Candidates for Cork City Council – Southside LEA’s

This is the second of two posts listing the candidates for the Cork City Council for May’s local elections.

In this post,I will be looking at the three enlarged Local Electoral Areas on the Southside of Cork City. With the Boundary Extension, the south LEA’s now take in Douglas, Frankfield and Ballincollig.

6 sitting councillors will be stepping down at this election; 1 in Central, 3 in South East and 2 in South West.

  • Tom O’Driscoll – Fianna Fail – Cork South Cental
  • Laura McGonigle – Fine Gael – Cork South East
  • Nicolas O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail – Cork South East
  • Shane O’Shea – Sinn Finn – Cork South East
  • John Buttimer – Fine Gael – Cork South West
  • Mary Shields – Fianna Fail – Cork South West

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr

Cork South Central (6 Seats)

  • Dan Boyle – Green Party
  • Luke Field – Labour
  • Eoghan Jeffers – Sinn Fein*
  • Fiona Kerins – Sinn Fein*
  • Sean Martin – Fianna Fail*
  • Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
  • Shane O’Callaghan – Fine Gael

Cork South East (6 Seats)

  • Lorna Bogue – Green Party
  • Des Cahill – Fine Gael*
  • Mary Rose Desmond – Fianna Fail*
  • Ed Fitzgerald – People Before Profit
  • Deirdre Forde – Fine Gael*
  • Joe Harris – Social Democrats
  • Peter Horgan – Labour
  • Kieran McCarthy – Independent*
  • Diarmaid Ó Cadhla – Independent*
  • Chris O’Leary – Sinn Fein*
  • Terry Shannon – Fianna Fail*

Cork South West (7 Seats)

  • Derry Canty – Fine Gael*
  • Henry Cremin – Sinn Fein*
  • Fergal Dennehy – Fianna Fail*
  • Tjitske de Vries – People Before Profit
  • Collette Finn – Green Party
  • PJ Hourican – Fine Gael*
  • Colm Kelleher – Fianna Fail*
  • Garrett Kelleher – Fine Gael
  • Ciara Kennedy – Labour
  • Ciaran McCarthy – Social Democrats
  • Thomas Moloney -Independent*
  • Joanna Murphy – Aontú
  • Sinead Ronan – Fine Gael
  • Eolan Ryng – Sinn Fein

Candidates for Cork City Council – Northside LEA’s

This is the first of two posts listing the candidates for the Cork City Council for May’s local elections.

With the new boundary extension, the number of Local Electoral Area’s on the Northside have been reduced from three to two, Cork North East and Cork North West. Both LEA’s have 6 seats. These areas include areas brought into the city including Glanmire and Blarney.

Two councillors from the Northside of the City will be stepping down at this election, one from each LEA

  • Stephen Cunningham – Sinn Fein – Cork North East
  • Marion O’Sullivan – Solidarity – Cork North West

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr

Cork North East (6 seats)

  • Carol Brogan – Solidarity
  • Tim Brosnan – Fianna Fail*
  • Martin Dorgan – Fianna Fail
  • Sinéad Halpin – Social Democrats
  • Joe Kavanagh – Fine Gael*
  • Ger Keohane – Independent*
  • John Maher – Labour
  • Oliver Moran – Green Party
  • Mick Nugent – Sinn Fein*
  • Kenneth O’Flynn – Fianna Fail*
  • Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty – Sinn Fein
  • Lorraine O’Neill – Fine Gael
  • Sean O’Sullivan – Independent
  • Ted Tynan – Workers Party*

Cork North West (6 seats)

  • Damien Boylan – Fine Gael
  • Catherine Coffey – Workers Party
  • Sean Coleman – Fianna Fail
  • Kenneth Collins – Sinn Fein*
  • Mark Cronin – Green Party
  • Tony Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail*
  • Thomas Gould – Sinn Fein*
  • Julie O’Leary – Fine Gael
  • Fiona Ryan – Solidarity
  • John Sheehan – Fianna Fail*
  • John Stanton -Sinn Fein

Candidates for the European Parliament Elections in Ireland

On the 24th of May Ireland will go to the polls to elect 13 MEP’s to the European Parliament. This is an increase of 2 seats on the 2014 elections due to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

These seats will be distributed across the three constituencies as follows

  • Dublin – 4 seats (+1)
  • Midlands – Northwest – 4 seats (no change)
  • South – 5 seats (+1)

Three sitting MEPS have confirmed that they will be stepping down at this election

  • Nessa Childers – Independent (Dublin)
  • Brian Crowley – Fianna Fail (South)
  • Brain Hayes – Fine Gael (Dublin)

The following are the candidates selected to run in each constituency

DUBLIN

  • Barry Andrews – Fianna Fail
  • Lynn Boylan – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Gillian Brien – People Before Profit
  • Ciaran Cuffe – Green Party
  • Mark Durkan – Fine Gael
  • Frances Fitzgerald – Fine Gael
  • Gary Gannon – Social Democrats
  • Eilis Ryan – Workers Party
  • Alex White – Labour

MIDLANDS – NORTHWEST

  • Cyril Brennan – People Before Profit
  • Matt Carthy – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Dominic Hannigan – Labour
  • Mairead McGuiness – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Saoirse McHuge – Green Party
  • Michael O’Dowd – Renua
  • Brendan Smith – Fianna Fail
  • Maria Walsh – Fine Gael

SOUTH

  • Malcolm Byrne – Fianna Fail
  • Deirdre Clune – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Andrew Doyle – Fine Gael
  • Sean Kelly – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Liam Minehan – Independent
  • Liadha Ni Riadha – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Sheila Nunan – Labour
  • Grace O’Sullivan – Green Party
  • Adrianne Wallace – People Before Profit

Irish Presidential Election 2018

Its official as of this week the Irish Presidential Election will take place on Friday, October 26th. On the same-day, there will vote on Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018.

A number of candidates are vying to get on the on the ticket to challenge sitting President Michael D Higgins. There are three ways to get on the ballot paper, a sitting President (or former President who served only one term) may nominate themselves, nomination by 20 members of the Oireachtas or by nomination by 4 local authorities.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have both said they will not be nominating a candidate and will be supporting the President. Labour who nominated Michael D Higgins in 2011 are supporting him in this election.

Sinn Fein will also be announcing a candidate. They have a process in train and will announce a candidate on the 10th of September.

The last Presidential election in 2011 had a record 7 candidates, this year could equal that or exceed it providing that the independents in the Dail and Seanad agree on a candidate and the county councils nominate the maximum number of candidates. There are 31 councils (26 County Councils, 3 City Councils and 2 City & County Councils), 4 per candidate meaning 6 possible candidates from this route, as well as the incumbent and the Sinn Fein Nominee, meaning a possible 8 candidates from the 11 announced so far.

I hope to keep this post updated as nominations come in before the deadline on September 26th

So who are the candidates?

Confirmed

Nominations Received (4 councils or 20 Oireachtas members needed)

Looking for Nominations

  • Peter Casey – Businessman
  • Patrick Feeney – Retired Aer Lingus Worker
  • Mannix Flynn – Independent Councillor on Dublin City Council
  • John Groake – Farmer
  • Marie Goretti Moylan – Volunteer
  • Sarah Lousie Mulligan – Entertainer
  • Gemma O’Doherty – Journalist
  • Kevin Sharkey – Artist
  • James Smyth – Musician

Possible Sinn Fein Candidates

  • John Finucane – Solicitor
  • Liadh Ni Riada – MEP

Withdrawn Candidates

I’m Fed Up

i-can-t-keep-calm-i-m-fed-upI’m fed up with politics these days.
I’m fed up of the shouting on Twitter and Facebook.
I’m fed up of people playing the man not the ball.
I’m fed up of people being cut down because you disagree with them on one issue, while agreeing with them on many more.

I’m fed up.

Why do we think we can win arguments by shouting on social media, or only dealing with those we agree with creating our own echo chambers?Why do we think that certain issues are defining issues, then ignore them after a month? Why do we only complain, yet never offer solutions?

This is why I’m fed up.

Politics has changed. Its changed into something I no longer recognise. I used to feel at home in the political sphere, staying up at night discussing issues, disagreeing with friends and family, yet always having respect.

The respect is gone.

Now I don’t feel at home talking politics. While I’m still interested and always will be. I’m not as comfortable discussing issues. Why? Cause more and more people are appealing to opinions rather than fact. To populist causes rather than solutions that will work.

8803e3a7b39eb8592f3ccee708ac5bf9We need to get real.
Yes, things aren’t great for a lot of people. Can they be fixed overnight? No. We need to engage. We need to talk, debate and argue to discern the best course of action for those who need the most action.

All parties and those not members of parties are guilty of this.

We are too quick to judge, quick to argue, yet not quick enough to consider. I too am guilty of this. But its something we all need to do.

I find myself on a political island, assailed by both the loud right and the loud left. I find myself defending views that I thought were widely held and see friends who I used to have debates and political disagreements with on this same Island having the same problems. How did it come to this?

Is it education? Populism? Or is it for some people when they are fed up they lash out?

745119212-luke-lirot-quote-it-is-not-a-perfect-world-but-we-can-do-betterWe can do better.

We all can do better.

I’m not leaving politics, but I am leaving any hopes I had of a political career. I am not able. Somethings are more important. But I have a voice and I will use it. I will support the causes I care about and I will remain a member of Fine Gael.

But I am FED UP!

“Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

It’s not very often I find myself as an Irishman quoting Oliver Cromwell, but the latest revelations on Donald Trump’s relationships with and views on Women give me no choice. I am a firm believer in the party system, and believe that true debate of ideas and polices make the eventual winner of an election a better one as they have been tried and tested.

In the US Presidential Election this year there is no true debate. One side have detailed policies and ideas of the future, the other feeds off the anger of those left behind, both economically and socially, but has no true plan to fix what ails them.

Gage Skidmore (Flickr)
Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

In the past I have supported (from afar) candidates from both major parties in the United States. This year, I have made no secret of my support of Hillary Clinton and now I feel that if this election is to be a true election, with debate on ideas and policies then Donald Trump must resign as the Republican Nominee for President and be replaced with a candidate with true conservative credentials and the ability to lead the country. Whether that is his running mate Governor Mike Pence or another Republican such as Speaker Paul Ryan that is an issue for the Republican National Committee.

Mr Trump has proven time and again that he does not have the temperament or the ability to lead a country. He has maligned Women, Immigrants, the Disabled and Muslims. He has continued his candidacy through events which would have felled better men, but as he knows no humility and has surrounded himself with ‘Yes Men’ he has continued his campaign.

Mr Trump’s comments about women in the Hot Mic episode is a description of Sexual Assault. Nothing else. It is not locker room banter. It is not excusable for any man, whether a “star” or not to treat a women in the way Mr Trump describes.

America deserves better than Mr Trump. America deserves a debate on its futures and the ideals its holds dear. America deserves a better candidate for the President then the current Republican Nominee. America deserves a real apology from Mr Trump, not an apology that turns political by drawing in President Bill Clinton. That is not a true and real apology.

With less than a month to the Election Day on November 8th and Early Voting begun in a number of states, a solution is needed urgently. Mr Trump if he has any humility would resign as the nominee and withdraw from politics. I for one do not see Mr Trump displaying that type of humility, or humility in any form. He has failed to do so throughout this campaign.

All this brings to mind another quote, one from Joseph Welch in response in Senator McCarthy during the Army hearings. “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

I fear that along with humility, Donald Trump does not have any decency and it would be a tragic day for America were he to be elected to the highest office in the United States of America.

Its been quiet here….

UCC Express Logo2So of late its been a bit quiet here on the blog, but then again I haven’t not been writing. I have a few pieces up on the UCC Express Website that may be of interest to some of you. I have also started to write about sport, which is a change for me and an interesting challenge.

Majority of Irish people think the UK should remain in the EU

Refugee Team to Contest Rio Olympics

Florida Key to White House

Independents Slump As Parties Regain Support

Theresa May Set to Become UK Prime Minister while Labour Split Continues

Census Results Presents Constitutional Problems

Podcasts the Express Staff are Listening to

The Irish at Rio 2016

Pro-Choice and Religious: Is it possible?

Irish Paralympic Team Crowdfunding for Rio 2016

All my articles for UCC Express can be viewed here

Taoiseach’s Seanad Nominees announced

Seanad_Alan-BetsonThis evening the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees to Seanad Eireann were announced. They are as follows:

  • Paudie Coffey (former Senator, Dáil Deputy and Minister of State)
  • Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House)
  • Michelle Mulherin (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Ray Butler (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Frank Feighan (former Senator and Dáil Deputy)
  • John O’Mahony (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Dr James Reilly (Former TD and Minister)
  • Billy Lawless (advocate for Irish immigrants in the U.S.)
  • Colette Kelleher (CEO Alzheimers Ireland)
  • Pádraig Ó Céidigh (Businessman)
  • Marie-Louise O’Donnell (Former Senator)

Joan Freeman, Colette Kelleher and Pádraig Ó Céidigh were all nominated by the request of Fianna Fail.

One are that has been completely overlooked is that now Tipperary is the only county in Ireland which does not have a Fine Gael national representative. This will make it hard for Fine Gael to regain a seat in this constituency.

The first meeting of the new Seanad will take place on Wednesday 8 June at 3pm.

Ministers of State Announced

ministersofstate2016Today an Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the appointments of Junior Ministers which were agreed at Cabinet today. They are as follows

  • Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the E.U. Single Digital Market– Dara Murphy, Cork North Central, (Departments of the Taoiseach, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Justice and Equality)
  • Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement – Eoghan Murphy, Dublin Bay South, (Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for Tourism and Sport – Patrick O’Donovan, Limerick County, (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)
  • Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal – Damien English, Meath West, (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)
    5. Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources – Sean Kyne, Galway West, (Departments of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, and Climate Change, Communications and Natural Resources)
  • Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture – Andrew Doyle, Wicklow, (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)
  • Minister of State for Employment and Small Business– Pat Breen, Clare, (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Training and Skills – John Halligan, Waterford, (Departments of Education, and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People – Helen McEntee, Meath East, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for Health Promotion – Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Offaly, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief– Sean Canney, Galway East, (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid – Joe McHugh, Donegal (Departments of the Taoiseach, and Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Regional Economic Development – Michael Ring, Mayo, (Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy– Catherine Byrne, Dublin South-Central, (Health, and Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration – David Stanton, Cork East, (Department of Justice and Equality)

    These appointments are in addition to the three Ministers of State who were appointed when the Government was formed – Regina Doherty, Finian McGrath and Paul Kehoe.

The total number of Junior Ministers now stand at 18. Of those 3 are Independent TDs (Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Sean Canney) and the other 15 are members of Fine Gael.

New Irish Government Nominated

newgov2This evening in the Dáil following Enda Kenny’s re-election as Taoiseach. The following have been nominated as members of the Governments for the 32nd Dáil.

  • Taoiseach & Minister for Defence: Enda Kenny (FG)
  • Chief Whip: Regina Doherty (FG)
  • Tainiste & Minister for Justice and Equality: Francis Fitzgerald (FG)
  • Minister for Finance: Michael Noonan (FG)
  • Minister for Public expenditure and Reform: Paschal Donohue (FG)
  • Minister for Social Protection: Leo Varadkar (FG)
  • Minister for Health: Simon Harris (FG)
  • Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport: Shane Ross (Ind)
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Michael Creed (FG)
  • Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys
  • Minister for Communications, Climate Change and National Resources: Denis Naughton (Ind)
  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: Katerine Zappone (Ind)
  • Minister for Education and Skills: Richard Bruton (FG)
  • Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Simon Coveney (FG)
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Charles Flanagan (FG)
  • Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)
  • Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence: Paul Kehoe (FG)
  • Super Junior Minister who will attend Cabinet and have special responsibility for disability: Finian McGrath (Ind)
  • Attorney General: Maria Whelan SC