August 1, 2021

General Election 2020: All the candidates for the Wicklow constituency

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this afternoon visited Áras an Uachtaráin to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the 32nd Dáil Éireann.

We now face into 23 days of what will certainly be intensive, divisive and intriguing campaigning for the 159 available Dáil seats.

Experts and analysts alike think this election could hark back to the days of the early 80s, when it took three elections over an 18 month period to finally settle on a workable Government.

The bookies have Fianna Fáil favourite to take the most seats, but so tight is this election expected to be they also believe they will win just one seat more than Fine Gael.

Experts expect big gains from the Green Party with marginal gains for Labour and Fianna Fáil. Fine Gael are predicted to hold what they have, while some say Sinn Féin might feel a slight squeeze.

The smaller parties, Solidarity – PBP, the Social Democrats and Independent TDs may be on the receiving end of a voting whipping.

In the Wicklow constituency, all of the sitting five TDs are running again but expect a stern challenge from some former Dáil members and some proven councillors hungry for a run in Leinster House.

Here is a full up-to date list of all those declared to run as of 4pm today.

Cllr Joe Behan – Independent
Deputy John Brady – Sinn Féin
Deputy Pat Casey – Fianna Fáil
Seamus Connor – Aontu
Deputy Stephen Donnelly – Fianna Fáil
Deputy Andrew Doyle – Fine Gael
Wicklow Town
Deputy Simon Harris – Fine Gael
Billy Timmins – Fine Gael
Cllr Steven Matthews – Green Party
Cllr Paul O’Brien – Labour
Wicklow Town
Cllr Jennifer Whitmore – Social Democrat

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