The Info List - Town Councils In The Republic Of Ireland

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In Ireland, a Town Council was part of the second (or lower) tier of local government. Operating in smaller towns and cities, they exercised limited functions which were subsidiary to those of their relevant county council. The term was introduced into local government in Ireland by the Local Government Act 2001. From 1 January 2002 the existing Urban District Councils and boards of Town commissioners were renamed as Town councils. Additionally, the city of Kilkenny, along with the four towns of (Sligo, Drogheda, Clonmel, and Wexford) were reduced in status to the level of Town Council. In recognition of the previous history, the towns were permitted to use the title of "Borough Council" instead of "Town Council". There were 75 other town councils in addition to these five borough councils. Outside the towns, the county councils were solely responsible for local services. On 16 October 2012, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government published Putting People First, an "action plan for effective local government".[1] The Town Councils were abolished in June 2014 when the Local Government Reform Act 2014 was implemented.[2]


1 Towns councils 2 Borough councils 3 Establishing and dissolving town councils 4 Elected members 5 Titles of chairpersons 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Towns councils[edit]

Town council County Previous status

Ardee County Louth Town commissioners

Arklow County Wicklow Urban District

Athlone County Westmeath Urban District

Athy County Kildare Urban District

Balbriggan Fingal Town commissioners

Ballina County Mayo Urban District

Ballinasloe County Galway Urban District

Ballybay County Monaghan Town commissioners

Ballyshannon County Donegal Town commissioners

Bandon County Cork Town commissioners

Bantry County Cork Town commissioners

Belturbet County Cavan Town commissioners

Boyle County Roscommon Town commissioners

Birr County Offaly Urban District

Bray County Wicklow Urban District

Buncrana County Donegal Urban District

Bundoran County Donegal Urban District

Carlow County Carlow Urban District

Carrickmacross County Monaghan Urban District

Carrick-on-Suir South Tipperary Urban District

Cashel South Tipperary Urban District

Castlebar County Mayo Urban District

Castleblayney County Monaghan Urban District

Cavan County Cavan Urban District

Clonakilty County Cork Urban District

Clones County Monaghan Urban District

Cobh County Cork Urban District

Cootehill County Cavan Town commissioners

Dundalk County Louth Urban District

Dungarvan County Waterford Urban District

Edenderry County Offaly Town commissioners

Ennis County Clare Urban District

Enniscorthy County Wexford Urban District

Fermoy County Cork Urban District

Gorey County Wexford Town commissioners

Granard County Longford Town commissioners

Greystones County Wicklow Town commissioners

Kells County Meath Urban District

Kilkee County Clare Town commissioners

Killarney County Kerry Urban District

Kilrush County Clare Urban District

Kinsale County Cork Urban District

Leixlip County Kildare Town commissioners

Letterkenny County Donegal Urban District

Lismore County Waterford Town commissioners

Listowel County Kerry Urban District

Longford County Longford Urban District

Loughrea County Galway Town commissioners

Macroom County Cork Urban District

Mallow County Cork Urban District

Midleton County Cork Urban District

Monaghan County Monaghan Urban District

Mountmellick County Laois Town commissioners

Muine Bheag County Carlow Town commissioners

Mullingar County Westmeath Town commissioners

Naas County Kildare Urban District

Navan County Meath Urban District

Nenagh North Tipperary Urban District

Newbridge County Kildare Town commissioners

New Ross County Wexford Urban District

Passage West County Cork Town commissioners

Port Laoise County Laois Town commissioners

Shannon County Clare Town commissioners

Skibbereen County Cork Urban District

Templemore North Tipperary Urban District

Thurles North Tipperary Urban District

Tipperary South Tipperary Urban District

Tralee County Kerry Urban District

Tramore County Waterford Town commissioners

Trim County Meath Urban District

Tuam County Galway Town commissioners

Tullamore County Offaly Urban District

Westport County Mayo Urban District

Wicklow County Wicklow Urban District

Youghal County Cork Urban District

Borough councils[edit]

Borough County

Clonmel South Tipperary

Drogheda County Louth

Kilkenny County Kilkenny

Sligo County Sligo

Wexford County Wexford

Establishing and dissolving town councils[edit] Under Section 185 of the 2001 Act, new Town Councils could be established in any town with a population of at least 7,500. The application had to be made by at least 100 local government electors, or 10% of the electors of the proposed town, whichever is the greater. After a period of public consultation the application was considered by the County Council for the area in which the town is situated. The County Council's recommendation was referred to the Local Government Commission. If the Commission approved the establishment of a Town Council, an order signed by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government formally created the new council. Under Section 187 of the same act, a Town Council could apply to the Minister to be dissolved. Elected members[edit] Elections were held to Town Councils every five years. Towns were not subdivided for local elections, being treated as a single constituency. Councillors were elected by the single transferable vote system of proportional representation. The towns of Bray, Dundalk
and Tralee
had twelve elected members, all other towns had nine. A Town Council with nine members could apply for the number to be increased to twelve if the population was greater than 15,000 at the previous census. Titles of chairpersons[edit] The chairperson and deputy of a Town Council were designated as Cathaoirleach
and Leas-Chathaoirleach respectively. However, Schedule 8 of the Local Government Act 2001 allowed alternative titles for the individuals elected to chair Town Councils, namely:

In the Irish language
Irish language
Méara Bhaile ....... and Leas-Mhéara Bhaile ....... followed by the name of the town in Irish In the English language Mayor of the Town of ....... and Deputy Mayor of the Town of ....... followed by the name of the town in English

See also[edit]

Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland


^ "Putting People First" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.  ^ http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/pdf/2014/en.act.2014.0001.pdf

External links[edit]

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