Updated November 14th November
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.
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
The current sitting TDs are
- Jonathan O’Brien – Sinn Féin
- Mick Barry – Solidarity
- Dara Murphy – Fine Gael
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
Last updated 7th May
Cork South Central (6 Seats)
- Dan Boyle – Green Party
- David Boyle – Fianna Fail
- Sean Cronin – Independent
- Paudie Dineen – Independent*
- Luke Field – Labour
- Mick Finn – Independent*
- Suzanne Hegarty – Independent
- Eoghan Jeffers – Sinn Fein*
- Ciaran Kenneally – Ind
- Fiona Kerins – Sinn Fein*
- Sean Martin – Fianna Fail*
- Lekha Menon Margassery – Independent
- Michael Mohally – HRRA
- Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
- Shane O’Callaghan – Fine Gael
- Graham O’Shea – Independent
- Maurice Joseph Sexton – Independent
Cork South East (6 Seats)
- Lorna Bogue – Green Party
- Des Cahill – Fine Gael*
- Anna Daly – Aontú
- 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 – HRRA*
- 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
- Shane Fallon – Fianna Fáil
- Collette Finn – Green Party
- Artur Górnik – Independent
- Shirley Griffin – HRRA
- PJ Hourican – Fine Gael*
- Colm Kelleher – Fianna Fail*
- Garrett Kelleher – Fine Gael
- Ciara Kennedy – Labour
- Thomas Kiely – HRRA
- Ciaran McCarthy – Social Democrats
- Thomas Moloney -Independent*
- Joanna Murphy – Aontú
- Sinead Ronan – Fine Gael
- Eolan Ryng – Sinn Fein
Note: Cllr Daithí Ó Donnabhain was a candidate for Fianna Fail in Cork South West, but withdrew prior to nominations.
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
Last updated 7th May
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
- Noreen Murphy – Independent
- Mick Nugent – Sinn Fein*
- Kenneth O’Flynn – Fianna Fail*
- Risteárd Ó Glaímhín – HRRA
- Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty – Sinn Fein
- Lorraine O’Neill – Fine Gael
- Sean Patrick O’Sullivan – Independent
- Mobolaji Taiwo Ajisafe – Independent
- Ted Tynan – Workers Party*
Cork North West (6 seats)
- Damien Boylan – Fine Gael
- Luke Carroll – Labour
- Catherine Coffey – Workers Party
- Sean Coleman – Fianna Fail
- Kenneth Collins – Sinn Fein*
- Sandra Condon – Independent
- Kevin Conway – Ind*
- Mark Cronin – Green Party
- Tony Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail*
- Thomas Gould – Sinn Fein*
- Timothy J Hogan – Independent
- Martina Murphy – HRRA
- Joe O’Callaghan – Independent
- Julie O’Leary – Fine Gael
- Fiona Ryan – Solidarity*
- John Sheehan – Fianna Fail*
- John Stanton -Sinn Fein
- Finian Toomey – Aontú
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)
Four 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)
- Markian Harkin – Independent (Midlands-NorthWest)
The following are the candidates selected to run in each constituency.
Nominations have now closed.
Last updated 15th April 2019
- Barry Andrews – Fianna Fail
- Lynn Boylan – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
- Gillian Brien – People Before Profit
- Ciaran Cuffe – Green Party
- Clare Daly – Independents for Change
- Mark Durkan – Fine Gael
- Frances Fitzgerald – Fine Gael
- Gary Gannon – Social Democrats
- Ben Gilroy – Ind
- Rita Harrold – Solidarity
- Alice-Mary Higgins – Ind
- Herman Kelly – Irexit
- Tony Bosco Louth – Ind
- Aisling McNiffe – Ind
- Mark Mullan – Ind
- Eamonn Murphy – Ind
- Gemma O’Doherty – Ind
- Eilis Ryan – Workers Party
- Alex White – Labour
MIDLANDS – NORTHWEST
- Cyril Brennan – People Before Profit
- Matt Carthy – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
- Peter Casey – Independent
- Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan – Independent (Sitting MEP)
- Patrick Greene – DDI
- Dominic Hannigan – Labour
- Fidelma Healy Eames – Independent
- Dilip Mahapatra – Independent
- Mairead McGuiness – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
- Saoirse McHugh – Green Party
- James Miller – Ind
- Diarmuid Mulcahy – Ind
- Olive O’Connor – Ind
- Michael O’Dowd – Renua
- Anne Rabbitte – Fianna Fail
- Brendan Smith – Fianna Fail
- Maria Walsh – Fine Gael
- Allan Brennan – Ind
- Malcolm Byrne – Fianna Fail
- Delores Cahill – Irexit
- Deirdre Clune – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
- Andrew Doyle – Fine Gael
- Paddy Fitzgerald – Independent
- Breda Gardner -Independent
- Theresa Heaney – Catholic Democrats
- Billy Kelleher – Fianna Fail
- Sean Kelly – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
- Peter Madden – Ind
- Liam Minehan – Ind
- Liadha Ni Riadha – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
- Sheila Nunan – Labour
- Diarmuid O’Flynn – Ind
- Peter O’Loughlin – Identity Ireland
- Grace O’Sullivan – Green Party
- Walter Ryan Purcell – Ind
- Maurice Joseph Sexton – Ind
- Jan Van De Ven – DDI
- Adrianne Wallace – People Before Profit
- Mick Wallace – Independents for Change
- Colleen Worthington – Ind
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?
- Michael D Higgins – Incumbent, Self nomination
- Sean Gallagher – Businessman, 2011 runner-up – Roscommon County Council, Mayo County Council, Leitrim County Council, Wexford County Council, Cavan County Council
- Joan Freeman – Senator, Founder of Pieta House – Cork City Council, Galway County Council, Fingal County Council, Galway City Council
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
Enda Kenny is set to make history on today when he is re-elected Taoiseach, the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to do so. Dáil Eireann will meet today at 12pm to vote on the nomination following the successful negotiations with Fianna Fail and Independent TDs.
After first negotiating a Confidence and Supply Agreement in the ‘Trinity Talks’ with Fianna Fáil, a series of deals were then completed with a range of Independent TDs. Some Independent TDs including Dublin South West TD Katherine Zappone, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughton and Dublin Rathdown TD Shane Ross are also expected to made ministers. Continue reading “Ireland to get a new Government”
Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley, Fianna Fails sole MEP, is set to announce that he will be leaving the liberal ALDE Group in the European Parliament and instead will join the European Conservatives and Reformists according to Press Reports today.
If this does happen it will put in doubt Fianna Fails membership of the pan-European ALDE Party to which the party leader, Michael Martin is firmly in favour of.
Crowley’s decision to join ECR will mean that Irish MEPs are now spread across 5 European Parliament Groups.
- EPP: 4 MEPs (Fine Gael)
- GUE/NGL: 4 MEPs (3 Sinn Fein, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan)
- ALDE: 1 MEP (Marian Harkin)
- ECR: 1 MEP (Brian Crowley)
- S&D: 1 MEP (Nessa Childers)
With Crowley joining the ECR they are now represented in 15 countries. The UK (Conservatives) and Poland (Law and Justice) make up the largest delegations with 20 and 19 respectively and the rest of the group made of MEPs from Belgium (4), Bulgaria (1), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (4), Germany (8), Greece (1), Croatia (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1), Netherlands (2), Slovakia (2) and Finland (2).
Crowleys transfer also solidifies ECR as the 3rd largest group in the parliament with 69 seats and pushing ALDE back to 66.
It will be interesting to see now what happens to Fianna Fails membership of the ALDE Party and how often Crowley will be voting with his colleagues.
Following last month’s European Elections the European Parliament will meet on July 1st to constitute itself and elect its new President. Most commentators expect that the two largest groups, the European People’s Party and the Socialist and Democrats, will continue their alliance and split the presidency again between them.
So how did the groups fair?
The European Parliament now consists of 751 MEPs down 15 from the 766 MEPs in the last parliament. There has been some changes of Group compositions with newly elected parties and independents joining groups and some parties changing groups. The Groups now stand as follows:
- EPP: 221 (-53)
- S&D: 191 (-4)
- ECR: 63 (+7)
- ALDE: 59 (-26)
- Greens/EFA: 54 (-4)
- GUE/NGL: 52 (+17)
- EFD: 32 (-1)
- NI: 79
In Ireland Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have remained with their respective groups (EPP, S&D & GUE/NGL) and Independent Marian Harkin has also remained with ALDE.
Independent Nessa Childers has been readmitted to the S&D Group ensuring they are represented in every member state after Labour’s wipe-out at the elections. Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagen has joined Sinn Fein in the GUE/NGL group. The Socialist Party failed to retain it’s MEP.
That means the groups stand as follows in the Irish Delegation:
- EPP: 4 (-)
- S&D: 1 (-2)
- ALDE: 2 (-2)
- GUE/NGL: 4 (+4)
Commission President – Parliament v European Council
After electing the President and 14 Vice Presidents of the Parliament the next task will be voting for the European Commission President. While the EPP and S&D leadership are backing Jean Claude-Juncker they dont have complete control of their groups. With UK Labour opposing Junker’s candidacy, neither party can afford to lose support on this vote.
- Needed for a Majority: 376
- EPP + S&D: 412
- EPP + S&D -UKLab: 392
16 votes would be quite close. But of course Junker will have to emerge as the European Council Nominee first, a battle in itself, before any such vote will take place in the European Parliament.
Tomorrow the Local and European Elections take place in Ireland. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
These elections will be the last Elections held before the planned referendum on Marriage next year. It is therefore very important that candidates who support the LGBT Community in Ireland are supported at the polls tomorrow.
To help find out who is supporting the community. ILGA Europe have asked candidates to sign the Come Out 2014 Pledge. Signatures were gathered from across Europe with 1,156 candidates taking the pledge. Also check out the Youtube Video
In Ireland 19 out of the 41 candidates have signed it. All 6 Fine Gael candidates have signed the pledge as have the 3 Labour and Green Party Candidates.
Surprisingly Lynn Boylan is the only Sinn Fein signatory on pledge and Mary Fitzpatrick is the only Fianna Fail signatory. These are both Dublin Candidates and it is also important to not that Dublin has the highest number of candidates who have signed it with 8, followed by South with 6 and in Midlands North West only 5 candidates have signed it.
- Lynn Boylan (SF)
- Nessa Childers (Ind)
- Emer Costello (Lab)
- Mary Fitzpatrick (FF)
- Brian Hayes (FG)
- Paul Murphy (Socialist)
- Eamonn Ryan (Green)
- Brid Smith (PBPA)
Midlands North West
- Mark Deary (Greens)
- Marian Harkin (Ind)
- Lorraine Higgins (Lab)
- Jim Higgins (FG)
- Mairead McGuinness (FG)
- Deirdre Clune (FG)
- Simon Harris (FG)
- Sean Kelly (FG)
- Diarmuid O’Flynn (Ind)
- Phil Prendergast (Lab)
- Grace O’Sulliavan (Green)
In the local Elections no such pledge exists, but a number of candidates up and down the country have shown their worth on LGBT issues. Whether by marching in Gay Pride Parades, being the Grand Marshall on some occasions. Supporting the LGBT groups within their parties and their communities. Sometimes it just supporting the events and individuals. Either way do take this into account when you vote tomorrow.
Ensure you vote goes to someone who will support you, who ever you are!