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|
|Kanturk||Cllr. Bernard Moynihan, Cllr. Ian Doyle|
|Mallow||Cllr. Gearóid Murphy|
|Bantry||Cllr. Patrick Murphy, George A. Gill|
|Cork City North East|
|Cork City North West|
|Cork City South Central|
|Cork City South East|
|Cork City South West|
|Ballymun-Finglas||Cllr. Paul McAuliffe, Keith Connolly|
|Artane-Whitehall||Cllr. Sean Paul Mahon, Racheal Batten|
|North Inner City|
|South West Inner City|
|South East Inner City|
|Dun Laoghaire||Cllr. Cormac Devlin, Justin Moylan|
|South Dublin County|
|Galway City Central|
|Galway City East|
|Galway City West|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick|
|Limerick City East|
|Limerick City North|
|Limerick City West|
|Adare-Rathkeale||Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, Bridie Collins, Trina O’Dea|
|Waterford City East|
|Waterford City South|
|Tramore-Waterford City West|
(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.