Fine Gael candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 17th 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 fourth 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 Fine Gael candidate selections ahead of the 2019 City and County Council elections. 

After a very strong performance at the 2009 Local Elections, where the party outpolled Fianna Fáil in a national election for the first time in its history, Fine Gael lost a number of seats at the 2014 contest. Winning 235 seats in these contests, Fine Gael once again became the second largest party at the local authority level behind Fianna Fáil, although they 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 Fine Gael City and County Councillors over the coming years, but this has been somewhat offset by the fact that a number of other Councillors have decided to join the party over this same period. According to my best estimates, I currently estimate that there are 234 Fine Gael City and County Councillors.

Unusually for a party in government, Fine Gael may well approach the 2019 Local Elections with the expectation of a number of gains, especially in light of trends in opinion polls over the past year and a half which show the party on a level of support that is a number of percentage points above the level of support won by Fine Gael at the 2016 General Election (and indeed the 2014 City and County Council elections). The changing local election boundaries could potentially help Fine Gael (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 (19th February 2019), two hundred and sixty two Fine Gael local election candidates are listed on this page. Seventy four of these candidates are women (28.2%) and one hundred and eighty eight of these are men (71.8%). As far as I am aware, one hundred and sixteen Fine Gael selection conventions have taken place so far.

One hundred and forty three (54.6%) of these selected Fine Gael candidates are currently incumbents (City/County Council members). 59.0% of male Fine Gael local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 43.2% of female Fine Gael candidates. At least twenty eight (6.9%) other candidates have previously held some form of electoral office.

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

Area/Electoral AreaFine Gael candidates
Carlow 
Carlow 
TullowCllr. John Murphy, Cllr. Brian O’Donoghue,
Maria Ansbro
MuinebeagCllr. Michael Doran, Cllr. Tom Kinsella, Cllr. Denis Foley
Cavan 
Bailieborough-CootehillCllr. Val Smith, Cllr. Carmel Brady, John O’Hare
BallyjamesduffCllr. Winston Bennett, Trevor Smith
Cavan-BelturbertCllr. Peter McVitty, Cllr. Madeline Argue
Clare 
EnnisCllr. Johnny Flynn, Cllr. Mary Howard, Cllr. Paul Murphy
KillaloeCllr Joe Cooney, Cllr Pat Burke, Ger O’Halloran
ShannonCllr. John Crowe, Garret McPhillips
EnnistymonCllr. Bill Slattery
Kilrush Cllr. Gabriel Keating, Mike Taylor
Cork County 
CarrigalineCllr. Aidan Lombard, Liam O’Connor
Bandon-KinsaleCllr. John O’Sullivan, Cllr. Kevin Murphy,
Gerard Seaman
MacroomCllr. Michael Creed, Cllr. Ted Lucey, Áine Collins,
Eileen Lynch
CobhCllr. Sinead Sheppard, Cllr. Anthony Barry
MidletonCllr. Susan McCarthy, Cllr. Michael Hegarty, John Phillips
Fermoy 
Kanturk 
MallowLiam Madden, Cian Moriarty 
BantryCllr. Noel Harrington, Katie Murphy, John Dineen
Clonakilty-SkibbereenKaren Coakley, Yvonne Cahalane, JJ Walsh
Cork City 
Cork City North EastCllr. Joe Kavanagh
Cork City North WestJulie O’Leary, Damian Boylan
Cork City South CentralShane O’Callaghan
Cork City South EastCllr. Deirdre Forde, Cllr. Des Cahill
Cork City South WestCllr. PJ Hourican, Cllr. Derry Canty, Sinead Ronan, Garrett Kelleher
Donegal 
Donegal 
GlentiesMichael McClafferty, Eamon Byrne
Milford 
BuncranaCllr. Mickey Doherty, Marie McKenna
LetterkennyCllr. Jimmy Kavanagh
Carndonagh 
Lifford-Stranorlar Cllr. Martin Harley
Dublin City 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 
Ballymun-FinglasSean Tyrell
Artane-WhitehallCllr. Declan Flanagan
DonaghmedeTerence Flanagan, Maria Mulvany, Suzanne McDonnell
Cabra-Glasnevin Colm O’Rourke
ClontarfCllr. Naoise O Muiri, Jeff Johnston
Kimmage-RathminesCllr. Anne Feeney, Patrick Kinsella
North Inner CityCllr. Ray McAdam
South West Inner CityEoghan Howe
South East Inner CityDanny Byrne
PembrokeCllr. Paddy McCartan, James Geoghegan,
Linda O’Shea-Farren
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
BlackrockCllr. Marie Baker, Cllr. Barry Ward, Rebecca Molloy
Dún LaoghaireCllr. John Bailey, Cllr. Mary Fayne, Lorraine Hall
DundrumCllr. Pat Hand, Anna Grainger, Jim O’Leary
Glencullen-Sandyford 
Killiney-ShankillCllr. Jim Gildea, Frank McNamara
StillorganCllr. Barry Saul, Cllr. John Kennedy, Maeve O’Connell
Fingal County 
BalbrigganCllr. Tom O’Leary, Okezie E. Emuaga, Sam O’Connor
Rush LuskBob Dowling, Jim Monks
CastleknockCllr. Ted Leddy
Howth-MalahideCllr. Anthony Lavin, Aoibhinn Tormey
Blanchardstown-MulhuddartPunam Rane
OngarJagannadha R Muttumula, Cllr. Kieran Dennison
SwordsHelen Dunne
South Dublin County 
ClondalkinCllr. Emer Higgins, Cllr. Kenneth Egan
Palmerstown-Fonthill 
Lucan 
Tallaght CentralTheresa Duffy
Tallaght SouthBaby Pereppadan
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 
Galway City 
Galway City CentralCllr. Frank Fahy
Galway City East 
Galway City West 
Galway County 
Athenry-Oranmore 
Gort KinvaraCllr. Joe Byrne, Fionn Kiely, P. J. Murphy
BallinasloeCllr. Michael Finnerty, Cllr. Aidan Donoghue,
Cllr. Peter Keaveney
Conamara NorthCllr. Eileen Mannion
Conamara SouthCllr. Niamh Byrne
LoughreaCllr. Jimmy McClearn, Cllr. Michael Maher
TuamCllr. Tom McHugh, Cllr. Pete Roche, Andrew Reddington
Kerry 
KillarneyCllr. John Sheahan
ListowelCllr. Aoife Thornton, Cllr. Mike Kennelly,
Michael Foley
An DaingeanCllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald, Tommy Griffin
KenmareCllr. Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen, Pat Lyne
CastleislandCllr. Bobby O’Connell, Cllr. Pat McCarthy
Tralee 
Kildare 
Athy 
Celbridge 
LeixlipCllr. Joe Neville
Maynooth 
ClaneCllr. Brendan Weld, Seamus Langan, Brendan Wyse
Kildare 
NewbridgePeggy O’Dywer, Tracey O’Dwyer, Tom Dempsey
NaasCllr. Fintan Brett, Cllr. Darren Scully, Evie Sammon
Kilkenny 
CastlecomerCllr. Mary Hilda Cavanagh, Cllr. John Brennan
KilkennyCllr. David Fitzgerald, Martin Brett, Orla Kelly 
Callan-Thomastown 
PiltownCllr. Pat Dunphy, Cllr. Fidelis Doherty, John Hayes
Laois 
Borris in Ossory-MountmellickCllr. John King, Cllr. David Goodwin, Conor Bergin,
Fergal Conroy
Graiguecullen-PortarlingtonCllr Tom Mulhall, Vivienne Phelan, Aisling Moran
PortlaoiseCllr. Willie Aird, Cllr. Mary Sweeney,
Thomasina Connell
Leitrim 
Ballinamore 
Carrick-on-Shannon 
ManorhamiltonCllr. Frank Dolan, Cllr. Sean McDermott,
John Joe Dowdican
Limerick 
Limerick City EastCllr. Marian Hurley, Cllr Michael Sheahan, Michael Murphy
Limerick City NorthOlivia O’Sullivan, Denis McCarthy
Limerick City WestCllr. Daniel Butler, Cllr. Elenora Hogan
Adare-RathkealeCllr. Stephen Keary, Cllr. Adam Teskey, Leo Walsh
Cappamore-KilmallockCllr. Ger Mitchell, John Egan, Noreen Stokes
Newcastle WestCllr. Liam Galvin, Cllr. John Sheahan, Tom Ruddle, Cllr. Jerome Scanlan
Longford 
Ballymahon 
GranardCllr. Micheal Carrigy, Cllr. Pauric Brady, Frank Kilbride, Gary Murtagh
LongfordCllr. John Browne, Cllr. Peggy Nolan, Cllr. Gerry Hagan, Gerry Cooney
Louth 
ArdeeCllr. Dolores Minogue, Cllr. Colm Markey,
Finnan McGrath
Drogheda UrbanCllr. Richie Culhane
Drogheda RuralCllr. Oliver Tully 
Dundalk-Carlingford Cllr. John McGahon, Roisín Duffy
Dundalk-South Cllr. Maria Doyle, Linus English
Mayo 
BallinaCllr. Jarlath Munnelly, Cllr. John O’Hara,
Aileen Horkan, Kieran Gill
CastlebarCllr. Cyril Burke, Ger Deere, Eugene McCormack
Claremorris 
Swinford 
Belmullet 
WestportCllr. Tereasa McGuire, Peter Flynn, Austin Francis O’Malley
Meath 
AshbourneCllr. Suzanne Jamal, Cllr. Alan Tobin,  John Stillman
Kells 
Laytown-Bettystown Cllr. Paddy Meade, Cllr. Sharon Tolan
NavanYemi Adenuga, Karen Byrne, Ross Kelly
RatoathCllr. Maria Murphy, Cllr. Gillian Toole, Cllr. Gerry O’Connor
Trim 
Monaghan 
Ballybay-ClonesCllr. Sean Gilliland, Cllr. Richard Truell
Carrickmacross-CastleblaneyCllr. Aidan Campbell, Mary Kerr-Conlon
MonaghanCllr. David Maxwell, Fiona McCaffrey Jones,
Barra Flynn 
Offaly 
BirrCllr. John Clendennen, Marian Pilkington 
EdenderryCllr. Noel Cribbin, Cllr. Liam Quinn
TullamoreDeirdre Fox, Noelle O’Donoghue, Neil Feighery
Roscommon 
Athlone (Roscommon)Cllr. John Naughten, Ger Grehan
BoyleCllr. Liam Callaghan, Keith Suffin
Roscommon 
Sligo 
Ballymote-Tobercurry 
Sligo-Drumcliff 
Sligo-Strandhill Cllr. Sinéad Maguire, Blaine Gaffney
Tipperary 
Carrick-on-Suir 
Cahir 
Cashel-TipperaryCllr. John Crosse, Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald, Cllr. Mary Hanna Hourigan, Declan Burgess
Clonmel 
Nenagh Cllr. Ger Darcy, Conor Delaney
Newport 
Roscrea-TemplemoreNoel Coonan
ThurlesPeter Ryan
Waterford 
Waterford City East Cllr. Sharon Carey, Fiona Dowd
Waterford City South 
Tramore-Waterford City West Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan, Maxine Kehon
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 
Dungarvan 
Lismore 
Westmeath 
Athlone (Westmeath) 
Moate 
Mullingar 
KinnegadCllr. Frank McDermott, Cllr. Emily Wallace,
Rebecca Loftus
Wexford 
Gorey 
KilmuckridgeCllr. Oliver Walsh
EnniscorthyCllr. Paddy Kavanagh, Cllr. Kathleen Codd Nolan,
Cathal Byrne
New RossCllr. Willie Fitzharris
Kilmore 
Wexford 
Wicklow 
Arklow 
Baltinglass 
Bray East 
Bray West 
GreystonesCllr. Derek Mitchell, Alice O’Donnell
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 declarations of intentions to contest these elections on the part of other non-party candidates. This cohort of candidates often tends to be the hardest to glean information on, so this list may not be as up to date/accurate as the similar posts for the different parties.

The Fine Gael selection convention for Ratoath took place on 16th October 2018 and three candidates – all incumbents – were selected at this.

The selection convention for Limerick City East took place on 22nd October, as reported in the Limerick Leader (23rd October 2018), and three candidates, including two incumbents, were selected at this.

Cllr. John Kennedy was selected as the party candidate for the Stillorgan electoral area at a selection convention on 1st November 2018. Eoghan Howe was selected to contest the South West Inner City electoral area as the Fine Gael party candidate on 5th November 2018.  As reported by the Limerick Leader (3rd November 2018), Cllrs. Daniel Butler and Elenora Hogan were selected to contest the Limerick City West electoral area for Fine Gael at a convention which took place on 3rd November 2018 – two Patrickswell-based nominees lost out at the convention; Fergus Kilcoyne and 20-year-old Daniel McSweeney.

Eight candidates were selected to contest the three electoral areas located within the Dún Laoghaire Dáil constituency on 9th November 2018 at a selection convention held at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Cllr. Aidan Campbell and Mary Kerr-Conlon were selected as candidates for Carrickamacross-Castleblaney at a selection convention which took on that same day – this convention was also contested by Pat Cassidy, as reported on the Northern Sound website (9th November 2018). The Killaloe selection convention took place on 12th November and selected three candidates. Selection conventions in the North City of Dublin (Artane/Donaghmede) took place on 14th November, while a number of conventions in the east of Galway County (Loughrea, Gort, Tuam) took place on the following day. Cllr. Pat Hand, Anna Grainger and Jim O’Leary were selected as the Fine Gael candidates for the Dundrum electoral area at a selection convention on 16th November 2018. Fine Gael selections for the Dublin West Dáil constituency area took place on 19th November 2019. Cllr Joe Neville was selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Leixlip electoral area on that same night. The convention for the Clontarf electoral area took place on 26th November 2018, while the convention for Ballybay-Clones took place on the following night. Conventions for the electoral areas on the northside of Cork City took place on 29th November, while conventions for the southside electoral areas took place later in that week, as reported in the Evening Echo (1st December 2018).

The selection convention for the Edenderry electoral area took place on 3rd December 2018, also did the conventions for the Rush-Lusk and Balbriggan electoral areas, as well as the conventions for Ennistymon, as reported by the Clare Echo (4th December 2018) and An Daingean. A number of selection conventions took place in County Cork in early December 2018, including Carrigaline and Clonakilty-Skibbereen (7th December 2018) and Macroom (9th December 2018) – John Kelliher also contested the Macroom selection convention. The selection convention for Castleisland took place on 7th December 2018, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (8th December 2018). The Swords selection convention took place on 10th December 2018. As reported by the Longford Leader (12th December 2018), the selection convention for the Longford (Town) electoral area took place on 11th December 2018 in the Longford Arms Hotel. The Muinebeag selection convention took place on 13th December 2018 with the convention for the Pilltown electoral area being held on the following night, while the selection convention for the Cashel-Tipperary electoral area took place on 16th December 2018. As reported on the Kildare Now website (14th December 2018), the selection convention for the Clane electoral area took place on 13th December 2018 in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane. The selection convention for the Howth-Malahide electoral area took place on 17th December 2018. The selection convention for the Listowel electoral area took place on 20th December 2018 in the Listowel Arms Hotel; as reported on the Radio Kerry website (21st December 2018), this was contested, with Clare Creighton and Mike Foley losing out in the vote to select just two candidates. On 30 January 2019, it was confirmed that Michael Foley would be added to the patrty ticket for Listowel.

The selection convention for the Westport electoral area took place on Friday 11th January 2019, as reported by The Connaught Telegraph (12th January 2019); this was also contested by Johnny O’Malley. The selection convention for the Tullow electoral area took [place on 14th January 2019. As reported by the Laois Today (14th January 2019) website, the Portlaoise selection convention is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16th January 2019. Four candidates have been nominated to contest this and all of these may be selected to run. The convention for Cappamore-Kilmallock, which took place on 14th January 2019, was contested, with Greg Conway and Tommy O’Sullivan losing out, as reported by the Limerick Leader (19th January 2019).

As reported by Donegal Now (19th January 2019), the Letterkenny convention took place on 17th January 2019. The convention for North Inner City took place on the same day. Selection conventions for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington and Ballymote-Tubbercurry electoral areas took place on 18th January 2018, as well as the Killarney selection convention (as reported on the Radio Kerry website (19th January 2019)). As reported on the Laois Today news site (18th January 2019), there was no contest for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington convention. The Ballymote-Tubbercurry convention was contested, as reported on the Ocean FM website (19th January 2019), with former Dáil deputy, John Perry, losing out in this vote. The selection convention for the Portlaoise electoral area took place two days earlier – as reported on the Laois Today news site (16th January 2019), this was uncontested after 2014 candidate, Jim Ring, announced he was withdrawing from contesting the convention.

The Greystones electoral area selection convention took place on 21st January 2019. The selection convention for the Midleton electoral area took place on 24th January 2019. As reported in the Tullamore Tribune (23rd January 2019), the selection convention for the Tullamore electoral area took place in late January 2019, with Bernard Westman losing out in that vote.

The selection convention for the Kenmare electoral area took place on 27th January 2019, while the conventions for the Bantry electoral area, as well as the Manorhamilton (as reported in the Leitrim Observer (27th January 2019) electoral area and the Boyle electoral area (as reported on the Shannonside Radio website (26th January 2019)), took place on 25th January 2019. The Boyle convention was also contested by Andrew Reynolds. As reported by the Longford Leader (28th January 2019), the selection convention for the Granard electoral area took place on 27th January 2019. The selection convention for Limerick City North took place on 28th January 2019 (as reported by the Limerick Leader (29th January 2019)); the other candidates that contested this convention were Eleanor McSherry, Brian O’Connor and Richard Delaney. The convention for Sligo-Strandhill also took place on that same day. As reported on the Northern Sound website (30th January 2019), the selection convention for the Ballyjamesduff electoral area took place on 29th January 2019. The selection conventions for the Cabra-Glasnevin and Shannon electoral areas took place on 31st January 2019, as well as the Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick selection convention (as reported by Laois Today (1st February 2019)). The selection convention for the Kilkenny City electoral area also took place on 31st January 2019, as reported by the Kilkenny Now website (1st February 2019).

As reported by the Southern Star (4th February 2019), the convention for Bandon-Kinsale took place on 2nd February 2019 – this was also contested by Marie O’Sullivan and Catherine O’Donoghue. As reported on the Northern Sound website (5th February 2019), the convention for the Monaghan (Town) electoral area took place on 4th February 2019. The selection conventions for the constituencies in mid/south Louth also took place on 4th February 2019. The Nenagh selection convention took place on 5th February 2019 in the Nenagh Arts Centre, as reported on the Tipperary Live website (7th February 2019), with the convention for Cavan Town also taking place on that same day, as reported by the Northern Sound website (5th February 2019). The selection convention for the Roscrea-Templemore electoral area took place on 6th February 2019 in Clonmore. The selection convention for Ballina is scheduled to take place on 8th February 2019, as reported by The Connaught Tribune (5th February 2019), with the selection of four candidates to be confirmed at this. The selection conventions for the Cobh, Kilrush and Birr electoral areas took place on 7th February 2019.

As reported in the Connaught Telegraphy (10th February 2019), the Castlebar selection convention took place on 10th February 2019. This was also contested by Darren McCormack and Padraig Corcoran.

The selection conventions for the Ashbourne and Enniscorthy electoral areas took place on 11th February 2019. As reported on the Northern Sound website (13th February 2019), the selection convention for Bailieborough-Cootehill took place on 12th February 2019. The Thurles selection convention took place on 13th February 2019. As reported on the Kilcullen Diary blog (15th February 2019), the Newbridge selection convention took place on 14th February 2019.

The selection convention for the Waterford City East and Tramore-Waterford City West electoral areas took place on 17th February 2018. Selection conventions for Dundalk South and Dundalk Carlingford (as reported on the Talk of the Town website (19th February 2019)), as well as Kinnegad, took place on 18th February 2018.

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Female candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th October 2018 – post updated as and when new female candidates are added/female candidates withdraw.

314 female candidates contested the 2009 City and County Council elections, accounting for 17.2% of the total number of candidates. 404 female candidates contested the 2014 City and County Council elections, accounting for 21.6% of the total number of candidates contesting those elections. For the 2019 elections, given that gender quotas were introduced the 2016 General Election, the expectation might be that even more female candidates will be contesting these City and County Council elections. Against that, the likely impact of smaller constituency units (with fewer seats per constituency) for the 2019 elections (relative to the 2014 contests) may act as a disincentive to new, female, candidates, or may limit the number of candidates being selected by political parties at selection conventions, thus preventing a number of new, female, candidates from getting onto party tickets.

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“The Younger Ones”: 2019 Local Elections candidates aged between 18 and 35

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th October 2018

In a similar vein to earlier posts relating to the younger 2011 General Election candidates, 2014 Local Election candidates and 2016 General Election candidates, this page seeks to list the names, and party affiliations, of all the 2019 Local Elections candidates whose ages will still fall in the 18-35 years age category at the time that the 2019 elections take place (24th May 2019).

Candidates whose ages fall in the 18-30 years category will be denoted by a * beside their names.

Please note that this is likely to prove to be an incomplete list of the names of the younger local election candidates, mainly due to the difficulties faced in terms of accessing accurate age information for candidates in a large number of cases. Given the large number of candidates involved at local elections and the difficulties involved in getting age details for some candidates, the likelihood is that I will miss out on some names that should be included here but I will do my best to ensure this list is as accurate as possible.

If you are one of the candidates that should be listed below, or are incorrectly listed below), then please contact me and I will update/amend this list as soon as I can. Please Tweet me at @adriankavanagh or send an email to me at adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie. Alternately, please use the comments section below, or else please comment/message me via the Adrian Kavanagh Elections Facebook page.

But I can’t add names unless (i) candidates have already been selected, or declared, (ii) there’s certainty about the candidate age details (I won’t add someone because some other person is “pretty sure they’re 35″…in a lot of cases, they’re not!)

At present (18th February 2019), I can currently account for at least one hundred and twenty seven candidates in the 18-35 age category (11.8% of the total number of local election candidates selected/declared to date) –  eighty four (66.1%) of the candidates in this group are male while forty three (33.9%) of the candidates in this group are female. At least sixty six of these candidates are in the 18-30 (6.2%) age category.

A higher proportion of all female candidates (12.9%) currently fall into this age category than the proportion/percentage of all male candidates (11.5%) that do.

In terms of political parties/groupings, out of the candidates listed below:

  • 36 are Fianna Fáil candidates – amounting to 11.7% of their total number of selected candidates
  • 21 are Fine Gael candidates – amounting to 8.4% of their total number of selected candidates
  • 16 are People Before Profit candidates – amounting to 34.8% of their total number of selected candidates
  • 14 are Sinn Féin candidates – amounting to 8.2% of their total number of selected candidates
  • 12 are Social Democrat candidates – amounting to 23.1% of their total number of selected candidates
  • 11 are Labour Party candidates – amounting to 14.7% of their total number of selected candidates
  • are Independent/Non Party candidates – amounting to 10.2% of declared non-party candidates
  • are Green Party candidates – amounting to 12.8% of their total number of selected candidates
  • are Workers Party candidates – amounting to 22.2% of their total number of selected candidates
  • is a Solidarity candidate – amounting to 5.9% of their total number of selected candidates

The list of candidates in the younger age category (aged 18-35) accounted for to date, by electoral area, includes the following:

County/Electoral AreaSCandidates Aged 18-35
Carlow18
Carlow7Adrienne Wallace* PBP,
Fintan Phelan* FF
Tullow6Alex O’Keffe* PBP
Muinebeag5
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6 Craig Lovett FF
Cavan-Belturbert6Liam van der Spek* LAB, Emmett Smith PBP
Clare28
Ennis7Chris Kirwan* SOC DEM
Killaloe5Beckha Doyle* SOC DEM
Shannon7
Ennistimon4
Kilrush5Mike Taylor* FG
Cork County55
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6Eileen Lynch* FG
Cobh6Louise Murphy SF
Midleton7Danielle Twomey SF
Fermoy6William O’Leary* FF
Kanturk4
Mallow5Gearóid Murphy FF
Bantry4Holly McKeever Cairns* SOC DEM,
George A. Gill FF, Katie Murphy* FG
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Evie Evans Nevin SOC DEM
Cork City31
Cork City North East6
Cork City North West6Fiona Ryan SOL, Julie O’Leary* FG,
TJ Hogan* IND
Cork City South Central6Luke Field* LAB
Cork City South East6Lorna Bogue* GP, Peter Horgan* LAB
Cork City South West7Sinéad Ronan* FG
Donegal37
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Hazel de Nortúin PBP, Richard Murray IND, Eoin Neylon FF, Daithí de Róiste FF
Ballymun-Finglas6Keith Connolly* FF, Sean Tyrell* FG,
Cathie Shiels WP
Artane-Whitehall6Racheal Batten FF
Donaghmede5Shane Folan* LAB, Daryl Barron* FF
Cabra-Glasnevin7Colm O’Rourke* FG
Clontarf6Jeff Johnston* FG, Jane Horgan-Jones LAB, Cathal Haughey* FF
Kimmage-Rathmines6Fearghal Donnelly* SF
North Inner City7Éilis Ryan WP
South West Inner City5Ammar Ali* FF, Michael Watters FF,
Michael Pidgeon* GP
South East Inner City5Kevin Donoghue* LAB
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40
Blackrock6Deirdre Kingston LAB, Kate Feeney FF
Dun Laoghaire7Dave O’Keeffe PBP
Dundrum7Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin PBP
Glencullen-Sandyford7Ben Stafford* FF
Killiney-Shankill7Dani O’Rourke* PBP, Hugh Lewis PBP,
Frank McNamara* FG, Helena Kelly* FF
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40
Balbriggan5
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5
Howth-Malahide7Aoibhinn Tormey* FG
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6
Ongar5Daniel Whooley* GP
Swords7
South Dublin County40
Clondalkin7Trevor Gilligan FF, Peter Kavanagh GP
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Madeleine Johansson PBP, Shane Moynihan FF,
David Eaton* LAB
Lucan5Kellie Sweeney* PBP, Vanessa Mulhall* GP
Tallaght Central6Laura O’Reilly PBP, Liam Sinclair GP
Tallaght South5Emma Hendrick PBP
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Emma Murphy FF
Galway City18
Galway City Central6Sharon Nolan* SOC DEM, Mike Cubbard IND,
Joe Loughnane PBP
Galway City East6Mairéad Farrell* SF, Owen Hanley* SOCDEM
Galway City West6John Crowley SOC DEM
Galway County39
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5Fionn Kiely FG
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4
Conamara South5Kevin O’Hara SF
Loughrea5Shane Curley* FF
Tuam7Andrew Reddington FG
Kerry33
Killarney7Maura Healy-Rae* IND,
Niall Kelleher FF
Listowel6
An Daingean3
Kenmare6Johnny Healy-Rae IND, John Francis Flynn FF
Castleisland4Jackie Healy-Rae Junior* IND
Tralee7Ben Slimm* LAB
Kildare40
Athy5
Celbridge4
Leixlip3
Maynooth5Naoise Ó Cearúil FF
Clane5Aidan Farrelly SOC DEM, Daniel Keenan* FF
Kildare5
Newbridge6Rob Power FF
Naas7Evie Sammon* FG, Brian Larkin FF
Kilkenny24
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7Stephanie Hanlon PBP
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5
Laois19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Conor Bergin* FG
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6Vivienne Phelan* FG, Eoin Barry LAB
Portlaoise7
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6Caroline Mulvey SF
Carrick-on-Shannon6Séadhna Logan SF
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40
Limerick City East7Séighin Ó Ceallaigh SF,
Sarah-Jane Hennelly* SOCDEM
Limerick City North7
Limerick City West7Mark Carey IND
Adare-Rathkeale6Adam Teskey* FG
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18
Ballymahon6
Granard5
Longford7
Louth29
Ardee6John Sheridan FF
Drogheda Urban6Joanna Byrne SF
Drogheda Rural4
Dundalk-Carlingford6Sean Kelly* FF, Antóin Watters* SF
Dundalk-South7
Mayo30
Ballina6Mark Duffy* IND
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40
Ashbourne6Aaron Byrne LAB
Kells7Mike Bray* FF
Laytown-Bettystown7Paddy Meade FG
Navan7Ross Kelly* FG
Ratoath7
Trim6Sinéad Geraghty FF, Aisling Dempsey FF
Monaghan18
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19
Birr6Clare Claffey SOC DEM
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon18
Athlone (Roscommon)6Malachy Hand* FF
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo18
Ballymote-Tobercurry7Keith Henry* FF, Daniel Gallagher* SF
Sligo-Drumcliff5Corey Whyte* IND, Nigel Gallagher PBP
Sligo-Strandhill6Gino O’Boyle PBP
Tipperary40
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7Declan Burgess* FG
Clonmel6
Nenagh5
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5Peter Ryan* FG
Waterford32
Waterford City East6Adam Wyse FF, Michael Doyle SF
Waterford City South6
Tramore-Waterford City West6Eamon Quinlan FF
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5
Dungarvan6
Lismore3
Westmeath20
Athlone (Westmeath)5Louise Heavin GP
Moate4
Mullingar6
Kinnegad5
Wexford34
Gorey6
Kilmuckridge4
Enniscorthy6Cathal Byrne* FG
New Ross6Marie Doyle* SF
Kilmore5
Wexford7Thomas Forde SF
Wicklow32
Arklow6
Baltinglass6Dave McGinn SOCDEM
Bray East4Grace McManus* SF, Chris Walsh* FF
Bray West4
Greystones6
Wicklow6

These details will still be constantly updated over the next few months, as and when I come across details of younger candidates who are not currently on the list above. 

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The 2011 Presidential Election: A Geographical Overview

Adrian Kavanagh, 11th October 2018

There is always a “geography” to electoral support and turnout patterns and this was very much the case with the 2011 Presidential Election. This post will briefly review the geography of candidate support and voter turnout at this contest, with a look ahead to the upcoming presidential election contest on 26th October 2018. Continue reading

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“Time to go?”: Mixed messages across recent opinion polls, but Fine Gael still holds strong. Constituency-level analysis of the Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI (16th October) poll and other Autumn 2018 polls

Adrian Kavanagh, 16th October 2018

As the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017 was officially passed into law just before Christmas 2017, the new Constituency Commission electoral boundaries are now used as the basis for the analysis. The translation of 2016 support figures onto these new constituency units is not a perfect one, alas, given the lack of tally figures in some cases (e.g. Laois, Offaly and Kildare constituencies) or the lack of time to carry out the necessary background analyses in other cases (e.g. constituencies in the West and North West). Where it has been possible to take account of tally figures, the constituency support estimates are based on the votes cast in the new constituency units in those cases.

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The early opinion polls in 2018 offered very good news for Fine Gael. The party has dropped back somewhat in some of the opinion polls carried out across the Summer and Autumn of 2018, but Fine Gael still remains the strongest party in the state by a distance of a number of percentage points over Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, although the extent of the Fine Gael lead over Fianna Fáil varies notably between polls, as also does the estimate of the Sinn Féin support level. Tat being said, the combined vote Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil vote share across all of these polls has generally averaged out around the 60% level. This, admittedly, represents a lower support level than the combined vote levels commanded by these parties before the onset of the Economic Crisis in 2008, but these poll figures seem to mark another stage in the recovery of the “Civil War” parties, given that the two parties won less than half of the votes cast nationally at the 2016 General Election. Is the old “Civil War” politics model on the way back? Maybe, maybe not… However, it must be noted that when the other “Civil War” party, Sinn Féin, is factored in the combined support levels for the “Civil War parties” comes in at 82% in the latest Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI poll – up by around eighteen percent on the combined support levels won by these three parties at the 2016 election. As the larger parties advance, the smaller parties and Independents all fall back, while the Labour Party support levels have tended to remain lower (especially in certain polls) than the already very low levels of support won by that party at the 2016 General Election.   Continue reading

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Non Party/Independent candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh,  First posted 9th October 2018, with updates to follow as I become aware of new candidate declarations. 

This is the latest in 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) ahead of the 2019 City and County Council elections. This post will focus on non-party/independent candidates.Back in June 2014, the non-party/independents grouping accounted for one hundred and ninety four City/County Councillors, following on a very successful set of election contests for non-party candidates at the 2014 Local Elections. Due to various defections to the non-party ranks from different political parties over the following months and years, the number of Independent/Non-Party City/County Councillors (as of 9th October 2018) has climbed to two hundred and nine, according to my best estimates.

As of now (19th February 2019), there are ninety three non party/independent candidates listed here (one of the listed candidates will be contesting two electoral areas) – twenty one of these candidates are women (22.6%) and seventy two (77.4%) are men. The relatively low number of candidates listed here, as of now, merely reflects the fact that information about non party/independent candidate declarations can often be very hard to find, especially as there is no formal selection convention process involved here. In a large number of cases, information about some independent/non party candidate declarations may only emerge after the formal period of candidate nominations has closed and the official candidate lists for the different electoral areas been drawn up.

The non party/independent candidates who are contesting these elections include the following people (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.):

Electoral AreaIndependent/Non-Party candidate
Carlow
CarlowCllr. John Cassin
TullowBilly Nolan
Muinebeag
Cavan
Bailieborough-Cootehill
Ballyjamesduff
Cavan-Belturbert
Clare
Ennis
Killaloe
Shannon
Ennistimon
Kilrush
Cork County
Carrigaline
Bandon-Kinsale
Macroom
Cobh
Midleton
Fermoy
Kanturk
Mallow
Bantry
Clonakilty-Skibbereen
Cork City
Cork City North EastSean O’Sullivan, Cllr. Ger Keohane
Cork City North WestTJ Hogan
Cork City South Central
Cork City South East Cllr. Diarmaid Ó Cadhla
Cork City South West
Donegal
DonegalValerie McNulty, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Billy Grimes,
Diarmaid Doherty, Cllr. Seamus Maguire
GlentiesCllr. Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig, Brian Carr,
Liam Whyte
Milford
Buncrana
LetterkennyCathal MacFhloinn 
Carndonagh
Lifford-Stranorlar
Dublin City
Ballyfermot-DrimnaghRichard Murray, Nicky Uzell Independent4Change,
Ballymun-Finglas
Artane-WhitehallCllr. John Lyons
DonaghmedeNiamh McDonald
Cabra-Glasnevin
ClontarfCllr. Damian O Farrell
Kimmage-RathminesSamantha Long, Sarah Lipsett, Cllr. Ruari McGinley
North Inner City
South West Inner City
South East Inner City
Pembroke
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Blackrock
Dun Laoghaire
Dundrum
Glencullen-Sandyford
Killiney-Shankill
Stillorgan
Fingal County
Balbriggan
Rush LuskRoslyn Fuller
Castleknock
Howth-MalahideCllr. Jimmy Guerin
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart
OngarRaghu Nath
SwordsIan Croft, Dean Mulligan Independent4Change, Derek Cryan
South Dublin County
ClondalkinCllr. Francis Timmons
Palmerstown-FonthillAlan Hayes
LucanCllr. Liona O’Toole
Tallaght Central
Tallaght South
Rathfarnham-Templeogue
Firhouse-Bohernabreena
Galway City
Galway City CentralCllr. Mike Cubbard
Galway City East
Galway City West
Galway County
Athenry-OranmoreCllr. James Charity, Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly
Gort Kinvara
BallinasloeDeclan Geraghty
Conamara NorthJosie Conneely
Conamara South
Loughrea
Tuam
Kerry
KillarneyCllr. Maura Healy-Rae, Cllr. Michael Gleeson KIA, Cllr. Brendan Cronin, Cllr. Donal Grady
ListowelMichael Pixie O’Gorman,
An DaingeanDavid Russell
KenmareCllr. Johnny Healy-Rae
CastleislandJackie Healy-Rae Junior
TraleeCllr. Sam Locke, Yvonne Dineen
Kildare
Athy
Celbridge
Leixlip
Maynooth
Clane
Kildare
Newbridge
Naas
Kilkenny
Castlecomer
KilkennyTrish Finegan, Cllr. Breda Gardner
Callan-Thomastown
Piltown
Laois
Borris in Ossory-MountmellickCllr. James Kelly, Cllr. Brendan Phelan,
Oliver Clooney
Graiguecullen-PortarlingtonCllr. Ben Brennan
Portlaoise
Leitrim
BallinamoreCllr. Gerry Dolan
Carrick-on-ShannonCllr. Enda Stenson, Cllr. Des Guckian,
Yvonne Hollidge
ManorhamiltonCllr. Felim Gurn
Limerick
Limerick City East
Limerick City NorthCllr. Frankie Daly
Limerick City WestCllr. John Loftus, Mark Carey,
Adare-RathkealeCllr. Emmett O’Brien, Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue
Cappamore-Kilmallock
Newcastle West
Longford
BallymahonTony Moran
GranardTurlough McGovern
LongfordJulia O’Reilly
Louth
Ardee
Drogheda UrbanCllr. Kevin Callan, Paddy McQuillan
Drogheda RuralCllr. Kevin Callan
Dundalk-Carlingford
Dundalk-SouthOliver Morgan
Mayo
BallinaMark Duffy, Willie Nolan
Castlebar
Claremorris
Swinford
Belmullet
WestportCllr. Christy Hyland
Meath
AshbourneCllr. Sharon Keogan
Kells
Laytown-BettystownCllr. Sharon Keogan
Navan
Ratoath
Trim
Monaghan
Ballybay-Clones
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney
MonaghanTommy Hagan
Offaly
Birr
Edenderry
Tullamore
Roscommon
Athlone (Roscommon)Cllr. Ivan Connaughton 
BoyleTom Crosby, Sajjad Hussain
Roscommon
Sligo
Ballymote-TobercurryCllr. Joe Queenan, Cllr. Margaret Gormley,
Cllr. Michael Clarke
Sligo-DrumcliffCorey Whyte
Sligo-Strandhill
Tipperary
Carrick-on-Suir
Cahir
Cashel-Tipperary
Clonmel
NenaghCllr. Seamus Morris
Newport
Roscrea-TemplemoreTommy Murphy
ThurlesCllr. David Doran
Waterford
Waterford City East
Waterford City SouthAndrew Power, Claire Cullen-Delsol
Tramore-Waterford City West
Portlaw-KilmacthomasAnn Troy
Dungarvan
Lismore
Westmeath
Athlone (Westmeath)
Moate
MullingarCllr. Mick Dollard, Cllr. Úna D’Arcy
Kinnegad
Wexford
Gorey
KilmuckridgeMary Farrell
EnniscorthyJackser Owens
New RossJohn Dwyer
Kilmore
Wexford
Wicklow
Arklow
Baltinglass
Bray East
Bray West
Greystones
WicklowAnna Doyle

I will be adding to this list as and when I come across further declarations of intentions to contest these elections on the part of other non-party candidates. This cohort of candidates often tends to be the hardest to glean information on, so this list may not be as up to date/accurate as the similar posts for the different parties.

An article by Siún Lennon on the Laois Today website (5th November 2018) reported that Cllrs. James Kelly and Ben Brennan both intend to contest the 2019 Local elections.

Corey Whyte will contest the election in Sligo-Drumcliff, as reported in the Sligo Champion (11th December 2018). As reported in the Tuam Herald (14th December 2018), Cllr. James Charity has confirmed his intention to contest the next local elections in Athenry-Oranmore. Cllr. Gabe Cronnelly, as reported in the Galway Advertiser (3rd January 2019), has also announced his intention to contest that same electoral area. As reported by the Donegal Democrat (13th December 2018), Cllr. Tom Conaghan (of Donegal Town) announced his intention to contest the next local elections.

An Evening Echo (12th December 2018) report noted that Cllr. Ger Keohane – elected in Cobh for Sinn Féin in 2014 – will be contesting the Cork City North East electoral area.

The Donegal Democrat (10th January) has reported that Brian Carr, who previously contested the 2014 elections, “is set to contest the upcoming elections”.

As reported on the Radio Kerry website (13th January 2018), David Russell, who works closely with Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, will contest the An Daingean electoral area.

As reported on the Midlands 103 website (14th January 2019), Cllr. Mick Dollard announced in January 2019 that he was leaving the Labour Party and would be contesting the next local elections as an independent candidate.

Former Councillor, John Dwyer, has announced his intention to try and regain his seat in the New Ross electoral area, as reported in the new Ross Standard (12th January 2019).

As reported on the Drogheda Life website (16th January 2019), Cllr. Kevin Callan has announced his intention to contest both the Drogheda Rural and Drogheda Urban electoral areas.

Yvonne Hollidge will be contesting the Carrick on Shannon electoral area as a non-party candidate, as reported in the Leitrim Observer (29th January 2019).

As reported in the Donegal Democrat (7th February 2019), former Fianna Fáil Ballyshannon Town Councillor, Billy Grimes, will be contesting the Donegal (Town) electoral area as an independent candidate. That edition of the Donegal Democrat also reports that former Bundoran Town Councillor, Diarmaid Doherty, will also be contesting the Donegal electoral area as a non-party candidate.

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Does Size Matter? Reviewing the”Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2018″

Adrian Kavanagh, 24th September 2018

A new boundary report was published today by the Constituency Commission, outlining the new European Parliament election constituency boundaries that will be in place at the next European elections in May 2019. BREXIT and the subsequent surrender of the United Kingdom’s European Parliament seats has led to the Republic of Ireland gaining an extra two seats in that Parliament. This report redrew the Irish election constituencies, taking those two added seats into account.

The main changes made by the Commission may be viewed in this image below:

Europeparliarment

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