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
* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr Last updated 25th April
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)
SocDems 2% (-1)
Ind Alliance 2% (-1)
Sol-PBP 1 %(-1)
Aontú 1% (+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%
Ind Alliance 2%
Sol-PBP 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%
Ind Alliance 4%
Sol-PBP <1 %
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.
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
Its 12 days to polling for the Local and European Elections on May 23rd.
Following the elections in 2009 Fine Gael became the largest party on the Council with 8 seats. They were followed by Labour on 7 and Fianna Fail on 6. Sinn Fein had 4 seats with the Socialist Party and the Workers Party having one each. 4 Independent councillors were elected.
Since that election there has been some changes. Fine Gael now have 9 seats has Joe’O’Callaghan was co-opted to Dave McCathy’s (Ind) seat in Cork North West following his death in April 2011. Chris O’Leary who was elected as an independent in the Cork South East Ward has since joined Sinn Fein bringing them to 5 seats. This has left only two independents on the Council, Mick Finn in Cork South Central and Kieran McCarthy in Cork South East.
Three councillors are retiring this year Jim Corr a Fine Gael Councillor in Cork South East, Brian Birmingham a Fine Gael Councillor in Cork South West and Michael Ahern a Labour Councillor also in Cork South West. All three have had long service on the council.
A total of 65 candidates are running for the 31 seats on Cork City Council. Fine Gael are running 14 candidates across the 6 city wards while Fianna Fail are running 11 candidates. Sinn Fein are running 7 candidates to Labour ‘s 6. The Green party have 3 candidates, Anti Austerity Alliance also have 3. The Workers Party have two candidates while the Communist Party is running only one Candidates. By far the largest number of candidates are Non-Party candidates who number 15 candidates across the city.
Below is a list of all candidates seeking election to Cork City Council in 2014.
One of the recommendations made in the Mahon Report, which is more then likely going to be over looked as most of the media will be looking at the findings against former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and others, is that Regional Authorities be directly elected.
The Tribunal is making this decision due to the role that the Regional Authorities play in Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) which has an impact on Local Devlopment Plans and other decisions made by local authorities.
There is not much knowledge of Regional Authorities in Ireland, which were set up under the Local Government Act 1991 and came into existence in 1994. There are eight Regional Authorities in Ireland.
The membership of the Regional Authorities varies between 21 in Mid-East Region to 37 in the Border Region. Currently the members of the Regional Authorities are nominated by the local authorities within the area covered.
An elected Regional Authority would be an important step in increasing local power and would be a good position in between Government and Local Government to negotiate policy for the regions and allow local governments to spend more time on local issues and have support from a Religion Authority.
Hopefully the Government will look at all the recommendations contained in the Mahon Report and not just those in connection with ethics and declarations of donations.
Willie Penrose TD and Minister of State at Department of Environment, Community & Local Government with responsibility for Housing & Planning has resigned from the Cabinet and from the Labour Party. Penrose was a Super Junior Minister meaning he was entitled to attend all Cabinet meetings.
He has resigned over the issue of the closure of Columb Barracks in Mullingar which is within his constituency.
It was regret that I tendered my resignation as Minister of State at the Dept of the Environment today.
Over recent weeks and months, I had made my clear unstinting opposition to proposals to close Columb Barracks in Mullingar, so arising from a decision that was made at cabinet today, I had no alternative but to take this course of action.
I fully appreciate that difficult decisions have to be made by the Govt if we are to get out of the economic mess in which we have found ourselves, but I was not prepared to stand over a decision that was not backed up by the facts and figures.
In the context of collective cabinet responsibility, and given my vociferous opposition to this proposal, I could not continue in Govt, and so have tendered my resignation to the Tanaiste, the Taoiseach and the Labour Whip.
I understand and appreciate that significant efforts were made by my Labour colleagues in Govt, who fully understood the depths of my feelings in this regard, to resolve this matter, but to no avail.
While I will no longer hold the Labour whip, I will continue to serve the people of Longford Westmeath as an active and vocal public representative.
While this will not make much of an difference to Government numbers, it may be a wake up call to Labour Ministers that at the end of the day its their constituencies that matter and with €3.8bn worth of cuts to come, it will be a hard time for them at home.
Sinn Fein City Councillors have placed a motion before Cork City Council calling for a debate on the Queens Visit to Cork. The motion reads
“This Council does not endorse the invitation extended by An tArd Mhéara to the English Queen to visit Cork”.
I expect that the motion will fail.
According to Cllr Mick Nugent
“The actions of the Lord Mayor in extending this invitation without informing the council and allowing its members an opportunity to object were disgraceful. As first citizen he is under an obligation to represent the city, not just his own personal views.
“A visit by the English Queen is premature and insensitive. Large numbers of people in Cork, and across Ireland, find it offensive. Sinn Féin will this evening be asking the council to dissociate itself from the Lord Mayor’s invitation to her to visit Cork,”
I am amazed that they call her the “English Queen” when in fact that she is Queen of Great Britian and Northern Ireland so would not “British Queen” be more accurate?
I for one am in favour of Her Majesties visit to Cork. It is high time we put the issues of the past behind us and welcome the Head of State of our nearest neighbour to this fine city of ours.
It will be interesting to see how this goes at council tonight.
The news broke this morning of the death of North Side Cllr David McCarthy. He was suffering from cancer and died this morning. He was first elected in 1985.
In 1997 he held the office of Lord Mayor of Cork.
In 1999 he topped the poll for Fianna Fail with 933 votes and in 2004 he increased his vote to 1,112 votes.
In 2007 his stood as an independent candidate in the Dáil election gaining a respectable 2,492 votes.
In 2009 he topped the poll as independent with 1,149.
In 2003 he received an award for bravery when he rescued two men from the river Lee. Cllr McCarthy heard cries for assistance as he left a meeting at Cork College of Commerce. He climbed down the river wall and held the two men afloat for 20 minutes.
The Evening Echo* did a Freedom of Information on the amount claimed by Councillors on Cork City Council to attend conferences since they were elected. The expenses over the last 15 months are:
Kenneth O’Flynn (FF) €14,333.86
Denis O’Flynn (Lab) €13,546.24
Sean Martin (FF) €12,418.20
Michael Ahern (Lab) €11,467.09
Pat Gosch (FG) € 8,889.10
Tim Brosnan (FF) €8,786.78
Terry Shannon (FF) €8,742.72
Michael O’Connell (Lab) €8,518.03
Brian Birmingham (FG) €8,168.55
Mary Shields (FF) €8,101.50
Dara Murphy (FG) €8,051.92
Catherine Clancy (Lab) €7,387.55
John Kelleher (Lab) €6,497.33
Emmet O’Halloran (FG) €6,307.58
Laura McGonigle (FG) €5,221.71
Lorraine Kingston (Lab) €5,026.99
Dave McCarthy (Ind) €4,936.75
Tony Fitzgerald (FF) €3,236.30
Ger Gibbons (Lab) €1,939.27
Jim Corr (FG) €1,888.34
John Buttimer (FG) €1,883.83
Donal Counihan (Former FF Councillor) €677.40
Des Cahill €459.53
There were no expenses claimed by:
Ted Tynan, WP
Mick Finn, Ind
Mick Barry, SP
Kieran McCathy, Ind
Chris O’Leary, SF
Fiona Kerins, SF
Jonathan O’Brien, SF
Thomas Gould, SF
Henry Cremin, SF
While Des Cahill does sneak in at the end of the table he repaid part of his expenses as he did not stay overnight. He repaid €339.53, meaning he only claimed €120.
This highlights a flaw in the system. Councillors are able to claim the expenses before they go to a conference. This should not be the case. All expenses should only be payable on proof of attendance and with receipts.
I was glad to see only two Fine Gael Councillors in the top 10, it shows that they are trying to keep the expenses down.
* A number of changes were made to the table as it was published in the Evening Echo. They list Cllr. Dave McCarthy as being a member of Fianna Fail, he was elected as an Independent in 2009 and has not rejoined the party. Also the positions of John Buttimer and Jim Corr have been reversed as Jim’s expenses were higher then John’s.
So what do three of the above have in common at the moment? To me they represent why Fianna Fail is no longer fit to govern.
O’Dea lied under oath, and was forced to resign.
Coughlan thinks young people emigrate for fun and theres the whole Hanger 6 debacle
Ahern was cheerleader in chief for O’Dea and he is the Justice Minister!
This government is beyond itself. It is out of ideas. It has no idea what it should be doing. Of all the cabinet Ministers, the only one I think that is trying to do their job is Brian Lenihan. While I dislike the idea of NAMA, at least he is trying to do something to fix the country, none of the other ministers are!
We have a government where a minister can be brought down by a tweet. Two parties desperate to stay in power because one will be out of power and the other will possibly be wiped out at the polls.
The government has gone stale, Cowen has the opportunity now to embark a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle with his only constraint being the Green Party. What they want, only they know, though the Evening Echo is suggesting that Dan ‘tweet’ Boyle could be elevated to Cabinet.
Where does that leave the rest of us. Well there is the possibility of the Dublin Mayoral Election this year, through which Dublin residents can tell FF and Green Party what they think of them. You will have the Dublin South By-Election (2 years in a row, is that a first?) and you also have the Donegal South-West Bye-Election. Of course there will also be the Childrens Rights Referendum, but the popularity of the Government won’t come into that, hopefully! Then next year you have the Presidential Election.
I dont think FF or the Greens are going to do well in any of the upcoming elections. Dublin South is more then likely going to go Labour, Donegal South-West is probably going to Sinn Fein (I’m sticking to my prediction!), and the Dublin Mayoral election will probably go to Labour on Fine Gael transfers (just like the 1990 Presidential Election!).
Unless the Government gets its act together it will go from crisis to crisis as it is now. It seems to just get over one thing when something else crops up. They need to think quick, the boom is long and Ireland needs solutions now.