The list of candidates so far declared in the upcoming general election

The decision of Cllr Breda Gardner, Thomastown not to run in the general election means there will be two non-party, independent candidates, Noel Walsh and Paddy Manning in the field on February 26.

Speculation that a candidate running on the health platform and in particualr on St Luke's Hospital has dampened in recent days

Runners: Cllr Pat McKee (Renua); Cllr Kathleen Funchion (SF); Adrienne Wallace, (People Before Profit), Paddy Manning (Ind); Noel G Walsh (Ind); Conor Mac Liam (AntiAusterity Alliance); Minister Ann Phelan (Lab); Deputy Bobby Aylward (FF); John McGuinness TD (FF); Cllr Jennifer Murnane-O'Connor (FF); Deputy John Paul Phelan (FG); Pat Deering TD (FG); Cllr David Fitzgerald (FG); Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens); Keith Gilligan (Right2Change).