Local Election Candidates 2019


Manorhamilton, 6 seats

Mary BohanFianna FailMary Bohan is from Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim, where she works as the local postmistress. She’s been a Fianna Fail member of Leitrim County Council since 1979. Clr Bohan is also a former Chairperson of Leitrim County Council. Notes from Mary:
It has been a great privilege for me to represent the people of this electoral area as a member of Leitrim County Council. I have endeavored at all times to represent you to the very best of my ability. I have highlighted issues of concern and importance to individuals and groups in our communities. My record will show that I have always been outspoken on issues of local and national importance. It will also show that I am not afraid to vote with my conscience on issues that might be deemed controversial. I believe that I have the experience, dedication and the enthusiasm to represent all of the people in an efficient and professional manner. Please give me your No.1 Vote on polling day May 24th so that I can continue to work on your behalf. Bheinn buioch duit do uimhir 1 a thabhairt don. Go raibh maith agat. Since my election to Leitrim County Council I have worked continuously to support the community and voluntary groups in my area and indeed throughout the County. I have served on many committees over the years and I have assisted with sourcing grant aid for numerous projects.
Frank DolanFine GaelFrank is a farmer living in Newtownmanor. He is married to Pat and they have four children. He has been a member of Leitrim County Council for the past 15 years.
John Joe DowdicanFine GaelJohn Joe Dowdican, a Fine Gael candidate, is from Tullaghan, Co Leitrim. He is seeking election for the first time to Leitrim County Council.He is running in the Manorhamilton Municipal District. Honest, Reliable and Dedicated. John Joe Dowdican (JJ) comes from Tullaghan and is employed as a security officer in Sligo University Hospital. He has been actively involved over the last 15 years in local community development and has worked alongside Leitrim County Council and Leitrim Development Company in community development and grant funding initiatives. He has served 8 years as a chairman of Tullaghan Development Association of which he is a community director. He is involved in Tidy Towns committee and community employment agencies as a local representative. He is committed to representing you on a range of issues in broadbroad, sustainable farm family structure , Tourism, Planting, of native hardwoods along existing boundaries , increased business incentives , community and social inclusion , school roll out of classroom digital facilities , Investment in roads, footpaths, lighting and community recreational facilities. He is a proven team player in giving honest representation and has the ability to deliver results. He is asking for your no.1 vote and he promises he will go that extra mile to help deliver results for you all. Go raibh maith agat.
Sean McDermottFine GaelSean was first elected to Leitrim County Council in 2009. He is married to Maureen and is a father of three children. He is committed to Leitrim focusing on tourism, agriculture and developing small businesses. Sean has a long association with the “Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne.
Padraig FallonSinn FeinPadraig Fallon lives in Drumkeeran Co Leitrim with his wife Lorraine and four children. He comes from a well-respected local family. Padraig is a tireless worker, working for those he represents, for his community, for North Leitrim and for Sinn Fein. Padraig was elected to Leitrim County Council in 2014. Padraig is a member of St Brigid’s GAA Club Drumkeeran and is currently a member of the clubs executive. He is a member of the Board of Management Lough Allen College and a Director with Leitrim Tourism Network. Padraig is also a Farmer and served as Secretary of the local branch of the IFA for five years from 2009 to 2013, he is also a member of the INHFA. He was Director of Elections for former TD Michael Colreavy during the 2011 General Election Campaign and also Director of Elections for Martin Kenny TD during the 2016 General Election. Padraig has a Diploma in Community Development and Peace Building Practice.ISSUES:Padraig is well aware of the issues and concerns in our communities and wants North Leitrim to be the best place it can be. Padraig will again be standing for election in the Manorhamilton Electoral Area in 2019. Padraig will continue to campaign on issues around Health, Education, Agriculture, Housing, Social Welfare, Infrastructure, Unemployment, Medical card for cancer patients, Greater tourism infrastructure Spend North Leitrim, Footpath and Public Lighting funding, Local improvement Scheme and other issues important to our communities such as Rural Planning and Afforestation.
Blaithin GallagherGreen PartyBláithin Gallagher of the Green Party lives in Creevelea. She was born and reared in Leitrim to a farming fmily where her father was a vet and her mother was a publican. She has worked all her adult life in the community and voluntary sector, with the arts, people with disability and older people. She says her aim is to build thriving, economically and environmentally sustainable and resilient communities based on social justice where the focus is need, not greed, fusing agriculture, art and tourism
Felim GurnIndependentFelim has been a Leitrim county councillor for the past five years. He has been a prominent businessman in the Manorhamilton area for 23 years. One of his main priorities has been to promote north Leitrim as a tourism destination and to help create jobs for the region.
Jamie MurphyIndependentCommunity and environmental campaigner Jamie Murphy from Manorhamilton has declared his intention to run as an independent candidate in the forthcoming local elections. The married father of two will be standing in the Manorhamilton electoral area on Friday May 24th.

Murphy was active for over 6 years in the Love Leitrim community group acting as secretary in the early years helping achieve a ban on fracking in Ireland. Murphy has been the Chairperson of his local residents association in Manorhamilton and also served as secretary and treasurer. He has coached several underage football teams at both club and school level.

Having graduated with a history and politics degree he worked for several years as a secondary school history teacher before taking up his present role as a men’s development worker with the Sligo Traveller Support Group.

Murphy commenting on his decision to put his name forward said “It is an opportunity that I am really looking forward to as I feel there is a need for a real independent and progressive voice in the area. As the parent of two daughters I want to contribute to providing a sustainable future for them.”

“I have always had a passion for social justice, and believe completely in the power of communities to bring about real change. ”

Murphy described his strong work ethic and track record of getting things done in a voluntary and professional capacity. Outlining some of his policy areas he went on to say that ensuring Leitrim County Council acted more urgently with regards to climate change, opposition to the mass afforestation of Sitka Spruce, support for local sporting, cultural and voluntary groups that create vibrant communities , implementing policies to curb rural decline and welcoming new communities were of key importance to him. “Both my own family and my wife’s have strong and deep roots in Leitrim. My vision for Leitrim is one of sustainable, and welcoming communities in which there is a future for the younger generation with employment and education opportunities and an environment that can support this. As a County Councillor I will to do everything that I can to help make this happen.“
Justin WarnockFianna FailJustin Warnock is a Fianna Fail Councillor in Leitim and lives in Kinlough with his wife Jackie . They have three adult children Megan, Ryan, and Kyle. He was first elected to Leitrim County Council in 2014. He is passionate about farming and the survival of family farms in Leitrim. The survival of rural communites and small villages is dependent on schools, shops, post offices etc and Justin believes this can only be delivered by strong representation at county and national level


Donegal, 6 seats

Cyril BrennanPBP Cyril Brennan is a member of People Before Profit selected by his party to represent the constituents of the Donegal Municipal District in the upcoming Local Election. Cyril is the National Coordinator of The Still Waiting Health Campaign, which held protest nationally to demand the implementation of Slaintecare and increase capacity within our health service. Cyril is a native of Ballyshannon in County Donegal where he works in the local community hospital, a proud husband and father of two young girls.Cyril believes our communities has been forgotten by the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael duopoly that has failed Irish politics and he seeks to bring a genuine change that puts families and workers ahead of corporate interests. For too long politicians in our community have said anything to get elected and done nothing to fulfil promises made to our families. We have paid for this inaction with the emigration of thousands of our young people a chronic lack of infrastructure in the area and a loss of our basic Health, Garda and school services.
John BoyleFine GaelJohn Boyle was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1999. He lost in the last local election in 2014 by just 80 votes. The Fine Gael candidate from Corkermore, Dunkineely, is now seeking to make a comeback.
Tom ConaghanIndependentTom Conaghan is a former Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District and former Mayor of Donegal Town. The Independent councillor was first elected in 2014, after missing out in 2009. He was elected on the 10th count with 2,117 votes, taking the second seat in the Donegal Municipal District.
Justin CoughlinIndependentJustin is running as an independent candidate for the first time in the local elections. He has been a Director of Elections for other candiates in previous elections. He was born in Ballyshannon but is living in Donegal town for the past 37 years. His campaign slogan is: "A candidate for all of the people, all of the time."
Diarmaid DohertyIndependentDiarmaid Doherty is a Bundoran-based businessman. He’s standing as an Independent candidate, and is a former member of Sinn Fein. He was previously a member of Bundoran Town Council before its abolition. Notes from Diarmaid: My decision to put my name forward to serve and represent the people of Donegal was an easy one.
As a father, grandfather, local businessman and active member of the community, I am always
looking at new ways to move forward and make life better and easier, not just for now, but for
future generations.
There is huge potential in all areas of our county for positive development, but the resources to
untap them have always been slow in coming. Better community, business and infrastructure
supports need to be put in place. Social and affordable housing schemes need to be fast tracked and
our natural resources need to be protected.
I believe my knowledge of the county council system and services, gained from my time on
Bundoran Council and from my various business and community involvement over the years,
coupled with my foresight and drive, means I have the skills to help deliver these much-needed
I am running as a non-party candidate as I see that party politics are not always beneficial to the
communities the county council is elected to represent. I want to stand up for what is best for
constituents, their families and their businesses and not be tied to the party restraints that can
distract from those needs.
I will provide the clear, strong and independent voice that Donegal Council needs to fight for
provisions and progress, bringing fresh thinking to the table to enable us as a county to move
forward together, as together we are stronger.
Billy GrimesIndependentBilly is a retired lecturer from LYIT. He ran a successful (pub) business in Ballyshannon for 10 years. He was a former Ballyshannon town councillor for 20 years. During that time, he was elected Mayor of Ballyshannon on two occasions.
Noel JordanSinn FeinA native of the parish of Inver, Noel hails from a family of sixteen. He is married to Maria and has two children. He lives with his family in Mountcharles and works as a groundsman for J.J Contracts. Noel is the chairman of the local community centre and also chair of Mountcharles Community Development. He is a former Leas Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. He was first elected in 2014.
Niamh Kennedy IndependentNiamh Kennedy is an Independent candidate who is seeking re-election to Donegal County Council. She was first elected in May 2014, topping the poll with 1,712 first preference votes and the first councillor in Donegal Electoral Area to be elected. She is based in Croaghlin, Drumbarity, Killybegs.
Pauric KennedyIndependentPauric is Mayor of Donegal. He is continuing on a family tradition of public representation, his father Peter was first elected to Donegal County Council back in the 1980s.Pauric founded the Donegal Town Community Band and is a member of the Donegal Bay Rowing Club. He has three daughters, Jasmine, Chloe and India
Seamus MaguireIndependentSeamus is a teacher in St. Columbas College, Stranorlar. He became a councillor for the first time in January 2019 when he was co-opted onto Donegal County Council following the surprise resignation of John Campbell. This will be the first election he is contesting.
Mick McMahonSinn FeinBundoran based Michael McMahon was elected onto Bundoran Town Council in 1999 and held the position for 15 years.
Emer McGuinness Fianna FailEmer is a Donegal native. She is currently the Donegal Co-op Livestock Mart Manager and it’s the first time Emer is running for a council seat.
Philip McGlynnFianna FailPhilip Mc Glynn is married to Mary and they have one son Philip-John. He has served on Bundoran Town Council for two terms for 10 years and has gained experience in local government issues. Philip is the manager of the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran. He sits on a number of boards in County Donegal and is involved with local GAA
John McNultyFine Gael
Valerie McNultyIndependentValerie is Ballyshannon based community activist. She has worked on numerous community campaigns in the past including the fight against water charges. She has also worked on the campaign against bank evictions.I was born and bred in Ballyshannon and have been heavily involved in local politics and numerous campaigns. Words from Valerie: After returning from my five years volunteering and founding of my NGO in Tanzania, I returned to Donegal to care for my mother, diagnosed with dementia, but was startled to see the immense devastation austerity had caused in South Donegal. Between job losses, closures of businesses, house repossessions and funding cuts - I felt that I had get active within my community.
I believe I am the right person to be voted for because I am a ‘Doer not a Talker’. I have worked hard on many campaigns such as Anti Water Charges, Family Home Bank Evictions, Motor Insurance Charges, Fracking, Family Carer Funding, Ballyshannon & Bundoran Fire Station Closures, Beach/Streets cleans and Simon Community without need for fanfare. I have also canvassed for various Referenda and for Thomas Pringle TD and Cllr Declan Bree in past elections. I am running for the local elections out of necessity. There is a need for genuine change. A County Councillor who is going to do the hard work, expose the corruption, fight for the people, start to change politics, be determined and persistent on issues that affect people's daily lives and be a voice for the people who never get heard. As an Independent candidate I will be accountable to the People - not to a Party. I am brave enough to question authority and not just take the crumbs that our area typically gets. I love my County and the Donegal People, we deserve far better than what we have currently. We deserve a ‘Different Donegal’ a ‘Better Donegal’ and that is what I aim to work hard to achieve.

Roger MeehanFianna FailRoger Meehan is a 38 year old father of 3. He is a community activist for the retention of services for communities in Rural Ireland. Roger wants to see a future for young families growing up in Donegal
Michael NaughtonFianna FailMicheal Naughton was co-opted onto Donegal County Council in 2017 to replace the late Cllr Sean McEniff. The Fianna Fail councillor is a native of West Sligo. He’s a well-known hotel manager as well as former manager of the Donegal Ladies Senior GAA team.
Sean O'BeirneIndependentSeán is a native of Crove, Carrick, in the parish of Kilcar. He has been active in community development for many years. Formerly a member of the Donegal County Council Cultural Committee and of the Co. Donegal Tourism Sectoral Forum. I will also send this as an attachment to your Ocean email address. Seán Ó Beirne – Independent Candidate in the Donegal Municipal District
Seán Ó Beirne is a native of Crove, Carrick, in the parish of Kilcar. He has been active in community development for many years. He is a member of the Kilcar Parish Council since 2004, a member of the Kilcar Cultural Committee and chair of the Kilcar Heritage Committee. He was a founding member of the Slieve Liag Hillwalkers and a former member of the board of Áislann Chill Chartha, of the Kilcar Playground Committee and a former chairman of the Kilcar Tourism Committee. He is a member of the executive of the County Donegal Historical Society is the Parish Council’s representative on the PPN (Public Participation Network) and on the Donegal South Forum. Formerly a member of the Donegal County Council Cultural Committee and of the Co. Donegal Tourism Sectoral Forum. As a member of the Kilcar Tourism Committee or of the Cultural Committee in the last 15 years he has been responsible for bringing some leading national and international artists to Kilcar, including Moya Brennan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, De Danann, The Henry Girls, Paddy Glackin & Donal Lunny, Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Zoe Conway, Tommy Peoples, Henry McCullough and many more. He has worked with the Arts Office of Donegal County Council to promote events in Kilcar during the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival and with the Donegal County Council Heritage Office in the hosting of a seminar in Kilcar on Vernacular Architecture. He is one of the organisers of the various events that take place every year as part of Heritage Week in conjunction with the Heritage Council and Donegal County Council. As a member of the Tourism Committee in 2007 he was one of the people involved in the revival of the Kilcar Fleadh and as a member of the Heritage Committee was involved the setting up of the Leitir Corn Mill Restoration project. He was a member of the Carrick Development Committee in the late 1970s, responsible for booking the bands for the popular ‘Carrick Carnival’, and was a founder member in Co. Donegal of the second level Irish Union of School Students and was a member of the National Executive of that organisation.
Barry SweenyFine GaelBarry Sweeny is from Ballyshannon. He is a well-known artist and community activist.
He has been involved in the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group over the past number of years. Barry is a graduate of the University of Ulster and is known for this portraits of Rory Gallagher.


Sligo-Strandhill, 6 seats

Declan Bree Independent, is a political activist for over thirty years. He was first elected to Sligo County Council in 1974 and has retained his seat at each subsequent election. He was a former member of Sligo Borough Council from 1974 until 2004.
Nessa CosgroveLabourNessa Cosgrove is a first time election candidate and is standing for the Labour Party. She’s a native of Bandon in County Cork. She was worked as a youth worker for over 20 years and is currently employed with the Home Youth Liaison Service in Sligo
Finbarr FilanRenuaFinbarr Filan grew up in the heart of Sligo Town. He qualified as a Manufacturing Engineer and has had over 25 years experience in industrial, retail and town centre Management. He is married to Geraldine and has 3 children. Finbarr manages his family owned Centra in Castle Street Sligo which employs 22 people. He says Sligo is his passion and is running in the election because he wants to make a difference for his home town.
Blaine GaffneyFine GaelHello, my name is Blaine Gaffney, I am a 29 year old Sligo man who is contesting the ‘2019 Local Elections’ in the ‘Sligo - Strandhill’ Electoral District for the first time. For those of you who don’t know me, I am just an ordinary young hardworking person who is passionate about seeing my hometown develop and improve as we go forward and I want to take the lead in this approach. Since 2015, I have been working as a ‘Community Activist’ in Sligo, highlighting the lack of services in our community, leading the fight for infrastructural improvements and delivering positive results for families who have sought my assistance. As my political idol Michael Collins once said “I am on the side of those who do things, not on the side of those who simply say things”.
I am a hard worker, a listener and a person who has the skill, experience and the dedication to deliver positive changes for our community in Sligo and Strandhill. I am a MA graduate of Queens University Belfast, I have worked at the European Parliament with Mairead McGuiness MEP and I currently work as a Parliamentary Assistant to Deputy Tony McLoughlin T.D. in Dáil Éireann. I also co-own ‘Lillies Bar’ in Sligo town in my spare time. Despite being a relatively young person, I am one of the most experienced candidates in this election. I know my way around national politics, I know the key people involved, and I know what it takes to get things done! As a result, I now feel that the time is right to seek a mandate from the people of Sligo and Strandhill.
We always hear people say that we need new blood or a new face. Well, this is the opportunity! Its' time for change in Sligo, its' time for new ideas and its' time for fresh political thinking! I kindly ask you for your No.1 vote on the 24th May 2019. ISSUES:Jobs, Infrastructural Improvements, Affordable Housing Development, No Increases in Personal Taxation, Improved Public Services, SME Support, Car Parking Charges, Accountability in Local Politics, Increased Recreational Amenities.
Tom MacSharryFianna FailTom MacSharry was elected as a Fianna Fail councillor onto Sligo County Council in 2014. Previously, he had been a member of Sligo Borough Council, before its abolition. He also served as Mayor of Sligo, and is a solicitor by profession.
Sinead MaguireFine GaelSinead Maguire was first elected to Sligo County Council at the last local elections for Fine Gael. Now, the party has selected her to run as a candidate for both the local and next Dail elections. A solicitor from a farming background, she is the current deputy mayor of Sligo and is running as a candidate in the Sligo/Strandhill electoral area.
Chris McManusSinn FeinChris MacManus has been active in Republican politics all his adult life and is a member of Sinn Féin’s Ard Comhairle [National Executive]. A Councillor on Sligo County Council he narrowly missed winning a seat at the last Dáil Election. Involved in many national and local organisations and campaigns, Chris is recognised as a committed community worker.Active in Sligo’s ‘Together for Yes’ campaign, he organised the Yes Equality Campaign in County Sligo in 2015. He was one of the main spokespersons for the successful County Sligo Right2Water campaign and is also active with the Northwest Palestinian Solidarity Committee. The only local Councillor to hold weekly clinics, Chris is highly regarded for his constituency work, especially in the areas of housing, community facilities, social welfare, and health matters. He continues to live in Maugheraboy. Chris’ priorities if elected as a Sligo\Strandhill Councillor:

- Continued recognition of Sligo’s role as the strategic and economic capital of the
- Work towards the enhancement of Sligo City’s commercial centre.
- Full support of the Sligo East & Cranmore Regeneration plan.
- A fast-tracked program of social and affordable housing.
- Protect against the over-development of Strandhill.
- A new Sligo Central Library worthy of our community.
- Immediate development of capital projects, such as a Cath-Lab and Diabetic Unit, for
Sligo University Hospital.
- University status for IT Sligo.
- Private rents to match the cost of living.
- Protect and support Small & Medium Enterprises.
- Attract sustainable and high-quality employment to provide opportunities for our
young people.
- Improved recreational facilities for all our citizens, young and old.
- That Sligo City and Strandhill are priority destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Gino O'BoylePBPGino was born and raised in Forthill in Sligo. He has been a county councillor for the last three years. He heen deeply in local housing issues, water protests and the Repeal the 8th campaign.
Miranda O' DonnellGreen PartyA new candidate has declared in Sligo for the Green Party.

Miranda O' Donnell who is originally from California, America will be seeking a seat in the Sligo Strandhill electoral area.

She is now living in the Templeboy area and became an Irish citizen in 2016.

Ms O' Donnell says if elected, she will be urging the public to be more proactive when it comes to recycling plastics and their general waste.
Rosaleen O'GradyFianna FailRosaleen was first elected to Sligo Borough Council in 1999 and was elected to Sligo Co Council in 2009. She has served as Mayor of Sligo Borough Council on three occasions and was chairperson of Sligo County Council in 2015/16. She is currently mayor of the Sligo Municipal District. A native of Treacy Avenue and now living at Kevinsfort on the Strandhill road, Rosaleen has served the people of this area for more than 20 years. A former Senior Nurse Manager with HSE West, she is now a full-time Public Representative.

Sligo-Drumcliffe, 5 seats

Marie CasserlyIndependentMarie Casserly is from Streedagh, Grange, Co Sligo and is an elected member of Sligo County Council since June 2014.
Tom FoxFine GaelTom Fox is an auctioneer from Calry in Sligo. Both his mother Ita and his late father Tom were both councillors. This is his first time running for election.
Amanda GallagherIndependent‘Hello I am Amanda Gallagher, your local Independent Candidate from Ballisodare, and I am seeking election to Sligo County Council as I have been a very strong voice over the past number of years both locally and nationally on many issues - including being the main self-build campaigner which resulted in an amendment to restrictive Building Control Legislation - a rare victory! Now the time has come where I hope to officially be YOUR voice and to work to make the Ireland of our future a better place for us and for our children; an Ireland where the Government and its bodies seek to improve the lives of its entire people, not just the select few – but I cannot do this alone – I need you to give me your Vote on May 24th. Thank you!
Nigel GallagherPBPNigel is an experienced activist from Maugherow in North Sligo who is passionate about progressive change. He was one of the main figures in the Ritht3Water campaign in Sligo and helped organise marches and demonstrations. Nigel has been a prominent pro-choice campaigner in the area and was joint canvassing co-ordinator for Together for Yes Sligo. He is also involved in community development and youth work and is a founding committee member of the local youth club in Maugherow.
Donal Gilroy Fianna FailDonal is a Fiana Fáil candidate. He owns Gilroy Energy Services and narrowly lost out on a council seat in the 2014 local elections. Married Dad of four. Vice Chair of Sligo Community Games and Sligo Chairman of Sligo Diabetes Ireland
Thomas HealySinn FeinThomas Healy is a Sinn Fein councillor. He was first elected to Sligo County Council in 2014. He resides in Collooney in County Sligo, and is a previous Mayor of Sligo.
Seamus Kilgannon Fianna FailSeamus Kilgannon has been a Sligo Fianna Fail councillor for many years first co-opted to replace Dr. Jimmy Devins in 2003 and then successfully contested the 2004 elections and was council chairman in 2007/2008 and also elected chairman in 2017/2018. Seamus has been a volunteer with the credit union movement for over 30 years and he is now a director of Sligo credit union and also a league board director at national level. Seamus is running in the Sligo/Drumcliff electoral area. Notes from Seamus: After completing an apprenticeship and spending time in industry, I joined the lecturing staff of the Institute of Technology, Sligo and spent over 30 rewarding years educating young people for careers in industry. In my spare time, I have volunteered in many fulfilling roles in our community. Chief among these is my work with Sligo Credit Union, an organisation vital in Irish life today. I currently serve as a director of Sligo Credit Union and the Irish League of Credit Unions. I am also a member of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board, Sligo GAA and various other community and parish organisations. My desire is to devote my time to our community and I would be honoured to continue to represent you as a local councillor. If I am elected to Sligo County Council, I pledge to work tirelessly to ensure that Sligo continues to develop as a great place in which to live, work, study and do business.
Colm McGurranFianna FailColm McGurrin is a Fianna Fail candidate from Ballisodare, Co Sligo, who seeking election to the county council for the first time. He runs a construction company. He is involved with Ballisodare Sports Recreation Development Committee. He is hoping to take the seat once held by another resident of Ballisodare, Cllr John Sherlock, who stepped down in 2009 after 19 years service.
Ciara McLoughlinFine GaelMy name is Ciara McLoughlin (née Monaghan) and I am delighted to have been selected as a Fine Gael candidate in the newly formed Sligo Drumciff electoral area in the upcoming Local Elections on May 24th. I am 38 years old and from a farming background. I was born and raised in Rathcormac, Drumcliff, Co. Sligo where I live with my husband Leigh and our three daughters. I am a Solicitor by profession and have worked in a rural practice for the past 10 years, practicing in the areas of family law, property, estate planning and employment law. Through my work I have a deep understanding of the many challenges faced by residents and businesses in our area. I have always been an active member of the community holding positions on various committees in the local area including Rathcormac National School Parents Association, Tidy Towns, Community Games, Drumcliff Rosses Point GAA club and the Oxfield centre development. I have a deep interest in community development and the vital role local authorities play in shaping our communities. I have decided to run in the Local elections as I want to represent our community and work towards a better quality of life for all our people young and old. As a first time candidate I hope to bring a new energy and fresh approach to local politics. I have been involved in politics with Fine Gael for over 15 years and I am Chairperson of the Drumcliff branch of Fine Gael since 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues, concerns, and ideas on how we can work together to improve our local area. I look forward to meeting you over the coming months and to discuss the issues that matter to you. I respectfully ask you to consider giving your number one vote on May 24th next.
Thomas Walsh Fine GaelThomas Wash is from Ballygawley, Co. Sligo and is a former student of Kilross National School, Coola Post Primary and studied his Honours Degree in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo. Thomas has a long standing commitment to voluntary work in support of community development and projects over many years. He is currently on 15 voluntary committees and holds a postition on the executive of most of these.
Corey WhyteIndependentCorey Whyte is community activist and Independent candidate for a seat on Sligo County Council. He is running in the Sligo/Drumcliff electoral area. He is a graduate of Social Care from IT Sligo. Notes from Corey: For over ten years I have worked hard to help grow Sligo through numerous campaigns, referenda and voluntary groups. While I have been proud to work and achieve progress, a strong voice for Sligo – Drumcliffe with a focused and community-based approach to further enhance our county is needed.
A graduate of Social Care from IT Sligo, my experience working with community groups is a motivation for my candidacy. I have been part of committed communities who have worked together tirelessly to affect change in Sligo on issues such as housing, health, equality, local infrastructure and mental health. My aspiration is to continue working hard with my community and be a strong voice on the numerous issues that continue to affect the day to day lives of Sligo citizens.
The same issues have been persistent over the last number of years and have gone largely unchallenged. The lack of investment in housing, broadband, roads, and rural infrastructure continue to be the dominate. I have learned enormously from my involvement in campaigns such as Save Sligo Libraries, Right2Water and Yes Equality the need to go beyond words and the necessity of community action in order to achieve change. In order to enhance our county, it is vital those selected to be public representatives are unrelenting in their willingness to fight to address these issues.
While there certainly are issues, a strength and positivity can be drawn from progress that has been fought for and won. Being an independent candidate allows me to be a strong voice for Sligo – Drumcliffe, accountable to people and not a party. I feel I can change Sligo for the better by continuing that hard work, creating solutions to the issues we face and representing the interests of the people in Sligo County Council.

Ballymote-Tubbercurry, 7 seats

Martin Baker Fianna FailPaul Taylor was elected as a Fianna Fail councillor onto Sligo County Council at his first attempt in 2014. He’s from Gurteen in County Sligo. A former inter-county GAA star with Sligo over many years, he is the current Sligo Senior Football manager.
Martin ConnollyFine GaelMartin lives in Moylough and works as a Postman. He is married for 33 years and is a father of five. Martin has been Involved with Fine Gael for over 25 years and has held various positions at branch, district and constituency level. He is an experienced campaigner having worked closely with former councillors Michael Fleming and Joe Cawley. His election priorities include the upgrade Lough Talt water supply,
Tackling rural isolation, upgrade to N17.
Michael ClarkeIndependentMichael Clarke has been an Independent member of Sligo County Council since 2009. He hails from Dromore West and is a former publican. He stood an as Independent candidate in the General Election in Sligo-Leitrim in 2011.
Blair FeeneyFine GaelBlair Feeney is a Fine Gael local election candidate in the Ballymote-Tubbercurry Electoral Area of County Sligo. He narrowly lost out on a council seat in 2014. The businessman and community activist runs Feeney';s Filling Station and Cost Cutters Supermarket in Dromore West
Barry GallagherIndependentBarry Gallagher, from Curry, Co. Sligo, is an Independent candidate seeking a seat on Sligo County Council in the Ballymote/Tubbercurry Municipal District. He has been chairman of Curry GAA club for the past six years. He runs an electrical and security company.
Daniel GallagherSinn FeinThis is Daniel’s first time running for election. He has been working with the Sinn Fein party for the last 10 years. He has previously worked as a youth officer with Sinn Fein. He is the Chairman of Collooney Tidy Town's Committee and is a volunteer with Collooney Village Redevelopment. He was elected ‘Mayor’ of Collooney in December 2016 as part of a fundraising effort.
Keith Henry Fianna FailKeith is a native Killavil, now living in Ballymote. He is a secondary school teacher - and has been a Sligo councillor for the last three year. He is deeply involved with sport, community development and drama groups.
Gerard MullaneyFine Gael Gerard Mullaney is a former Councillor contesting May’s Election. He was first elected onto Sligo County Council in 2004 and held the seat until 2014. He is a Sligo native.
Romauld Mullarkey Fianna FailRomauld Mullarkey is from a farming background in Cloonacoool in County Sligo where he has lived and worked most of his life. He started his business Mullarkeys Furniture in Tubbercurry in 1995 and says that as a result he is aware of the hardships faced by business and the farming community alike. Romauld says that Rural Ireland is not getting a fair deal and the push came for him when Basta closed in the town after over 60 years in business.
Dara MulveyFine GaelDara was first elected to Sligo County Council in 2009. He is married to Colette and they have two children. He works is in the retail industry professionally, and is involved in the Coolaney Development Association as well as the Coolaney Tidy Towns.
Joe QueenanIndependentJoe Queenan was elected to Sligo County Council in 1999. He is a former Fianna Fail Councillor but left the party and is now an Independent Candidate. He is from Enniscrone and is a former Chairman of Sligo County GAA
Paul Taylor Fianna FailPaul Taylor was elected as a Fianna Fail councillor onto Sligo County Council at his first attempt in 2014. He’s from Gurteen in County Sligo. A former inter-county GAA star with Sligo over many years, he is the current Sligo Senior Football manager