Social Democrat candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 20th July 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 the candidate selections for the Social Democrats.

As the party was founded just over a year after the 2014 Local Elections, the Social Democrats obviously were not in a position to contest these elections. However, a number of defections from the independent ranks/from other parties to the Social Democrats in the years after that party was founded means that there are currently seven Social Democrat City/County Councillors, according to my best estimates.

As of now (16th January 2019), forty one Social Democrat local election candidates are listed on this page. Twenty three of these candidates are women (56.1%) and eighteen of these are men (43.9%). To the best of my knowledge, at least forty one Social Democrat selection conventions have taken place, as of now.

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

CandidatesSeatsSocial Democrat candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7
Tullow6
Muinebeag5
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6
Clare28
Ennis7Chris Kirwan
Killaloe5Beckha Doyle
Shannon7Betty Walsh
Ennistimon4
Kilrush5
Cork County55
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6Síle Ní Dhubhghaill
Cobh6Ken Curtin
Midleton7
Fermoy6Cllr. June Murphy
Kanturk4
Mallow5
Bantry4Holly McKeever Cairns
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Evie Evans Nevin
Cork City31
Cork City North East6
Cork City North West6
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Joe Harris
Cork City South East6
Cork City South West7
Donegal37
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5
Ballymun-Finglas6Mary Callaghan
Artane-Whitehall6Patricia Roe
Donaghmede5Paddy Monahan
Cabra-Glasnevin7
Clontarf6Catherine Stocker
Kimmage-Rathmines6
North Inner City7Ellie Kisyombee, Carol Deans
South West Inner City5Jen Cummins
South East Inner City5
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40
Blackrock6
Dun Laoghaire7David Quinn
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40
Balbriggan5Garrett Mullan
Rush Lusk5Cllr. Paul Mulville
Castleknock5
Howth-MalahideCllr. Cian O’Callaghan
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6
Ongar5
Swords7Tracey Carey
South Dublin County40
Clondalkin7
Palmerstown-Fonthill5
Lucan5
Tallaght Central6
Tallaght South5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Carly Bailey
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Rob Hunter
Galway City18
Galway City Central6Sharon Nolan
Galway City East6Owen Hanley
Galway City West6John Crowley
Galway County39
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4
Conamara South5
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33
Killarney7
Listowel6
An Daingean3
Kenmare6
Castleisland4
Tralee7
Kildare40
Athy5Samantha Kenny
Celbridge4
Leixlip3Fionnuala Killeen
Maynooth5
Clane5Aidan Farrelly
Kildare5
Newbridge6
Naas7Bill Clear
Kilkenny24
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5
Laois19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40
Limerick City East7Sarah-Jane Hennelly
Limerick City North7Kieran Walsh
Limerick City West7Elisa O’Donovan
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18
Ballymahon6
Granard5
Longford7
Louth29
Ardee6
Drogheda Urban6
Drogheda Rural4
Dundalk-Carlingford6
Dundalk-South7
Mayo30
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40
Ashbourne6Paul Nolan
Kells7
Laytown-Bettystown7Rob Corr
Navan7Amy McGrath
Ratoath7
Trim6Ronan Moore
Monaghan18
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19
Birr6Clare Claffey
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon18
Athlone (Roscommon)6
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo18
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6
Tramore-Waterford City West6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5
Dungarvan6
Lismore3
Westmeath20
Athlone (Westmeath)5Fiona Lynam
Moate4
Mullingar6
Kinnegad5
Wexford34
Gorey6
Kilmuckridge4
Enniscorthy6
New Ross6
Kilmore5
Wexford7Denise Whitmore
Wicklow32
Arklow6
Baltinglass6Dave McGinn
Bray East4
Bray West4
Greystones6
Wicklow6

As of now, twenty nine Social Democrat local election candidates are listed on this page. Seventeen of these candidates are women (58.6%) and twelve of these are men (41.4%).

On 20th July 2018, the Social Democrats announced a list of six candidates who would be contesting the 2019 Local Elections, including five female candidates (Holly Cairns, Rebecca Doyle, Evie Evans Nevin, Denise Whitmore and Betty Walsh) and one male candidate (Ken Curtin). The Social Democrats Dublin Bay North Facebook page reported on 25th July 2018 that Catherine Stocker had been selected as a candidate for the Clontarf electoral area. Síle Ní Dhubhghaill was selected as the candidate for the Macroom electoral area on 9th August 2018. On 14th August 2018 it was confirmed that Cllr. Paul Mulville would be contesting the Rush-Lusk electoral area, while Garrett Mullan would be the party candidate for the Balbriggan electoral area. On 15th August, Cllr. Joe Harris was selected as the candidate for Cork City South East at a selection convention in the Douglas Community Centre. Kieran Walsh was selected as the Limerick City North candidate on 29th August 2018.

On 4th September 2018 Cllr. Dermot Looney noted that he would not be contesting the next local elections (in the new Rathfarnham-Templeogue electoral area) and that Carly Bailey – who has also been selected as the party’s Dublin South-West general election candidate – would be contesting that constituency instead. Paddy Monahan was selected as the party’s Donaghmede candidate on 5th September 2018. Sharon Nolan and John Crowley were selected as candidates for Galway City Central and Galway City West respectively at a series of selection conventions on 23rd September 2018, which were contested by three other candidates. On 24th September 2018 Aidan Farrelly was selected as the candidate to contest the Clane electoral area. As reported by the Leinster Leader (28th September 2018), two more Social Democrat candidates were selected in Kildare County soon after this – Samantha Kenny in Athy and Richard Kelly in Newbridge. Richard Kelly, however, subsequently had to withdraw from the local election contest. On 28th September 2018 it was announced that Ellie Kisyombee and Carol Deans would be party candidates in the North Inner City electoral area. 

As reported on the Wicklow News (16th November 2018) website, Dave McGinn was selected as the candidate for the Baltinglass electoral area on 15th November 2018.

Elisa O’Donovan was selected as the candidate for Limerick City West on 18th December 2018. This convention was also contested by Mark Carey. David Quinn was selected as the candidate for the Dún Laoghaire electoral area around this time also. 

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The Younger Ones: General Election (2018-2021) candidates aged between 21 and 35

Adrian Kavanagh, Originally posted on 20th July 2018

In a similar vein to earlier posts relating to the 2016 General Election and 2011 General Election candidates and a similar post relating to younger candidates contesting the 2014 City and County Council elections, this page seeks to list the names, and party affiliations, of all the candidates for the 2016 General Election whose ages fall in the 21-35 years age category. (Candidates whose ages fall in the 18-30 years age category will be denoted by a * – all the other candidates listed here fall into the 31-35 year age category, apart from those cases where it is not clear whether the candidates falls into the 21-30 or 31-35 age categories.)

Please note that this is an incomplete list due to difficulties in getting age-related information. Given 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 note any glaring absences (and especially if you are one of the candidates that should be listed below, or else are incorrectly listed below), please feel free to comment below, or to Tweet me at @AdrianKavanagh or email me at adrian.p.kavanagh@mu.ie instead.

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Solidarity candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 10th July 2018 – initially as a joint post involving candidates for both Solidarity and People Before Profit, but these have now been separated across different pages – 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 third 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 the candidate selections for Solidarity.

In the 2014 Local Elections there were fourteen Solidarity candidates (although they contested the 2014 elections as the Anti Austerity Alliance) elected. A number of defections in the years following the 2014 elections means that there are currently twelve Solidarity City/County Councillors, according to my best estimates.

To the best of my knowledge, as of now (21st December 2018), seventeen Solidarity candidates are listed on this page: nine of these are female (52.9%) and eight are male (47.1%). At least fifteen selection conventions have taken place; again to the best of my knowledge.

The candidates that have been officially selected to contest the 2014 Local Elections as Solidarity candidates include:

Candidates Seats Solidarity candidates
Carlow 18
Carlow 7
Tullow 6
Muinebeag 5
Cavan 18
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
Cavan-Belturbert 6
Clare 28
Ennis 7
Killaloe 5
Shannon 7
Ennistimon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork County 55
Carrigaline 6
Bandon-Kinsale 6
Macroom 6
Cobh 6
Midleton 7
Fermoy 6
Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Bantry 4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen 5
Cork City 31
Cork City North East 6 Carol Brogan
Cork City North West 6 Fiona Ryan
Cork City South Central 6
Cork City South East 6
Cork City South West 7
Donegal 37
Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Milford 3
Buncrana 5
Letterkenny 7
Carndonagh 4
Lifford-Stranorlar 6
Dublin City 63
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh 5
Ballymun-Finglas 6
Artane-Whitehall 6
Donaghmede 5
Cabra-Glasnevin 7 Rita Harold
Clontarf 6
Kimmage-Rathmines 6
North Inner City 7
South West Inner City 5
South East Inner City 5
Pembroke 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 40
Blackrock 6
Dun Laoghaire 7
Dundrum 7
Glencullen-Sandyford 7
Killiney-Shankill 7
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County 40
Balbriggan 5 Carah Daniel
Rush Lusk 5
Castleknock 5 Cllr. Sandra Kavanagh
Howth-Malahide 7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 6 John Burtchaell 
Ongar 5 Cllr. Matt Waine
Swords 7
South Dublin County 40
Clondalkin 7
Palmerstown-Fonthill 5
Lucan 5
Tallaght Central 6 Cllr. Mick Murphy, Cllr. Kieran Mahon
Tallaght South 5 Cllr. Brian Leech, Sandra Fay
Rathfarnham-Templeogue 7 Stephen Nugent
Firhouse-Bohernabreena 5 Jess Spear
Galway City 18
Galway City Central 6
Galway City East 6 Conor Burke
Galway City West 6
Galway County 39
Athenry-Oranmore 7
Gort Kinvara 5
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry 33
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
An Daingean 3
Kenmare 6
Castleisland 4
Tralee 7
Kildare 40
Athy 5
Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3
Maynooth 5
Clane 5
Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7
Kilkenny 24
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny 7
Callan-Thomastown 6
Piltown 5
Laois 19
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim 18
Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick 40
Limerick City East 7 Paul Keller
Limerick City North 7 Mary Cahillane
Limerick City West 7 Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin
Adare-Rathkeale 6
Cappamore-Kilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford 18
Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth 29
Ardee 6
Drogheda Urban 6
Drogheda Rural 4
Dundalk-Carlingford 6
Dundalk-South 7
Mayo 30
Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
Belmullet 3
Westport 4
Meath 40
Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
Laytown-Bettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan 18
Ballybay-Clones 5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly 19
Birr 6
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon 18
Athlone (Roscommon) 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo 18
Ballymote-Tobercurry 7
Sligo-Drumcliff 5
Sligo-Strandhill 6
Tipperary 40
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Cahir 4
Cashel-Tipperary 7
Clonmel 6
Nenagh 5
Newport 4
Roscrea-Templemore 4
Thurles 5
Waterford 32
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Tramore-Waterford City West 6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas 5
Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath 20
Athlone (Westmeath) 5
Moate 4
Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford 34
Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
Enniscorthy 6
New Ross 6
Kilmore 5
Wexford 7
Wicklow 32
Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray East 4
Bray West 4
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

On 5th July 2018, Cllr Fiona Ryan and Carol Brogan were selected to contest the next local elections as Solidarity candidates for the Cork City North West and Cork City North East electoral areas respectively. Three Solidarity party candidates for the Limerick City electoral areas were selected at a convention in the Absolute Hotel in Limerick City on 26th October 2018. At that convention, Cllr. Cian Prendiville announced that he would not be contesting the next local elections or general election and would be stepping down from his council seat for personal reasons, as reported by the Limerick Leader (27th October 2018)

Selections for the electoral areas located within the Dublin West Dáil constituency area took place in December 2018.

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Sinn Féin candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 6th July 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 second 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 only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention or by some other means of candidate selection (such as additions by party headquarters) and not on the basis that “they are virtually guaranteed to run/be selected…” This post will focus on the Sinn Féin candidate selections.

According to my best estimates, Sinn Féin currently has one hundred and forty five City/County Councillors. The party won one hundred and sixty seats at the 2014 Local Elections, but a number of defections from the party over the following four years has reduced their overall number of City/County Councillors. Despite the overall reduction in the overall number of local elected representatives, Sinn Fein will be confident of increasing its number of councillors especially in the wake of a series of promising opinion poll results over the past few years. The changes in electoral boundaries, and particularly the overall reduction in constituency district magnitudes, may work for, or against, Sinn Féin in terms of translating support levels into seat level, depending on the party geography of support at next year’s elections and on vote transfer patterns.

As of now (14th January 2019), one hundred and fourteen Sinn Féin local election candidates are listed on this page. Forty three of these candidates are women (37.7%) and seventy one of these are men (62.3%). As far as I am aware, at least eighty five Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far.

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

CandidatesSeatsSinn Féin candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7
Tullow6
Muinebeag5Cllr. Andy Gladney
Cavan18
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6Cllr. Damien Brady, Cllr. Daniel Downey
Clare28
Ennis7Donna Deirdre McGettigan
Killaloe5Seán Naughton
Shannon7Cllr. Mike McKee
Ennistymon4Noeleen Moran
Kilrush5Violet-Anne Wynne
Cork County55
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6Ronnie Morley
Cobh6Louise Murphy
Midleton7Cllr. Danielle Twomey
Fermoy6Helen White
Kanturk4Lillian Meade
Mallow5Cllr. Melissa Mullane
Bantry4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5
Cork City31
Cork City North East6Cllr. Mick Nugent, Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty
Cork City North West6Cllr. Kenneth Collins, Cllr. Thomas Gould
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Eoghan Jeffers, Cllr. Fiona Kerins
Cork City South East6Cllr. Chris O’Leary
Cork City South West7
Donegal37 
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Cllr. Daithí Doolan, Cllr. Greg Kelly
Ballymun-Finglas6Cllr. Anthony Connaghan, Martin Matthews
Artane-Whitehall6
Donaghmede5
Cabra-Glasnevin7Cllr. Seamas McGrattan
Clontarf6
Kimmage-Rathmines6Cllr. Ray McHugh, Fearghal Donnelly
North Inner City7Cllr. Janice Boylan
South West Inner City5Cllr. Críona Ní Dhalaigh
South East Inner City5Cllr. Chris Andrews, Susan Gregg Farrell
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5Cllr. Natalie Treacy
Howth-Malahide7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Breda Hanaphy, Damien Bissett
Ongar5Cllr. Paul Donnelly
Swords7Lorraine O’Connell, Ann Graves
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Lisa Kinsella Colman, William Carey
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Cllr. Danny O’Brien, Cllr. Mark Ward
Lucan5
Tallaght Central6Cllr. Brendan Ferron, Cllr. Cora McCann
Tallaght South5Cllr. Cathal King, Cllr. Louise Dunne, Cllr. Dermot Richardson
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Sarah Holland, Cllr. Robert Russell
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6Cllr. Mark Lohan
Galway City East6Cllr. Mairéad Farrell
Galway City West6Cllr. Cathal O Conchuir
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4Cllr. Tom Healy
Conamara South5Kevin O’Hara
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33 
Killarney7John Buckley
Listowel6Cllr. Robert Beasley, Cllr. Tom Barry
An Daingean3Robert Brosnan
Kenmare6Cllr. Damian Quigg
Castleisland4Kate McSweeney
Tralee7Cllr. Toireasa Ferris, Cllr. Pa Daly
Kildare40 
Athy5Cllr. Thomas Redmond
Celbridge4
Leixlip3
Maynooth5
Clane5
Kildare5Patricia Ryan 
Newbridge6Noel Connolly
Naas7
Kilkenny24 
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7Cllr. Sean Tyrell
Callan-Thomastown6Cllr. David Kennedy
Piltown5Grace Doyle
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Lorna Holohan Garry
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7Cllr. Caroline Dwane Stanley, John Gormley
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7Cllr. Séighin Ó Ceallaigh
Limerick City North7Cllr. John Costelloe, Sharon Benson, John Nugent
Limerick City West7Cllr. Malachy McCreesh
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18 
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin
Granard5Mark Maguire
Longford7Tena Keown
Louth29 
Ardee6Cllr. Pearse McGeough
Drogheda Urban6
Drogheda Rural4
Dundalk-Carlingford6Cllr. Edel Corrigan, Cllr. Antóin Watters, Eugene Garvey
Dundalk-South7Cllr. Tomás Sharkey, Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú, Cllr. Anne Campbell
Mayo30 
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40 
Ashbourne6
Kells7
Laytown-Bettystown7
Navan7
Ratoath7
Trim6
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19 
Birr6Cllr. Sean Maher
Edenderry6Alan Davy
Tullamore7Ann Marie Ennis
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6Joe Harney
Boyle6Cllr. Michael Mulligan
Roscommon6Seamus O’Brien
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5Damian O’Donoghue
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald
Waterford City South6Cllr. Breeda Brennan, Cllr. John Hearne, Warren Fitzgerald
Tramore-Waterford City West6Cllr. Jim Griffin
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Cllr. Declan Clune
Dungarvan6Cllr Siobhán Whelan, Conor McGuinness
Lismore3Louise Brierley
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5Padraig Hegarty
Moate4Peter Judge
Mullingar6Cllr. Sorca Clarke
Kinnegad5Cllr. Una O’Neill D’Arcy
Wexford34 
Gorey6Cllr. Fionntán O Súilleabháin
Kilmuckridge4Colette Nolan
Enniscorthy6Cllr. Johnny Mythen
New Ross6Cllr. Marie Doyle
Kilmore5 Cllr. Mick Roche
Wexford7Cllr. Thomas Forde
Wicklow32 
Arklow6
Baltinglass6
Bray East4Grace McManus
Bray West4Dermot O’Brien
Greystones6
Wicklow6

Cllr. Danielle Twomey was selected to contest the East Cork electoral area in January 2018, as reported by the East Cork Journal (27th January 2018) – this electoral area was subsequently replaced by the new Midleton electoral area when local election boundaries were redrawn in June 2018. Louise Murphy was selected as a Sinn Féin local election candidate for Cobh at a convention in the Commodore Hotel in Cobh on 19th January 2018 (as reported by the East Cork Journal (19th January 2018)).

As reported on the Talk of the Town website (16th November 2018), selection conventions for the three electoral areas located in the north/mid Louth area took place on 15th November 2018. The Tralee Today (18th November 2018) website reports that the two party incumbents were selected to contest the next local elections in the Tralee electoral area doe Sinn Féin. As reported on the Tralee Today website (17th November 2018), a number of other selection conventions took place In Kerry (Listowel, Kenmare and Killarney) in the days leading up to the Tralee convention. The party selection conventions for the four local electoral areas in Westmeath County all took place on 28th November. Selection conventions for electoral areas in the Dublin South-Central Dáil constituency area took place in the last week of November 2018.

The selection convention for the Cavan-Belturbet electoral area took place on 1st December 2018, as reported on the Northern Sound radio website (1st December 2018). Grace Doyle was selected as the candidate for the Piltown electoral area on 3rd December 2018., while Cllr. David Kennedy was selected to contest Callan-Thomastown on that same day. The party selection conventions for the three local electoral areas in Longford County also took place on that day. The selection convention for the Mallow electoral area took place on 5th December 2018, while the conventions for the electoral areas in Waterford County took place on 7th December 2018. The Kilkenny City selection convention took place on 10th September 2018, while the selection convention for Nenagh took place on 9th December 2018, as reported on the Tipperary Live (11th December 2018) website. The selection convention for the An Daingean electoral area took place on 10th December 2018 in Lispole, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (11th December 2018). Selection conventions took place for the electoral areas in Limerick City on 10th December 2018, with conventions in Cork City South East on 11th December 2018 and in Clondalkin and Palmerston-Fonthill on 12th December 2018 and in Ennistymon on 13th December 2018. Selection conventions for the two Tallaght electoral areas, Cork City South Central electoral area and the Swords electoral area all took place on 14th December 2018.

The selection convention for the Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick electoral area took place on 17th December 2018. The selection conventions for the Ennis and Fermoy electoral areas took place on 18th December 2018, while the conventions for the two Bray electoral areas took place on 19th December 2018, as reported on the WicklowNews website (20th December 2018). As reported by the Leinster Leader (21st December 2018), the Athy selection convention took place on 20th December 2018, with the selection conventions for Rathfarnham-Templeogue and Killaloe also taking place that same day. The selection conventions for the electoral areas in Co. Offaly also took place around this time, as did the convention for the Ballymun-Finglas electoral area, as well as Ennis and Kilrush. A number of selections also took place for electoral areas in Co. Wexford at the end of December 2018, including the Gorey, Enniscorthy, Kilmuckridge and New Ross electoral areas, as reported by the Wexford Today website (21st December 2018/28th December 2018).

As reported on the Shannonside radio website (9th January 2019), the selection convention for the three electoral areas in Roscommon County take place on 11th January 2019; with just one candidate contesting each of these, these will be uncontested. The selection convention for the Kanturk electoral area took place on that same weekend.

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Labour Party candidates for the 2019 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, First posted 2nd July 2018 with updates as new candidate nominations announced 

The first of a series rolling blog posts in which I will detail the latest information as to candidate selections for the 20109 Local Elections, 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 will be that I add party candidates only after they have been officially selected to run for the party at a selection convention, or by some other means of candidate selection (e.g. added by party headquarters).

The post focuses on the Labour Party candidate selections. In the Autumn of 2018 the Labour Party had forty seven City/County Councillors, according to my best estimates. Declining support levels in the years following General Election 2011 saw Labour losing a large number of seats at the 2014 Local Elections and the 2016 General Election. So the 2019 Local Elections will prove to be very important for the Labour Party in terms of rebuilding the party in the wake of the losses in 2014 and 2016 (and also a number of defections in the period between 2011 and 2016).

15th January 2019: Sixty six candidates are listed on this page so far. Twenty eight of these candidates (42.4%) are women and thirty eight are men (57.6%). As far as I am aware, at least fifty three Labour Party selection conventions have taken place so far.

The candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections for the Labour Party include the following:

CandidatesSeatsLabour Party candidates
Carlow18
Carlow7Kevin Byrne
Tullow6
Muinebeag5
Cavan18 
Bailieborough-Cootehill6
Ballyjamesduff6
Cavan-Belturbert6Liam van der Spek
Clare28 
Ennis7Seamus Ryan
Killaloe5
Shannon7
Ennistimon4
Kilrush5
Cork County55 
Carrigaline6
Bandon-Kinsale6
Macroom6
Cobh6Cllr. Cathal Rasmussen
Midleton7Eric Nolan
Fermoy6
Kanturk4
Mallow5
Bantry4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5
Cork City31 
Cork City North East6John Maher
Cork City North West6
Cork City South Central6Luke Field
Cork City South East6Peter Horgan
Cork City South West7
Donegal37 
Donegal6
Glenties6
Milford3
Buncrana5
Letterkenny7
Carndonagh4
Lifford-Stranorlar6
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Michael O’Sullivan
Ballymun-Finglas6
Artane-Whitehall6
Donaghmede5Shane Folan
Cabra-Glasnevin7Marie Sherlock Doherty, Declan Meenagh
Clontarf6Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones
Kimmage-Rathmines6Cllr. Mary Freehill
North Inner City7
South West Inner City5Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan
South East Inner City5Kevin Donoghue
Pembroke5Cllr. Dermot Lacey
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6Cllr. Deirdre Kingston
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7Cllr. Carrie Smyth
Stillorgan6
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5Seána Ó Rodaigh
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5John Walsh
Howth-Malahide7
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Cllr. Mary McCamley
Ongar5Elaine Dooley
Swords7
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Cllr. Breeda Bonner
Palmerstown-Fonthill5David Eaton
Lucan5Joanna Tuffy
Tallaght Central6
Tallaght South5
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Pamela Kearns, Paddy Cosgrave
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Aideen Carberry
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6
Galway City East6
Galway City West6
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6
Conamara North4
Conamara South5
Loughrea5
Tuam7
Kerry33 
Killarney7Marie Moloney
Listowel6
An Daingean3
Kenmare6Luke Crowley-Holland
Castleisland4
Tralee7Cllr. Terry O’Brien, Cllr. graham Spring, Ben Slimm
Kildare40 
Athy5Cllr. Aoife Breslin, Cllr. Mark Wall
Celbridge4Kevin Byrne
Leixlip3
Maynooth5Angela Feeney
Clane5
Kildare5Paul Hutchinson
Newbridge6Ciara O’Reilly
Naas7Cllr. Anne Breen, Fergus Carpenter
Kilkenny24 
Castlecomer6
Kilkenny7
Callan-Thomastown6
Piltown5
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6
Portlaoise7
Leitrim18 
Ballinamore6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7Cllr. Elena Secas
Limerick City North7Anne Cronin, Conor Sheehan
Limerick City West7Cllr. Joe Leddin
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7
Newcastle West6
Longford18 
Ballymahon6
Granard5
Longford7
Louth29 
Ardee6
Drogheda Urban6Cllr. Paul Bell, Cllr. Pio Smith
Drogheda Rural4Michelle Hall
Dundalk-Carlingford6
Dundalk-South7
Mayo30 
Ballina6
Castlebar7
Claremorris6
Swinford4
Belmullet3
Westport4
Meath40 
Ashbourne6
Kells7Aaron Byrne
Laytown-Bettystown7
Navan7
Ratoath7
Trim6
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6
Monaghan7
Offaly19 
Birr6
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7
Clonmel6
Nenagh5Virginia O’Dowd
Newport4Cllr. Fiona Bonfield
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6Seamus Ryan
Tramore-Waterford City West6
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Ger Barron
Dungarvan6
Lismore3Cllr. John Pratt
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5
Moate4Cllr. Johnnie Penrose
Mullingar6Mark Scally, Margaret Lynam-Sweeney
Kinnegad5Denis Leonard, Lorraine Scally
Wexford34 
Gorey6
Kilmuckridge4
Enniscorthy6
New Ross6Bridín Moloney
Kilmore5
Wexford7Cllr. George Lawlor, Joe Ryan, Maura Bell
Wicklow32 
Arklow6
Baltinglass6
Bray East4Anne Ferris
Bray West4Ian McGahon
Greystones6
Wicklow6Paul O’Brien

Fiona Bonfield and Viginia O’Dowd, who were both selected as Labour Party local election candidates on 29th June 2018 (as reported subsequently on by The Nenagh Guardian (9th July 2018)), as well as Liam van der Spek, who is identified as the party’s candidate for the Cavan-Belturbet electoral area by the The Anglo-Celt (21st June 2018). Cllrs Pio Smith and Paul Bell were selected to contest the Drogheda Urban electoral area in July 2018. A series of selections for the Dublin Mid-West Dáil constituency area on 30th July 2018 saw Breda Bonner, Joanna Tuffy and David Eaton being selected as Labour Party candidates for the three different electoral areas located there. On 31st July 2018 John Maher was selected as the candidate for the Cork City North East electoral area.

Jack Walsh was selected as the Waterford City East candidate and Seamus Ryan was selected as the Waterford City South candidate at a selection convention on 14th September 2018. Cllr. Kevin Byrne was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Celbridge at a selection convention in the Celbridge Manor Hotel on 18th September 2018, as reported by the Leinster Leader (19th September 2018). Peter Horgan was selected as the Cork City South East candidate for the Labour Party at a convention on 24th September 2018. With Cllr. John McGinley not contesting the next local elections, Angela Feeney was selected as the Labour candidate for the Maynooth electoral area at a selection convention on 25th September 2018. Liam van der Spek was officially selected as the candidate for Cavan-Belturbet on 29th September 2018.

A selection convention for the Athy electoral area on October 2nd 2018 selected Cllrs. Aoife Breslin and Mark Wall as Labour Party candidates for that electoral area. Seána Ó Rodaigh was selected to contest the Balbriggan electoral area on 3rd October 2018. Anne Ferris and Ian McGahon were selected as candidates for the Bray West and Bray East electoral areas, respectively, at a convention, which took place on 7th October 2018. Cllr. Anne Breen and Fergus Carpenter were selected as Labour candidates for the seven-seat Naas electoral area at convention which took place on 2nd October 2018, as reported in the Leinster Leader (5th October 2018). A selection convention on 11th October 2018 in Limerick confirmed the selections of Cllr. Elena Secas, Cllr. Joe Leddin, Anne Cronin and Conor Sheehan as candidates in that area. Cllr. Mary Freehill, Cllr. Dermot Lacey and Kevin Donoghue were selected as candidates for the electoral areas covered (mainly) by the Dublin Bay South electoral area at a selection convention on 15th October 2018. luke Field was selected as the Cork City South Central candidates on 22nd October 2018. Selection conventions for the Newbridge and Kildare electoral areas took place on 25th October 2018. Aaron Byrne was selected as the party candidate for the Kells electoral area at a selection convention on 30th October 2018, while Cllrs. Graham Spring and Terry O’Brien, along with Ben Slimm, were selected as candidates for the Tralee electoral area on that same night. Mary McCamley and Elaine Dooley were selected as candidates for the Blacnhardstown-Mulhuddart and Ongar electoral areas respectively also on the 30th October. In late October 2018, it was announced that Michelle Hall would be the Labour candidate for the Drogheda Rural electoral area, as reported on the Drogheda Life website (26th October 2018).

Eric Nolan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Midleton on 12th November 2018. Paul O’Brien was selected as the Labour Party candidates for the Wicklow electoral area on 15th November 2018. Selection conventions for the Kenmare and Killarney electoral areas took place on 27th November 2018, while the Cabra-Glasnevin selection convention took place on 22nd November 2018.

The selection convention for the Carlow electoral area took place on 8th December 2018, while the selection convention for the Wexford (Town) electoral area took place on 12th December 2018.

Jack Walsh was selected to contest Wateford City East, but sadly passed away in January 2019.

Selection conventions for all of the electoral areas in Westmeath County (apart from Athlone) took place on Friday 11th January 2019.

As reported on the Clare FM website (15th January 2019), Seamus Ryan will be the Labour candidate for the Ennis electoral area.

Bridín Moloney was selected as the Labour candidate for New Ross at a selection convention, which took place on 14th January 2019.

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Geographical perspectives on the May 2018 referendum contest

Adrian Kavanagh, 29th May 2018

With a national turnout rate of 64.1% – just 1.0% lower than the national turnout level for the 2016 General Election – the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy (Repeal of 8th Amendment) referendum was passed with 66.4% of the valid votes (almost two-thirds of all the valid votes cast).

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Figure 1: Turnout levels at Irish referendum elections, 1937-2018

In actual voter number levels, the turnout at this referendum was 2,159,655, making this the referendum contest with the highest ever number of voters since the foundation of the state. In percentage terms (as shown by Figure 1), this marked the highest turnout level for a referendum contest, or set of referendum contests, since the three referendum contests that took place on the same day as the November 1992 General Election contest. This was also the highest turnout level for a “stand alone” referendum contest since the 1971 referendum on Membership of the EEC. Continue reading

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Larger Parties Squeezing Out Smaller Parties and Independents? Constituency-level analysis of Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI (19th April) poll and the Summer 2018 polls

Adrian Kavanagh, 19th April 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 the more recent polls, but it still remains the strongest party in the state by a distance of a number of percentage points over Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. Furthermore, the combined vote Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil vote share across all of these polls has generally averaged out around, or higher than, 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 Fein, is factored in the combined support levels for the “Civil War parties” comes in at just under 80% in the latest Irish Times-Ipsos MRBI poll – up by around fifteen percent on the combined support levels won by these 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 contest.   Continue reading

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