Local Elections

  • 27-year-old school teacher from Knock, Paul Lawless has been selected as a candidate by Aontú to run in the Claremorris Local Electoral Area this May 24th.

    Aontú is the political party created by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin.  

    Paul teaches Maths and PE at Ballyhaunis Community School. After playing soccer for Mayo, Connaught and the Republic of Ireland at underage level, he achieved a professional contract with Derby County FC. This led to him attaining a scholarship to study a BE.d at UCC, and an M.B.A in the USA. He is currently doing a post graduate in Mathematics in his spare time. Paul plays Gaelic football for both Aughamore GAA club and the Mayo junior football team.

    Paul felt compelled to get involved in local politics to address what he describes as the regional development imbalance which is hurting Mayo.


  • Alan Dillon has announced today that he will not be running in the local elections in May but instead will focus entirely on seeking a Dail seat in the constituency of Mayo.

    He has decided not to seek a nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for the Castlebar Municipal District which will take place next month on Sunday, 10th February.

    As a candidate for Dáil Éireann, Mr. Dillon says he is firmly focusing all of his attention on a successful campaign to retain a Fine Gael seat, currently held by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD. 

    Alan was chosen as the Fine Gael party's Castlebar-based candidate to contest the next General Election alongside Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, and Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    In a statement to Midwest News Mr Dillon says “I am confident there is no shortage of excellent candidates to contest the upcoming Local and European Elections in May 2019 and for that reason, I have decided to announce that I will be focusing solely on the next General Election.  I will continue to place all my energy in my preparedness to have the strongest chance of retaining the seat held by Fine Gael in Castlebar for the past 65 years since the people of Mayo entrusted the late Henry Kenny’s election in 1954.”

  • Castlebar Fine Gael Cllr Henry Kenny will not be seeking re-election next May.

    A Fine Gael Castlebar district meeting heard last night that Mr Kenny will not be standing in next year’s local elections.

    It ends over 60 years of the Kenny family’s involvement in Mayo politics.

  • A school teacher is hoping to secure a council seat for Sinn Fein in the Claremorris Electoral in the upcoming local elections.

    Natasha Warde from Claremorris who has a Degree in Sociology and Political Science says she has been approached on a number of occasions to get involved in politics.

    Ms. Warde says she is disheartened with the present Government and feels it’s now time for change.

  • Traffic entering Ballina from the Foxford side is continually backed up as it approaches the Font junction, and according to Independent candidate in Ballina , Willie Nolan,  a few changes could be made to enhance the flow of traffic at this busy junction.

    Willie suggests that double yellow lines on the approach to the font, could allow a new second lane of traffic to be created  - assisting traffic flow into town and turning left towards Crossmolina.

    He outlined his idea to Midwest News this morning and has also submitted his proposal to council officials in Ballina.

  • The Fine Gael Executive Council has added Donna Sheridan as a candidate for the Castlebar local election area in Mayo.

    Ms Sheridan will contest the Local Elections on Friday, May 24 along with her party colleagues; Cllr Cyril Burke, Ger Deere and Eugene McCormack, who were all selected at the Castlebar convention on February 10 last.

    Fine Gael’s Executive Council met on Wednesday night in Dublin and decided to add Ms Sheridan to the ticket in the Mayo constituency.

    Ms Sheridan, a qualified teacher, is originally from Brownhall, Balla and now lives in Castlebar. She works for the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board as Further Education and Training Co-ordinator and is also a member of the TUI National Executive.

    Previously Donna’s colleagues elected her as a member of the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and also onto the National Executive of the Teachers Union of Ireland.

     Fine Gael has held 133 of 166 selection conventions to date with 304 candidates selected of which 81 (27%) are women.


  • Former Mayo County Councillor Michael Burke has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Claremorris electoral area to contest the local elections next month.

    Michael will be contesting in the Ballinrobe town and South Mayo area to try and win back a seat for the party in the area.

    Michael says he is well aware of the needs and challenges the area faces and is willing to do his very best to serve this community as he has done so in the past. He says Ballinrobe is the largest town in Mayo without a resident councillor and he feels the area is suffering without one.

  • Fine Gael councillor in Galway, Frank Kearney has this morning announced that he has decided not to contest the upcoming local elections on May 24th.

    In a statement issued to Midwest News cllr Kearney says that following deep consideration, I have decided not to contest the 2019 local elections.

    Cllr Kearney was elected to Galway county council in 2014, on his first attempt to secure a seat.He has thanked the people of the area for their support and the management and staff of Galway Co Council for their co-operation.

    He served as Cathaoirleach of Athenry-Oranmore Municipal District on two occasions during the past five years.

    His statement concludes saying “the past year has been challenging having to combine local authority issues with medical issue and that following discussions with his medical team
    he will have to return to chemotherapy again much earlier than anticipated and so has decided that it is his best interest not to seek re-election as I now need to enjoy more time with family and hopefully be able to continue with a number of projects that he has been working on over many years”.

  • Kilmovee native, Tommy Horan has been selected as a candidate by Aontú to run in the Swinford Local Electoral Area this May.

    Aontú was founded by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin TD.

    Tommy Horan is a Family Support and Community Development Worker at Kilmovee Family Resource Centre and is also self employed running his own business.

    He has an extensive track record in community development and has always been actively involved, at local, county and national levels.

    Tommy has been the one of the driving forces behind the now well-known and busy social enterprise of Kilmovee Community Centre which incorporates social housing, all weather pitch, laundry, health centre, meeting rooms, Meals on Wheels and Heritage Centre.

    He serves on the Board of Mayo North East Leader which is responsible for Leader Funding (Rural Development Programme) in North and East Mayo. He has huge concerns that the current programmes funding has been slashed which is another hit at Rural Mayo.

  • Just a month away from local and European elections - political opinion polls are split over which parties are picking up the most support.

    A RED C Poll for the Sunday Business Post put's Fine Gael 10 points ahead of their rivals Fianna Fail - while the 'Behaviour and Attitudes' Poll for the Sunday Times has Fianna Fail more popular than Fine Gael. 

    Sunday Times Political Editor Stephen O'Brien says the Government party may be seeing the effects of the Brexit extension. 

  • Renua Ireland has announced that Kiltimagh-based businessman Michael Farrington will contest the upcoming local elections in the Castlebar electoral area

    Mr Farrington - who unsuccessfully contested the 2016 general election in Mayo - says Castlebar, as the county town, needs to be promoted and developed to become an economic driver for all of Co Mayo.

  • Fine Gael has selected three candidates to run in next May's local elections in the new seven-seat electoral area of Castlebar.

    They are outgoing Councillor Cyril Burke together with former county councillor Eugene McCormack and former town councillor Ger Deere.

    Two other nominees at last night’s convention in the TF Royal Hotel in Castlebar, Darren McCormack and Padraig Corcoran, were unsuccessful while former town councillor Noreen Heston withdrew her nomination ahead of the convention.

    The night’s proceedings, including a ballot, was chaired by Galway Councillor Padraig Conneely


    Fianna Fail selected two candidates to contest the local election in Connemara North last night.

    They are sitting councillor Séamus Walsh and Gerry King.

    The selection convention took place in Peacock’s Hotel in Maam Cross.

     The sitting councillor was automatically chosen for the ticket without a vote.

    A close contest took place for the second position on the ticket between Josie Conneely and Gerry King.

  • Fianna Fail last night selected Sean Carey and sitting West Mayo councillor Paul McNamara as their candidates in the new Belmullet electoral area for the upcoming local elections.

    Both men were selected without a vote, as there were two contenders for the two places on the party’s ticket

    The new electoral area of Belmullet will return 3 councillors in the May elections.