In this post, I will be detailing the names of the candidates for May’s European Elections contests (in the Republic of Ireland) by constituency.
As new candidates are confirmed between now and the election itself – and as son as possible after I become aware of this information – I will be updating this post to include their names.
Any links that are provided here will be solely to newspaper/media coverage that “prove” that a certain candidate has been selected. There will be no direct links to candidate home pages and other social media accounts, as well as to political party home pages.
Dublin constituency (4 Seats):
Fine Gael: Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, Mark Durkan
Fianna Fail: Barry Andrews
Sinn Fein: Lynn Boylan MEP
Labour Party: Cllr. Alex White
Green Party: Cllr. Ciarán Cuffe
Solidarity: Rita Harrold
People Before Profit: Gillian Brien
Social Democrats: Cllr. Gary Gannon
Workers Party: Cllr. Eilis Ryan
Others/Independents: Deputy Clare Daly Independents 4 Change, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Eamonn Murphy, Hermann Kelly, Gemma O’Doherty, Ben Gilroy, Aisling McNiffe, Mark Mullan, Tony Bosco Lowth
In Dublin, as of now, nine of the nineteen candidates (47.4%) listed here as contesting this constituency are female and ten (52.6%) are male.
Not surprisingly, all of the candidates selected/declared for this constituency, as of now, are based in the Dublin region. (At least) six of the Dublin-based candidates have bases/addresses on the North side of the City (although Ciarán Cuffe was formerly a Dáil deputy for the Dún Laoghaire constituency) – with most/all of these having a political base in the Dublin Central Dáil constituency area (apart from Deputy Clare Daly), while most of the other candidates (apart from Mark Durkan) have a political base/address on the South side of the City.
Only one of these candidates (as listed here) contested the Dublin constituency at the last European elections in 2014, although some more incumbents/former candidates may well be selected/declare themselves over the coming months.
Midlands-North-West constituency (4 Seats):
Fine Gael: Mairéad McGuinness MEP, Maria Walsh
Fianna Fail: Deputy Brendan Smith, Deputy Anne Rabbitte
Sinn Fein: Matt Carthy MEP
Labour Party: Dominic Hannigan
Green Party: Saoirse McHugh
People Before Profit: Cyril Brennan
Renua: Michael O’Dowd
Direct Democracy Ireland: Patrick Greene
Others/Independents: Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, Peter Casey, Dilip Mahapatra, Fidelma Healy Eames, James Miller, Diarmaid Mulcahy, Olive O’Connor
In Midlands-North-West, six of the seventeen selected/declared candidates (35.3%) listed here as having been selected/declared to contest this constituency are female and eleven (64.7%) are male. Five hail from/have political bases in from Connacht (Mayo, Galway, Roscommon), three hail from Ulster (Monaghan, Cavan, Donegal), while the other four candidates hail from north Leinster (Louth and Meath).
Fine Gael: Deirdre Clune MEP, Sean Kelly MEP, Deputy Andrew Doyle
Fianna Fail: Cllr. Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Billy Kelleher
Sinn Fein: Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Labour Party: Sheila Nunan
Green Party: Senator Grace O’Sullivan
People Before Profit: Adrienne Wallace
Identity Ireland: Peter O’Loughlin
Direct Democracy Ireland: Jan Van De Ven
Others/Independents: Deputy Mick Wallace Independents 4 Change,Cllr. Breda Gardner, Liam Minehan, Diarmuid Patrick O’Flynn, Paddy Fitzgerald, Walter Ryan Purcell, Theresa Heaney, Dolores J. Cahill, Maurice Joseph Sexton, Alan J. Brennan, Colleen Worthington, Peter Madden
In South, nine of the twenty three candidates selected/declared to date (39.1%) are female and fourteen of the candidates (60.9%) are male. Seven of the candidates are based in south Leinster (Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford, but none are based in Laois or Offaly), while the other sixteen candidates are based in Munster (Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary).
Fifty nine candidates have been selected/confirmed as European Elections candidates, to date, to the best of my knowledge.
In all, across the three different European Elections constituencies twenty four of the candidates listed here (40.9%) are female and thirty five (59.1%) are male. As of now, there are seven incumbents/MEPs down on the above list as contesting these elections; There are also ten Dáil deputies/Senators and five City/County Councillors contesting these elections.