2014 Irish local elections
949 County and City Council Seats
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The 2014 Irish local elections were held in all local government areas of the Republic of Ireland on Friday, 23 May 2014, on the same day as the European Parliament election and two by-elections (Dublin West and Longford–Westmeath). The poll in the Ballybay–Clones LEA on Monaghan County Council was deferred due to the death of a candidate.
These elections took place after the coming into force of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, under which city and county councils were contested under substantially redrawn local electoral area (LEA) boundaries, including an overall increase of seats to 949, up from 883 in the 2009 local elections. It also saw the abolition of borough and town councils. New municipal districts were created within most counties. Generally, a municipal district contains one LEA, though a few districts around larger urban areas contain multiple LEAs.
The elections took place a little over three years after the last general election, which led to a government of Fine Gael and the Labour Party. The elections were a major setback for Fine Gael and Labour. Fine Gael lost control of many councils, falling behind Fianna Fáil on some. Labour lost more than half of its local authority seats. Fianna Fáil showed a recovery, again becoming the largest party at local level with an increased share of the vote. The party also took control of some councils, while on others it formed alliances with Fine Gael. Sinn Féin was the main winner in this election, becoming the third-largest party at local level. There were also major gains for independents and smaller parties. As a result of its disastrous performance, the Labour leader Eamon Gilmore resigned.
Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. Only polls conducted in the period leading up to the election and immediately afterwards are shown.
|Date||Source||Polling agency||Fine Gael||Labour Party||Fianna Fáil||Sinn Féin||Green Party||AAA–PBP[nb 1]||Others|
|7 June 2014||Sunday Independent[p 1]||Millward Brown||20||5||20||26||2||2||25|
|23 May 2014||European election||N/A||22.3||5.3||22.3||19.5||4.9||3.3[nb 2]||23.9|
|23 May 2014||Local elections||N/A||24.0||7.2||25.3||15.2||1.6||2.9[nb 3]||25.5|
|19 May 2014||Sunday Independent[p 2]||Millward Brown||20||6||21||23||2||27|
|16 May 2014||The Irish Sun[p 3]||Red C||25||8||20||20||2||25[nb 4]|
|1 May 2014||The Sunday Business Post[p 4]||Red C||25||11||21||18||N/A||25|
|19 April 2014||Sunday Independent[p 5][p 6]||Millward Brown||29||6||22||20||2||21|
|19 April 2014||The Sunday Times[p 6][p 7]||Behaviour & Attitudes||21||9||20||20||4||26|
|3 April 2014||The Irish Times[p 8]||Ipsos MRBI||25||8||25||21||N/A||21|
|30 March 2014||The Sunday Business Post[p 9]||Red C||26||9||22||21||N/A||22|
|28 February 2014||Sunday Independent[p 10]||Millward Brown||27||8||21||22||2||20|
|22 February 2014||The Sunday Times[p 11]||Behaviour & Attitudes||30||9||19||18||N/A||24|
|22 February 2014||The Sunday Business Post[p 11]||Red C||29||11||22||16||N/A||22|
|24 January 2014||Sunday Independent[p 12]||Millward Brown||30||12||26||16||1||15|
|22 January 2014||The Sunday Business Post[p 12]||Red C||27||9||23||16||N/A||25|
|9 January 2014||Paddy Power[p 13]||Red C||28||10||22||18||N/A||22|
|15 December 2013||The Sunday Times||Behaviour & Attitudes||30||11||21||15||3[nb 5]||21[nb 5]|
Results from the Anti-Austerity Alliance are compared to the Socialist Party in the 2009 local elections. Republican Sinn Féin are not a registered party; therefore, their candidates appear on the ballot as Non-Party.
|Party||Seats||±||1st Pref. votes||FPv%||±%|
|People Before Profit||14||9||29,051||1.70||0.9|
|South Kerry Independent||1||2,139||0.12|
|Workers and Unemployed Action||1||1||1,927||0.11||0.1|
|Republican Sinn Féin||1||1,561||0.09|
|Independents for Equality||0||New||1,828||0.11||New|
|Letterkenny Residents Party||0||428||0.03|
Detailed results by council
Largest parties by council
- Single party from September 2015. Includes the Socialist Party
- Contested as separate parties
- Contested as separate parties
- 24% "Independent"; 1% "Other party"
- Others figure of 24% includes 3% for the Green Party
- "Coalition as unpopular as last days of Cowen government". Irish Independent. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "Return of the old guard sparks Fianna Fail backlash". Irish Independent. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- De Breadún, Deaglán (19 May 2014). "Gilmore or less?". Irish Sun. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "Poll shows rise in support for Labour and independents". Irish Examiner. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- McConnell, Daniel (19 April 2014). "Support for Labour party at all time low". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- "Contrasting fortunes for FG in polls; Independents rise". BreakingNews.ie. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- McInerney, Sarah (19 April 2014). "Sunday Times/B&A". Twitter. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- "Fine Gael support declines as Fianna Fáil recovers ground". The Irish Times. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- Bohan, Christine (29 March 2014). "Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Sheahan, Fionnan (1 March 2014). "Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil all down in dramatic Sunday Independent MillwardBrown opinion poll - Independent.ie". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- "Fine Gael stay top but mixed news for Labour in new polls". Irish Examiner. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Brophy, Daragh (25 January 2014). "Good news (and bad) for coalition as opinion polls give contrasting takes". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- Ferry, Declan (9 January 2014). "Paddy Power Red C poll: Fine Gael and Labour lose support in first opinion poll of New Year". Irish Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "Local Elections 2014; Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics" (PDF). Dublin: Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "Local and European elections to be held on 23 May". RTÉ. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
- Reilly, Gavan (16 April 2013). "MEPs ask for next year's local and European elections to be moved". The Journal. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- COUNCIL DECISION 2013/299/EU, Euratom of 14 June 2013 fixing the period for the eighth election of representatives to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, published on 21 June 2013 by the Official Journal of the European Union, L 169/69
- McArdle, Patsy (23 May 2013). "Monaghan local election candidate dies suddenly". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Report of the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee" (Press release). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
The Minister in publishing the Report announced that he has accepted in full the recommendations in the Report and that he will be making the necessary local electoral area orders to give effect to these in due course.
- "Sunday Times poll boost for Coalition". RTÉ News. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Reilly, Gavan, County & City Council results (by @gavreilly), retrieved 31 May 2014
- Republican Sinn Féin is an unregistered party; therefore Curraoin appears on official lists as non-Party.
- Irish local elections, 2014 at Electionsireland.org