Fingal County Council
|Fingal County Council
Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall
|Mayor||Kieran Dennison, FG|
|Political groups||Labour Party (8)
Fine Gael (6)
Fianna Fáil (4)
Socialist Party (3)
|Last election||5 June 2009|
|County Hall, Swords|
Fingal County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of Fingal, Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 24 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Mayor. The county administration was headed by a County Manager, Peter Caulfield. The county town is Swords.
Fingal covers an area of 452.7 km2 and has 88km of coastline stretching from Sutton in the south to Balbriggan in the north. It is drained by the River Delvin along its northern boundary, the Ward and Broadmeadow rivers in the centre, the Tolka and Santry rivers to the south. The River Liffey forms its southern border with South Dublin. There are three large protected estuaries and salt marsh habitats, with thirteen major beaches. Howth Head and the Liffey Valley are covered by Special Area Amenity Orders.
The Council has twenty-four elected councillors. For the purpose of elections the county is divided into five local electoral areas (LEAs), each of which elects between 4 and 5 councillors. They are: Balbriggan (5), Castleknock (4), Howth–Malahide (5), Mulhuddart (5) and Swords (5).
2009 seats summary
|Socialist Party (Ireland)||3|
Councillors by electoral area
|Council members from 2009 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Balbriggan||Ciaran Byrne||Labour Party|
|Ken Farrell||Labour Party|
|Tom O'Leary||Fine Gael|
|Castleknock||Peggy Hamill||Labour Party|
|Joe Higgins†||Socialist Party|
|Eithne Loftus||Fine Gael|
|Mags Murray||Fianna Fáil|
|Howth–Malahide||Peter Coyle||Labour Party|
|Alan Farrell†||Fine Gael|
|Joan Maher||Fine Gael|
|Eoghan O'Brien||Fianna Fáil|
|Cian O'Callaghan||Labour Party|
|Mulhuddart||Ruth Coppinger||Socialist Party|
|Kieran Dennison||Fine Gael|
|David McGuinness||Fianna Fáil|
|Patrick Nulty†||Labour Party|
|Michael O'Donovan||Labour Party|
|Swords||Clare Daly†||Socialist Party|
|Darragh Butler||Fianna Fáil|
|Anne Devitt||Fine Gael|
|Tom Kelleher||Labour Party|
|Gerry McGuire||Labour Party|
†Replaced during term, see table below for details.
|Joe Higgins||Socialist Party||Castleknock||Elected to the European Parliament at the 2009 European Parliament election||June 2009||Matthew Waine||Socialist Party|
|Clare Daly||Socialist Party||Swords||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Eugene Coppinger||Socialist Party|
|Alan Farrell||Fine Gael||Howth-Malahide||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Anthony Lavin||Fine Gael|
|Patrick Nulty||Labour Party||Mulhuddart||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 Dublin West by-election||October 2011||Mary McCamley||Labour Party|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Cian O'Callaghan||Howth–Malahide||Labour Party||Independent||July 2013|
Mayor and Deputy Mayor
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the Councillors.
- "Corporate Plan 2004–2009", pg 9
- "Councillors". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Councillors – Balbriggan". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Councillors – Castleknock". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Councillors – Howth–Malahide". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Councillors – Mulhuddart". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Councillors – Swords". Fingal County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "2009 local elections – Fingal County Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Per Schedule 8 of the Local Government Act, 2001, the Council resolved to give to the office of its chairperson and vice-chairperson the title of "Mayor" or "Deputy Mayor", respectively.
- "Corporate Plan 2004–2009", pg 14