Irish local elections, 2004

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Irish local elections, 2004
Republic of Ireland
1999 ←
5 June 2004 → 2009

1,627 County, City, Borough and Town Council Seats
  First party Second party Third party
  BertieAhernBerlin2007.jpg EndaKenny.jpg PatRabbitte.jpg
Leader Bertie Ahern Enda Kenny Pat Rabbitte
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party
Leader since 7 May 2008 6 June 2002 13 October 2001
Percentage 31.8% 27.6% 14.2%
Largest Party 16 10 4
Councillors 542 468 188
Councillors +/- Decrease129 Increase32 Increase18

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Gerry Adams 2013.jpg Trevor Sargent.jpg Harney Dublin Castle 14 06 2008.png
Leader Gerry Adams Trevor Sargent Mary Harney
Party Sinn Féin Green Party Progressive Democrats
Leader since 13 November 1983 6 November 2001 26 October 1993
Percentage 8.1% 3.9% 3.9%
Largest Party 1 N/A N/A
Councillors 127 32 32
Councillors +/- Increase63 Increase15 No Change

The 2004 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on 11 June 2004, on the same day as the European elections and referendum on the twenty-seventh amendment of the constitution. Polling was delayed until 19 June 2004 in County Roscommon, due to the sudden death of Councillor Gerry Donnelly.

Turnout was the highest for 20 years at around 60%,[1] but the result was a major setback for Fianna Fáil, which saw its share of the vote drop by 7 percentage points from its 1999 result to only 32%, losing 20% of its council seats.[2] The party lost its majority on Clare County Council for the first time in 70 years, and fell behind Fine Gael in Galway, Limerick and Waterford city councils.[3] Labour's share of the vote remained static at 11% while Fine Gael dropped 1%. Both parties however won seats with the Labour Party becoming the largest party on Dublin City Council. Major gains were made by Sinn Féin which managed to double the number of seats it held, mainly at the expense of Fianna Fáil.

These were the first elections since the Local Government Act 2001 modernised council structures and abolished the dual mandate. Many new councillors were elected for the first time, most notably on Dublin City Council, where 33 of the 52 members were first-timers, which the City Manager described as "unprecedented in the history of local government".[3] Many of the seats vacated by TDs and senators were won by family members.[4]

Results[edit]

County, city and town council seats[edit]

Party Seats ±
Fianna Fáil 542 –129
Fine Gael 468 +32
Labour Party 188 +18
Sinn Féin 125 +63
Green Party 32 +19
Progressive Democrats 32 ±0
 Others 240 –3
 Total 1627

County and City Councils[edit]





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Vote Share of different parties in the election for County and City Councils.

  Fianna Fáil (31.8%)
  Fine Gael (27.6%)
  Labour Party (11.4%)
  Sinn Féin (8.0%)
  Green Party (3.9%)
  Other (13.5%)
Party Seats ± First Pref. Votes % FPv ±%
Fianna Fáil 302 –80 578,139 31.8 –7.1
Fine Gael 293 +16 503,088 27.6 –0.5
Labour Party 101 +18 207,518 11.4 +0.6
Sinn Féin 54 +33 146,391 8.0 +4.5
Progressive Democrats 19 –6 69,650 3.8 +0.9
Green Party 18 +10 71,052 3.9 +1.4
Socialist Party 4 +2 13,494 0.7 +0.3
Independent Fianna Fáil 2 -2 9,356 0.5
Workers' Party 2 -1 4,170 0.2 -0.3
South Kerry Independent 1 1,618 0.1
Socialist Workers 0 6,125 0.3 +0.2
Republican Sinn Féin 0 -1 2,036 0.1
Christian Solidarity 0 281 0.0 -0.1
Independent 87 +11 207,207 11.4 -0.2
 Total 883 1,820,125 100

County councils[edit]

County and City Council Seats
Politicial Parties County council City council
     Fianna Fáil
274
28
     Fine Gael
263
30
     Labour Party
69
32
     Sinn Féin
39
15
     Progressive Democrats
14
5
     Green Party
15
3
     Other
85
11
Authority FF FG Lab PD GP SF Other
Carlow 8 7 4 1 1 0 0 21 Details
Cavan 11 11 0 0 0 3 0 25 Details
Clare 13 10 1 0 1 0 7 32 Details
Cork 16 24 5 1 0 2 2 48 Details
Donegal 14 8 0 0 0 4 3 29 Details
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 7 9 6 1 4 0 1 28 Details
Fingal 4 5 6 1 3 1 4 24 Details
Galway 10 10 1 3 0 1 5 30 Details
Kerry 11 8 2 0 0 2 4 27 Details
Kildare 10 7 4 0 1 0 3 25 Details
Kilkenny 8 11 5 0 1 0 1 26 Details
Laois 11 9 1 1 0 1 2 25 Details
Leitrim 10 8 0 0 0 2 2 22 Details
Limerick 12 12 1 3 0 0 0 28 Details
Longford 9 10 0 0 0 0 2 21 Details
Louth 9 7 1 0 0 5 4 26 Details
Mayo 12 15 1 0 0 1 2 31 Details
Meath 12 9 0 0 1 2 5 25 Details
Monaghan 5 7 0 0 0 7 1 20 Details
Offaly 8 6 0 2 0 0 5 21 Details
Roscommon 9 10 0 0 0 1 6 26 Details
Sligo 10 10 3 0 0 1 1 25 Details
South Dublin 6 3 7 2 2 3 3 26 Details
North Tipperary 10 5 2 0 0 0 4 21 Details
South Tipperary 10 8 2 0 0 0 6 26 Details
Waterford 7 11 4 0 0 1 0 23 Details
Westmeath 9 8 6 0 0 0 0 23 Details
Wexford 6 7 1 0 0 3 4 21 Details
Wicklow 6 7 6 0 1 0 4 24 Details

City councils[edit]

Authority FF FG Lab PD GP SF Other
Cork City 11 8 6 1 1 2 2 31 Details
Dublin City 12 10 15 1 1 10 3 52 Details
Galway City 2 3 4 3 1 1 1 15 Details
Limerick City 2 5 4 0 0 0 6 17 Details
Waterford City 1 4 3 0 0 2 5 15 Details

Town councils[edit]

240 / 744
175 / 744
87 / 744
71 / 744
13 / 744
14 / 744
144 / 744
No. of Town Council seats won by Fianna Fáil
No. of Town Council seats won by Fine Gael
No. of Town Council seats won by Labour Party
No. of Town Council seats won by Sinn Féin
No. of Town Council seats won by Progressive Democrats
No. of Town Council seats won by Green Party
No. of Town Council seats won by Others
Party Seats ±
Fianna Fáil 240 –49
Fine Gael 175 +16
Labour Party 87 ±0
Sinn Féin 71 +30
Green Party 14 +9
Progressive Democrats 13 +6
 Others 144 –12
 Total 744

Borough councils[edit]

Authority FF FG Lab SF GP PD Others
Clonmel 3 2 1 1 5[fn 1]
Drogheda 3 2 2 2 3
Kilkenny 4 4 3 1
Sligo 4 2 3 3
Wexford 2 2 5 1 2
Totals 16 12 14 6 1 1 10

Town councils[edit]

Town Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party Sinn Féin Green Party Progressive Democrats Others Total
Ardee 2 3 1 1 1 1 9
Arklow 3 2 2 2 9
Athlone 4 2 1 1 1 9
Athy 2 3 3 1 9
Balbriggan 2 1 2 1 1 2 9
Ballina 4 2 1 1 1 9
Ballinasloe 3 1 1 4 9
Ballybay 3 3 2 1 9
Ballyshannon 3 4 1 1 9
Bandon 3 4 1 1 9
Bantry 4 3 1 1 9
Belturbet 4 3 2 9
Birr 2 3 1 1 2 9
Boyle 3 3 1 2 9
Bray 3 1 4 1 3 12
Buncrana 3 2 2 2 9
Bundoran 5 2 1 1 9
Carlow 3 3 2 1 9
Carrickmacross 3 2 3 1 9
Carrick-on-Suir 3 1 2 1 2 9
Cashel 2 1 1 5 9
Castlebar 3 3 1 1 1 9
Castleblayney 3 1 3 2 9
Cavan 4 3 1 1 9
Clonakilty 2 2 2 3 9
Clones 3 1 4 1 9
Cobh 1 2 3 1 2 9
Cootehill 3 3 2 1 9
Dundalk 3 2 3 1 3 12
Dungarvan 2 2 3 1 1 9
Edenderry 5 2 1 1 9
Ennis 3 2 1 3 9
Enniscorthy 3 2 1 3 9
Fermoy 1 1 1 1 5 9
Gorey 4 3 1 1 9
Granard 3 2 1 3 9
Greystones 3 3 1 2 9
Kells 4 1 2 1 1 9
Kilkee 5 2 2 9
Killarney 3 1 1 4[fn 2] 9
Kilrush 4 1 4 9
Kinsale 2 4 1 1 1 9
Leixlip 2 2 2 1 2 9
Letterkenny 4 1 1 1 2 9
Lismore 4 3 1 1 9
Listowel 4 3 1 1 9
Longford 2 3 1 1 2 9
Loughrea 3 1 1 4 9
Macroom 2 4 2 1 9
Mallow 2 2 3 1 1 9
Midleton 3 2 1 3 9
Monaghan 3 2 4 9
Mountmellick 6 2 1 9
Muine Bheag 5 2 2 9
Mullingar 2 2 4 1 9
Naas 3 1 1 1 1 2 9
Navan 4 2 2 1 9
Nenagh 3 1 2 1 2 9
Newbridge 3 2 1 1 2 9
New Ross 4 2 2 1 9
Passage West 3 3 1 1 1 9
Portlaoise 3 3 1 2 9
Shannon 2 2 2 3 9
Skibbereen 2 3 2 1 1 9
Templemore 4 3 2 9
Thurles 1 1 2 1 4 9
Tipperary 2 2 1 4 9
Tralee 4 1 3 2 2 12
Tramore 3 3 1 2 9
Trim 2 2 1 1 3 9
Tuam 1 3 1 4 9
Tullamore 3 2 2 2 9
Westport 3 3 1 2 9
Wicklow 2 2 2 1 2 9
Youghal 3 2 2 1 1 9

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Workers and Unemployed Action Group has 2 County Councillors in South Tipperary and 5 Borough Councillors in Clonmel.
  2. ^ Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance is included in this total.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seán Donnelly (14 June 2004). "The best local election turnout in nearly 20 years". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  2. ^ Mark Hennessy and Michael O'Regan (15 June 2004). "'A very bad performance' - Ahern". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  3. ^ a b Frank McDonald (15 June 2004). "FF will find loss of power a bitter pill to swallow". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  4. ^ Marie O'Halloran (15 June 2004). "Politicians hit by dual-mandate ban opt to pass on council mantle to their relatives". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20.