Cork North Central Bye-election Results

Below are the results of the Cork North Central Bye-election

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Candidates for the 2019 Cork North Central by-election

Updated November 19th November – Nominations are now closed

Due to the election of Fianna Fail’s Billy Kelleher to the European Parliament in May 2019, a by-election is due to take place for his seat in Dáil Eireann.

The expected date of the by-elections in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford is towards the end of November at the same time as an expected referendum on extending the vote for the president to Irish in Northern Ireland and emigrants.

The writ was moved in Dáil Éireann on the 7th of November and the date of the bye-elections will be on Friday 29th November.

Fianna Fail will be hoping to hold on the seat while a number of parties, including Labour and the Green Party, will be hoping for good results in advance of an expected General Election in 2020.

This post will only list the candidates for Cork North Central. For list’s of candidates in the other by-elections check out the excellent Adrian Kavanagh’s Blog.

Candidates:

Fianna Fail: Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan

Fine Gael: Sen. Colm Burke

Sinn Fein: Cllr. Thomas Gould

Labour Party: Cllr John Maher

Green Party: Cllr. Oliver Moran

Solidarity: Cllr. Fiona Ryan

Social Democrats: Sinéad Halpin

Workers Party: James Coughlan

Aontú: Finian Toomey

HRRA: Thomas Kiely

Independent: Martin Condon, Sean O’Leary, Charlie Keddy

Sean O’Leary has withdrawn from the by-election

The current sitting TDs are

  • Jonathan O’Brien – Sinn Féin
  • Mick Barry – Solidarity
  • Dara Murphy – Fine Gael

Time to stop hurling from the ditch – Why I joined the Green Party

As many of you may know, I was a long time member of Fine Gael. Joining the party when I was an 18 year old student in UCC. I remained a member for many years, and was elected to positions Nationally withing Young Fine Gael and at constituency level in Fine Gael, up until Leo Varadkar was elected leader. Following Leo’s election I did not renew my membership for a number of reasons, but Leo’s politics and policies, as well as the direction Fine Gael was heading (to the right) gave me cause to be concerned so I stepped back.

As a member of the liberal wing of the wing of the party, this didn’t surprise many.

Now those who know me, know I am political and I will always have an interest in politics and I will always be involved in campaigns and referendums locally and nationally and during the recent local elections I was honoured to be asked to be a Director of Elections for a friend in a neighbouring Local Electoral Area.

But when it came for me to vote in my own area I felt I couldn’t vote Fine Gael #1. I felt we as a City, Country and across the world we face a much bigger issue.

Climate Breakdown.

If you prefer to call it Climate Change, that’s fine. But this is something we can no longer ignore in my view. We need to step up and do more. And for me to play my part I have joined the party I voted for in the local elections.

An Comhartas Glas – The Green Party

In my opinion we need politicians who are not afraid to take the hard the decisions. To put the climate and the environment first, because we don’t get a second try at this.

People are switching on to this. School children are protesting on this and that should wake us up. Extinction Rebellion and others are doing their part. It’s comes up more and more in discussions at work, at home and at church (where there is an Eco-Congregation Group).

We need to do more on public transport, on cycling, on renewable energy, sustainable development and so much more. I hope that I can play a small part in this and I look forward to working with friends in the Green Party to try and change things.

So here is to a Green Future!

#LE19: Cork City Council – Cork South West Results

Cork South West LEA Results

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Cork North West Results

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Cork South East Ward results

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Candidates for Cork County Council

Huge thanks to Rob Burton O’Sullivan for putting this together @journalistrob on twitter
This is the third of three posts listing the candidates for the both Councils for May’s local elections, this time focusing on the candidates in the county councils.
Due to changes in the electoral boundaries, a number of candidates who had previously sat on the county council will now be running in one of the newly expanded city LEAs. There are now two additional municipal areas, making for a total of ten.
2 sitting councillors will be stepping down at this election; 1 in Kanturk, and 1 in Bantry.

  • Timmy Collins – Independent – Kanturk
  • Mary Hegarty – Fine Gael – Bantry

A number of incumbent county councillors are now candidates in the city council elections; 6 in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline (the area now just representing Carrigaline, as Ballincollig was absorbed by Cork City South West), and 2 in Cobh-Glanmire (the area now just representing Cobh, as Glanmire was absorbed by Cork City North East).

  • Mary Rose Desmond – Fianna Fáil – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Daithi O’Donnabháin – Fianna Fáil – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Deirdre Forde – Fine Gael – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Derry Canty – Fine Gael – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Eoghan Jeffers – Sinn Féin – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Joe Harris – Social Democrats – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Diarmuid O’Cadhla – HRRA – Cobh-Glanmire
  • Ger Keohane – Independent – Cobh-Glanmire
  • Kevin Conway – Independent – Blarney – Macroom

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr
Last updated 1st May

Carrigaline (6 seats)

  • Audrey Buckley – Fianna Fáil
  • Michael Corcoran – Fianna Fáil
  • Marcia D’Alton – Ind*
  • Ben Dalton O’Sullivan – Independent
  • Aidan Lombard – Fine Gael*
  • Seamus McGrath – Fianna Fáil*
  • Michael Murphy – Sinn Féin*
  • Michael Murtagh – Fine Gael
  • Liam O’Connor – Fine Gael
  • Catríona Reid – Green Party
  • John Weldon – Aontú

Bandon-Kinsale (6 seats)

  • Dermot Brennan – Fianna Fáil
  • Gillian Coughlan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Alan Coleman – Independent*
  • Noel Harrington – Sinn Féin
  • Cormac Hayes – Independent
  • Kevin Murphy – Fine Gael*
  • Sean O’Donovan – Fianna Fail
  • Pat O’Regan – Independent
  • John O’Sullivan – Fine Gael*
  • Marie O’Sullivan – Fine Gael
  • Gorden Reid – Green Party
  • Mairéad Ruane – Aontú
  • Gerard Seaman – Fine Gael

Macroom (6 seats)

  • Áine Collins – Fine Gael
  • Martin Coughlan -Independent
  • Michael Creed – Fine Gael*
  • Nigel Dennehy – Independent
  • PJ Feeney – Aontú
  • Jason Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail
  • Mary Hallissey – Independent
  • Michael Looney – Fianna Fáil
  • Ted Lucey – Fine Gael*
  • Eileen Lynch – Fine Gael
  • Ronnie Morley – Sinn Féin*
  • Gobnait Moynihan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Síle Ní Dhubhghaill – Social Democrats

Cobh (6 seats)

  • Anthony Barry – Fine Gael
  • Ken Curtin – Social Democrats
  • Karen Doyle – Independent4Change
  • Peter Kidney – Independent
  • Louise Murphy – Sinn Féin
  • Alan O’Connor – Green Party
  • Sean O’Connor – Independent
  • Padraig O’Sullivan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Cathal Rasmussen – Labour*
  • John Paul Reilly – Fianna Fáil
  • Sinead Sheppard – Fine Gael*

Midleton (7 seats)

  • Michael Ahern – Fianna Fáil*
  • Noel Collins – Ind*
  • Rosarii Griffin – Fianna Fáil
  • Michael Hegarty – Fine Gael*
  • Mary Linehan Foley – Ind*
  • Susan McCarthy – Fine Gael*
  • Martin Murray – Independent
  • Shane Neville – Sinn Féin
  • Eric Nolan – Labour
  • James O’Connor – Fianna Fáil
  • John Phillips – Fine Gael
  • Danielle Twomey – Sinn Féin*
  • Liam Quaide – Green Party

Fermoy (6 seats)

  • Kay Dawson – Fine Gael*
  • David Kenneally – Labour
  • Noel McCarthy – Fine Gael*
  • June Murphy – Social Democrats*
  • Deirdre O’Brien – Fianna Fáil*
  • Frank O’Flynn – Fianna Fáil*
  • William O’Leary – Fianna Fáil
  • Frank Roche – Independent
  • Helen White – Sinn Féin

Kanturk (4 seats)

  • Ted Bradley – Green Party
  • Ian Doyle – Fianna Fáil*
  • Ado Mazombe – Independent
  • Lillian Meade – Sinn Féin
  • Bernard Moynihan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Gerard Murphy – Fine Gael*
  • John Paul O’Shea – Fine Gael*
  • Paddy Scully – Aontú

Mallow (5 seats)

  • James Kennedy – Labour
  • Pat Hayes – Fianna Fáil
  • Liam Madden – Fine Gael
  • Cian Moriarty – Fine Gael
  • Melissa Mullane – Sinn Féin*
  • Gearóid Murphy – Fianna Fáil*
  • Tony O’Shea – Fine Gael

Bantry (4 seats)

  • Danny Collins – Independent*
  • Lorraine Deane-Ross – Aontú
  • John Dineen – Fine Gael
  • George A. Gill – Fianna Fáil
  • Finbarr Harrington – Independent
  • Noel Harrington – Fine Gael*
  • Holly McKeever Cairns – Social Democrats
  • Katie Murphy – Fine Gael
  • Patrick Murphy – Fianna Fáil*
  • Donnchadh Ó Seaghdha – Sinn Féin

Clonakilty-Skibbereen (5 seats)

  • Yvonne Cahalane – Fine Gael
  • Joe Carroll – Fianna Fáil
  • Karen Coakley – Fine Gael
  • Sean Creedon – Aontú
  • Evie Nevin – Social Democrats
  • Paul Hayes – Sinn Féin*
  • Declan Hurley – Independent*
  • Yousef Janab Ali – Independent
  • Deirdre Kelly – Fianna Fáil
  • Brendan McCormack – Independent
  • Christopher O’Sullivan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Vanessa O’Sullivan – People Before Profit
  • JJ Walsh – Fine Gael

#LE19 & #EP2019 Polls from Red C

In yesterday’s (Sunday 21st April) Sunday Business Post we were blessed with not one, not two, but three polls! One on if there was a General Election, one for the Europeans and one for the Locals.

Red C interviewed a sample of 1000 adults between April 11th and 17th. There is a margin of error of +/- 3%.

Around 20% of voters are undecided with five weeks to go to Election day on May 24th

Lets take a look at the General Election figures 1st (change is in relation to last poll at end of March)

  • Fine Gael 33% (+2 in three weeks)
  • Fianna Fáil 23% (-2)
  • Sinn Féin 14% (+1)
  • Independents 16% (+1)
  • Labour 5%
  • Greens 3%
  • SocDems 2% (-1)
  • Ind Alliance 2% (-1)
  • Sol-PBP 1 %(-1)
  • Aontú 1% (+1)
  • Others <1%

A good poll for Fine Gael who have a 10 point lead on Fianna Fail. Labour, the Green Party, SocDems and the smaller parties are failing to get into double digits, with only Sinn Fein and Independents making a challenge with 14% and 16% respectively.

Next we look at the European Parliament voting intentions.

  • Fine Gael 33%
  • Fianna Fáil 21%
  • Sinn Féin 16%
  • Independents 18%
  • Labour 4%
  • Greens 4%
  • SocDems 1%
  • Ind Alliance 2%
  • Sol-PBP 1< %
  • Aontú <1%
  • Others <1%

This poll should see Fine Gael retain its four seats in the European Parliament, while Fianna Fail should see them win three seats (one in each constituency). Sinn Fein’s result should see them hold at least 2 out of their 3 seats, but with a good chance of returning all 3. The other seats will go to a mix of the smaller parties and independents. Of course this will all depend on whether we have 11 seats or 13 seats and what way the 20% undecided voters split between now and election day.

And finally the local elections

  • Fine Gael 27%
  • Fianna Fáil 20%
  • Sinn Féin 15%
  • Independents 21%
  • Labour 5%
  • Greens 5%
  • SocDems 1%
  • Ind Alliance 4%
  • Sol-PBP <1 %
  • Aontú <1%
  • Others 3%

This poll would see Fine Gael increase its support by 3% on the 2014 Local Election which Fianna Fail would slip back by 5.5% on the 2014 results. But with a large number of voters undecided and the personal vote of a number high-profile of a number of local election candidate it is hard to predict the number of seats for each party.