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

Timeline of Council Meetings Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th

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Eight councils are still to meet before the deadline at midday on Wednesday to discuss nominations for the Presidency. Below is the timeline of the council meetings and who they will be discussing. Both Senator David Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon are both short two nominations to contest the election.

Tuesday, 10am

Donegal County Council will be the first council to meet and they will only discuss a motion supporting Dana Rosemary. Back in 1997 Donegal was one of the County Councils that nominated her.

11am

The next meeting is that of Cork County Council who are holding a special meeting to discuss nominating Senator David Norris. It does seem unlikely that this will happen, but going by the happenings yesterday, I’m not going to call it!

1pm

Waterford City Council will be next to meet and they have motions in favour of both candidates. The outcome of this meeting could be swayed by the result in Cork. If they fail to nominate Senator Norris, Councillors here could feel pressure to nominate him to ensure that he gets on the ballot. Or else if Cork back Norris, they could provide the 4th nomination.

2pm

Westmeath County Council will be the next council to meet and they will be discussing  nominating Dana Rosemary Scallon. If things have gone to plan at this point, Dana will be only one nomination short.

4pm

Longford County Council could be the council to provide Dana with her fourth nomination ensuring her appearance on the ballot paper.

6:45pm

Assuming that today goes better for Senator Norris, the meeting of Dublin City Council could be the 4th nomination for the Senator and ensure his appearance on the ballot. But as South Dublin proved yesterday, these things arent as set in stone as we think!

7pm

The last council to meet on Tuesday will be Cavan County Council. If things don’t go exactly right for Dana, Cavan could be the council to provide the final nomination for the ballot, or it may provide an extra one.

Wednesday, 8:30 am

The very last meeting of the nomination campaign. Kilkenny County Council could provide a nomination for either candidate, or they may get up early for no reason if both candidates have secured the necessary nominations. So that is the big question will it come down to Kilkenny or not?

Update

It passed under the radar yesterday but the Irish Independent reports that Kildare County Council will also be meeting before the deadline. They will be meeting at the same time as Kilkenny and will be addressed by Dana Rosemary Scallon. So if Dana has a bad day today, she should still manage to get on the ballot.

Councillors, Its Over To You!

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After a meeting last night with supporters Mattie McGrath TD has decided not to sign the nomination papers for Senator David Norris, this means that focus until Wednesday midday will focus on the 12 councils meeting this week.

Note: Information on days of meeting and motions before them are from the fabulous plaintalking.ie blog by Andrea Pappin

Monday 26th

Four councils are meeting today. Laois County Council and South Dublin County Council will be meeting to discuss motions supporting Senator Norris. Sen Norris himself is expected to address Laois County Council.

Carlow County Council and Roscommon County Council will meet and both have motions nominating both Senator Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon, the only candidate who has yet to receive a nomination.

Tuesday 27th

Seven Councils are meeting on Tuesday meaning that it could all be over nomination wise by the end of the day. Four councils will be meeting to discuss nominating Dana. They are Donegal County Council, Longford County Council, Cavan County Council and Westmeath County Council.

A further two councils will meet to discuss nominating Senator Norris they are Dublin City Council and Cork County Council.

Waterford City Council will meet to discuss nominations for both candidates, meaning they could provide the last nomination should one of the candidates fall short.

Wednesday 28th

On Wednesday the nominations close at midday and the most talked about Council meeting will happen. Kilkenny County Council have convened a meeting at 8:30am and have organised a special Garda Escort to ensure that if any candidate is short of nomination it could be provided by them. Will it come down to Kilkenny is the interesting question though.

I hope the County Councillors enjoy their time in limelight! It won’t happen again for another possible seven years!

Norris edges ever closer, but Councils to the rescue?

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Shane Ross has become the 18th Oireachtas member to sign the nomination papers for Senator David Norris to contest the Presidential Election. He is now just two signatures short for the nomination from Oireachtas members. Where will he get those two signatures is the big question.

Michael Lowry TD, Mattie McGrath TD and Senator Martin McAleese have all been mentioned as possible signatories but will it happen?

If he cannot get the 20 it is most likely that he will easily secure the support of 3 more councils to add to the nomination of Fingal County Council.

About 12 councils are meeting this week. Most of them will consider motions supporting both Senator Norris and Dana Rosemary Scanlon. The councils meeting this week are:

  • South Dublin County Council
  • Dublin City Council
  • Kilkenny County Council
  • Carlow County Council
  • Longford County Council
  • Roscommon County Council
  • Waterford City Council
  • Donegal County Council
  • Laois County Council
  • Cork County Council
  • Offaly County Council

The most interesting meeting will be that of Kilkenny County Council who meet at 8:30am on Wednesday to ensure that their nomination gets in by close of nomination at Midday. Paddy Power are even taking bets to see if Kilkenny will get their nomination in on time! There is talks of a Garda Escort!

It will be an interesting week!

13 Councils to decide on Presidential Nominations Today

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13 County and City Councils will today decide which candidate to back in the years Presidential Election. Four Local Authorities nominations are needed by a candidate to be on the ballot.

So far four Councils have passed nominations. Galway County Council and Sligo County Council have nominated Mary Davis. While Meath County Council and Leitrim County Council have nominated Sean Gallagher.

Of the Councils meeting today, Mary Davis is expected to secure the nomination of six councils: Monaghan, Kerry, Mayo, Waterford county, Wicklow and Galway city. She will also be addressing Cork County Council today.

Mr Gallagher is also set to get support from six of the councils meeting today: Carlow, Wexford, Cork city, Clare, Cavan and Waterford city. He will be addressing both Wexford and Carlow Councils today.

If all the councils pass as expected then that will give each candidate 8 nominations each and ensure their place on the Presidential Ballot.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will also today discuss nominating a candidate for the Presidential Election. Four motions have been laid before the council. Two are in support of Mary Davis, while the Labour Grouping have placed a nomination for Micheal D Higgins and the Fine Gael Grouping have nominated Gay Mitchell.

Fine Gael is the largest party on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown with 12 seats, followed by Labour with 8. Fianna Fail have 4 and PBPA and Independents have two each. It is doubtful any candidate will get enough support, but will be interesting to watch.

Expect the nominations to roll in quick and fast as the councils meet this afternoon.

 

FG Gains a Councillor

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So Cork County Councillor Deirdre Forde (Carrigaline/Harbour Electoral Area) has switched from Fianna Fail to Fine Gael. She has many reasons to do so, but the on that isn’t mentioned in the Press Release is her main reason for changing.

In the PR she gives her reasons as follows:

Over the last number of months I have sensed that the current Government were moving in a direction that I was not happy with. The Budget in October was the first time that this really struck me when I saw the attempt to take the medical card off OAPs. Subsequent decisions on education supports for special needs children and the provision of cervical cancer vaccination for teenage girls confirmed for me that the wrong people were being asked to pay the price for a faltering economy.

“Having made numerous attempts to speak to senior Party figures about my concerns it became obvious to me that I was not going to be able to effect the type of change that both I, and others, would have liked to have seen.

But is that really the reason?? No.

The real reason is that Fianna Fail have selected Michéal Martin twin brother (whos name escapes me) to run in the same ward. Cllr Forde felt that he was being goven more help and support by head office then she was. This boils down to her taking these personally and then seeing what way the wind was blowing and jumping ship.

This has actual all been played out in the Cork Eveing Echo over the last few months and I was not surprised that she switched. I am surprised that it took this long! Any way best of luck to Cllr Deirdre Forde and to the other Fine Gael Candidates in that ward Cllr John Collins, Cllr Timothy Lombard, and Mr David O’Byrne.

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