REVEALED: Leitrim Local Election candidates spent over €71k on campaign trail

Candidates in May’s local elections in Leitrim spent a total of over €71,000 on their campaigns.

Thirty election hopefuls made it to the ballot paper earlier this year, with the biggest single expenditure recorded by Mary Bohan who spent over six-thousand euro on her campaign.

Spending rules for local elections are outlined by the government weeks before polling day, but according to figures revealed to Shannonside FM, there was little chance of any prospective councillors breaching the limits this year.

Veteran councillor Mary Bohan submitted the largest statement of election expenses to the local authority, spending €6,606 during her campaign, while Fianna Fail colleague Sean McGowan spent the second-highest total at €5,019.

In the Carrick-on-Shannon M.D two unsuccessful candidates spent the most, as Fintan Cox’s election statement revealed costs of €3,678, while Yvonne Hollidge also spent €3,583 in her unsuccessful campaign.

In comparison sitting Councillor Enda Stenson spent just €750 while his colleague Des Guickian spent just €400.

In the Ballinamore M.D, Gerry Dolan, who secured the very final seat on day two of the Leitrim count, spent €2,970, while poll topper Paddy O’Rourke spent over €4,000 (€4,631).

Returning Councillor Enda McGloin also spent €3,496, with Sinn Fein’s Pat Gilhooley spending €2,334.

Just one candidate returned a zero figure for their expenses, Manorhamilton’s Jamie Murphy.

NameMDTotal Expenditure
Brendan Barry (SF)Ballinamore1,781.00
Caillian Eillis (FF)Ballinamore1,065.80
Caroline Mulvey (SF)Ballinamore1,325.00
Denis O’BrienBallinamore293.61
Enda McGloin (FG)Ballinamore3,496.55
Gerry DolanBallinamore2,970.00
Ita Reynolds-Flynn (FG)Ballinamore2,825.00
Oisin O’Dwyer (Renua)Ballinamore379.79
Paddy O’Rourke (FF)Ballinamore4,631.00
Pat Gilhooley (SF)Ballinamore2,334.32
Sean WynneBallinamore  & Carrick-on-Shannon combined1,250.00
Denis O’BrienCarrick on Shannon1,055.19
Des Guckian (Non party)Carrick on Shannon400.00
Enda StensonCarrick on Shannon750.00
Finola Armstrong-McGuire (FG)Carrick on Shannon2,104.95
Fintan Cox (FF)Carrick on Shannon3,678.93
Leslie O’Hora (GP)Carrick on Shannon1,814.34
Paddy Farrell (FF)Carrick on Shannon3,000.00
Seadhna Logan (SF)Carrick on Shannon1,721.00
Sean McGowan (FF)Carrick on Shannon5,019.89
Thomas Mulligan (FG)Carrick on Shannon2,800.00
Yvonne Hollidge Non-PartyCarrick on Shannon3,583.36
Blaithin Gallagher (GP)Manorhamilton1,582.00
Felim GurnManorhamilton2,581.63
Frank Dolan (FG)Manorhamilton4,041.00
Jamie MurphyManorhamiltonNil
John Joe Dowdican (FG)Manorhamilton4,050.00
Justin Warnock (FF)Manorhamilton1,871.47
Mary Bohan (FF)Manorhamilton6,606.00
Padraig Fallon (SF)Manorhamilton2,914.60
Sean McDermott (FG)Manorhamilton2,648.75