Tag Archives: #LE19

From top: clipping from the Nationalist and Leinster Times newspaper on Friday, February 11, 1994; Tom Dempsey; Fine Gael campaign video for Mr Dempsey

Jack Power, in The Irish Times, reports:

A Fine Gael local election candidate who was previously convicted after embezzling £63,000 from the public health service in the 1990s, is now running for a seat on Kildare County Council.

Tom Dempsey, a former priest and publican, is standing as a candidate for Fine Gael in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

…“I want to make it clear I did not benefit personally from any of the payments I made,” Dempsey said. Following the court case his legal team agreed a repayment plan, and he “paid back everything that was asked”, he said.

“I deeply regret my actions at the time, but felt that I was doing everything I could to relieve people of great hardship. I have atoned and made a fresh start,” he said.

Former priest who embezzled £63,000 running for Fine Gael (Jack Power, The Irish Times)

Clipping: Irish Newspaper Archive

Pic: Tom Dempsey (Facebook)

From top: Table showing the number of candidates (male/female) running for each party in the upcoming local elections; table showing the percentage change of female candidates running for the main political parties between 2009, 2014 and this year

Dr Adrian Kavanagh, a lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Geography, writes:

Female candidates currently account for 28.3% of the total number of candidates selected/declared (that I have accounted for/listed on my website to date).

Female candidates contesting the 2019 Local Elections (Adrian Kavanagh, Irish Elections: Geography, Facts and Analyses)

Previously: Mickey Fest

Free lunchtime next Wednesday?

In Limerick?

MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) will hold a local election hustings on Direct Provision at Central Buildings at 51 O’Connell St in Limerick city from 1.05pm to 1.55pm.

MASI write:

“Find out where the political parties stand on Direct Provision at this lunchtime event in Central Buildings Limerick. Each party will be given a chance to outline their party’s position, and we will have time for questions at the end.”


In Cork.

Next Thursday, May 16, at 7.30pm in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

The Irish Examiner will hold a debate involving the South candidates for the European Election on May 24.

The event will be moderated by Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner Policial Editor, and Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner Special Correspondent.

Tickets for the event can be booked here

LE 2019 – Lunchtime Hustings on Direct Provision (Facebook)