The Municipal Corporations Act (Ireland) 1840 (3 & 4 Vict. c. 108), ''An Act for the Regulation of Municipal Corporations in Ireland'', was passed by the
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on 10 August 1840. It was one of the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Acts 1840 to 1888. The Act followed similar lines to the
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which reformed municipal boroughs in
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. Prior to the passing of the Act, there were 68 borough corporations in Ireland. However, many of them were ineffective, some were virtually defunct and none of them in any way representative of their populations. The Act dissolved all but 10 of the corporations.

The Reformed corporations

The ten reformed corporations, which were named in Schedule A to the Act were to be styled as ''Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses'', with the exception of Dublin where the title ''Right Honourable Lord Mayor'' was retained.

Dissolved boroughs

Under section 13 of the Act, the remaining 58 borough corporations were dissolved on 25 October 1840. The extinguished boroughs were listed in schedules B and I of the Act. Boroughs in schedule B could petition for a grant of a charter restoring borough status, as could any town with a population of more than 3,000. Boroughs in Schedule I were already effectively extinct at the time of the passing of the Act, and so were not permitted to apply for such a charter.
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's application for restoration of its charter was granted in 1846. Cashel also applied, but without success. Boroughs in Schedule B Boroughs in Schedule I

Town commissioners

Many of the extinguished boroughs had an additional form of local government in place, in the form of commissioners appointed under the Lighting of Towns (Ireland) Act 1828. Where such a body existed, it was deemed to be the successor to the corporation. Section 16 of the Act provided that any borough dissolved with property worth more than £100, and which did not have commissioners under the 1828 Act, should have a board of municipal commissioners established. In most cases, the commissioners appointed under the terms of the 1840 Act eventually adopted the terms of the 1828 Act or its replacement, the Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act 1854. By 1876, only Carrickfergus was still governed by commissioners appointed under the 1840 Act.



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* Municipal Corporations Commissioners (HC 1835 xxvii–xxviii and HC 1836 xxiv 3–29)
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* Municipal Boundaries Commissioners (HC 1837 xxix 011
: ;Secondary: * Mark Callanan & Justin F Keogan (editors), Local Government in Ireland Inside Out, Dublin, 2003 * Desmond Roche, Local Government in Ireland, Dublin, 1982


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