Irish local elections, 2009

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Irish local elections, 2009
Republic of Ireland
2004 ←
5 June 2009
→ 2014

883 County and City Council seats; 774 Borough and Town Council Seats
Turnout 57.7%
  First party Second party Third party
  EndaKenny.jpg Brian Cowen in Philadelphia.jpg Eamon Gilmore Conference 2010 cropped.jpg
Leader Enda Kenny Brian Cowen Eamon Gilmore
Party Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Labour Party
Leader since 6 June 2002 7 May 2008 6 September 2007
Percentage 34.7% 25% 14.2%
Largest Party 24 3 4
Councillors 556
(340 C&C, 216 B&T)
407
(218 C&C, 189 B&T)
231
(132 C&C, 99 B&T)
Councillors +/- Increase88 Decrease135 Increase43

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Gerry Adams 2013.jpg John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.jpg No image.png
Leader Gerry Adams John Gormley Séamus Healy
Party Sinn Féin Green Party WUAG
Leader since 13 November 1983 17 July 2007 1997
Percentage 7.8% 1.1% 0.6%
Largest Party 1 N/A N/A
Councillors 127
(54 C&C, 73 B&T)
18
(3 C&C, 15 B&T)
7
(2 C&C, 5 B&T)
Councillors +/- Increase2 Decrease14 Increase5
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The 2009 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on Friday, 5 June 2009, on the same day as the European Parliament election and two by-elections (Dublin South and Dublin Central).[1]

Overview[edit]

The election results were significant for a number of reasons:

  • Fine Gael gained 88 seats and became the largest party at local level for the first time ever.
  • Fianna Fáil lost 135 seats and became the second largest party nationally, and third largest in Dublin.
  • The Labour Party increased its seat total by 43 seats, and is the largest party in Dublin City Council. It also has the most seats in the four Dublin local authorities.
  • Sinn Féin support remained at the almost same level, gaining 2 seats.
  • The Green Party lost 14 seats and had 3 county councillors.
  • People Before Profit Alliance won 5 seats in their first local elections.
  • The Socialist Party won 6 seats, a gain of 2 seats.

Results[edit]

The total number of the Irish electorate eligible to vote in election was 3,259,253. A total of 1,880,589 first preference votes were cast, representing a turnout of 57.7%.

The Progressive Democrats and Independent Fianna Fáil did not compete in the elections. As they competed in the previous elections, totals for vote and seat changes may not total zero. People Before Profit Alliance figures are compared to Socialist Workers Party figures from the previous local elections.

All councils[edit]

Party County City Borough Town Total ±
Fine Gael 305 35 16 200 556 +88
Fianna Fáil 201 17 11 178 407 –135
Labour Party 94 38 13 86 231 +43
Sinn Féin 41 13 8 65 127 +2
Green Party 3 0 2 13 18 –14
WUAG 2 0 4 1 7 +5
Socialist Party 3 1 1 1 6 +2
People Before Profit 3 2 0 0 5 +5
Workers' Party 0 2 0 0 2 +0
South Kerry Independent 1 0 0 1 2
Letterkenny Residents Party 0 0 0 1 1 New
Independent 102 22 10 141 275 +10
Totals 753 130 60 684 1,627

County and city councils[edit]

Posters for local and European election candidates and parties, Dublin, May 2009
Party Seats ± First Pref. votes FPv% ±%
Fine Gael 340 +47 605,333 32.2 +4.6
Fianna Fáil 218 –84 477,342 25.4 –6.4
Labour Party 132 +31 276,627 14.7 +3.3
Sinn Féin 54 138,405 7.4 –0.6
People Before Profit 5 +5 15,879 0.8 +0.5
Socialist Party 4 16,052 0.9 +0.2
Green Party 3 –15 44,152 2.3 –1.6
Workers' Party 2 4,771 0.3 +0.1
WUAG 2 3,590 0.2
South Kerry Independent 1 2,536 0.1
Seniors Solidarity 0 1,319 0.1 New
Christian Solidarity 0 467 0.0
Independent 122 +37 294,094 15.6 +4.5
Totals 883 1,880,589

Breakdown in each council

Authority FG FF Lab SF PBP SP GP WUAG WP SKIA Ind Total
Carlow 10 4 5 2 21
Cavan 13 8 4 25
Clare 12 11 1 1 7 32
Cork 22 12 7 1 6 31
Cork City 8 6 7 4 1 1 4 48
Donegal 8 10 2 4 5 29
Dublin City 12 6 19 7 2 6 52
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 11 4 8 2 3 28
Fingal 6 4 9 3 2 24
Galway 13 7 1 1 8[fn 1] 30
Galway City 3 3 5 4 15
Kerry 10 7 4 2 1 3 27
Kildare 9 6 6 4 25
Kilkenny 12 7 5 1 1 26
Laois 12 8 1 1 3 25
Leitrim 10 8 2 2 22
Limerick 15 9 2 2 28
Limerick City 8 1 4 1 3 17
Longford 10 8 3 21
Louth 8 5 2 6 1 4 26
Mayo 17 7 2 5 31
Meath 11 8 4 1 5 29
Monaghan 6 5 7 2 20
North Tipperary 4 6 3 1 7[fn 2] 21
Offaly 6 9 6 21
Roscommon 10 8 1 7 26
Sligo 12 7 2 1 3 25
South Dublin 8 4 9 3 1 1 26
South Tipperary 12 6 3 2 3 26
Waterford 11 5 4 2 1 23
Waterford City 4 1 3 1 1 5 15
Westmeath 8 9 6 23
Wexford 10 5 4 2 21
Wicklow 9 4 6 2 3 24
Totals 340 218 132 54 5 4 3 2 2 1 122 883

Following the June 2009 local elections Fine Gael were the largest political party on 24 councils, the Labour Party on 4 councils, Fianna Fáil on 3 councils, Independents on 2 councils and Sinn Féin on 1 council.

Borough and town councils[edit]

Party Seats ±
Fine Gael 216 +44
Fianna Fáil 189 –53
Labour Party 99 +12
Sinn Féin 73 +2
Green Party 15 +1
Others 151 –6

Borough councils[edit]

Authority FG Lab FF SF GP Others
Clonmel 2 2 2 6[fn 3]
Drogheda 4 2 1 3 2
Kilkenny 4 2 4 1 1
Sligo 3 3 2 3 1
Wexford 3 4 2 1 1 1
Totals 16 13 11 8 2 10

Town councils[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Tomás Ó Curraoin of Republican Sinn Féin, which is an unregistered party.
  2. ^ a b c Michael Lowry's organisation has 4 County Councillors in North Tipperary, 2 Town Councillors in Thurles and 1 Town Councillor in Templemore.
  3. ^ a b The Workers and Unemployed Action Group has 2 County Councillors in South Tipperary, 4 Borough Councillors in Clonmel and 1 Town Councillor in Carrick-on-Suir.
  4. ^ Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance is included in this total.
  5. ^ John Dwyer resigned from Sinn Féin and changed designation to Non-Party before the first meeting of New Ross Town Council.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "By-elections set for June 5th". The Irish Times. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 

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