Immigrant and ethnic minority candidates big winners in local polls
2019-06-01 10:13:35 -

By Chinedu Onyejelem


Several ‘New Irish’ and ethnic minority candidates were elected in Ireland’s recent local council polls.


The successful candidates include four who ran on the Fine Gael ticket, and one each for Fianna Fail, Labour, the Green Party and People Before Profit.


Two of the Fine Gael’s winners are Indian-born Baby Pereppadan in Tallaght South (South Dublin County Council), and Punam Rane who was elected in the Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart local electoral area to Fingal County Council.


The remaining two are Bangladeshi-born Kazi Ahmed elected in the Glencullen-Sandyford local electoral area to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and Yemi Adenuga, originally from Nigeria, who was elected in the Navan constituency of the Meath County Council.


Limerick’s first Bangladeshi-born Muslim councillor and first-time Fianna Fáil candidate, Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, was elected in the Limerick City West local electoral area.


Born in Ireland to Chinese parents, Hazel Chu topped the polls in the Pembroke district for Dublin City Council with 4,069 first-reference votes.


Also with the Green Party, Sophie Nicoullaud was elected in the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh LEA


They join two re-elected ‘New Irish’ councillors. One is Moldovan-born Elena Secas, who retained her seat in the Limerick City East constituency of Limerick County Council.


And Swedish-born Madeline Johansson, who was formerly co-opted to replace Gino Kenny when he was elected a TD in 2016, was elected for Solidarity-People Before Profit in the Palmerstown-Fonthill area to South Dublin County Council.


The candidates and their first-preference votes...


Ennis (7 seats):

Amanda Major IND 200

Andre Hakizimana Non-Party 35

Alfonso D’Auria Non-Party 715


Cork County

Carrigaline (6 seats):

Catriona Reid GP 727

Bandon-Kinsale (6 seats):

Gordon Reid GP 873


Cork City

Cork City South Central (6 seats):

Lekha Menon Margassery IND 199

Cork City South West (7 seats):

Tjiske De Vres PBP 304



Letterkenny (7 seats):

Thoiba Ahmed IND 525


Dublin City

Ballyfermot-Drimnagh (5 seats):

Sophie Nicoullaud GP 1,321

Obi Ekoba FG 586

Nicky Uzell I4C 820

North Inner City (7 seats):

Ellie Kisyombe SOCDEM 312

Imran Khurshid FF 389

Marius Marosan IND 21

Marcin Czechowicz IND 24

SG Raja Sekhar Reddy IND 12

South West Inner City (5 seats):

Ammar Ali FF 577


Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Blackrock (6 seats):

Reji Chacko Jacob IND 397

Glencullen-Sandyford (7 seats):

Kazi Ahmed FG 618



Balbriggan (5 seats):

John Uwhumiakpor PBP 263

Okezie E Emuaga FG 253

Rush-Lusk (5 seats):

Maria Salahovs GP 507

Roslyn Fuller IND 323

Blanch-Mulhuddart (6 seats):

Punam Rane FG 552

JK Onwumere FF 343

Marius Marosan IND 48

Ongar (5 seats):

Jagannadha Muttumula FG 337

Raghu Narayanam IND 33

Ramesh Racherla IND 186

Swords (7 seats):

Yulia Ghumman LAB 185

Paul Uzo IND 507


South Dublin

Clondalkin (7 seats):

Shakeel Jeeroburkan IND 68

Palmerstown-Fonthill (5 seats):

Madeleine Johansson PBP 737

Sikandar Jahanzab IND 200

Lucan (5 seats):

Anwar Ul Haq Malik IND 185

Tallaght Central (6 seats):

Sandra Ruiz SOCDEM 730

Tallaght South (5 seats):

Baby Pereppadan FG 733


Galway City

Galway City West (6 seats):

Darius Ivan IND 30



Portlaoise (7 seats):

Naeem Iqbal IND 454

Timothy Adejumo Non-Party 363



Limerick City East (7 seats):

Elena Secas LAB 1,162

Limerick City West (7 seats):

Abul Kalam Azad Talukder FF 697

Adare-Rathkeale (6 seats):

Theresa Storey GP 538



Longford (7 seats)

Remu Adejinmi FF 248



Castlebar (7 seats):

Kamal Uddin LAB 143

Westport (4 seats):

Cissy Nagiya GP 365



Navan (7 seats):

Yemi Adenuga FG 640



Boyle (6 seats):

Sajjad Hussain IND 527



Sligo-Strandhill (6 seats):

Miranda O’Donnell GP 175



Greystones (6 seats):

Anna Waithira Burke LAB 371

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