#GE2020 – Cork South West Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election announced for Saturday 8th February in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

This is the last of the Cork Constituencies and has three seats.

In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Margaret Murphy O’Mahony – Fianna Fail
  • Michael Collins – Independent
  • Jim Daly – Fine Gael

Jim Daly has announced his intention not to stand at the next election leaving open the possibility of some change of personal in the constituency.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 21st Jan

  • Holly Cairns – Social Democrats
  • Karen Coakley – Fine Gael
  • Alan Coleman – Independent
  • Michael Collins – Independent*
  • Bernie Connolly – Green Party
  • Paul Hayes – Sinn Fein
  • Tim Lombard – Fine Gael
  • Kevin O’Connor – People Before Profit
  • Margaret Murphy O’Mahony – Fianna Fail*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Christopher O’Sullivan – Fianna Fail
  • Mairead Ruane – Aontu

#GE2020 – Cork North West Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election announced for Saturday 8th February in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

The second county constituency is the 3 seater of Cork North West

The following were elected in 2016:

  • Micheal Creed – Fine Gael
  • Aindrias Moynihan – Fianna Fail
  • Michael Moynihan – Fianna Fail

All three are standing again.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 19th Jan

  • Míchael Creed – Fine Gael*
  • Collette Finn – Green Party
  • Becky Kealy – Aontu
  • Ciaran McCarthy – Social Democrats
  • Aindrias Moynihan – Fianna Fail*
  • Michael Moynihan – Fianna Fail*
  • Tara Nic Domhnaill – Irish Freedom Party
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • John Paul O’Shea – Fine Gael

#GE2020 – Cork East Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

Moving now to the first of the 3 county constituencies. Cork East is a four seat constituency. In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Sean Sherlock – Labour
  • David Stanton – Fine Gael
  • Kevin O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail
  • Pat Buckley – Sinn Fein

All four candidates are standing again. This will mean it will be a battle to unseat any of the candidates

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Pat Buckely – Sinn Fein*
  • Connor Hannon – Aontu
  • Thomas Kiely – Independent
  • Mary Linehan-Foley –  Independent
  • James O’Connor – Fianna Fail
  • Pa O’Driscoll – Fine Gael
  • Shane O’Grady – Independent
  • Kevin O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Liam Quaide – Green Party
  • Sean Sherlock – Labour*
  • Frank Shinnick – Irish Freedom Party
  • David Stanton – Fine Gael *

 

#GE2020 – Cork South Central Candidates

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As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

Now comes the turn of my home Constituency of Cork South Central. In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Michael McGrath – Fianna Fail
  • Micheal Martin – Fianna Fail
  • Simon Coveney – Fine Gael
  • Donnchadh O’Laoghaire – Sinn Fein

There have been no changes since the election and all four sitting TD’s will be running again. It remains a four-seat constituency.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Lorna Bogue – Green Party
  • Jerry Buttimer – Fine Gael
  • Simon Coveney – Fine Gael*
  • Anna Daly – Aontu
  • Paudie Dineen – Independent
  • John Donohoe – Independent
  • Ciara Kennedy – Labour
  • Micheal Martin – Fianna Fail*
  • Michael McGrath – Fianna Fail*
  • Bobby Murray Walsh – People Before Profit
  • William O’Brien – Independent
  • Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
  • Donnchadh O’Laoghaire – Sinn Fein*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent

In past elections some high profile independents have run in Cork South Central and as they are announced they will be added to the list.

#GE2020 – Cork North Central Candidates

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As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic. As with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

First, we will look at Cork North Central where a recent by-election will see many of the same candidates running again.

In 2016 the following were elected

  • Billy Kelleher – Fianna Fail
  • Mick  Barry – Solidarity – People Before Profit
  • Jonathan O’Brien – Sinn Fein
  • Dara Murphy – Fine Gael

Since the election in 2016, Billy Kelleher was elected as an MEP for Ireland South, Dara Murphy resigned as a TD to take up a post in the European Commission and Jonathan O’Brien announced he retirement as a TD. This leaves Mick Barry as the only sitting TD from 2016 running in this constituency. He will be joined by Padraig O’Sullivan of Fianna Fail who was elected at the recent bye-election to the seat left vacant by Billy Kelleher. It remains a four seat constituency.

Announced candidates
* denotes sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Mick Barry – Solidarity-People Before Profit*
  • Colm Burke – Fine Gael
  • James Coughlan – Workers Party
  • Tony Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail
  • Thomas Gould – Sinn Fein
  • Sinead Halpin – Social Democrat
  • TJ Hogan – Independent
  • Ger Keohane – Independent
  • John Maher – Labour
  • Oliver Moran – Green Party
  • Sandra Murphy – Fianna Fail
  • Diarmuid O’Cadhla – Independent
  • Stephen O’Donovan – Independent
  • Kenneth O’Flynn – Independent
  • Louise O’Neill – Fine Gael
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Padraig O’Sullivan – Fianna Fail*
  • Finian Toomey – Aontu

 

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!

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

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

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.