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 has 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 16th Jan
Lorna Bogue – Green Party
Jerry Buttimer – Fine Gael
Simon Coveney – Fine Gael*
Anna Daly – Aontu
Ciara Kennedy – Labour
Micheal Martin – Fianna Fail*
Michael McGrath – Fianna Fail*
Bobby Murray Walsh – People Before Profit
Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
Donnchadh O’Laoghaire – Sinn Fein*
In past elections some high profile independents have run in Cork South Central and as the are announced they will be added to the list.
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 17th Jan
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
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.
The Green Party sufffered what is been known as a “wipeout” in the elections at the weekend. They were reduced from 18 seats in the 2004 to three seats. What it has shown for the Greens is that they now know their core vote. Which is 2.3% which is down 1.6% from 2004. This shows that a good portion of their vote is a core vote, but they lost their protest vote which went to People Before Profit and other parties of the left.
The Greens can recover from this in my mind. They now know the base they can work from that. They also have the Government more dependent on them then ever for votes in the Dáil and may be able to achieve some concrete results that will raise their profile and maybe their vote.
People seem to be writing off the Greens but I believe having talked to Green activists, candidates and ordinary voters I think while the Greens will lose one or two seats, they will hang on to the election after and will get back to where they were.
Don’t write the Greens off they are a committed lot.