Limerick County Council

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Limerick County Council
Comhairle Contae Luimnigh
County council of Limerick
History
Established 1898
Disbanded 2014
Succeeded by Limerick City and County Council
Seats 28
Elections
Last election
5 June 2009
Motto
Cuimhnigh ar Luimneach  (Irish)
Remember Limerick
Meeting place
County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick
The area governed by the council

Limerick County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Luimnigh) was the authority responsible for local government in County Limerick, Ireland. As a county council, it was governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council had 28 elected members. Elections for the council were held every five years and were by single transferable vote. The head of the council had the title of Cathaoirleach (Chairperson).

The county seat was at County Hall, Dooradoyle prior to which the county seat was located on O'Connell Street in Limerick city having moved to Dooradoyle in the mid 2000s. Limerick County Council was also responsible of a large proportion of Limerick city's suburbs. The remaining areas of Limerick city were under the authority of Limerick City Council which was a separate authority. It was abolished in 2014 when the Local Government Reform Act 2014 was implemented.[1] It was succeeded by Limerick City and County Council.

For the purpose of elections the county was divided into five local electoral areas: Adare (7), Castleconnell (7), Kilmallock (5), Newcastle (5) and Rathkeale (4).[2]

Merger with Limerick City Council[edit]

On 28 June 2011, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan announced that Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council would be merged into a single local authority.[3] The merger would come into effect following the 2014 local elections. The new entity would be headed by a directly elected Mayor, with a five-year term.[4] The first steps in this merger was the appointment of Conn Murray as the dual manager of both Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council. The merger came into effect on 1 June 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government Reform Act 2014". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "2009 local elections – Limerick County Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Steven (28 June 2011). "Limerick local authorities to merge". The Irish Times. 
  4. ^ "Limerick councils to be merged". RTÉ News. 28 June 2011.