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, fourteen Fianna Fáil local election candidates are listed on this page. Three of these candidates are women (21.4%) and eleven of these are men (78.6%).

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

Area/Electoral Area Fianna Fáil candidates
Carlow
Carlow
Tullow
Muinebeag
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill
Ballyjamesduff
Cavan-Belturbert
Clare
Ennis
Killaloe
Shannon
Ennistimon
Kilrush
Cork County
Carrigaline
Bandon-Kinsale
Macroom
Cobh
Midleton
Fermoy
Kanturk Cllr. Bernard Moynihan, Cllr. Ian Doyle
Mallow Cllr. Gearóid Murphy
Bantry Cllr. Patrick Murphy, George A. Gill
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 Cllr. Paul McAuliffe, Keith Connolly
Artane-Whitehall Cllr. Sean Paul Mahon, Racheal Batten
Donaghmede
Cabra-Glasnevin
Clontarf
Kimmage-Rathmines
North Inner City
South West Inner City
South East Inner City
Pembroke
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock
Dun Laoghaire Cllr. Cormac Devlin, Justin Moylan
Dundrum
Glencullen-Sandyford
Killiney-Shankill
Stillorgan
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
Limerick City North
Limerick City West
Adare-Rathkeale Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, Bridie Collins, Trina O’Dea
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
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney
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 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 will take place on 12th November 2018. Once candidate – Cllr. Gearóid Murphy – has been nominated to contest this.

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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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