Kilkenny County Council
|Kilkenny County Council
|Cathaoirleach||Pat Dunphy, FG|
|Political groups||Fine Gael (13)
Fianna Fáil (7)
Labour Party (5)
Green Party (1)
|Last election||5 June 2009|
|County Hall, Kilkenny|
Kilkenny County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Chill Chainnigh) is the authority responsible for local government in County Kilkenny, Ireland. 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 26 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a County Manager, Joe Crockett. The county town is Kilkenny city.
This structure is a modified version of the system introduced in 1898, with county boroughs renamed as cities, urban districts and municipal boroughs renamed as towns or boroughs, and rural districts abolished (everywhere except County Dublin in 1925, and in County Dublin in 1930). The distinction between urban district and "towns with town commissioners" has been abolished.
The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 marked the beginning of the system of local government. The first elections were held in Kilkenny until Thursday 6 April 1899 at a cost of £1,268. The first meeting of Kilkenny County Council took place on Saturday 22 April 1899 in the Courthouse, Kilkenny. The very first resolution passed expressed the demand for Home Rule. The Rural District Councils were responsible for housing, sanitary and local roads in their areas, while in their role as Boards of Guardians they were responsible for what we would now call health services.
County Councils were responsible for financial affairs, appointments of various committees, maintenance of courthouses and minor services such as food and drug sampling, malicious injuries and other minor services. During the 1960s a range of new services came into the fold – library, fire-fighting, vocational and agricultural services, industrial and commercial issues, and harbour boards. In 1970 the Health Board came into being, taking away responsibility for this service from Kilkenny County Council.
County Council legislation passed in the last 30 years on the Environment included Water Pollution Act 1977 and the Air Pollution Act 1987. Also provision of public amenities, parks and recreational activities and refuse collection was privatised.
In 1989, the Council appointed an Arts Officer. In 2000, as part of a government initiative called "Better Local Government - A Programme for Change", a new structure was introduced to Kilkenny County Council which included five Strategic Policy Committees.
The Local Government Act 2001 established a two-tier structure of local government. The top tier of the structure consists of 29 county councils and five city councils. The second tier of local government consists of town councils. The city of Kilkenny and four other towns  that had borough corporation status before 2001 are allowed to use the title of "Borough Council" instead of "Town Council", but they have no additional responsibilities. Outside the towns, the county council is solely responsible for local services. In addition, Kilkenny was given the privilege of continuing to style itself a city, despite being governed by a borough council and not being a former county borough.
Joe Crockett is the County and City manager.
Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) play a role in decision-making in Kilkenny County Council. Each SPC has a broad representation from across all sectors of Kilkenny and will meet regularly to input into the formulation, development and review of policy within Kilkenny County Council.
The Council has 26 elected councillors. For the purpose of elections the county is divided into five local electoral areas: Ballyragget (5), Callan (4), Kilkenny (7), Piltown (6) and Thomastown (4).
2009 Seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 5 June 2009.
|Council members from 2009 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ballyragget||Maurice Shortall||Labour Party|
|Mary Hilda Cavanagh||Fine Gael|
|Patrick Millea||Fianna Fáil|
|John Brennan||Fine Gael|
|Catherine Connery||Fine Gael|
|Callan||William Ireland||Fine Gael|
|Tom Maher||Fine Gael|
|Matt Doran||Fianna Fáil|
|Kilkenny||Andrew McGuinness||Fianna Fáil|
|Malcolm Noonan||Green Party|
|Martin Brett||Fine Gael|
|Marie Fitzpatrick||Labour Party|
|John Coonan||Fianna Fáil|
|Betty Manning||Fine Gael|
|Paul Cuddihy||Fine Gael|
|Piltown||Tomás Breathnach||Labour Party|
|Pat Dunphy||Fine Gael|
|Anne-Maria Irish||Fine Gael|
|Eamon Aylward||Fianna Fáil|
|Fidelis Doherty||Fine Gael|
|Cora Long||Fianna Fáil|
|Thomastown||Pat O'Neill†||Fine Gael|
|Ann Phelan†||Labour Party|
|Michael O'Brien||Labour Party|
|Sean Treacy||Fianna Fáil|
|Ann Phelan||Labour Party||Thomastown||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||Tommy Prendergast||Labour Party|
|Pat O'Neill||Fine Gael||Thomastown||Elected to Seanad Éireann at 2011 Seanad election||April 2011||Jane Galway||Fine Gael|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Patrick Crowley||Callan||Independent||Fine Gael||June 2011|
- Note: Before 2001, the following towns had borough corporation status:Kilkenny, Sligo, Drogheda, Clonmel and Wexford.
- "2009 Local elections – Kilkenny County Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
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- Tom Boyle and Michael O'Dwyer. Kilkenny County Council: A Century of Local Government. Kilkenny: Kilkenny County Council, 1999.