Dublin City Council
|Dublin City Council
Bhaile Átha Cliath
|Lord Mayor||Oisín Quinn, Lab|
|Political groups||Labour Party (19)
Fine Gael (12)
Fianna Fáil (6)
Sinn Féin (5)
|Last election||5 June 2009|
|Dublin City Hall|
Dublin City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath) is the authority responsible for local government in the city of Dublin in Ireland. As a city council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. Until 2001, the council was known as "Dublin Corporation". The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 52 elected members and is the largest local council in Ireland. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the honorific title of Lord Mayor. The city administration is headed by a City Manager, John Tierney. The council meets at City Hall, Dublin.
As part of the Dublin Region, Dublin City Council is within the geographic remit of the Dublin Regional Authority. Following the enactment of the Local Government Act 2001, the Regional Authority was established. It is one of eight such Authorities in the Republic of Ireland. Local government in the region was further regulated by the Local Government Act 1994. This provided for the legal establishment of the following local government administrative areas: Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, and also recognised the extant Dublin Corporation area, vesting its powers in a renamed entity – Dublin City Council. The statutory instrument giving effect to the Act came into force on 1 January 1994. The instrument also provided for the abolition of Dublin County Council – the entity that had previously had responsibility for Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. The four entities collectively comprise the former entity known as County Dublin. This entity, which had been created after the Norman invasion of Ireland, was abolished under the Acts.
The functions of the City Council include: Public Housing, Library Services, Refuse Services, Drainage, Driver and Vehicle Licencing, Planning and Roads. The Council budgeted to spend €847,137,522 during 2007 in service of these functions. 50.5% of this went towards the payroll of the Council's staff which was a reduction from 50.7% in 2006. In the case of Traffic Management, the Council receives grants from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and also the National Roads Authority to assist it in meeting this responsibility. The 2007 roads budget was just over €105,000,000, to support maintenance of all roads in its functional area.
Prior to 1841, the administrative and governmental system of Dublin, known as Dublin Corporation, was bicameral having an assembly of called the "House of Aldermen" and another called the "House of Sheriffs and Commons". Under the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840, they were replaced by a unicameral assembly. The new name Dublin City Council was coined for the unicameral assembly. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presided over the assembly. This office which had existed since 1665. The first City Council was elected in October 1841 when Daniel O'Connell became the first Lord Mayor. Since 1 January 2002, the functions of local government have been transferred to Dublin City Council. In 1994, Dublin County Council and the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire were abolished but this had no impact on the city council. To coincide with its name change, the City Council adopted a new logo and brand identity, based on a simplified version of the ancient "three castles" symbol.
Executive power is shared between the council and an appointed executive official known as the City Manager. The Manager is responsible for a staff of 6,200. The offices of the Manager and other administrative staff are based in the Civic Offices on Wood Quay. The Lord Mayor of Dublin acts as chair of the Council is the ceremonial head of the city government.
Representative power is vested in the city assembly which consists of 52 members. Members are elected using Proportional representation using the Single transferable vote, every five years from Dublin City Council local electoral areas. The City Council meets in plenary session on the first Monday of every month in Dublin City Hall. One of the Council's most important roles is that of passing an annual budget. Should any Irish council fail to pass a budget within the allotted time, the Minister for the Environment is empowered to abolish it and grant its powers to a commissioner until the next scheduled council elections.
The Council currently consists of:
|People Before Profit Alliance||2|
†Nineteen Labour, seven Sinn Féin and six Independent councillors were elected in the 2009 local elections. However, two Sinn Féin Councillors, Christy Burke and Louise Minihan, resigned from the party in 2009 with Burke sitting on the council as an independent and Minihan joining Éirígí, and a third, Killian Forde, resigned in January 2010 to join the Labour Party. Following Forde's resignation from the council, the seat reverted to Sinn Féin.
|North Inner City||6|
|South East Inner City||4|
|South West Inner City||4|
Dublin City Council must by law at least once in every ten years, following consultation with the returning officer for Dáil elections in respect of each constituency within its area, establish a polling district containing a polling place. This is call the Polling Scheme which lists each constituency with its Local electoral areas, polling districts and polling places.
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 5 June 2009.
|Maureen O'Sullivan||Independent||North Inner City||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the Dublin Central by-election||June 2009||Marie Metcalfe||Independent|
|Killian Forde||Labour Party||Donaghmede||Resigned from the council||February 2011||Mícheál Mac Donncha||Sinn Féin|
|Michael Conaghan||Labour Party||Ballyfermot–Drimnagh||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Shelia Howes||Labour Party|
|John Lyons||Labour Party||Ballymun–Finglas||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Steve Wren||Labour Party|
|Dessie Ellis||Sinn Féin||Ballymun–Finglas||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Anthony Connaghan||Sinn Féin|
|Aodhán Ó Ríordáin||Labour Party||Clontarf||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Jane Horgan-Jones||Labour Party|
|Eric Byrne||Labour Party||Crumlin–Kimmage||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Michael O'Sullivan||Labour Party|
|Joan Collins||PBPA||Crumlin–Kimmage||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Pat Dunne||PBPA|
|Seán Kenny||Labour Party||Donaghmede||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Brian McDowell||Labour Party|
|Eoghan Murphy||Fine Gael||Pembroke–Rathmines||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Paddy McCartan||Fine Gael|
|Kevin Humphreys||Labour Party||South East Inner City||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Gerry Ashe||Labour Party|
|Catherine Noone||Fine Gael||South East Inner City||Elected to Seanad Éireann||April 2011||Kieran Binchy||Fine Gael|
|Emer Costello||Labour Party||North Inner City||Replaced Proinsias De Rossa in the European Parliament||February 2012||Padraig McLoughlin||Labour Party|
|Marie Metcalfe||Independent||North Inner City||Resigned from the council||February 2012||Anna Quigley||Independent|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Christy Burke||North Inner City||Sinn Féin||Independent||June 2009|
|Louis Minihan||Ballyfermot-Drimnagh||Sinn Féin||Éirígí||June 2009|
|Killian Forde||Donaghmede||Sinn Féin||Labour Party||January 2010|
The Lord Mayor's official residence is the Mansion House, which first became the residence of the Lord Mayor in 1715.
Council meetings take place in the headquarters at Dublin City Hall. Formerly Royal Exchange, the City Hall is one of Dublin's finest buildings and located on Dame Street. It was built in 1769–79 to the winning design of Thomas Cooley. In an architectural competition, James Gandon was the runner-up with a scheme that many people favoured. The building was taken over for city government use in the 1850s.
Much of the council's administrative staff are based in the Civic Offices on Wood Quay. These offices were built in 1979–80 on top of what had been one of the best preserved Viking sites in the world. The Corporation's (as it was then) decision to bulldoze the historic site proved one of the most controversial in modern Irish history, with thousands of people, including medieval historian Fr. F. X. Martin and Senator Mary Robinson (later President of Ireland) marching to try to stop the destruction. The destruction of the site on Wood Quay and the building of a set of offices known as The Bunkers (being a prime example of Brutalist architecture) is generally seen as one of the most disastrous acts against Ireland's heritage since independence, with even Dublin Corporation admitting subsequently that it was ashamed of its action. Originally, there were to be four of these 'bunkers' built but only two were ever completed. Instead the river frontage is a block designed by the firm Scott Tallon Walker. Completed in 1994, it boasts a leafy atrium and fine views from many of its offices.
- (Regional Authorities) Establishment Order 1993.
- Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993:
Section 2: "the county", in relation to any time before the establishment day, means the administrative county of Dublin
Section 9(1) On the establishment day— ... (a) the county shall cease to exist.
- According to the "Local Government Act, 2001", section 10(2): "The State continues to stand divided into local government areas to be known as counties and cities which are the areas set out in Parts 1 and 2, respectively, of Schedule 5.".
- "Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993, Section 9.—(1)". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Sinn Féin to reclaim Forde's council seat". Dublin People. 15 March 2011.
- "2009 Local elections – Dublin City Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Official website
- Full list of Councillors
- Local Government Act, 2001
- History of Dublin City Council
- Podcast about the history of local government in Dublin