Trevor Gilligan
LucanCllr. Ed O’Brien
Tallaght CentralCllr. Charlie O’Connor
Tallaght South 
Rathfarnham-TempleogueCllr. Paul Foley
Firhouse-BohernabreenaCllr. Emma Murphy
Galway City 
Galway City CentralCllr. Ollie Crowe, Imelda Byrne
Galway City EastCllr. Michael Crowe, Alan Cheevers
Galway City WestCllr. Peter Keane, John Connolly
Galway County 
Gort Kinvara 
Conamara North 
Conamara South 
KillarneyCllr. Niall Kelleher
ListowelCllr. Jimmy Moloney, Cllr. John Lucid
An DaingeanCllr. Michael D O’Shea, Cllr. Breandan Fitzgerald
KenmareCllr. Norma Moriarty, Cllr. John Francis Flynn, Cllr. Michael Cahill
CastleislandCllr. Thomas McEllistrim, Fionnán Fitzgerald
TraleeCllr. Norma Foley
CelbridgeCllr. Michael Coleman
MaynoothCllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil, Cllr. Paul Ward
ClaneCllr. Daragh Fitzpatrick, Daniel Keenan
NewbridgeCllr. Rob Power, Noel Heavey
NaasCllr. Carmel Kelly, Brian Larkin
CastlecomerCllr. Michael McCarthy, Cllr. Pat Fitzpatrick 
KilkennyCllr. Andrew McGuinness, Cllr. Joe Malone 
PiltownCllr. Eamonn Aylward, Cllr. Ger Frisby, Robert Duggan
Borris in Ossory-MountmellickCllr. Seamus McDonald, Cllr. Paddy Bracken, Declan Goode, Liam O’Neill
Graiguecullen-PortarlingtonCllr. Padraig Fleming, Cllr. Paschal McEvoy, Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins
PortlaoiseCllr. Catherine Fitzgerald, Cllr. John Joe Fennelly, Donal Kelly, Cllr. Pauline Madigan
BallinamoreCllr. Caillain Ellis, Cllr. Paddy O’Rourke
Carrick-on-ShannonCllr. Sean McGowan, Paddy Farrell
ManorhamiltonCllr. Mary Bohan, Cllr. Justin Warnock
Limerick City EastCllr. Jerry O’Dea, Cllr. Joe Pond, Catherine Slattery
Limerick City NorthChristy McInerney, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon
Limerick City WestCllr. James Collins, Cllr. Sean Lynch, Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, Francis Brosnahan
Adare-RathkealeCllr. Kevin Sheahan, Bridie Collins, Trina O’Dea
Cappamore-KilmallockMike Donegan, Eddie Ryan, Joe Meagher, Martin Ryan
Newcastle West Cllr. Francis Foley, Cllr Michael Mahon
BallymahonCllr. Mick Cahill, Cllr. Pat O’Toole, Brigid Duffy, John Kenny
ArdeeFintan Malone, John Sheridan
Drogheda UrbanAnthony Moore, James Byrne
Drogheda RuralRichard Cooney
Dundalk-CarlingfordCllr. Conor Kealan
Dundalk-SouthCllr. Liam Reilly, Cllr. Emma Coffey
CastlebarAl McDonnell, Blackie Gavin, Martin McLoughlin
WestportCllr. Brendan Mulroy
KellsCllr. Sean Drew, Oliver Fox, Mike Bray, Paul McCabe
Laytown-BettystownCllr. Stephen McKee
NavanCllr. Tommy Reilly, Cllr. Padraig Fitzsimons, Madeline Thornton
RatoathCllr. Damien O’Reilly
TrimVera Kelly, Sinéad Geraghty, Aisling Dempsey
Ballybay-ClonesCllr. Seamus Coyle
Carrickmacross-CastleblaneyCllr. PJ O’Hanlon
MonaghanEmer Brennan, Cllr. Raymond Aughey
BirrCllr. Peter Ormond, Cllr. Eamon Dooley
EdenderryCllr. Eddie Fitzpatrick, Pat Daly, Robert McDermott
TullamoreCllr. Declan Harvey, Cllr. Danny Owens, Cllr. Frank Moran, Cllr. Tony McCormack
Athlone (Roscommon)Cllr. John Kehoe
BoyleCllr. John Cummins, Cllr. Joe Murphy, Aidan Sampey
RoscommonCllr. Orla Leyden, Marty McDermott, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice
Ballymote-TobercurryCllr. Martin Baker, Cllr. Paul Taylor, Cllr. Keith Henry, Romald Mullarkey
Sligo-DrumcliffCllr. Seamus Kilgannon, Donal Gilroy, Colm McGurran
Sligo-StrandhillCllr. Tom McSharry, Cllr. Rosaleen O’Grady
Carrick-on-SuirCllr. Imelda Goldsboro, Cllr. Kieran Bourke
CahirCllr. Michael Anglim
Cashel-TipperaryCllr. Roger Kennedy, Jacqui Kinahan Finnan
ClonmelCllr. Siobhan Ambrose, David Shanahan
Waterford City EastCllr. Adam Wyse, Cllr. Eddie Mulligan
Waterford City SouthCllr. Jason Murphy
Tramore-Waterford City WestCllr. Eamon Quinlan, Rita Lacey
DungarvanCllr. Tom Cronin
LismoreCllr. James Tobin
Athlone (Westmeath)Cllr. Frankie Keena, Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke
GoreyCllr. Malcolm Byrne, Joe Sullivan
KilmuckridgeCllr. Pip Breen, Cllr. Willie Kavanagh

Cllr. Keith Doyle, Cllr. Barbara Anne Murphy, Aidan Browne

New RossCllr. Michael Sheehan, Cllr. Michael Whelan, Cllr. John Fleming
KilmoreGarry Laffin, Colin Murphy
Bray East 
Bray West 
GreystonesCllr. Gerry Walsh, Elaine Wills 
WicklowCllr. Gail Dunne, Anne Gregory

(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 Fianna Fáil candidate selections.

The Fianna Fail selection convention for Kanturk took place in Newmarket on 26th October 2018. Three candidates were nominated to contest this selection convention, but former councillor, Bart Donegan, withdrew in advance of the convention.

The selection convention for Ballymun-Finglas and Artane-Whitehall took place on 30th October 2018 and three candidates – all incumbents – were selected at this.

On 2nd November Cllr. Patrick Murphy and George A. Gill were selected as candidates for the Bantry electoral area at the selection convention for that constituency.

Cllr. Cormac Devlin and Justin Moylan were selected as party candidates for the Dún Laoghaire electoral area at a selection convention, which took place in Benitos restaurant in Dalkey on 5th November 2018.

The selection convention for the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area took place on 8th November 2018. There were three nominations for three places on the Fianna Fáil ticket for this electoral area – Trina O’Dea (Croom), Bridie Collins (Adare) and Cllr. Kevin Sheahan (Adare).

The Fianna Fáil selection convention for Mallow took place on 12th November 2018. Once candidate – Cllr. Gearóid Murphy – was nominated to contest this and thus selected.

Cllr. Tom Brabazon was selected to contest the Donaghmede electoral area on 14th November 2018.

With Cllr. Ronan McKenna deciding not to contest the next local elections, an all-female three-candidate ticket was selected to contest the local elections for Fianna Fáil in the Trim electoral area on 15th November  2018, as reported by the Meath Chronicle (16th November 2018).

As reported on the Laois Today website (19th November 2018), the selection convention for Portlaoise was held in the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on Monday 19th November 2018. While two of the incumbents were selected at this, Cllr. Pauline Madigan, who had been co-opted onto the Council a few months earlier, failed to win a nomination. As reported by the Leinster Express (20th November 2018), there was a separate convention for the area outside the Portlaoise urban area, in which Cllr. John Joe Fennelly was unopposed, as well as a separate convention to select two candidates from the Portlaoise urban area, in which Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald and Donal Kelly were selected. Pauline Madigan was subsequently added to the Fianna Fáil ticket.

As reported by the Clare Echo (25th November 2018), the Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Killaloe electoral area took place in Tulla on 23rd November, with the three incumbents being selected following a vote involving c.150 party members – Liam Wiley lost out. The Listowel selection convention also took place on that same night in Listowel, as reported by the Radio Kerry website (24th November 2018). Selection conventions took place for some of the electoral areas in the Dublin South-West Dáil constituency area on 26th November (Tallaght-Central, Firhouse-Bohernabreena, Rathfarnham-Templeogue). As reported in the Limerick Leader (27th November 2018), a number of Fianna Fáil selection conventions took place in Limerick City in the last week of November. In the Limerick City North convention, where it was decided that only one candidate would be selected at the convention, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon lost out in the convention vote (won by Christy McInerney), although it is expected that he will be subsequently added to the Fianna Féil ticket for that electoral area (as indeed he was on 13th December 2018). Three conventions took place for the electoral areas in Waterford City on 29th November; all four incumbents were selected, as well as Rita Lacey (in the Tramore-Waterford City West electoral area). As reported by The Enniscorthy Guardian, the selection convention for Enniscorthy also took place in late November 2018.

The selection convention for Bandon-Kinsale took place on 1st December – this was also contested by Sean O’Donovan. Selection conventions for the Galway City electoral areas took place on 3rd December, as did the convention for Cashel-Tipperary, while the convention for the New Ross electoral area also took place on that night in the Horse and Hound in Ballinaboola. The selection convention for the Carlow (Town) electoral area took place on 1st December and the selection conventions for the Killarney and Castlebar electoral areas took place on the following day. The convention for the Piltown electoral area took place in Mullinavat on 4th December 2018, while the Castleknock selection convention also took place on that same night. The convention for Ballyjamesduff took place on 5th December 2018 and this selected the same candidate team as had contested this electoral area in 2014 – Shirley Byers and Michael Smollen also contested this convention, while the convention for Glencullen-Sandyford also took place on that same night. Selection conventions for the Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick and Graiguecullen-Portarlington electoral areas in Laois are scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th December 2018, as reported on the Laois Today (4th December 2018) website. The three candidates for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington electoral area and the three candidates based in the northern half of Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick were all automatically selected, but there was a vote for the remaining position on the Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick ticket, involving two candidates from the southern part of that constituency, as reported by the Laois Voice (6th December 2018); Seam Mortimer from Camross lost out in this vote. Selection conventions for the Sligo-Strandhill and Sligo-Drumcliff electoral areas also took place on this same night, as reported on the Ocean FM website (7th December 2018), while conventions were also held for the two Drogheda electoral areas (as noted on the LMFM website (7th December 2018)). The selection convention for the Clonmel and Carrick on Suir electoral areas took place on 7th December 2018, as did the conventions for the Lismore and Dungarvan electoral areas in Waterford County.

As reported by the Clare Echo (10th December 2018), selection conventions for three electoral areas in Clare took place on 9th December 2018 – Ennis, Ennistimon and Shannon. The Ennis selection convention was contested – “Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy topped the poll and was followed by Cllr Pat Daly, former councillor Bernard Hanrahan and Mark Nestor finished in third and fourth respectively” – but the intial decision to select just two candidates at the convention was maintained despite call from the attendees to be allowed to select more candidates. The selection convention for the Athlone (Westmeath) electoral area also took place on 9th December 2018, while the selection conventions for Rush-Lusk took place in Murray’s in Lusk on 10th December 2018, as well as the convention for the South Central and South West electoral areas in Cork City.  As reported on the Northern Sound website (11th December 2018), the convention for the Monaghan electoral area was held on 10th December 2018; this was a contested convention with just one candidate to be selected and Cllr. Raymond Aughey lost out in the vote to Emer Brennan, although he was subsequently added to the ticket. The selection convention for the An Daingean electoral area also took place on 10th December 2018 in Milltown, as reported on the Killarney Today (11th December 2018) website. Selection conventions for Ballybay-Clones, Ardee, Ratoath, Lucan and Clondalkin electoral areas all took place on 11th December 2018. The Ballybay-Clones convention was also contested by Therese Hamilton. Selection conventions for Cappaghmore-Kilmallock, Westport, Newbridge, Gorey and North Inner City took place on 13th December 2018. The Newbridge convention was contested, with Antoinette Buckley and Murty Aspel losing out in the convention vote, as reported by the Kildare Nationalist (18th December 2018).

As reported on the Shannonside Radio (15th December 2018) website, selection conventions for the electoral areas in Co. Leitrim toook place in early December. The selection convention for the Roscommon/Mid Roscommon electoral area took place on 14th December 2018, with two candidates to be selected out of a choice of four, as reported on the Shannonside Radio website (15th December 2018). Larry Brennan, as well as Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice – who had topped the pol in this electoral area at the 2014 Local Elections – both lost out in this vote. As reported on the MidWest Radio website (15th December 2018), it was expected that Cllr. Fitzmaurice would be subsequently added to the ticket and indeed he was only a few days later. The selection convention for the Birr electoral area, which also took place on 14th December 2018, was also contested, with Alan Kenny losing out in that vote (two candidates selected from a choice of three). As reported by the Longford Leader (16th December 2018), the selection convention for the Ballymahon electoral area also took place on 14th December 2018, as did the conventions for the Swords and Howth-Malahide electoral areas.

The selection convention for Ballymote-Tobercurry took place on 16th December 2018. A number of convention also took place in Kilkenny county over that same weekend, as reported on the KCLR radio website (17th December 2018); the convention for Kilkenny City was contested, with former councillor, John Coonan, losing out in that vote. The selection conventions for the Blackrock, Maynooth, Naas, Athlone (Roscommon), Greystones and Kenmare electoral areas took place on 17th December 2018. The Athlone convention was contested, with Seamus Kelly losing out in the vote, as reported by the Roscommon People (20th December 2018), although a number of other candidates withdrew in protest at the decision to select just one candidate. The selection conventions for the two Dundalk electoral areas took place on 18th December 2018, as well as the convention for the Carrickmacross electoral area, as reported on the Northern Sound (18th December 2018) website. The selection convention for the Edenderry and Laytown-Bettystown electoral areas took place on 19th December 2018, as did the selection conventions for the electoral areas in the Dublin South-Central and Dublin Bay South Dáil constituency areas (the Pembroke convention was also contested by Kevin Byrne) and the Milford electoral area. The selection covention for the Fermoy electoral area also took place in December 2018, as reported on the Avondhu website (22nd December 2018)

The selection convention for the Killiney-Shankill electoral area took place on 3rd January 2019, while the convention for the Wicklow (Town) electoral area took place on 8th January 2019. As reported on the Shannonside Radio (10th January 2019) website, the selection convention for the Boyle electoral area took place on 10th January 2019 – with three candidates contesting and three to be selected, this was an uncontested convention.

The selection convention for the Kells electoral area took place on 15th January 2019 – there was no contest here and all four nominated candidates were selected to run for Fianna Fáil in this constituency.



About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
This entry was posted in Candidates, Candidates Local Elections 2019, local elections, Local Elections 2019 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s