Adrian Kavanagh, 2nd September 2019 (with subsequent updates)
The 2019 Local Elections resulted in the election of 949 City and County Councillors. Since that election took place on 24th May 2019, I have estimated that 8 of the successful candidates in these elections (0.84% of the total number) have either stood down, been “promoted”. or have sadly passed away.
5 of the former Councillors in this group are male (62.5%) and 3 are female (37.5%).
As Table 1 shows, 2 (33.3%) of the co-options/new Councillors are male, while 4 are female (66.7%). This means that the total number of female City and County Councillors has increased slightly (relative to the number elected in May 2019) from 226 to 227.
One of these Councillors stood down due to being elected to the European Parliament on the same day as the County and City Council elections in May 2019, while two other Councillors were elected for two different electoral areas at these elections and, hence, had to stand down as Councillor for one of these electoral areas. One Councillor had to stand down for personal/medical issues, while three other Councillors, sadly, passed away.
|Electoral Areas||Seats||Promoted/Stood Down/Deceased||Co-option|
|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|
|Letterkenny||7||Manus Kelly FF (RIP)|
|North Inner City||7||Ciaran Cuffe GP||Janet Horner|
|South West Inner City||5|
|South East Inner City||5|
|Dún Laoghaire||7||John Bailey FG (RIP)||Mary Fayne|
|South Dublin County||40|
|Galway City Central||6|
|Galway City East||6|
|Galway City West||6|
|Tralee||7||Toireasa Ferris SF||Cathal Foley|
|Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick||6|
|Limerick City East||7|
|Limerick City North||7|
|Limerick City West||7|
|Drogheda Rural||4||Kevin Callan IND, Oliver Tully FG (RIP)||Declan Power IND (ex FF), Eileen Tully FG|
|Ashbourne||6||Sharon Keogan IND||Amanda Smith IND|
|Edenderry||6||Pippa Hackett GP|
|Waterford City East||6|
|Waterford City South||6|
|Tramore-Waterford City West||6|
In addition to the series of co-options, as outlined/discussed above, there has also been some changes in political party/grouping affiliations involving Councillors who were elected in May 2019. I estimate that, at present, at least 2 Councillors (0.21% of the total) would fall into this category. 0 female Councillors fall into this category; a number that accounts for 0.0% of the total number of Councillors in this particular grouping and which is equivalent to 0.0% of the number of female Councillors who were elected in 2019. (By contrast, 0.28% of the number of the male Councillors who were elected in 2019 (or subsequently co-opted) have changed their political party/political grouping since June 2019.)
One of the main impacts of these changes of Councillor political affiliations has been to change the number of City or County Council members associated with different political parties or groupings. As of now, I estimate that the number of City or County Council seats held by different political parties or groupings stands are as follows:
- Fianna Fáil: 279
- Fine Gael: 253
- Independents/Non Party and Others: 196 (including 3 Independents 4 Change, 1 Workers and Unemployed Action, 1 Irish Democratic Party, 1 Independent Left, 1 Kerry Independent Alliance, 1 Republican Sinn Féin)
- Sinn Féin: 82
- Labour Party: 55
- Green Party: 50
- Social Democrats: 19
- Solidarity-People Before Profit: 11 (Solidarity 4, People Before Profit 7)
- Aontú: 3
- Workers Party: 1
As a result of the co-options that have taken place since May 2019, the number of female City/County Councillors have increased for Fine Gael (by two), while the number of females Councillors for Sinn Féin has fallen (by one). The current numbers of female Councillors by party/grouping (as estimated on 7th October 2019) may be viewed in Figure 1.
In the fluctuating political climate leading up to the next general election (in 2019/2020/2021) and the next local elections in 2024, further changes of political allegiance are likely – and some of these I may well not be aware of yet! – but I will update these figures, as and when I become aware of further changes.