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:

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TDs (32nd Dáil Éireann) who will not be contesting the next general election

Adrian Kavanagh, 10th August 2018

Following on similar posts that were completed ahead of the 2011 General Election and the 2016 General Election, this post will list all of the Dail deputies who have retired/stepped down during the lifetime of the current Dail or who have announced that they will not be contesting the next general election. This list will not include any outgoing Dail deputies, who did contest their party’s selection convention but failed to win a nomination

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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.

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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 one 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 five 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 (21st March 2019), two hundred and one Sinn Féin local election candidates are listed on this page. Seventy two of these candidates are women (35.8%) and one hundred and twenty seven of these are men (64.2%). As far as I am aware, at least one hundred and forty one Sinn Féin selection conventions have taken place so far.

One hundred and twenty one (60.2%) of these selected Sinn Féin local election candidates are currently incumbents (City Council or County Council members). Twenty five (20.7%) of these Councillor candidates were co-opted to replace former Sinn Féin Councillors over the five year period since Local Elections 2014. 68.2% of male Sinn Féin local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 45.8% of female Sinn Féin local election candidates.

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-Cootehill6Cllr. Paddy McDonald, Geraldine Harten
Ballyjamesduff6Cllr. Noel Connell, Bridget Boyle
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, Shane Neville
Fermoy6Helen White
Kanturk4Lillian Meade
Mallow5Cllr. Melissa Mullane
Bantry4
Clonakilty-Skibbereen5Cllr. Paul Hayes
Cork City31
Cork City North East6Cllr. Mick Nugent, Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty
Cork City North West6Cllr. Kenneth Collins, Cllr. Thomas Gould, John Stanton
Cork City South Central6Cllr. Eoghan Jeffers, Cllr. Fiona Kerins
Cork City South East6Cllr. Chris O’Leary
Cork City South West7Cllr. Henry Cremin, Eolan Ryng
Donegal37 
Donegal6Cllr. Noel Jordan, Mick McMahon
Glenties6Cllr. Marie-Therese Gallagher,
Cllr. John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh
Milford3Maria Doherty
Buncrana5Cllr. Jack Murray, Terry Crossan
Letterkenny7Cllr. Gerry McMonagle,
Cllr. Adrian Glackin
Carndonagh4Cllr. Albert Doherty
Lifford-Stranorlar6Cllr. Gary Doherty, Cllr. Liam Doherty
Dublin City63 
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Cllr. Daithí Doolan, Cllr. Greg Kelly
Ballymun-Finglas6Cllr. Anthony Connaghan, Martin Matthews
Artane-Whitehall6
Donaghmede5Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha
Cabra-Glasnevin7Cllr. Seamas McGrattan,
Paul O’Farrell
Clontarf6Cllr. Ciaran O’Moore
Kimmage-Rathmines6Cllr. Ray McHugh, Fearghal Donnelly
North Inner City7Cllr. Janice Boylan, Belinda Nugent
South West Inner City5Cllr. Críona Ní Dhalaigh
South East Inner City5Cllr. Chris Andrews, Susan Gregg Farrell
Pembroke5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown40 
Blackrock6Grainne Ferris
Dun Laoghaire7
Dundrum7Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormac
Glencullen-Sandyford7
Killiney-Shankill7Cllr. Shane O’Brien
Stillorgan6Rosie Ní Laoghaire
Fingal County40 
Balbriggan5Cllr. Malachy Quinn
Rush Lusk5
Castleknock5Cllr. Natalie Treacy, Ryan Fitzgerald
Howth-Malahide7Cllr. Daire Ní Laoi
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart6Breda Hanaphy, Damien Bissett
Ongar5Cllr. Paul Donnelly, Marian Buckley
Swords7Lorraine O’Connell, Ann Graves
South Dublin County40 
Clondalkin7Lisa Kinsella Colman, William Carey
Palmerstown-Fonthill5Cllr. Danny O’Brien, Cllr. Mark Ward
Lucan5Derren O Bradaigh
Tallaght Central6 Cllr. Cathal King, Cllr. Cora McCann
Tallaght South5Cllr. Louise Dunne,
Cllr. Dermot Richardson,
Paddy Holohan
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Robert Russell
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Cllr. Sarah Holland
Galway City18 
Galway City Central6Cllr. Mark Lohan
Galway City East6Cllr. Mairéad Farrell
Galway City West6Cllr. Cathal O Conchuir
Galway County39 
Athenry-Oranmore7Louis O’Hara
Gort Kinvara5
Ballinasloe6Cllr. Dermot Connolly
Conamara North4Cllr. Tom Healy
Conamara South5Kevin O’Hara
Loughrea5
Tuam7Stiofán de Lundres Ó Dálaigh
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 
Castlecomer6Joseph Kavanagh
Kilkenny7Cllr. Sean Tyrell
Callan-Thomastown6Cllr. David Kennedy
Piltown5Grace Doyle
Laois19 
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6Lorna Holohan Garry
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6Cllr. Aidan Mullins
Portlaoise7Cllr. Caroline Dwane Stanley, John Gormley
Leitrim18
Ballinamore6Cllr. Brendan Barry, Cllr. Caroline Mulvey,
Pat Gilhooley
Carrick-on-Shannon6Cllr. Séadhna Logan
Manorhamilton6Cllr. Padraig Fallon
Limerick40 
Limerick City East7Cllr. Séighin Ó Ceallaigh
Limerick City North7Cllr. John Costelloe, Sharon Benson, John Nugent
Limerick City West7Cllr. Malachy McCreesh
Adare-Rathkeale6
Cappamore-Kilmallock7Jim Hickey
Newcastle West6Cllr. Seamus Browne
Longford18 
Ballymahon6Geraldine Ryan Devlin
Granard5Mark Maguire
Longford7Tena Keown
Louth29 
Ardee6Cllr. Pearse McGeough
Drogheda Urban6Cllr. Kenneth Flood, Cllr. Joanna Byrne,
Cllr. David Saurin
Drogheda Rural4Cllr. Tom Cunningham, Leanne Saurin
Dundalk-Carlingford6Cllr. Edel Corrigan, Cllr. Antóin Watters, Eugene Garvey
Dundalk-South7Cllr. Tomás Sharkey, Cllr. Ruairí Ó
Murchú, Cllr. Anne Campbell
Mayo30 
Ballina6Michael Regan
Castlebar7Cllr. Joe McHale
Claremorris6Natasha Ward
Swinford4Cllr. Gerry Murray
Belmullet3Cllr. Teresa Whelan
Westport4
Meath40 
Ashbourne6Cllr. Darren O’Rourke, Aisling O’Neill
Kells7Cllr. Michael Gallagher,
Cllr. Johnny Guirke
Laytown-Bettystown7Cllr. Eimear Ferguson,
Fergal O’Byrne
Navan7Cllr. Sinéad Burke,
Cllr. Edward Fennessy
Ratoath7Cllr. Maria O’Kane
Trim6Cllr. Caroline Lynch
Monaghan18 
Ballybay-Clones5Cllr. Pat Treanor, Rosie Smyth O’Harte
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6Cllr. Noel Keelan, Cllr. Jackie Crowe,
Cllr. Colm Carthy
Monaghan7Cllr. Brian McKenna, Cllr. Seán Conlon,
Cllr. Cathy Bennett, Cat Moen
Offaly19 
Birr6Cllr. Sean Maher
Edenderry6Alan Davy
Tullamore7Ann Marie Ennis
Roscommon18 
Athlone (Roscommon)6Joe Harney
Boyle6Cllr. Michael Mulligan
Roscommon6Seamus O’Brien
Sligo18 
Ballymote-Tobercurry7Daniel Gallagher
Sligo-Drumcliff5
Sligo-Strandhill6Cllr. Chris MacManus
Tipperary40 
Carrick-on-Suir5Cllr. David Dunne, Joanne Ivors
Cahir4
Cashel-Tipperary7Cllr. Martin Browne, Tony Black
Clonmel6Cllr.Catherine Carey
Nenagh5Damian O’Donoghue
Newport4
Roscrea-Templemore4
Thurles5 Ciara McCormack
Waterford32 
Waterford City East6Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald, Michael Doyle
Waterford City South6Cllr. Breeda Brennan, Cllr. John Hearne,
Warren Fitzgerald
Tramore-Waterford City West6Cllr. Jim Griffin, Leslie Hughes
Portlaw-Kilmacthomas5Cllr. Declan Clune
Dungarvan6Cllr Siobhán Whelan, Conor McGuinness
Lismore3Louise Brierley
Westmeath20 
Athlone (Westmeath)5Padraig Hegarty
Moate4Peter Judge
Mullingar6Cllr. Sorca Clarke
Kinnegad5Hazel Behan
Wexford34 
Gorey6Cllr. Fionntán O Súilleabháin
Kilmuckridge4Colette Nolan
Enniscorthy6Cllr. Johnny Mythen
New Ross6Cllr. Marie Doyle
Kilmore5 Cllr. Mick Roche
Wexford7Cllr. Thomas Forde
Wicklow32 
Arklow6
Baltinglass6Aidan Kinsella
Bray East4Grace McManus
Bray West4Dermot O’Brien
Greystones6Cllr. Nicola Lawless
Wicklow6Muireann Dalton

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 2019 (Cllr. Úna D’Arcy was selected to run at these conventions, but announced she was leaving the party in January 2019), with the convention for the Carrick on Suir electoral area also taking place on that same day. 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 (Michael Doyle and Leslie Hughes were selected as second candidates in the Waterford City East and Tramore-Waterford City West electoral areas at a second convention on 21st January 2019.). 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. Cllr. Cathal King was selected to contest Tallaght South at this convention, but decided to move to contest Tallaght Central when the initially-selected Cllr. Brendan Ferron decided that he would not be contesting the elections after all. On 13th February 2019 it was decided that Paddy Holohan would take Cathal King’s place on the Tallaght South candidate slate.

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.

As reported on the WicklowNews website (24th January 2019), the selection convention for Greystones took place in late January 2019. The Firhouse-Bohernabreena selection convention also took place in late January 2019. Selection conventions for the Blackrock, Stillorgan, Killiney-Shankill and Dundrum electoral areas took place on 23rd January 2019. Selection conventions for most of the electoral areas in Mayo County took place on 25th January 2019. Muireann Dalton was selected as the candidate for the Wicklow (Town) electoral area also on 25th January 2019. The selection conventions for the electoral areas in Leitrim County also took place during that same weekend. As reported on the Northern Sound website (28th January 2019), the final selection conventions for Cavan County took place in late January.

The selection convention for Ballymote-Tubbercurry took place on 27th January 2019 – this was also contested by Francis Gorman.

Shane Neville was selected to contest the Midleton electoral area on 28th January 2019, while Cllr. Mary McDonald was selected to contest the Arklow electoral area on that same day, as was Cllr. Daire Ní Laoi for the Howth-Malahide electoral area. However, in March 2019, Cllr. Mary McDonald announced that she was leaving Sinn Féin and would instead contest the elections as an independent candidate, as reported by the Wicklow News website (10th March 2019).

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 convention for Ballybay-Clones took place on 2nd February 2019, as also reported on the Northern Sound website (2nd February 2019).

The selection convention for Graiguecullen-Portarlington took place on 6th February 2019, while the convention for Skibbereen-West Cork took place on 8th February 2019.

The selection convention for Athenry-Oranmore will take place on February 15th 2019, as reported by the Galway Advertiser (14th February 2019). The Donegal (Town) convention took place on 14th February 2019, as reported on the Ocean FM website (15th February 2019).

The selection conventions for the two electoral areas on the Inishowen peninsula (Carndonagh and Buncrana) took place on 17th February 2019. The Letterkenny and Glenties conventions are scheduled to take place on 22nd February. The two incumbents are likely to be the two candidates nominated to contest the Letterkenny constituency, while the two incumbents in the Glenties electoral area – Marie-Therese Gallagher and John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh – will be contesting that convention, with three candidates to be selected there, as reported on the Donegal Daily (4th February 2019) website.

As reported in the Westmeath Examiner (23rd February 2019), Hazel Behan was selected to contest the Kinnegad electoral area.

On 28th February 2019 Marian Buckley was added to the Ongar candidate list, while Ryan Fitzgerald was added to the candidate list for Castleknock. The Tuam selection convention took place on the previous day (27th February 2019).

The selection of Cllr. Chris MacManus as the candidate for the Sligo-Strandhill electoral area was confirmed on 19th March 2019, as reported on the Ocean FM website (19th March 2019).

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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).

21st March 2019: Eighty five candidates are listed on this page so far. Thirty six of these candidates (42.4%) are women and forty nine are men (57.6%). As far as I am aware, at least seventy two Labour Party selection conventions have taken place so far.

Thirty one of these Labour Party local election candidates are currently sitting City/County Councillors (incumbents) – 36.5% of the total. 34.7% of male Labour local election candidates are incumbents, as opposed to 38.9% of female Labour candidates.

At least eleven (12.9%) other candidates have previously held some form of electoral office.

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

CandidatesLabour Candidates
Carlow18.
Carlow7Kevin Byrne
Tullow6Cllr. William Paton
Muinebeag5.
Cavan18.
Bailieborough-Cootehill6.
Ballyjamesduff6.
Cavan-Belturbert6Liam van der Spek
Clare28.
Ennis7Seamus Ryan
Killaloe5.
Shannon7.
Ennistymon4.
Kilrush5.
Cork County55.
Carrigaline6.
Bandon-Kinsale6.
Macroom6.
Cobh6Cllr. Cathal Rasmussen
Midleton7Eric Nolan
Fermoy6.
Kanturk4.
Mallow5.
Bantry-West Cork4.
Skibbereen-West Cork5.
Cork City31.
Cork City North East6John Maher
Cork City North West6.
Cork City South Central6Luke Field
Cork City South East6Peter Horgan
Cork City South West7Ciara Kennedy
Donegal37.
Donegal6.
Glenties6Seamus Rodgers
Milford3.
Buncrana5.
Letterkenny7.
Carndonagh4.
Lifford-Stranorlar6.
Dublin City63.
Ballyfermot-Drimnagh5Michael O’Sullivan
Ballymun-Finglas6.
Artane-Whitehall6Cllr. Alison Gilliland
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
Dún Laoghaire7Valerie McDermott,
Juliet O’Connell
Dundrum7Cllr. Peter O’Brien
Glencullen-Sandyford7Cllr. Lettie McCarthy
Killiney-Shankill7Cllr. Carrie Smyth
Stillorgan6Paul Gordon
Fingal County40.
Balbriggan5Seána Ó Rodaigh
Rush Lusk5Cllr. Robert O’Donoghue,
Corina Johnston
Castleknock6John Walsh
Howth-Malahide7.
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart5Cllr. Mary McCamley
Ongar5Elaine Dooley
Swords7Cllr. Duncan Smith, Yulia Ghumman
South Dublin County40.
Clondalkin7Robert Dowds
Palmerstown-Fonthill5David Eaton
Lucan5Joanna Tuffy
Tallaght Central6.
Tallaght South5.
Rathfarnham-Templeogue7Cllr. Pamela Kearns,
Cllr. Paddy Cosgrave 
Firhouse-Bohernabreena5Aideen Carberry
Galway City18.
Galway City Central6John McDonagh
Galway City East6.
Galway City West6Cllr. Nial McNelis
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, Ben Slimm
Kildare40.
Athy5Cllr. Aoife Breslin, Cllr. Mark Wall
Celbridge4Cllr. Kevin Byrne
Leixlip3.
Maynooth5Angela Feeney
Clane5.
Kildare5Paul Hutchinson
Newbridge6Ciara O’Reilly
Naas7Cllr. Ann Breen, Fergus Carpenter
Kilkenny24.
Castlecomer6Denis Hynes
Kilkenny 7.
Callan-Thomastown6.
Piltown5.
Laois19.
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick6.
Graiguecullen-Portarlington6Eoin Barry
Portlaoise7Cllr. Noel Tuohy
Leitrim18.
Ballinamore6.
Carrick-on-Shannon6.
Manorhamilton6.
Limerick40.
Limerick City East7Cllr. Elena Secas
Limerick City North7Cllr. Anne 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.
Trim6Tracey McElhinney
Monaghan18.
Ballybay-Clones5.
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney6.
Monaghan7.
Offaly19.
Birr6.
Edenderry6.
Tullamore7.
Roscommon18.
Athlone (Roscommon)6.
Boyle 6.
Roscommon6.
Sligo18.
Ballymote-Tobercurry7.
Sligo-Drumcliff5.
Sligo-Strandhill6Nessa Cosgove 
Tipperary40.
Carrick-on-Suir5.
Cahir4.
Cashel-Tipperary7Robert O’Donnell
Clonmel6.
Nenagh5Louise Morgan Walsh
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
Mullingar  6Mark Scally, Margaret Lynam-Sweeney
Kinnegad5Denis Leonard, Lorraine Scally
Wexford34.
Gorey6.
Kilmuckridge4.
Enniscorthy6.
New Ross6Bridín Moloney
Rosslare5.
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, were both selected as Labour Party local election candidates on 29th June 2018 (as reported subsequently on by The Nenagh Guardian (9th July 2018)). Virigina O’Dowd subsequently withdrew from the election contest and will be replaced as Labour’s Nenagh candidate by Louise Morgan Walsh, as reported by the Tipperary Live website (20th February 2019). Liam van der Spek was 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. Cllr. Graham Spring, however, later withdrew from the local election contest, as reported on the Radio Kerry website (20th March 2019). 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.

The selection convention for the Rush Lusk electoral area took place on 24th January 2019.

The selection convention for the Dún Laoghaire electoral area took place on 31st January 2019.

Cllr. Peter O’Brien, who won a seat in Glencullen-Sandyford in the 2014 elections, was selected as the Dundrum candidate on 6th February 2019, following on Cllr. Grace Tallon’s decision not to contest the May elections.

The Donegal Democrat (12th February 2019) reported that Seamus Rodgers would be the Labour candidate in the Glenties electoral area.

Eoin Barry will contest the Graiguecullen-Portarlington constituency for Labour and his selection will be formally endorsed at a selection convention in late February 2019, as reported by the Laois Nationalist (13th February 2019). This convention took place in the Talbot Hotel on 22nd February 2019, with Cllr. Noel Tuohy also being selected to contest Portlaoise at that same convention, as reported by the Leinster Express (23rd February 2019). In February 2019 it was also announced that Nessa Cosgrove would be the party candidate for Sligo-Strandhill, as reported by the Ocean FM website (13th February 2019).

The selection convention for the Swords electoral area took place on 21st February 2019, while the selection convention for Castlecomer electoral area took place on 20th February 2019.

As reported by the Galway Advertiser (7th March 2019), selection conventions for Galway City West and Galway City Central took place on 3rd March 2019.

Cllr. William Paton was selected to contest the Tullow electoral area on 20th March 2019.

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