Adrian Kavanagh, 12th September 2019
In the May 2019 European Elections Deputies Clare Daly and Frances Fitzgerald won seats in the Dublin constituency, while Deputies Mick Wallace and Billy Kelleher won seats in the South constituency. This means that their seats in the Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West, Wexford and Cork North-Central Dáil constituencies are now vacant and would need to be filled by a by-election in each of these constituencies before the end of the year, unless a General Election was called in the intervening period. On 7th November 2019 it was announced that these by-election contests would take place on Friday 29th November 2019.
In this post, I will be detailing the names of the candidates who have been selected to contest the Dáil by-elections in these constituencies
Currently there are forty six candidates listed here – fifteen are female (32.6%) and thirty one are male (67.4%). This list includes three Senators (6.5%) and nineteen City/County Councillors (41.3%), including three former Dáil deputies.
As of now, there are 13 candidates listed here as contesting the Dublin Mid-West constituency, with 12 candidates listed as contesting Cork North-Central, 12 candidates listed as contesting Dublin Fingal and 9 candidates listed as contesting Wexford.
As and when new candidates are confirmed between now and these elections – and as soon 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.
As far as I can glean, Kellie Sweeney and Dean Mulligan are the youngest candidates contesting these by-election contests. Eight of the currently selected/declared candidates (20.0%) could be classified as “young(er)” candidates – i.e. aged between 18 and 35, including Kellie Sweeney, Peter Kavanagh, Emer Higgins and Shane Moynihan (all of whom are contesting Dublin Mid West), as well as Padraig O’Sullivan, Sinéad Halpin and Fiona Ryan (Cork North-Central) and Dean Mulligan (Dublin Fingal).
Fine Gael: Senator Colm Burke
Fianna Fáil: Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan
Sinn Féin: Cllr. Thomas Gould
Labour Party: Cllr. John Maher
Green Party: Cllr. Oliver Moran
Social Democrats: Sinéad Halpin
People Before Profit:
Solidarity: Cllr. Fiona Ryan
Aontú: Finian Toomey
Workers Party: James Coughlan
Independents/Others: Martin Condon, Charlie Keddy, Thomas Kiely
Fine Gael: Cllr. Emer Higgins
Fianna Fáil: Cllr. Shane Moynihan
Sinn Féin: Cllr. Mark Ward
Labour Party: Cllr. Joanna Tuffy
Green Party: Cllr. Peter Kavanagh
Social Democrats: Anne-Marie McNally
People Before Profit: Kellie Sweeney
Workers Party: David Gardiner
Fine Gael: Senator James Reilly
Fianna Fáil: Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee
Sinn Féin: Cllr. Ann Graves
Labour Party: Cllr. Duncan Smith
Green Party: Cllr. Joe O’Brien
Social Democrats: Tracey Carey
People Before Profit:
Independents/Others: Gemma O’Doherty, Cllr. Dean Mulligan (Independents 4 Change), Cormac McKay, Glenn Brady, Charlie Keddy, Peadar O’Kelly
Fine Gael: Verona Murphy
Fianna Fáil: Cllr. Malcolm Byrne
Sinn Féin: Johnny Mythen
Labour Party: Cllr. George Lawlor
Green Party: Karin Dubsky
People Before Profit: Cinnamon Blackmore
Aontú: Cllr. Jim Codd
Irish Freedom Party: Melissa O’Neill
Independents/Others: Charlie Keddy