Maria Bailey (Dun Laoghaire)
A resident of Killiney, Bailey has been a member of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the Killiney/Shankill ward since 2004. Her controversial father, who has face corruption allegations, was elected to the council in the same year, and unsuccessfully contested the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown constituency for Fine Gael in the 2002 and 2007 General Elections.
Before election to the council, Bailey worked as a member of the Aer Lingus ground staff in Dublin Airport. She was also the chair of the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee and County Development Board on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and is a former member of Sallynoggin Senior College board.
As a councillor and now a TD her key areas of interest are planning, economic development, housing and health.
Colm Brophy (Dublin South-West)
Brophy is from Templeogue and has been a member of South Dublin County Council for the Templeogue-Terenure ward since 2009. He was FG group leader on the County Council, and served as Transport Chairperson.
He is also a member of the County Enterpreise Border, and Director of South Dublin Tourism.
Mobile: 086 250 9223
Michael W. D’Arcy (Wexford)
A native of Gorey and former TD for Wexford from 2007-2011, D’Arcy first became a councillor in 2003 when he was co-opted to the Wexford County Council for the Gorey ward as the replacement for his father, Michael D’Arcy who was forced to resign his council seat after the Local Government Act 2001 abolished the dual mandate.
His father was TD for Wexford from 1977-1982, 1989-1992 and 1997-2002, and served as a Minister of State for Agriculture from 1981 to 1982.
Michael W. was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from April 2011, after losing his Dail seat to colleague Liam Twomey, to February 2016. In his first term as a TD he served as Deputy Spokesperson on Justice, with Special Responsibility for Equality, and sat on the Oireachtas Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Until re-election to the Dail this year he served as Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad. As a councillor he served as Vice-Chairman of Wexford County Council.
Outside of political office he is a dairy farmer, employing two people, and was Director of Wexford County Enterprise Board, Wexford Organisation for Rural Development, and Forest Park Leisure Complex, Courtown.
Tel: 053 94 83966
Mobile: 087 9901055
Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown)
Josepha Madigan, of Madigans Solicitors, is an award winning solicitor with a primary and masters degree in German & French from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in arbitration from UCD. She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland family and child law committee, and was previously a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association family law committee and a council member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.
Madigan was elected to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the Stillorgan ward in 2014 on the second count.
Mobile: 086 7806803
Hildegarde Naughton (Galway West)
Born in Oranmore, daughter of a former member of the Fine Gael National Executive, and a teacher by profession, Naughton was elected as a councillor in 2009 for the Salthill-Claddagh-Knocknacarra ward of Galway City Council. During her time as a councillor she was Director on Galway City Partnership Board and a member of Galway City Council’s Transport Strategic Policy Committee and the Galway City Vocational Education Board.
Naughton previously ran unsuccessfully for this seat in 2011, and has caused controversy when she accused councillors of “doing the bidding” of a “hidden elite”, and during her time as Mayor of Galway she used her casting vote to deny Presidential candidate David Norris the right to address the council in a bid to secure their nomination in the 2011 Presidential election.
She served as a Senator from July 2013 to February 2016 with the nomination of Taoiseach Enda Kenny. She supports the new harbour development proposal currently before An Bord Pleanála and the transfer of University Hospital Galway to Merlin Park.
Tel: 091 569 677
Tom Neville (Limerick County)
He is the son of retiring TD and former Senator, Dan Neville. He was co-opted to Limerick County Council in 2003, replacing his father, and was re-elected as a councillor in the 2004 and 2014 elections for the Adare-Rathkeale ward.
He has a Bachelor of Technology in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Business from University of Limerick.
Kate O’Connell (Dublin Bay South)
O’Connell is a self-employed pharmacist, running a pharmacy business with her husband and employing 25 people. She supports repeal of the 8th Amendment and decriminalisation of drugs, and her key issues of concern are business, family and health.
Since 2014 O’Connell has been a councillor on Dublin City Council, representing the Rathgar-Rathmines ward.
Tel: +353 83 165 3401
Noel Rock (Dublin North-West)
Born and raised in Ballymun/Glasnevin, Rock has a long record in politics. He chaired DCU’s branch of Young Fine Gael, interned with Hillary Clinton twice, as a legislative intern on foreign policy when she was a Senator, and again during her 2008 Presidential campaign in Iowa. He has also worked as a press assistant in the European Parliament, an assistant manager for the Washington-Ireland Program, campaign organiser for John Paul Phelan TD in 2011, and as Parliamentary Assistant to Senator Catherine Noone.
Rock unsuccessfully contested the 2009 local election and 2011 general election, but was elected to Dublin City Council for the Ballymun Ward in 2014.